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Willow Brook project gets final approval

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 by LINDA WOJCIECHOWSKI in Local News

Construction for new housing development expected to begin in spring

Construction at the Willow Brook Farm property in Northampton is expected to begin in the spring. Northampton Borough Council voted to give final approval to the portion of the plan located in the borough, with six conditions attached.

Recommendations for the conditions were suggested by the borough planning commission and by borough Solicitor Steven Goudsouzian.

The planning commission had granted conditional final approval at its Jan. 10 meeting.

Borough council, emergency personnel take oath

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 by LINDA WOJCIECHOWSKI in Local News

Newly re-elected Northampton Borough Council members took the oath of office at the Jan. 2 reorganization meeting at the borough municipal building. Also sworn in were Northampton Fire Department volunteer firefighters.

Borough Mayor Thomas Reenock administered the oath of office to Councilmen Anthony Lopsonzski Jr., Robert McHale, Keith Piescienski and Tony Pristash.

Also serving on the borough council are Edward Pany, Anthony Lopsonzski Sr., Julia “Judy” Kutzler and Kenneth Hall.

Rental property ordinance drafted

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 by LINDA WOJCIECHOWSKI in Local News

A new ordinance regulating licensing and inspections for rental properties in Northampton Borough has been drafted. Following council review and public comment on the draft Jan. 18, a number of revisions are expected to be implemented before the ordinance is brought before the council for a vote.

The key elements of the draft, now under revision, are outlined here.

The purpose of the ordinance is to provide a framework with which landlords will be compelled to correct violations, keep rental properties in good condition and promote public health and safety.

Council approves new part-time police officer

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 by LINDA WOJCIECHOWSKI in Local News

Northampton Police Chief Bryan Kadingo requested and received permission to hire Jake R. Charles as a part-time borough police officer. The unanimous vote of the Northampton Borough Council came at council’s Dec. 7, 2017, meeting.

Charles is a Whitehall Township resident and graduate of Whitehall High School. He has completed Act 120 training and must complete the required physical and psychological certifications before beginning work with the department.

Zoners approve conversion of Catholic War Vets building

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 by LINDA WOJCIECHOWSKI in Local News

Northampton Borough Zoning Hearing Board has given its approval for the conversion of the former Catholic War Veterans Post 454 building at 14th and Washington streets into apartments.

Appearing at a Dec. 14, 2017, zoning board hearing, MGMI Holding Company representative Manny Makhoul and his attorney, Ronald Corkery, applied for a variance because the property does not have the number of parking spaces required by the borough’s zoning ordinance in an R-3 residential district.

Borough council approves 2018 budget

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 by LINDA WOJCIECHOWSKI in Local News

Northampton’s new rental ordinance expected to be presented this month

A resolution giving final approval to the $6.3 million 2018 budget for Northampton Borough passed by a unanimous vote at borough council’s Dec. 21, 2017, meeting. The proposed spending plan had been presented to council by borough Manager LeRoy Brobst at council’s Dec. 7, 2017, workshop.

Following the passing of that resolution, an ordinance fixing the tax rate for borough residents was also approved. Both votes were unanimous.

Drawing for donations

Wednesday, December 27, 2017 by LINDA WOJCIECHOWSKI in Local News

Borough resident uses

While many Lehigh Valley children were drafting their Christmas wish lists for Santa, young Lyla Schneck was brainstorming about how she could help other people during the holiday season.

When she hit on the idea of using her art talent, she discussed it with her mother. She is the daughter of Ashley Davis and Ryan Schneck, of Northampton.

“I did these pictures. Do you think people would give some type of food that I could take to the food bank if I make them a picture?” she asked her mother.

Vote is expected on borough budget

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 by LINDA WOJCIECHOWSKI in Local News

Manager says 2017 has been ‘a very cost-effective year’

When Northampton Borough Council meets for its final meeting of the year Dec. 21, members will vote to approve a $6.3 million budget for 2018. The proposed spending plan was presented to the council by borough Manager LeRoy Brobst at the Dec. 7 workshop meeting.

“This has been a very cost-effective year,” Brobst said of 2017. “We’ve managed to keep costs down.”

The result is that the borough balance is expected to end the year in the black, with a total of $882,198 in checking, liquid fuels and recreation fund accounts.

Council OKs Willow Brook preliminary plans

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 by LINDA WOJCIECHOWSKI in Local News

Lot owners to contribute to fund in case traffic signal becomes necessary

The proposed preliminary plan for the Willow Brook Farms development received conditional approval from Northampton Borough Council at its Dec. 7 meeting. The vote was unanimous.

Borough Solicitor Steven Goudsouzian said the Phase I preliminary conditional approval was recommended by the borough planning commission.

Among the 14 conditions attached to the approval was one that the applicant, Fuller Family Trust, be required to pay all fees, including professional, escrow, recreation and hookup.

another view

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 by LINDA WOJCIECHOWSKI in Opinion

Fishing: It’s not just about dinner

“Fishing is much more than fish. It is the great occasion when we may return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers.” — Herbert Hoover

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I’ve only gone fishing three times in my life. The opening day of trout season in the Lehigh Valley Saturday got me to thinking, though, about the attraction and significance of the sport.

I only recall going fishing with my father one time. We were on a family vacation, and he took four of us, ranging in age from about 5 to 10, to fish along a creek bank. I was 9.