Pennsylvania’s incarceration rate was the highest among northeast states in 2014. But housing someone in a county jail costs money.
It costs $40,000 a year in a county jail, according to the County Commissioner Association. Statewide, 65 percent of these inmates are there for a substance abuse disorder. Another 10 to 30 percent suffer from mental illness. For these people, there are community-based alternatives to incarceration that cost less than half of the cost to jail someone. And that, in turn, has led to the creation of problem-solving courts.
The Moore Township Board of Supervisors meeting Aug. 1 opened with a special order of business. The board discussed a request for extension of the Moore Estates project.
The discussion resulted in denial of the extension request. According to the supervisors, the project proponents missed the deadline to request an extension.
In police news, the report for July showed 326 incidents resulting in four arrests. There were three arrests for driving under the influence arrests and one for harassment.
The fire and ambulance reports were tabled.
The section of Ironton Rail Trail that runs underneath the Coplay-Northampton Bridge, which is set for demolition and a new span built, will now require some minor modification.
Though the trail will not be shut down, Bob Abbott, former IRT Oversight Commission chairman and present board director, said a section will be moved 20 feet west from the closed pier to the trail. Abbott was unable to provide a timeline for the trail will be moved, as it depends on the status of the work going on at the time by the contractor.
“A butterfly to remind me, Even though we are apart, Your spirit is always with me, Forever in my heart …” stated a poem on the pamphlets distributed to all in attendance at the Stephens Funeral Home memorial butterfly release June 11.
The heat that day did not wilt the spirits of the family and friends who came to pay tribute to loved ones.
Stephens Funeral Home, Upper Macungie Township, frequently opens its doors and hearts to the community, having events such as Hearts of Hope and Veterans Day services.
Six candidates have submitted resumes for the position of Northampton Borough police chief, two of whom are already members of the borough force.
Police Chief Ron Morey retired Aug. 1.
Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst said July 27 council has named police Sgt. Bryan Kadingo as interim police chief until council makes a permanent appointment for the post.
The deadline to submit a resume was July 19. Council members were given copies of the resumes for their review.
Interviews will follow, attended by all council members or just its police committee.
East Allen Township Engineer James Milot announced July 27 a contract award to Grace Industries for repairs on Dogwood Road.
“The eight bids the township received ranged from a low bid of a bit over $50,000 to a high bid of more than $100,000,” he said during the supervisors’ meeting.
Dogwood Road is the main entrance to Bicentennial Park off Airport Road. The road is plagued by a collapsed culvert restricting traffic to one lane. The contract calls for the project to be completed in 60 days. Milot thinks completion can be wrapped up in less time.
The Allen Township Board of Supervisors meetings have become dominated by matters involving proposed large warehouses. The July 25 session was no exception, as talks centered on the impact the increased truck traffic will have on Howertown Road.
Planning commission Chairman Eugene Clater said he and township Manager Ilene Eckhart met earlier in the day to discuss the warehouse plans and its effect on the township.
A seasonal shortage of blood donors around the nation has led to what the Red Cross is calling a blood emergency.
In the past few months, the Red Cross has seen 61,000 fewer blood donations than average. That is equivalent to the approximate number of losses the Red Cross would see if it received no donations for more than four days.