Northampton Borough is expected to see a major uptick in truck traffic once the FedEx Ground distribution center opens in Allen Township, along with other similar warehouses and distribution centers that may follow.
Taking into account that the borough planning commission has followed council’s request to study and make recommendations for the comprehensive plan, which after two decades needs to be reviewed, borough Planner Victor Rodite related the news to council and the administration via a report at the Jan. 5 council meeting.
With hundreds of miles of streets and alleys to be cleared when snow or ice blankets the roads, Northampton Borough Public Works Department is ready to tackle the task.
The plows are ready at the public works facility on Lerchenmiller Drive. The trucks are full with tanks of fuel, and two sheds are filled to the brim with 600 tons of road salt.
“[Road salt] goes fast,” borough Manager LeRoy Brobst said.
Allen Township supervisors say they are prepared to adopt legislation that bans vehicle parking, partially or fully, at intersections.
At their Dec. 8, 2016, meeting, supervisors authorized Solicitor B. Lincoln Treadwell to put the finishing touches on such an ordinance and have it advertised to give it legal notice.
The proposed legislation is expected to come before the five supervisors for a vote at a meeting this month.
At the Dec. 14 Northampton Borough Council meeting, council members adopted the 2017 budget — slightly over $6 million — that retains the 10-mill real estate levy.
The budget is no-frills spending plan, according to Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst. This is his first budget submission to borough lawmakers since taking the helm June 1.
Council lauded Brobst for not raising property taxes while maintaining a high caliber of services and programs for all the residents and property owners.
The Borough of Northampton held its annual appreciation dinner meeting Dec. 16 for its employees and volunteers at Northampton Banquet & Event Center.
Gerald “Jerry” Deily, retired executive director of Northampton Borough Municipal Authority (NBMA), was awarded the prestigious Gold Cement Bag plaque for his volunteer work on behalf of the community.
Deily was recognized for his fundraising efforts and work on establishing the community center on Lerchenmiller Drive. He then acted as the center’s chairman.
Northampton Exchange Club at the Nov. 9 dinner meeting, held at Northampton Banquet & Event Center, opened its 2016-17 Service to Youth Program by citing four Northampton Area High School seniors for their accomplishments in September and October.
Recognized as September Girl of the Month was Brandy Moser, and September Boy of the Month was Ryan Rimple.
The October Girl of the Month went to Cassanda Motyka, and October Boy of the Month was Alexander Skrapits.
Northampton Exchange Club, in partnership with Northampton Area High School, initiated the Outstanding NAHS Faculty/Staff Recognition program. The first two honorees, Sally Madden and Jaclyn Grejda, were cited at the club’s dinner meeting, held Nov. 9 at Northampton Banquet & Event Center.
Participating in recognizing Madden and Grejda were Northampton Area School District Superintendent Joseph Kovalchik and NAHS Principal Robert Steckel.
Madden is the first recipient as the September honoree; Grejda is the honoree for October.
Lehigh County Sheriff Joseph Hanna at a meeting of the Mid Eastern Counties Association of Boroughs, held Nov. 30 at the Coplay Municipal Building, addressed a host of topics, such as marijuana use, gun ownership and diversity, along with the duties his staff performs on a daily basis.
Council members and mayors from Bath, Catasauqua, Coplay, Northampton and North Catasauqua were present for the forum, which included a PowerPoint presentation.
Allen Township Board of Supervisors at the Dec. 8 meeting adopted a $1,790,001 budget for 2017, supported by a 5-mill real estate tax levy, which has not risen since 2005 when property taxes went up a scant one-half mill.
2017 marks the 12th year homeowners, along with commercial and industrial property owners, have not experienced a hike in real estate taxes.
The five supervisors, on voting unanimously for the budget, did not comment on the budget they approved.
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.