Robert “Bob” Coleman, a Northampton Borough councilman for the last 12 years, has resigned his office. Borough council members, at their April 20 meeting, accepted Coleman’s resignation, effective immediately, with regrets.
Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst said Coleman submitted a letter notifying the administration and council his resignation is based on medical reasons. The vacancy will be filled by appointment from council.
Councilman Ed Pany expressed regret in Coleman leaving his position — not only as a councilman, but as a friend.
The owner of the former Tama Manufacturing building on Main Street, labeled as one of the most blighted properties in Northampton Borough, appeared before borough council April 20 to request additional time to convert the deteriorating three-story structure into apartments, a project he contends will bring pride to the town.
Bath developer Thomas Kishbaugh was granted a variance April 13 by the Northampton Borough Zoning Hearing Board on his plans to convert the long-vacant 19th-century Central School building on Main Street into 12 apartments.
The approval is the first step in obtaining a permit to allow the work to begin.
Kishbaugh, who has already appeared before the planning commission with sketch plans for the project, will later return with more specific plans, after which the commission will give its recommendation to borough council for a vote.
Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli addressed members of the Mid Eastern Counties Association of Boroughs at its February meeting in Northampton, commending them for their work in keeping the residents and their communities safe.
Speaking in council chambers at borough hall. Morganelli said, “You folks are on the front line. I always value that.”
Northampton Borough Fire Department’s plans for a fire training center on borough-owned property have received a nod from the zoning board, borough Manager LeRoy Brobst confirmed Monday.
The proposal to use a former quarry site off Howertown Road was before borough council at its April 6 meeting. No council member expressed opposition, although one questioned if zoning regulations would be met for such a project.
“Is it allowed?” asked Councilman Robert McHale. “You have residences on both sides.”
Abby Road Veterinary Hospital is expected to open in May on Atlas Road, after being given approval by Allen Township Board of Supervisors at its February meeting.
Abby Gerenser, of Saylorsburg, was granted approval to operate the veterinary clinic, which will provide services for dogs and cats needing surgical procedures and inoculations.
Gerenser, an associate veterinarian at a Saylorsburg animal clinic, can now proceed with the agreement of sale contingent.
At one time, the structure was a two-room schoolhouse.
Four Northampton Area High School seniors — Alexis Christein, Gabrielle Gallo, Larry Eyre and Zachary Fisher — were added to the Northampton Exchange Club rolls as Students of the Month for the 2016-17 school year.
At a Service to Youth ceremony held April 5 at Northampton Banquet & Event Center, the honorees, lauded for their in-class and out-of-class endeavors, were presented with Lamp of Knowledge plaques, certificates and pens.
The large tract behind Redner’s Quick Shoppe and CVS on 21st Street — an area that has set idle for decades — is now being eyed as a site for a two-story assisted living facility for seniors.
The borough planning commission will meet April 12 in council chambers at borough hall to review sketch plans and hear details presented by Pennsylvania Venture Capital, Inc., Whitehall Township, on its plans to develop the parcel as Northampton Manor.
The address of the applicant is 823 N. Third St., Fullerton — listed as Whitehall Manor, an Abe Atiyeh facility.
Northampton Borough Councilman Anthony Lopsonzski Sr., at the March 16 meeting of borough council, said something needs to be done to free up some parking spaces for business patrons who utilize the community lot on Center Street. The parking lot is filled with vehicles daily, he said, often by people who park their vehicles in the large, blacktopped lot for hours on end.
“We need a program to identify these people,” Lopsonzski said, of vehicles not moved from the spaces during the entire day and evening when businesses need spaces for their customers.
The long-vacant Central School building on Northampton’s Main Street, whose history dates back to the 19th century, including as the town’s first high school, could shortly be converted into apartments — 12 one- and two-bedroom units on the two floors.
Tom Kishbaugh, president of GeorgeAnn Custom Homes Inc., Bath, went before Northampton Borough Planning Commission March 8 with a sketch plan to transform the brick structure into a dozen apartments on its two floors.