Northampton Borough Council members unanimously voted not to hike 2019 real estate taxes during their Dec. 6 meeting.
Council members lauded borough Manager LeRoy Brobst for his diligence in presenting a budget with no frills and retaining the property tax at its present 10-mill level.
Brobst credited the administration’s personnel for their major contributions to the budget process.
Northampton Borough Council approved a 4-percent annual salary boost for its uniformed police officers at its Nov. 29 meeting.
The eight-member council unanimously approved the new wage and benefits contract — 12 percent over the three-year pact — for the 11 officers in the bargaining unit.
The police chief’s salary is set separately by council.
“Each year of the new contract, they will receive a 4-percent pay increase,” LeRoy Brobst, borough manager, explained.
Northampton Exchange Club held its first Service to Youth program for the 2018-19 school year at Northampton Banquet and Event Center Nov. 7. The following seniors were cited as Students of the Month during the dinner meeting: Gabrielle Demchak, September Girl of the Month; William Bachiashvili, September Boy of the Month; Katelyn Graver, October Girl of the Month; and Cameron Eaton, October Boy of the Month.
The students were presented with certificates in recognition of their achievements, club pens and Lamp of Knowledge plaques.
Northampton Borough Council is expected to vote on the 2019 budget at its Dec. 6 meeting.
The $6.4 million budget, introduced at the Nov. 29 meeting, retains the 10-mill real estate tax levy.
Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst called it “a tough budget with challenges.” However, the spending plan, which is expected to pass unanimously, does not include a property tax hike.
Northampton Exchange Club paid tribute to three Northampton Area High School faculty members — Rebecca Wagner, Barbara Christman and Marilyn White — during a Nov. 7 dinner meeting, where they were named NAHS Employees of the Month.
The tradition began three years ago when NAHS librarian Sally Madden was the first recipient.
Northampton Borough’s coveted Cement Bag Award will be presented to a borough resident at the annual banquet, to be held Dec. 14 at Northampton Banquet and Event Center. The dinner is usually coupled with a State of the Borough address, given by borough Manager LeRoy Brobst.
The identity of the 2018 honoree will not be disclosed until the event, a dinner at which borough employees and others aligned with the borough are also recognized for their dedication to the community.
Rick Molchany, Lehigh County director of general services, said the ongoing construction of the Coplay-Northampton Bridge is on schedule.
The concrete span in progress over the Lehigh River replaces the 1930s-era bridge, which was deemed dangerous. Motorists now use either the Cementon-Northampton Bridge or the Hokendauqua-North Catasauqua Bridge to traverse between communities on both sides of the river.
John “Jack” Harhart was honored with Northampton Exchange Club’s Book of Golden Deeds Award during the 65th Golden Deeds Award ceremony held Oct. 3 at the Northampton Banquet & Event Center, 1601 Laubach Ave.
“Jack fits the mold,” said Wayne Mery, Northampton Exchange Club president.
“Jack always gave of his time and talents to make the community a better place,” Mery noted while presenting Harhart a plaque for his unselfish achievements.
Northampton Exchange Club and Catasauqua Community Club will hold the 71st annual Bury the Hatchet dinner Nov. 20.
The dinner is in preparation for the Turkey Day football game played each year on Thanksgiving, which pits Northampton Area High School against Catasauqua High School.
This year, the dinner will start 6:30 p.m., with a cocktail hour before, at Northampton Banquet & Event Center, 1601 Laubach Ave.
Several churches in Northampton Borough and the surrounding area are sponsoring a Thanksgiving dinner Nov. 22. They will welcome families, couples and individuals alike to a turkey dinner with all the trimmings, free of charge, at St. John’s United Church of Christ, Howertown, 22 Atlas Road, Allen Township. The church hall at St. John’s will be open 2-4 p.m. for the dinner.
Everyone is invited to the free meal, according to the sponsors, Queenship of Mary Catholic Church, Grace United Church of Christ, Zion Lutheran Church, St. Paul’s United Church of Christ and St. John’s.