Northampton Borough Council is back to its full capacity of eight council members, two from each of the four wards. Kenneth Hall took his seat at the June 1 meeting on the legislative body, filling the spot vacated by Robert Coleman, who resigned in April. The position expires Dec. 31.
Hall voted on several matters that night and made his first motion as council business concluded — the motion to adjourn.
The move of Northampton Farmers Market from Uptown Park, just off Main Street, to Municipal Park, at Laubach Avenue and Smith Lane, is getting positive reviews. The venue, boosted by entertainment and ample parking, appears to have gained the support of the public.
There are more than double the vendors, selling a larger variety of goods, including vegetables, potatoes, whole chickens and meats, baked goods, cakes and pies, comfort food, jelly and jams, homemade peanut butter, macaroni and cheese, custom popcorn, smoothies, candles, oils, healthy items and more.
Northampton Borough Council at the June 1 meeting accepted the retirement of Police Chief Ron Morey, whose career with the borough’s police force spans more than three decades.
Morey will remain in command of the police department until Aug. 1.
“Police Chief Ron Morey will reach his normal retirement age in August 2017,” borough Manager LeRoy Brobst advised council, noting for clerical purposes Morey’s retirement is effective Sept. 1.
The veteran police officer has accrued time in order to leave his position earlier.
Northampton Area Chamber of Commerce and Whitehall Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a Get the Facts luncheon at Northampton Banquet & Events Center May 30.
Richard Molchany, Lehigh County director of general services, and Elliot Nolter, project manager for Spillman Farmer Architects, were the featured speakers.
Molchany addressed the Coplay-Northampton Bridge project, giving a quick overview of the $2.5 billion in road improvements scheduled for the Lehigh Valley.
Molchany alluded to the expected three-year time frame for construction. The bridge closed May 31.
On May 19, Sarah Fulton opened the 10th season for Bath Farmers Market, Green Street and Route 329.
“We have a couple of exciting new vendors this year. We have Cool Treats, an ice cream vendor, and Atomic Hogs is here with a smoker,” she said. “Plus, we have farmers who returned from last year. It’s a great place to buy local and support our community.”
Relaxed licensing laws allow Weyerbacher Brewing to set up shop.
“You can come down every Friday until Sept. 29. Grab some barbecue, a beer and have dessert,” Fulton said.
Allen Township Board of Supervisors meets 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 4714 Indian Trail Road.
Lehigh Township Zoning Hearing Board meets 6 p.m. in the municipal building, 1069 Municipal Road.
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.
At their May 25 meeting, East Allen Township supervisors unanimously passed the medical marijuana ordinance.
“This is against my personal morals,” Chairman Roger Unangst said.
As he explained, the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes was passed by the state, and the township does not have an option on approving or disapproving its use. The ordinance was implemented to control where medical marijuana can be dispensed.
“If we don’t put restrictions on it, then anyone can open a dispensary in the basement of their house,” Unangst said.
Northampton Area High School held its graduation ceremony for the Class of 2017 June 3 at Stabler Arena, Bethlehem.
Principal Robert Steckel Jr. gave the opening remarks, urging the new graduates to go forward and accomplish much in their chosen endeavors.
Steckel welcomed the Class of 2017 into Northampton Area High School alumni, a unique group that extends back 116 years.
Guests of honor included alumni from the Class of 1967, celebrating their 50th reunion this year.