Bath Mayor Donald Wunderler waves to the crowd at the Whitehall Area Chamber of Commerce Mayoral Luncheon Feb. 14. He attended the function as the special guest of chamber member Shari Noctor, who also chairs the local Relay for Life. Wunderler, along with mayors from Northampton, Whitehall, Coplay, Catasauqua, North Catasauqua and Allentown, has agreed to proclaim June 22-23 as "Relay Weekend." See the Relay for Life column.
Northampton police traveling the Pennsylvania Turnpike on borough business can now save both money and time.
"It has been brought to my attention by Det. Deist that we frequently use the turnpike to pick up suspects and/or prisoners for trial. Therefore, for the sake of convenience, we have applied for E-Z Pass. One E-Z Pass account can be used on a total of four vehicles. The main unit will be installed in the detective's car," borough Manager Gene Zarayko said at Thursday's meeting.
The Northampton Borough Police Department roster will soon be at full strength.
The police force was down several officers due to retirements and dismissals, resulting in a loss of manpower.
Earlier this month, borough council appointed Christopher Frederick of Palmerton to a full-time position with the police department. The starting salary for a full-time police officer in Northampton is $44,013, according to borough manager Gene Zarayko.
Frederick will have to pass the physical and psychological test before he puts on a uniform and badge.
The Borough of Northampton has collected a hefty sum from borough property owners who have taken advantage of discounts on their 2013 garbage bills.
At last Thursday's meeting, Councilman Robert Coleman, administration and finance chairman, reported the borough collected $785,000 on refuse bills for this year.
The final day to receive a reduced rate on the refuse bills was Feb. 15. Bills can be paid at the face amount from now until April 1, when a penalty will be assessed.
Photos of Tootsee the Clown crossing the street to entertain at a school function.
Nick Lalik has been retained as fire chief for the volunteer Allen Township Fire Company No.1, the township supervisors noted at their recent meeting.
The supervisors confirmed the appointments of the fire company officers whose names were recommended by the fire company.
The township fire police roster was also approved by the supervisors during the meeting.
The Northampton Area School Board got a pleasant surprise at Monday night's meeting.
The cost of the new Northampton Area Middle School is apparently $5 million under budget.
Based on a presentation by Christopher W. Haller, project engineer, D'Huy Engineering Inc., concerning the bids and alternate bids, the middle school general construction cost is $42,053,500.
"This went almost one year to the day. For this size project, kudos to those involved," said Haller.
The cost is based on apparent low bidders unveiled at the Feb. 25 school board meeting.
Bath Borough Council meets at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at the municipal building, 215 E. Main St.
The East Allen Township Municipal Authority meets at 7 p.m. in the township municipal building, 5344 Nor-Bath Blvd.
The Moore Township Board of Supervisors meets at 7:30 p.m. in the municipal building, 2491 Community Drive.
The East Allen Township Parks and Recreation Board meets at 4 p.m. in the township municipal building, 5344 Nor-Bath Blvd.
Northampton Borough Council was told at a recent meeting construction of the new Stadium Drive located, off Smith Lane, should begin soon.
Since the new roadway will consume some of the borough park property on the east end, borough Manager Gene Zarayko said a borough public works crew will begin removing the fence and equipment at the park's tennis courts.
"Some of the fencing material will then be used to repair the Alliance Playground tennis court area," Zarayko said.
Tootsee the Clown performs for students at the Franklin building.