Robert (Bob) Coleman, who resigned in April as a member of Northampton Borough Council, returned to council chambers May 18 for a tribute from his colleagues, who noted his service to the community.
Coleman, who represented the borough’s first ward, resigned his position for health reasons.
He received a standing ovation from council, borough officials and the public in attendance. Council President Anthony Lopsonzski Jr. presented him with a plaque.
The Coplay- Northampton Bridge will be closed to traffic May 31. The 1930s-era span will be demolished and a new one erected during a construction project expected to take three years.
Northampton Borough Council learned of this official date at its May 4 meeting.
“We have received a communication from Shawn Samek, of Trumbull Corporation, notifying us that, in all likelihood, the Coplay (Northampton) Bridge will be closed on May 31, 2017,” borough Manager LeRoy Brobst said.
Northampton Alive, a bold and ambitious development project that would change the borough far into the future — with new museums, a greenhouse, covered bridge, boat launch, Main Street artisan mall, restaurant/motel/conference center, municipal barn for mounted police and more — are envisioned by David E. Dlugose, who provided a detailed 18-page report to borough council May 18.
“I kind of think outside the box,” Dlugose said, commenting the town “has an awesome history [but has] so much more potential.”
Two men and a woman have submitted their names as candidates for the vacant council seat representing Northampton Borough’s first ward. The vacancy results from the resignation last month by Robert Coleman, who left for health reasons.
The three persons who submitted applications for the council seat are Michael Dempsey Jr., Shelby Hall and Kenneth Hall. A requirement for consideration is that persons applying for the position reside in the ward the vacancy exists.
The Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum, the only museum in the United States dedicated solely to the cement industry, with over 3,000 artifacts, photographs and hands-on exhibits, will open for the 2017 season this Sunday at 1401 Laubach Ave.
Observing its 21st anniversary, the museum, free to the public, will be open on the second and fourth Sundays of each month, 1-3 p.m., through September.
Northampton Farmers Market will open for the season May 16, and its new location — Municipal Park, at Smith Lane and Laubach Avenue — will offer the public an expanded market, with entertainment and a shopping experience people will want to return for, according to borough Planner Victor Rodite.
“We will have twice as many vendors as we had last year,” Rodite said, adding he is compiling the list of vendors who agreed to be part of the farmers market.
The deadline for persons residing in the Borough of Northampton’s first ward interested in filling the seat of Robert Coleman, who resigned from his council seat April 20, have until this coming Monday, May 8, to file an application.
Council could vote as early as May 18 when it holds the second of its monthly meetings — sooner if a special session is sought, which appears unlikely.
The appointment’s term ends Dec. 31, 2017, when Coleman’s present term would have ended.
With housing rehabilitation no longer eligible for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds and handicapped ramp construction problematic, Northampton Borough is seeking CDBG funds to improve 14 streets in the borough that, if left unattended, may fall into disrepair within three to five years.
Borough council held a special meeting April 20, which was open to the public, for the purpose of coming up with recommendations on how it could spend the CDBG money if a proposal submitted to the Northampton County Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED) is approved.
Northampton Athletic Association’s opening day ceremony on Saturday was very special one.
Drawing a large crowd at the NAA complex, hundreds of girls and boys in uniform also paid tribute to a legendary NAA icon, Stephen “Deets” Guttman, whose more than 50 years of service in a myriad of volunteer positions is unprecedented.
The NAA named the baseball and softball complex the Stephen “Deets” Guttman Athletic Complex. The striking sign stands out in bold orange and black colors, below Northampton Athletic Association in small lettering.
Plans for a million-square-foot warehouse in Allen Township have been altered to meet Federal Aviation Administration guidelines, resulting in the planning process beginning anew before the Allen Township Planning Commission.
Previous hearings and plans for the project advanced by The Rockefeller Group, a New York City-based real estate development company, are now being modified, township planners were appraised at its meeting April 17.
A number of North Catasauqua residents attended the meeting, as the “Lot 5” property borders on their residential properties.