Council member Carol Bear-Heckman was excited to present her Bath Museum committee report update during the Bath Borough Council meeting Jan. 7.
The museum committee is writing bylaws as it prepares to pursue 501(c)(3) status. This status is filed with the Internal Revenue Service, which will provide the committee with official nonprofit status.
The museum will be able to receive cash donations that donors can write off on their federal income taxes.
Another museum request was to have a P.O. box in the borough building. Council designated room 101 for museum mail.
Allen Township opened bids for a three-year trash hauling contract at its meeting Jan. 22.
The township asked haulers to bid on a fully automated system and a manual system. The automated system allows the hauler to minimize its work force, which should result in lower costs.
There are a couple of downsides to the automated system. One is that all the garbage bins need to be the same size. The additional cost is $200,000, although grants are available to cover that. The other problem is that containers need to be placed at the end of the driveway.
At East Allen Township’s reorganization meeting Jan. 7, supervisors elected to keep assignments for township supervisors and personnel unchanged from 2018. Roger Unangst remains chairman of the board of supervisors, and Mark Schwartz continues as vice chairman.
The township staff is managed by Rose Wedde, the secretary/treasurer.
The tax collector is Joy Hemming. The tax rate remains at 6.5 mills. There is a $30 annual fire hydrant tax.
Allen Township Planning Commission recommended approval Jan. 21 of the JW Partners warehouse project on Seemsville Road.
This first meeting of the new year took place without long-term former Chairman Eugene Clater. Gary Krill was appointed to the position. Paul Link will fill the vacant seat on the commission.
Gary Behler stopped the meeting to present Clater with a token of recognition for his 40 years of service to the township.
“We are in a much better position than we were because of Gene’s dedication and service to this community,” he said.
Northampton Borough Police Department is reaching out to the community to reactivate the crime watch program.
“We want to interact with the residents,” reported Police Chief Bryan Kadingo.
The program gives the public an active role in ensuring their neighborhood and community are safe by working with police. Essentially, residents can act as the eyes and ears of the department.
The borough’s program has been defunct for more than a decade.
LEHIGH TWP. FIRE
The Lehigh Township Police Department, in coordination with the Pennsylvania State Police and township fire marshals, continue to investigate the Jan. 21 house fire at 1132 Blue Mountain Drive, Danielsville.
Lehigh Township Police Department is seeking any information that people passing by during the early stages of the fire may have seen. Anyone with information is asked to call 610-760-8800 or email email@example.com.
At Allen Township’s reorganization meeting Jan. 7, most of the personnel presently on staff will remain in the same positions during 2019.
Larry Oberly remains chairman of the board of supervisors, and Dale Hassler continues as vice chairman. There were no other nominations for these two positions.
Ilene Eckhart continues as township manager.
A celebration of the lives of Bruce A. “Buddy” Miller Jr. and his son Bruce Alan Miller will be held 11 a.m. Feb. 2 at Bethany Wesleyan Church, 675 Blue Mountain Drive, Cherryville. The family will receive friends 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Feb. 1 and 10-11 a.m. Feb. 2 at the church.
The father and son died Jan. 21 in their Lehigh Township home, after an explosion and fire.
Bath Borough Council meets 7 p.m. in the council chambers at the municipal building, 121 S. Walnut St.
East Allen Township Municipal Authority meets 7 p.m. in the township municipal building, 5344 Nor-Bath Blvd.
Moore Township Board of Supervisors meets 7:30 p.m. in the municipal building, 2491 Community Drive.
East Allen Township Parks and Recreation Board meets 4 p.m. in the township municipal building, 5344 Nor-Bath Blvd.
David Jaindl’s warehouse project along Seemsville Road received one of two approvals needed from East Allen Township at the supervisors meeting Jan. 24.
Although the warehouse project is in Allen Township, improvements to Seemsville Road and the Kopper Penny intersection are needed to accommodate the projected increase in traffic. Employees will enter the compound from Howertown Road. Trucks will go down Seemsville Road.