Northampton Borough Council was confronted at the June 20 meeting by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4714 members for sending its solicitor to the June 13 meeting of the borough’s zoning hearing board to oppose variance requests that would allow the post to sell the building at 1204 Main St.
Jonathan Wolfer, VFW Post 4714 senior vice commander, led a contingent of 15 officers and members to voice the VFW’s concerns regarding opposition to the sale of the structure to Abra Development, Whitehall.
Abra Development, seeking a favorable interpretation of zoning regulations and variances as part of its plan to acquire the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4714 building, 1204 Main St., Northampton, failed to receive the majority vote June 13 from the Northampton Borough Zoning Hearing Board.
After two-and-a-half hours of testimony, the appeal vote ended in a 2-2 tie. This resulted in the appeal not being granted.
Vandalism at Northampton Borough’s Municipal Park, Smith Lane and Laubach Avenue, is on the rise. The uptick in the destruction and damage to property and equipment by vandals coincides with the arrival of warmer weather.
“We recently had a picnic table broken in half, and the restroom still seems to be a prime target,” Northampton Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst told council at its June 6 meeting. “It may be become necessary to lock the restrooms and only open them up when someone holds a permit for park use.”
A large number of elected borough officials filled Bath Borough Hall council chambers May 29, including Bath Borough Mayor Fiorella Reginelli-Mirabito and council members, for a meeting of the Mid Eastern Counties Association of Boroughs (MECAB). The latest in state programs and legislation was the topic.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4714 building, 1204 Main St., is on the June 13 Northampton Borough Zoning Hearing Board agenda.
Post 4714 Commander Larry Schlittler confirmed it has a pending agreement of sale with Abra Development, but the sale is contingent on Abra receiving approval from the zoning board.
Schlittler emphasized the VFW remains as the building’s owner.
“We will not sell the building to the developer if it does not get the zoning board’s approval,” he said.
At the June 6 Northampton Borough Council meeting, members heard complaints from a resident regarding train noise and odors.
It was reported locomotives from Horwith Trucks Inc. idle the engines overnight and blow the horns, waking nearby families with the noise and smells. This is the second time this issue has been brought before council.
Brian King, of Barrington Drive, accompanied by residents living in a nearby residential development, went before council seeking relief. King presented a petition signed by 86 residents seeking an end to the noise and odors.
Northampton Exchange Club, at its May 1 dinner meeting held at Northampton Banquet and Event Center, lauded four Northampton Area High School students as a Boy or Girl of the Month during the Service to Youth program portion. Honored were Cameron Chuss, May Boy of the Month; Reem Shadid, May Girl of the Month; Vaughan Bryant, June Boy of the Month; and Bianca Minera, June Girl of the Month. At the time of the event, the students were all seniors. The students graduated June 1.
The honorees received a Lamp of Knowledge plaque, framed certificate and a club pen.
Northampton Borough Planner Victor Rodite presented a report containing proposals for various projects at the May 16 council meeting.
Rodite’s submission includes several initiatives, including the implementation of a Main Street manager to spur the business and retail operations in the commercial corridor.
“I am deeply engrossed in the preparation of maps, documents and text for the 2019 Community Development Block Grant application,” he said.
Northampton Exchange Club held its Service to Youth program April 2 at Northampton Banquet & Event Center. Five Northampton Area High School seniors were recognized as Students of the Month — Grace Tepes, Girl of the Month for January; Lauren Pague, Girl of the Month for March; Lucas Troy, Boy of the Month for March; Jade Korpics, Girl of the Month for April; and John Kennedy, Boy of the Month for April.
At the March 21 meeting, Northampton Borough Council approved the request of the Rev. Jerry Mraz, retired pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Northampton, to have a linden tree and monument put in at Northampton Borough Municipal Park, Laubach Avenue and Smith Lane. The monument will be in remembrance of the Slavic forefathers who settled in Northampton and will join the Sister Cities plaza and monument, which help serve as a bond between Stegersbach, Austria and Northampton.