Northampton Press

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Council members reviewing adjusted borough ordinance

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 by LINDA WOJCIECHOWSKI in Local News

A copy of the revised residential rental unit ordinance was distributed to council members for their review at the March 15 Northampton Borough Council meeting. Discussion of the proposed ordinance will be on the agenda at the April 5 council meeting.

This latest revision was completed by a council committee that included Julia Kutzler, Robert McHale and Anthony Lopsonzski Sr.

“We looked at the existing ordinances in place concerning rental properties,” Kutzler said.

E. Allen transfers duties to new township manager

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

With a series of resolutions at its March 22 meeting, the East Allen Township Board of Supervisors passed responsibilities to the new township manager, Brent Green. Longtime Manager Deborah Seiple will officially retire at the end of the month.

Included as part of the change, the township established two separate classes of employees. Township personnel elected to be represented by a union.

Bath council prepares for new state police coverage

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by BILL LEINER JR. in Local News

A parking enforcement officer may be coming to Bath as officials begin planning for the transition to Pennsylvania State Police coverage.

The borough will be issuing parking tickets beginning in 2019. State police will not enforce borough ordinances, which include parking tickets.

An issue was the perception in the community and by some elected officials that Colonial Regional Police Department was not providing the level of service it provided in previous years.

Council Vice President Michele Ehrgott said, “We are still paying. We should get services.”

WolfPack assists law enforcement in finding missing persons

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by JODI BOGERT in Local News

WolfPack Search and Recovery is a nonprofit, volunteer organization committed to providing search and recovery services to public safety agencies since 2014.

The organization was founded by Jim Wilkins, Eric Brubacher and Chris Glass when a missing person case became personal.

Wilkins’ close friend and neighbor, Jessica Padgett, 33, of Whitehall, disappeared Nov. 21, 2014, after leaving her job in Northampton. Five days later, searchers recovered her body — and the case was ruled a homicide.

Northampton puts egg hunt, other activities on calendar

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by LINDA WOJCIECHOWSKI in Local News

The annual borough Easter egg hunt will be held 11 a.m. March 24 at Municipal Park, Smith Lane and Laubach Avenue, according to Councilman Tony Pristash, building, land and recreation chair.

The rain date will be 1 p.m. March 25.

Pristash also reported a Spring Fling dance for fourth- and fifth-grade students is planned for 6:30-8:30 p.m. April 14 at the recreation center. This will be the last borough-sponsored dance of the season, he said.

Allen Twp. planners review zoning

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Commission members want rural residential lots to increase to two acres

Allen Township Planning Commission had only one item on the agenda for its meeting March 19. With Jaindl-Watson projects on the back burner for a while, Chairman Eugene Clater focused on zoning and the township’s ordinances.

“We want to focus on zoning and how our zoning ordinances align with the comprehensive plan,” he said in his opening remarks. “I don’t expect that we get this resolved tonight, and it may take a few months.”


Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by The Press in Local News



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


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.


Lehigh Township Board of Supervisors meets 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 1069 Municipal Road, Walnutport.