More and more, the once pastoral landscape of Allen Township is changing to one of large structures like warehouses and 18-wheel diesel trucks carrying cargo there.
While the impact has not yet been fully felt, since FedEx Ground has just begun construction of its huge distribution complex off Willowbrook Road, more such projects seem to be appearing on the horizon.
Norfolk-Southern Railroad will make repairs to the railroad crossing at 21st Street (Route 329) in Northampton the weekend of Dec. 9, thus requiring the closing of the Cementon-Northampton Bridge to all vehicle traffic.
The bridge will be closed 6 p.m.-6 a.m. Dec. 9-11.
Work on the railroad crossing involves the roadbed.
The detour will direct traffic to the Coplay-Northampton Bridge, where traffic will proceed one block on Chestnut Street and be directed to turn onto North Second Street, proceeding to North Coplay in Whitehall Township and then en route to Route 145.
Homeowners in the Borough of Northampton have received an early holiday present.
The administration, at the Nov. 17 council meeting, announced real estate taxes for 2017 will not be raised — a relief after property taxes went up one mill in 2016.
Borough Manager Leroy Brobst prepared his first proposed budget for council. He succeeds longtime borough Manager Gene Zarayko, who retired in May and died Oct. 25. Much like Zarayko, who cited his budget messages as “no frills,” Brobst also presented an austere spending plan.
The Borough of Northampton is putting the finishing touches on preparations for its annual yule tree-lighting ceremony, set for this coming Sunday, Nov. 27, beginning 5:30 p.m. at Main Street and Laubach Avenue.
Borough council, at its Nov. 17 meeting, stated the fire department’s aerial fire truck will escort Santa and Mrs. Claus 6 p.m. to the celebration.
“A choir of students from Good Shepherd Catholic School will entertain those gathered with a concert of Christmas carols,” borough Manager Leroy Brobst told council.
The 11 veterans honored Nov. 10 by Sacred Heart Senior Living, Northampton, for their military service had stories etched in their faces as some recounted their experiences many years ago.
Take Walter Fedorak, for example. He ran away from home at 18 to join the U.S. Army.
Donning a cap with World War II lettering, Fedorak, 92, sat down for a brief chat — with his wife, Mary, at his side — to share some of his journey through the 1940s experience. The couple, who had resided in Whitehall Township, now share a room at the Sacred Heart Senior Living complex.
The newly reduced speed limit on Willowbrook Road — from 35 mph to 25 mph — is not making many motorists happy, as can be observed by a stream of brake lights and frustration on drivers’ faces.
The lowering of the speed limit results from an Allen Township request to Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to place 25 mph signs along Willowbrook Road until approximately May 2017, so road widening can continue and be completed in a timely manner, while keeping the safety of workers and drivers as a priority.
Northampton Borough Manager Leroy Brobst is preparing the 2017 budget — the first for him since taking the reins of the position June 1.
Brobst succeeded retiring borough Manager Gene Zarayko, who died Oct. 25.
The plan should go to council for review likely at the Nov. 17 meeting.
Although there has been no official word on whether real estate taxes will be raised or be retained at the present 10-mill rate, Brobst said he is keenly aware of this first budget he is tackling and the property tax rate needed to meet the community’s needs.
Gene Zarayko, who died Oct. 25, only five months after retiring as borough manager for Northampton, had strong Konkrete Kid values and leadership skills, a commitment to the community and a fierce dedication to continue moving the town forward.
These sentiments were echoed by borough officials and friends of Zarayko in the days since his death.
Gene Zarayko, who served as Northampton Borough manager for 30 years, died Tuesday at his Newport Avenue residence. He was 76.
Borough council lauded Zarayko at its May meeting, citing a host of contributions he made to the community and its residents. In paying tribute to Zarayko, who shunned the limelight and rather recognized others for their service to the borough, council agreed, “Gene bled orange and black.”
The Borough of Northampton’s comprehensive plan — a guide and blueprint for the direction the community takes in the future — will receive a review by the borough planning commission for an update.
Borough council at the Oct. 6 meeting directed the five-member planning commission to make a thorough study of the present comprehensive plan, come up with ideas and then make recommendations to council.
There was no timetable set for such a submission to borough lawmakers.