At East Allen Township’s regular board of supervisors meeting Dec. 14, Chairman Roger Unangst announced the township’s 2018 budget.
“We are setting the tax rate at 6.5 mills. That is the same rate that we have now. There is no tax increase again this year,” Unangst said as he introduced the new budget.
In years past, the budget has been accepted as long as there is not a tax rate increase. This year was a little different.
Lori Fox questioned several lines in the budget. Fox presented budgets from a couple of surrounding municipalities.
Changes in class rank and graduation requirements are proposed for Northampton Area High School.
If codified by the Northampton Area School District policy committee and approved by the NASD Board of Education, students in the incoming ninth-grade class would be affected, beginning with the 2018-19 school year. Students in the 10th, 11th and 12th grades, as of the 2018-19 school year, would not be affected.
“This is not impacting any students now in high school,” said NAHS Principal Robert Steckel during a one-hour presentation at the Dec. 18 school board meeting.
Santa Claus took time recently to answer a few questions from some of our youngest readers, who responded to a Facebook request, before he had to leave to get to the North Pole.
Q. What is your favorite cookie?
A. Chocolate chip.
Q. What is your favorite Christmas movie?
A. “The Santa Clause,” “Santa Clause 2” and “Santa Clause 3.”
Q. Is it hard to convince the reindeer to fly?
A. No, not at all. That’s what the magic dust is for.
Q. Do you know how many children there are in the world?
Although not present at the beginning of Bath Borough Council’s meeting Dec. 4, Colonial Regional Police Department (CRPD) Chief Roy Seiple got the proverbial earful upon his arrival.
A room full of angry residents attended to protest an increase of parking tickets in the Old Forge area. A number of residents reported they called CRPD to complain but were told to call the borough office. Residents insisted they were told the borough asked CRPD to write numerous tickets, described by one resident as “a sweep.”
Each parking ticket has a $20 fine.
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.
Lehigh Township Board of Supervisors meets 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 1069 Municipal Road, Walnutport.
Allen Township Board of Supervisors meets 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 4714 Indian Trail Road.
When Northampton Borough Council meets for its final meeting of the year Dec. 21, members will vote to approve a $6.3 million budget for 2018. The proposed spending plan was presented to the council by borough Manager LeRoy Brobst at the Dec. 7 workshop meeting.
“This has been a very cost-effective year,” Brobst said of 2017. “We’ve managed to keep costs down.”
The result is that the borough balance is expected to end the year in the black, with a total of $882,198 in checking, liquid fuels and recreation fund accounts.
When representatives from Northampton and Catasauqua get together for their annual Bury the Hatchet event, no one is immune from the jokes, including the Nazareth Blue Eagles.
Sponsored by the Northampton Exchange Club and Catasauqua Community Club, the 70th Bury the Hatchet dinner was held Nov. 21 at the Catasauqua American Legion.
Administrators from each side took turns sharing jabs and predictions about the Turkey Day game rivalry. Catasauqua was aiming to end its three-year losing strike, while Northampton was looking to earn the four-year sweep for its senior class.