The 2019-20 preliminary budget for Northampton Area School District has been approved.
The NASD Board of Education voted 8-1 to approve the spending plan, which proposes a 3.79-percent tax increase that would raise the average property owner’s tax bill $121.27 annually.
The budget tax hike drew criticism from three Lehigh Township residents.
Voting for the preliminary budget were school board President David Gogel, board Vice President Chuck Frantz and school Directors Dr. Michael Baird, John Becker, James Chuss, Chuck Longacre, Robert Mentzell and Ross Makary.
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.
Northampton Borough Council heard a request Jan. 17 regarding required sewer tap-in fees for a recently refurbished Washington Avenue property.
Attorney Ronald Corkery, counsel for MGMJ Holding Company, requested relief from the $35,000 fee already paid for the former Catholic War Veterans Post 454 building. It was recently refurbished to include eight studio apartments. In the past, the building housed a post office, synagogue and day care center.
Luz Diaz is a Colombian national who legally immigrated to the United States decades ago. Her daughter is a U.S. citizen. Her husband accompanied her but eventually returned to Colombia. Diaz lived modestly in various rental apartments, including a basement unit in the coal region with moldy walls and limited egress.
Lehigh Township Board of Supervisors granted conditional approval Jan. 9 for the new Lehigh Elementary School project.
Board member Keith Hantz raised the question about whether water from the building project will affect the land and homes in surrounding areas. Engineer Phil Malitsch reassured the board that basins will be put in place to rid the area of the maximum amount of water possible. Less impervious draining is being looked into as well.
“We’ve looked at it, and we’ve studied it,” Malitsch said.
One person has died, and another remains unaccounted for, after a house fire Jan. 21 in Lehigh Township.
Township police Chief Scott Fogel said township police and fire departments were dispatched 12:47 a.m. to a reported explosion and fire that occurred at 1132 Blue Mountain Drive, Danielsville.
The residents of that home have been identified as Bruce “Buddy” Miller Jr., 36, and his 10-year-old son, Bruce Allan Miller, Fogel said.
Equipment and personnel have been at the scene, searching the building remains.
Mr. Michael Fink, as a youth, lived in a company home in Evansville. The former house is now the site of the Lehigh Heidelberg office. He was born while his father, Dennis, was serving the nation in the U.S. Army in Vietnam.
He recalled, “After Dad returned home, we moved to Fleetwood. Soon, all the old company homes were gone; only a few old steps remain as a reminder of the past.”
Michael graduated from Fleetwood High School in 1988. A month later, he joined his grandfather and father at the plant.
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 Borough Council meets 7:30 p.m. in the municipal building, 1401 Laubach Ave.
Allen Township Planning Commission meets 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 4714 Indian Trail Road.
Bath Planning Commission meets 7 p.m. in the council chambers of the municipal building, 121 S. Walnut St.
The Northampton Area School District 2019-20 preliminary general fund budget proposes a 3.79-percent tax increase that would increase the average property owner’s tax bill $121.27 annually.
The preliminary general fund budget has a deficit of $5,678,722.
Expenditures are $110,718,113, an increase of $3,714,808, or 3.47 percent, from 2018-19 expenditures of $107,003,305.
Revenues are $108,459,391, an increase of $1,456,086, or 1.36 percent, from 2018-19 revenues of $107,003,305.