Northampton Press

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Revised ordinance on borough agenda

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 by AL RECKER in Local News

Public hearing will precede council’s Aug. 2 meeting

A revised draft of the controversial apartment rental ordinance, which, in its original form, sparked spirited debate and discussion by Northampton Borough Council and citizens, comes before borough council this evening, Aug. 2.

The first attempt at passing such legislation was vetoed by Mayor Thomas Reenock June 7. To pass the mayor’s veto this time around, the ordinance needs a majority vote plus one.

The proceedings begin 6:30 p.m. A public hearing regarding the revised legislation will allow residents to give their input on the rental inspections for apartment owners.

East Allen awards stormwater contract

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Monocacy Drive project set for two phases; St. Luke’s project is approved

At its meeting July 26, East Allen Township’s Board of Supervisors awarded a Monocacy Drive road improvement contract to Nyce Construction services. The $400,000-plus contract is for phase 2B of the scheduled improvements and is focused on stormwater improvements.

“The first phase of the project was awarded to Grace Industries. We will work with the two companies to be sure there is a coordinated hand-off,” township Engineer James Milot said.

Bath officials meet at new borough hall

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 by BILL LEINER JR. in Local News

Open house is set for Aug. 6

In a low-key meeting July 11, Bath Borough Council gathered for the first time in the new Bath Borough Hall, 121 S. Walnut St.

Council and Mayor Fiorella Mirabito-Reginelli are planning an open house event 6 p.m. Aug. 6. The open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony are expected to draw a large attendance, including elected state officials, local dignitaries, chamber of commerce members and residents.

Allen Township planners continue review of Jaindl project

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

With two items on Allen Township Planning Commission’s July 16 agenda, the most immediate matter was the Jaindl-Watson land development plan. Based on the outcome of a previous supervisors’ meeting and a review of the plan by the planning commission and township Engineer Robert Cox, there were details that needed clarification.

The official owner had a name change to JW Development Partners. They were formerly JW Jaindl Land Company/David M. Jaindl.

Special delivery

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Trucks begin slow process

Drivers woke up early in the morning July 20 in Pottsville as Northeast Precast had 121-foot beams loaded onto special trailers for their trip to Northampton.

The scheduled arrival was 10:30 a.m., but the crew got delayed in Hamburg while state police checked the drivers’ credentials.

Ryan — “It’s just Ryan,” he said when he parked the beam in front of the crane — took the first truck. The course was down Route 61, across the 78 Interstate to Airport Road.

Apartment conversion of former school is coming along

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 by AL RECKER in Local News

Northampton’s Central School building, located at Main and 14th streets, used to house blackboards and student desks. Soon, it will house new apartments with tenants.

Kishbaugh Construction, Bath, is completing the job, begun months ago, by converting the two-story brick structure into one and two-bedroom units — an endeavor that included modern-day touches while keeping intact its historic appearance.

Council discusses options regarding fireworks law

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 by AL RECKER in Local News

Police chief explains difficulty of arresting someone for setting them off

The seemingly never-ending fireworks that rocked neighborhoods all across Northampton Borough over the Independence Day holiday were the hot topic at the July 5 meeting of borough council.

Edward Deichmeister implored borough lawmakers to address the issue with action.

“The fireworks were going off all over,” Deich- meister said.

What really got his attention, though, was when someone, at approximately 2 a.m. July 2, detonated fireworks that “shook the house.”

He said the fireworks came from a field near Howertown Road.

Rap of the gavel

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 by The Press in Local News

JULY

THURSDAY 26

East Allen Township Board of Supervisors meets 7:30 p.m. in the municipal building, 5344 Nor-Bath Blvd.

AUGUST

WEDNESDAY 1

East Allen Township Parks and Recreation Board meets 4 p.m. in the township municipal building, 5344 Nor-Bath Blvd.

THURSDAY 2

East Allen Township Planning Commission meets 7:30 p.m. in the municipal building, 5344 Nor-Bath Blvd.

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

Craziest mini-golf tournament raises money for charities

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Putt U Miniature Golf, 5201 Route 309, Center Valley, held the “Craziest Mini-Golf Tournament Ever” July 14 and donated a total of $6,000 to local charities.

In this special tournament, golfers played 18 holes with anything but a regular putter. No golf clubs were allowed, so players were encouraged to bring the most creative and outrageous gadget they could to putt with.