Bath Borough Manager Brad Flynn opened a one-hour special public meeting May 18 with the council-appointed police advisory committee. The committee was formed to gather information about a potential change of policing. Currently, Bath police services are provided by Colonial Regional Police Department (CRPD). The committee has been gathering information during the past seven months.
Robert (Bob) Coleman, who resigned in April as a member of Northampton Borough Council, returned to council chambers May 18 for a tribute from his colleagues, who noted his service to the community.
Coleman, who represented the borough’s first ward, resigned his position for health reasons.
He received a standing ovation from council, borough officials and the public in attendance. Council President Anthony Lopsonzski Jr. presented him with a plaque.
The Coplay- Northampton Bridge will be closed to traffic May 31. The 1930s-era span will be demolished and a new one erected during a construction project expected to take three years.
Northampton Borough Council learned of this official date at its May 4 meeting.
“We have received a communication from Shawn Samek, of Trumbull Corporation, notifying us that, in all likelihood, the Coplay (Northampton) Bridge will be closed on May 31, 2017,” borough Manager LeRoy Brobst said.
Northampton Alive, a bold and ambitious development project that would change the borough far into the future — with new museums, a greenhouse, covered bridge, boat launch, Main Street artisan mall, restaurant/motel/conference center, municipal barn for mounted police and more — are envisioned by David E. Dlugose, who provided a detailed 18-page report to borough council May 18.
“I kind of think outside the box,” Dlugose said, commenting the town “has an awesome history [but has] so much more potential.”
Bath Borough Council President Mark Saginario and Mayor Fiorella Reginelli-Mirabito opened a well-attended meeting May 20 by thanking the residents for their attendance. They had arrived at the 9 a.m. town hall meeting for a discussion on the possibility of a policing change in the borough.
“No decisions have been made,” Saginario said. “We want to hear from you today.”
The meeting is seen as the next step in the process to decide the future of policing in Bath.
If you take your Sunday drive to the end of Green Meadow Road in East Allen Township, you get to meet Kelly Knight, who owns Bay Ridge Stables. She is willing to take you on a tour if you meet her by the tack room — at least if she is not at a horse show.
“I’m out here most of the day,” she said of the job she really loves.
According to Knight, she jumped at the chance to lease the 44-acre farm when the old manager left.
Northampton Borough Council meets 7:30 p.m. in the municipal building, 1401 Laubach Ave.
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 Area School Board meets 6:30 p.m. in the first-floor board room of the district offices, 2014 Laubach Ave.
Moore Township Planning Commission meets 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 2491 Community Drive.
At the May 3 meeting, Bath Borough Council President Mark Saginario opened with a courtesy of the floor segment. A brief heartfelt ceremony was held for Gerald “Junior” DeGarmo, who retired from the Bath Fire Department as assistant chief. His work with the fire department spanned a stunning 36 years.
Mayor Fiorella Reginelli-Mirabito awarded DeGarmo with a plaque to recognize his service to Bath Borough.
“It has been a pleasure. You are by far the best council I have worked with,” DeGarmo said.
On May 10, East Allen Township scheduled a long-awaited session to determine if 155 acres of airport-owned land along Weaversville Road could be changed from agricultural zoning to commercial. The change is requested by Rockefeller Group to expand warehouse development in and around the airport.
The township meeting was crammed with 80 interested residents. Fire officials had another 20 people standing outside and eventually began turning away residents interested in the proceedings because the fire occupancy limits for the building were reached.