Northampton Press

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Borough considers multimunicipal group

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 by AL RECKER in Local News

Northampton Borough Council is considering joining several other local municipalities in a multimunicipal comprehensive plan.

The vote to join could come as soon as council’s Feb. 6 meeting.

Tracy Oscavich, director of development with the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission, and East Allen Township Manager Brent Green went before council at the Jan. 6 meeting, outlining the objectives of such a collaboration.

RAP OF THE GAVEL

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 by The Press in Local News

JANUARY

THURSDAY 23

East Allen Township Board of Supervisors meets 7:30 p.m. in the municipal building, 5344 Nor-Bath Blvd.

MONDAY 27

Northampton Area School District Board of Education meets 6:30 p.m. in the first-floor board room of the district offices, 2014 Laubach Ave.

Moore Township Planning Commission meets 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 2491 Community Drive.

TUESDAY 28

Allen Township Board of Supervisors meets 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 4714 Indian Trail Road.

Bath reorganizes

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 by BILL LEINER JR. in Local News

At its reorganization meeting Jan. 6, Bath Borough Council retained Mark Saginario as president, Michele Ehrgott as vice president and Barry Fenstermaker as council pro-tem.

After completing appointments, the reorganization ended.

During its regular meeting, Jim Pasquariello, president of Bath Social Club, presented a $500 check to Saginario for Bath Fire Department.

Marena Rasmus, office administrator, reported Brian Radcliffe, a leader at Bath American Legion Eckley E. Patch Post 470, addressed council.

East Allen appoints council positions

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

With the election of a new member of council, East Allen Township held its reorganization meeting Jan. 6.

Christopher Cruz is the newly elected member of the board of supervisors. Mark Schwartz was re-elected to the board.

Once the new members were sworn in, the board voted to retain most of the existing team.

Roger Unangst was elected as chairman, and Mark Schwartz was elected as vice chairman. Rose Wedde will continue as treasurer, and Brent Green will remain township manager.

LVHN hosts annual spirit-free mix-off

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 by JIM MARSH in Local News

For the 19th consecutive year, Lehigh Valley Health Network hosted the Lehigh Valley DUI/Highway Safety Task Force annual spirit-free mix-off Dec. 19, 2019, at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

Supported by business and community leaders, the event promotes a critical message of not mixing the consumption of alcoholic beverages and driving during the holiday season.

Guest servers representing local media outlets offered tastes of nonalcoholic drinks and encouraged tasters to judge the ones they enjoyed the best.

County council holds line on 2020 taxes

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Northampton County property owners will see no county tax hike this year. By an 8-1 vote, county council voted Dec. 5, 2019, to adopt county Executive Lamont McClure’s $445 million spending plan for 2020. The tax rate will remain at 11.8 mills, where it has been for the past five years. A home assessed at $75,000 will receive a tax bill this year for $885.

This is McClure’s second budget as county executive — and the second time he has held the line on taxes.

Flood announces candidacy

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Ann Flood has announced her candidacy for the 2020 election for the 138th Legislative District.

With the announcement of state Rep. Marcia Hahn’s retirement, Flood intends to continue her legacy. She is committed to addressing property taxes for all constituents.

Flood is an advocate for economic development and supports small-business growth. She hopes to help create more opportunities for those interested in growing their businesses.

Council members take oath

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 by AL RECKER in Local News

Northampton Borough Council reorganized during the Jan. 6 meeting.

Mayor Thomas Reenock administered the oath of office, for four-year terms, to Keith Piescienski, first ward; Judy Kutzler, second ward; Thomas Gehringer, third ward; and Anthony Lopsonzski Sr., fourth ward.

Council held the election of officers, unanimously voting Anthony Lopsonzski Jr. as president, Piescienski as vice president and Anthony Pristash as president pro tem.