Northampton Press

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Moore supervisors OK budget

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

In a brief meeting Dec. 30, 2019, Moore Township Board of Supervisors, in a split vote, adopted the 2020 tax levy. They also approved the 2020 budget. Both votes were 2-1, with Supervisor Richard K. Gable casting the no vote. Gable interjected after the vote, saying the tax hike is 2 mills, which takes the total millage to 6 mills.

The hike translates to an increase of $112 for the median assessed property.

CEMENT WORKERS OF THE MONTH

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 by ED PANY Curator, Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum in Local News

Tony, Mark and Austin Plucker

Tony, Mark and Austin Plucker and former family members have more than 130 years of service at Evansville, the current Lehigh Heidelberg cement plant. They were reared in Molltown, Berks County, and graduated from Fleetwood High School.

Tony was hired in 1989, starting as a feed operator and repairman.

Today, he is a payloader operator, saying, “I move material at the plant each day, which includes 70,000 tires a week. They are used as alternate fuel. Old-timers Richard Hottenstein and Ray Weindt shared their years of work experiences with me.”

RAP OF THE GAVEL

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 by The Press in Local News

JANUARY

THURSDAY 16

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 Borough Council meets 7:30 p.m. in the municipal building, 1401 Laubach Ave.

MONDAY 20

Bath Planning Commission meets 7 p.m. in the council chambers at the municipal building, 121 S. Walnut St.

Lehigh Township Recreation Board meets 7:30 p.m. in the municipal building, 1069 Municipal Road, Walnutport.

Borough gains two new Eagle Scouts

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Northampton residents Clifton Bastow and Michael A. Jamicky, with Boy Scout Troop 383, recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout. The Eagle Scout Court of Honor was held Dec. 1, 2019, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Whitehall.

They are the sons of David and Theresa Bastow and Melissa and Mike Jamicky, respectively.

Both Scouts have served as senior patrol leader, quartermaster and patrol leader.

An integral part of becoming an Eagle Scout is to perform a service project for the community.

Borough council raises zoning board appeal fee

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 by AL RECKER in Local News

Property owners, residential or commercial, taking an appeal before Northampton Borough Zoning Hearing Board will notice a hefty fee hike following a Jan. 6 action by Northampton Borough Council.

The new fee is $500, up from the $350 fee that was previously in place.

Whether the appeal from the borough’s zoning board involves a fence, setback or a much larger issue, the fee is the same.

It’s “win or lose,” borough Manager LeRoy Brobst said, regarding the nonrefundable fee and the board’s decision on the appeal.

School board OKs preliminary budget

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

3.8-percent tax hike, $3.2 million use from NASD fund balance included

The Northampton Area School District 2020-21 preliminary budget has been approved with the general fund set at $114,717,283.

Included in the 8-1 vote by NASD school directors at its Jan. 13 meeting is approval of the food service fund of $2,504,747 and the athletic fund of $258,743 for the 2020-21 school year.

Approval of the budget calls for a 3.8-percent tax hike and the use of $3.2 million from the school district fund balance. The ending unassigned fund balance would be $5.7 million, which is 5 percent of NASD expenditures.

RAP OF THE GAVEL

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 by The Press in Local News

JANUARY

THURSDAY 9

Lehigh Township Zoning Hearing Board meets 6 p.m. in the municipal building, 1069 Municipal Road.

MONDAY 13

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

Moore Township Farmland Preservation Commission meets, if needed, 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 2491 Community Drive.

TUESDAY 14

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

Borough council OKs 2020 budget with tax hike

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 by AL RECKER in Local News

The 2020 budget was adopted by Northampton Borough Council at its Dec. 19, 2019, meeting.

The budget includes the purchase of a new aerial firetruck and a new police vehicle, the addition of a police officer and a public works employee, equipment for the public works department and the installation of a pavilion at the swimming pool.

The projected $6.97 million in expenditures is supported by a 10.5-mill real estate rate, a half-mill hike from 2019. It is the first time in four years that property taxes have been raised.