One of the Borough of Northampton’s most recognized iconic structures is the Central School building on Main Street. At its June 14 meeting, Northampton Borough Planning Commission recommended that a proposal to convert the structure into 12 apartments now go before borough council for its review.
Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst said he expects council will vote July 20 on the planners’ recommendation for the project, submitted by Bath developer Tom Kishbaugh of Royal Development Company.
An earlier projection by Fuller Family Trust to erect 67 homes on the Willow Brook Golf Course has been pared to 11 single-family dwellings on large 7,500-square-foot lots, and the new plan went before Northampton Borough Planning Commission June 14.
This scaled-back plan, which would have access off Howertown Road, is part of a more ambitious project that calls for 164 homes to be built in adjoining North Catasauqua — proposed mainly as an active adult, 55-and-older community.
The missing link between the Nor-Bath Trail and the Delaware & Lehigh Trail, at Canal Park, is no longer missing. The one-mile section in Northampton has been completed, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held June 16 to formally open the trail to walkers, bicyclists and joggers.
Northampton Borough Council is back to its full capacity of eight council members, two from each of the four wards. Kenneth Hall took his seat at the June 1 meeting on the legislative body, filling the spot vacated by Robert Coleman, who resigned in April. The position expires Dec. 31.
Hall voted on several matters that night and made his first motion as council business concluded — the motion to adjourn.
The move of Northampton Farmers Market from Uptown Park, just off Main Street, to Municipal Park, at Laubach Avenue and Smith Lane, is getting positive reviews. The venue, boosted by entertainment and ample parking, appears to have gained the support of the public.
There are more than double the vendors, selling a larger variety of goods, including vegetables, potatoes, whole chickens and meats, baked goods, cakes and pies, comfort food, jelly and jams, homemade peanut butter, macaroni and cheese, custom popcorn, smoothies, candles, oils, healthy items and more.
Northampton Borough Council at the June 1 meeting accepted the retirement of Police Chief Ron Morey, whose career with the borough’s police force spans more than three decades.
Morey will remain in command of the police department until Aug. 1.
“Police Chief Ron Morey will reach his normal retirement age in August 2017,” borough Manager LeRoy Brobst advised council, noting for clerical purposes Morey’s retirement is effective Sept. 1.
The veteran police officer has accrued time in order to leave his position earlier.
Nyeeam Hudson, an 11-year-old internationally known motivational speaker out of Orange, N.J., was given a rousing ovation April 28 by Northampton Area Middle School (NAMS) students.
The middle school’s anti-bullying program is heralded as a model for other schools, and Nyeeam’s message addressed issues young people confront — bullying, peer pressure and lack of confidence.
Kenneth Hall, 58, whose affiliation with Northampton Fire Department dates back to his teens, was chosen by an unanimous vote at the May 18 meeting to fill the vacant council seat on the eight-member elective legislative body.
The term for the first ward council post runs until Dec. 31.
Hall was one of three candidates vying for the council seat vacated in April by then-Councilman Robert Coleman, who resigned for health reasons.
Shelby Fabian and Michael A. Dempsey Jr. were the other candidates seeking the vacant council seat.
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.