Allen Township Board of Supervisors at the Sept. 27 meeting reported many families in the township will see their water bills rise modestly, as soon as this month, resulting from a notice by Northampton Borough Municipal Authority (NBMA) and not by any action of the township.
Supervisors reported a $2-per-month increase will occur for those residences having 3/4-inch pipes. This increase is expected to affect 1,500 homes receiving NBMA water.
More than four decades ago, 1975 to be exact, the Borough of Northampton and the Village of Stegersbach, Austria, agreed to a partnership — a Sister City bond — that, although an ocean apart, has become a tradition celebrated each September.
With an aging Austrian population in the borough, the Sister City observance could become history. This is the third year no program was held at the monument and grounds on Laubach Avenue, which in the past has included raising of the American and Austrian flags, short remarks and polka music, followed by a picnic at nearby Municipal Park.
The bridge in the 1000 block of Main Street, between Laubach Avenue and Lerchenmiller Drive, will be closed beginning Oct. 3 as Northampton County makes extensive repairs to the area.
Some motorists, including even longtime borough residents, may be unaware of the small bridge that crosses the Hokendauqua Creek, which flows into the nearby Lehigh River.
The area will be closed to all traffic — vehicular and pedestrian — until Nov. 30, according to a report from Northampton Borough Police Department.
Northampton Borough Planning Commission at its Sept. 14 meeting approved the proposal of Pennsylvania Venture Capital Inc., Whitehall, to establish a religious-based social club at 1464 Washington Ave., formerly the home of Catholic War Veterans Post 454.
The planning commission’s recommendation now goes to borough council, which will vote on the final approval regarding the plan. The borough zoning hearing board at a July 14 hearing gave its consent to the Whitehall-based company, headed by Abe Atiyeh, to move forward with plans for the club.
Allen Township decided Sept. 8 to open a forested tract it owns along the Lehigh River to archers but will restrict the hunting to township residents only.
The issue was listed on the agenda as the “hunter access program” under unfinished business at the Allen Township Board of Supervisors meeting.
A section at the lower end of Main Street will be closed to traffic in order for Northampton County to proceed with repairs to the bridge that crosses Hokendauqua Creek. Upsetting to Northampton Borough officials is the county’s lack of information regarding the project.
Since there will have to be detours in place because of the heavy traffic on Main Street, borough Manager Leroy Brobst said he thinks the county should be more forthcoming.
A faith-based social club proposed at the site of the former Catholic War Veterans (CWV) Post 454 has Northampton Borough Councilman Anthony Lopsonzski Sr. adamantly opposed to having it approved at the Washington Avenue and 15th Street site.
PA Venture Capital, of Whitehall Township, would like to convert the former CWV building into a social club with religious overtones.
Lopsonzski Sr. said there is a serious parking problem in that area, which would be compounded if the proposed use was permitted.
The Borough of Northampton has started putting together its 2017 budget.
This is an earlier start than what is customary for the administration, which provides the tentative spending plan to council. Borough lawmakers will review and act on the plan before the year ends.
Recently appointed borough Manager Leroy Brobst informed council at the Aug. 18 meeting that budget work is underway.
Brobst, previous longtime assistant to the manager, said this is the first budget he is putting together. Retired borough Manager Gene Zarayko handled the job for decades.
John Paul Crescenzo, newly named principal at Good Shepherd Catholic School, Northampton, brings with him a mix of experience and a fresh approach in his role to provide the elementary students a solid forward-looking curriculum and a strong Catholic environment.
Crescenzo, a youthful 35-year-old educator, was chosen by a school board committee because of his well-rounded background, both professional and personal.
He is the father of two boys, ages 4 and 7.
The long-awaited plan to connect the Nor-Bath Trail to the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor Trail is moving along.
Northampton Borough Council, at its Aug. 18 meeting, approved documents detailing the trail design. The paperwork will be forwarded to North Catasauqua Borough Council for its review.
Scott Everett, D&L Trail manager, outlined the progress being made for the proposed trail extension and the next steps.