Willow Brook Farm Trust was granted preliminary conditional approval at the Oct. 11 meeting of Northampton Borough Planning Commission for 11 single homes off Howertown Road. The plans now go before borough council for review and a vote.
Initially, the development was to have 67 homes in the borough, but the project has been scaled back. The majority of the housing development will be in North Catasauqua, with some space in Allen Township.
The present 18-hole golf course would be reduced to nine holes.
At the East Allen Township Board of Supervisors meeting Oct. 11, township Supervisor Deborah Seiple provided all supervisors with a copy of a letter she sent to Allen Township on proposed warehouse developments. The letter was precipitated by a request from Allen Township for comments on its comprehensive plan draft.
The main point made in the letter is that proposed warehouses will dramatically increase traffic on Routes 329 and 987.
At their Oct. 3 meeting, Moore Township supervisors only needed a few minutes to discuss and unanimously vote for a new police vehicle.
The vehicle, a 2017 Ford Explorer with a price tag of $47,000, will replace the police department’s Crown Victoria.
Richard Gable, board treasurer/secretary, in his support for the new vehicle, said, “The Crown Vic has 180,000 miles and will not pass inspection.”
Lehigh Township Municipal Authority meets 6 p.m. in the municipal building, 1069 Municipal Road.
Moore Township Recreation Commission meets 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 2491 Community Drive.
Northampton Area School Board 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.
John Michael Hann, 61, of Bushkill Township, was taken into custody Oct. 5 on charges of homicide and attempted homicide filed in connection with a shooting Oct. 4 in Lehigh Township.
Hann is accused of shooting and killing his cousin, Joseph F. Mullner, 64.
Mullner’s wife, Melinda, who called police 6:26 p.m. Oct. 4 to report what happened, was also shot.
She is currently hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.
Lehigh Township police found her husband’s body in the driveway of their Longacre Drive home.
As part of ongoing security enhancements, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has updated the design and enhanced the security features of its driver’s licenses and identification card products.
PennDOT entered a new contract with MorphoTrust USA in August of 2015 for the design and issuance of licenses and identification cards. This update is unrelated to the REAL ID Act.
At 63 years, Lehigh Elementary School may be ready for retirement.
For Northampton Area School District School Board President David Gogel, it’s a bittersweet prospect.
“That was my first year there in school — 1956,” said Gogel, who attended Lehigh Elementary 1956-62. “If a new school is going to be more efficient, it’s the way to go.”
Based on a study of repairs and improvements needed at Lehigh, it would almost cost as much to renovate the building, built in 1954, as to build a new school at the same location, 800 Blue Mountain Drive, Walnutport.
Mr. Michael Miller was reared in Nazareth, graduating from Nazareth High School in 1986, where he played tackle on the football team and was a heavyweight wrestler on the Blue Eagles championship wrestling squad.
He recalled, “I especially admired coach Ray Nunamaker and Larry Oberly, my social studies teacher.”
Michael attended Unity College in Maine and studied conservation and law enforcement. He used this training and served on the Coopersburg Police Department for seven years.
A prolific weightlifter, Michael owned Nazareth Barbell for 12 years.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission warns motorists to change travel plans or brace for a long detour Oct. 13-16 during a planned weekend closure of the Northeastern Extension (Interstate 476) in Lehigh and Carbon counties as workers replace a 60-year-old bridge.
The detour will occur from 9 p.m. Oct. 13 to 4 a.m. Oct. 16. The detour exits are the Lehigh Valley Interchange (No. 56) for northbound traffic and the Pocono Interchange (No. 95) for southbound traffic. The authorized detour route directs motorists to Route 22, Route 33 and Interstate 80.