Northampton Fire Department presented its capital improvement plan to Northampton Borough Council Oct. 17. The plan calls for a more rapid replacement of aging vehicles and equipment and improvements and maintenance for the 4 Lerchenmiller Drive fire station, which will allow the station to be more compatible with modern firefighting needs.
Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli pitched the idea for the creation of a town watch or crime watch organization during the Sept. 20 meeting of Northampton Borough Council.
He noted that the communities in Northampton County have strong bonds with their residents.
“The county and state should not tell you how to run the borough,” Morganelli said.
It is his longtime approach that the local people elected to office better understand the needs of their community.
A grant application seeking funding for upgrades to the Northampton Borough Municipal Pool has been submitted to the state for consideration.
At the Oct. 4 council meeting, borough Manager LeRoy Brobst reported the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Development application for upgrades to the Laubach Avenue pool was filed Sept. 27, three days ahead of schedule.
“This application is seeking a grant of $445,000 to be distributed from the Monroe County casino funds,” Brobst said.
Sacred Heart Senior Living by the Creek, Northampton, celebrated its 20th anniversary Oct. 4. The facility officially opened its doors Oct. 4, 1998.
A team of professionals, including nursing and auxiliary personnel, are headed by Gayle Yastrop, executive director; Diane Eck, director of nursing; and Kira Kichline, resident care director. The Sacred Heart team provides the facility’s residents with individual service and care to meet their needs while providing an at-home atmosphere.
Northampton Mayor Thomas Reenock was awarded the Distinguished Citizen Award by the Boy Scouts of America Minsi Trails Council at the 2018 Cement Belt Friends of Scouting dinner Sept. 26.
The event, held at Northampton Banquet & Event Center, 1601 Laubach Ave., raised more than $8,000 for Scouting programs.
Reenock has volunteered with numerous civic and charitable organizations over the years. He has been honored for his unselfish commitment to the community and numerous causes. Northampton Exchange Club has named him as a Golden Deeds recipient.
In celebration of her 100th birthday, Stella Kristofits had three separate parties at Sacred Heart Senior Living by the Creek, Northampton, where she now resides.
Stella is the third Sacred Heart resident to have reached this milestone.
“I had three days for my birthday,” Stella said.
The official big day was Sept. 20, but she got to celebrate with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren over the course of a few days. Even the Sacred Heart staff and administration joined the festivities.
Northampton Borough Council voted to overturn Mayor Thomas Reenock’s second veto of the rental property ordinance during the Sept. 20 council meeting.
The legislation had a controversial start in the borough. It was originally passed at the May 17 meeting, and Reenock refused to sign the legislation. It was vetoed for the first time June 7, and council members decided to table the matter.
Council and the mayor discussed and adjusted the ordinance over the following months.
Northampton Mayor Thomas Reenock indicated he will, for the second time, veto the rental property ordinance at the Sept. 20 borough council meeting.
Reenock initially expressed that he would simply not sign the ordinance that was adopted by Northampton Borough Council Sept. 6.
Reenock mentioned his concerns with the new ordinance have still not been addressed to his satisfaction and that a new ordinance should be drafted to include the corrections he believes need to be made.
Northampton Borough Council adopted the contested rental property ordinance at its Sept. 6 meeting, with six members favoring the legislation and two councilmen dissenting.
The ordinance, which covers more than 1,300 rental apartments, will go into effect Jan. 1, 2019. Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst said letters will be sent to landlords notifying them to register their apartments and units with the borough.
Unlike some previous council sessions, last Thursday’s meeting was more tranquil.
The Paw Prints on the Canal event, held June 3, raised $8,265 for the benefit of Northampton Police Department’s K-9 unit. In the past 10 years, the event has raised $46,900.
The Aug. 2 borough council meeting began with a check presentation from Paw Prints on the Canal founders and organizers Julie and Tom Glick and Candi Lynn. Police Chief Bryan Kadingo, along with Mayor Thomas Reenock, council President Anthony Lopsonzski Jr. and Councilman Robert McHale, accepted the donation on behalf of the department’s K-9 unit.