Northampton County property owners have been spared a tax hike next year, at least if county Executive Lamont McClure has his way.
On Oct. 3, he unveiled a $445 million spending plan for 2020 at the 911 Center on Gracedale’s campus. His budget keeps the tax rate at 11.8 mills, where it has been for the past five years. A home assessed at $75,000 will receive a tax bill next year for $885.
Lehigh Township Municipal Authority meets 6 p.m. in the municipal building, 1069 Municipal Road, Walnutport.
Moore Township Recreation Commission meets 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 2491 Community Drive.
Northampton Borough Council meets 7:30 p.m. in the municipal building, 1401 Laubach Ave.
Allen Township Planning Commission meets 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 4714 Indian Trail Road.
Bath Borough Planning Commission meets 7 p.m. in council chambers at the municipal building, 121 S. Walnut St.
The Northampton Area School District Board of Education voted unanimously 9-0 at its Oct. 14 meeting to approve, on recommendation of the administration, Kandiss Schrader as the Northampton Area High School head girls lacrosse coach for the 2019-20 school year at a compensation of $7,713.
Girls lacrosse is an NASD-funded sports program in the 2019-20 academic year. The season begins in spring 2020.
Schrader, NAHS Class of 1996, went to Fairfield University, Connecticut, on a field hockey scholarship, where she played Division 1 lacrosse and field hockey.
At the end of its workshop meeting Oct. 9, the East Allen Township Board of Supervisors conducted an in-depth review of its 2020 budget. The budget will be posted once it is approved.
The board did discuss increasing the services of the zoning officer. Presently, the officer is in the office for three days and is not able to keep up with the demand. There is an option to hire an additional zoning officer, but the cost for another permanent employee is questionable.
Supervisor Mark Schwartz suggested increasing the zoning officer’s time in the township office to four days.
Under Pennsylvania’s Election Code, 10 or more citizens have the right to challenge the Department of State’s certification of a voting system. That’s exactly what happened to the ExpressVote XL voting system in Northampton County, a hybrid combining a voter-verified paper trail with the simplicity of a touch screen.
This system was certified by both the federal and state governments in November 2018. Eight months later, a challenge was filed. This triggered an automatic re-examination, which was conducted off-site in August.
East Allen Township Fire Chief Barry Frantz opened the East Allen Township Board of Supervisors meeting Aug. 14 with a briefing on the status of the township’s volunteer fire department.
The bottom line is the fire department is competent and efficient and looks for continued support from the community.
The challenge for the department is the size of the volunteer firefighter force.
“In 1970, there were 300,000 volunteer firefighters in the state. We are down to 38,000 now,” Frantz said.
Allen Township’s latest upgrades to its dog park on Savage Road are bringing a lot of praise from local dog owners.
Before the improvements, the local park was a grassy lot with a fence. The improvements are attracting dog owners from all around the Lehigh Valley.
“In an urban area, there isn’t a place to let your dog exercise and run with other dogs, so we really rely on these parks,” Melissa DeJesus said.
At the Moore Township Board of Supervisors meeting Oct. 1, supervisors received a report from Solicitor David Backenstoe regarding the procedure to advance a property use ordinance. The supervisors charged Backenstoe to amend the current mobile home park ordinance to address a deficiency in the regulation of mobile homes.