The Borough of Northampton’s new rental inspection ordinance has been met with some resistance.
The ordinance took effect Jan. 1. It requires landlords to pay a registration fee for each rental unit, to allow a borough code officer to schedule inspections of the property, to pay inspection fees and to correct unsafe conditions.
Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst reported approximately 34 percent of the properties inspected have failed. He noted some of the failures involved issues like buildings not having fire detectors.
The focus of East Allen Township’s workshop meeting April 10 was to hear a conditional use application from Imperial Realty Property Group. The applicant delayed the hearing and asked for it to be rescheduled.
Conditional use hearings are handled at workshop sessions. The hearing was rescheduled for May 8.
Imperial Realty has a commercial development on the southwest corner of the intersection of Route 329 and Airport Road. The location is across from the new warehouse development under construction by Vertec.
State Rep. Zach Mako, R-183rd, recently announced over $110,000 in Local Share Account grants were approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority in Harrisburg for Northampton Borough and Moore Township.
State Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-18th, also recently announced state funding totaling more than $4.22 million for seven projects in Northampton County, one of which was for Northampton Borough.
Northampton Borough received $45,000 to facilitate improvements to the pavilion at Northampton Borough Municipal Pool.
Despite a request for unsecured bail by his attorney, a former Lehigh Township firefighter and Allentown police officer was sent to Northampton County Prison April 12 in lieu of $100,000 cash.
Corey Cole, 41, turned himself in that morning and was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Robert Hawke on charges he stole more than $315,000 from the Lehigh Township Fireman’s Relief Fund.
Bath-Allen Youth Club President Eric Miller requested time to speak to Bath Borough Council and Mayor Fiorella Reginelli-Mirabito at the April 1 council meeting.
Miller explained Bath Borough and Allen Township have joined forces to develop the youth club.
“Kids need activities and opportunities to get out and enjoy sports and get them away from their phones,” he said.
Miller said the organization currently offers baseball, softball and basketball programs for boys and girls.
“We are open to more teams if we continue to have more kids sign up,” he said.
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.
Moore Township Planning Commission meets 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 2491 Community Drive.
Lehigh Township Board of Supervisors meets 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 1069 Municipal Road, Walnutport.