Northampton Borough Council approved a new company for handling the disposal of dewatered sewer sludge from its sewer treatment plant.
Bids for a new three-year contract were opened at the April 5 borough council meeting. The contract with the current provider, Waste Management, expires April 30.
The low bidder for removing 3,000 tons of sludge is LMR Disposal of Alpha, N.J. Waste Management bid $316,940, and Solid Waste Services (J.P. Mascaro) bid $322,435.
Northampton Borough Council members differ on the necessity of imposing a new rental property ordinance.
Councilman Robert McHale had provided the current draft of the ordinance to council members for review at the March 15 council meeting, with discussion of the draft on the April 5 council meeting agenda.
At the meeting, Councilwoman Julia Kutzler offered an impassioned plea for the passage of the ordinance, in support of the low-income families who reside in rental units.
A copy of the revised residential rental unit ordinance was distributed to council members for their review at the March 15 Northampton Borough Council meeting. Discussion of the proposed ordinance will be on the agenda at the April 5 council meeting.
This latest revision was completed by a council committee that included Julia Kutzler, Robert McHale and Anthony Lopsonzski Sr.
“We looked at the existing ordinances in place concerning rental properties,” Kutzler said.
The annual borough Easter egg hunt will be held 11 a.m. March 24 at Municipal Park, Smith Lane and Laubach Avenue, according to Councilman Tony Pristash, building, land and recreation chair.
The rain date will be 1 p.m. March 25.
Pristash also reported a Spring Fling dance for fourth- and fifth-grade students is planned for 6:30-8:30 p.m. April 14 at the recreation center. This will be the last borough-sponsored dance of the season, he said.
Michael Melosky arrived home from work March 6 to find his 4-year-old Yorkshire terrier had soiled herself in her crate.
The little 5-pound dog, Bella, has a sensitive digestive system and must have had a bad reaction to something she had eaten, he told The Press.
Melosky took Bella, “very loved by my family,” to the shower to bathe her.
Somehow, one of her paws slipped into the 4-inch shower drain and became lodged there.
The Barrington Drive resident attended the March 15 Northampton Borough Council meeting to tell his story.
Northampton Borough Council is expected to look at a new revision of a proposed residential rental ordinance regulating rental properties in the borough at the March 15 council workshop meeting.
Councilman Robert McHale confirmed to council members at the March 1 meeting that revisions are being made in response to input from residents and property owners at a special Jan. 18 meeting.
Among the comments at that meeting were that the ordinance draft on the table at the time included overregulation and burdensome and unnecessary fees.
Should a crisis and tragedy occur in Northampton Borough like the one last week in south Florida, what would the responsibilities of borough officials be?
Borough Councilman Kenneth Hall, who is also the borough’s emergency management coordinator, addressed the issue with council members and officials at the borough council meeting Feb. 15.
The council meeting occurred just one day after a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., killing 14 students and three faculty members.
Councilwoman Julia Kutzler told Northampton Borough Council the fire department is proceeding with a Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency application for funding to assist with the cost of the new fire engine. A Pierce Enforcer, it is a pumper apparatus.
Fire Chief Keith Knoblach said manufacturing of the vehicle should be completed soon, and delivery to the borough is expected in May.
The cost of the engine is $520,000, he said.
Northampton Borough Council addressed a number of complaints at its Feb. 1 meeting.
Candlewick Lane resident David Haberacker asked for an update on a fence he believes was constructed by an Allen Township property owner on Northampton Borough property. He had reported the problem to the borough office in September 2017.
Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst said he had contacted Allen Township Code Officer Michael Edelman, who told him an application for approval of the fence had been denied and that he would look into it.
Northampton Borough Councilman Robert McHale complimented the public works department for the challenging work done during the wintry January weather, which had included snow, sleet, freezing rain, high winds and subfreezing temperatures, during the council’s Jan. 18 meeting. He said the lighted holiday street ornaments were still in place in the borough because workers’ attentions have been on keeping streets open and safe during the winter weather events.