A successful bond offering to provide $9.9 million toward the Lehigh Elementary School project has been approved unanimously by Northampton Area School District Board of Education at the May 7 meeting.
Also, school directors voted 6-3 to approve the proposed NASD 2018-19 budget with a 2.88-percent tax hike and voted 5-4 to reject the Bethlehem Area Vocational Technical School budget.
Northampton Borough Farmers Market will open for the 2018 season May 15.
The outdoor market returns for the second year at Municipal Park, Laubach Avenue and Smith Lane. The recent move from Uptown Park provides the public with easier access, additional parking and expanded vendor space.
Borough Planner Victor Rodite said, in the coming weeks, entertainment at the farmers market includes Northampton Area Middle School band, Tootsie the Clown, bagpiper Gene Kutzler, classic and antique car displays and more.
Republicans Zach Mako, the incumbent, and Cindy Miller are each seeking a win in the May 15 primary to represent the 183rd Legislative District.
The candidate with the most votes in the primary will face Democrat Jason Ruff in the November general election.
The Press asked the candidates the following question:
Why did you decide to run for office in the 183rd Legislative District?
Their responses follow.
East Allen Township’s newly appointed manager, Brent Green, took time from his busy schedule to meet with The Press.
Green and his wife, Allison, live in Lower Towamensing Township, where he is one of the three township supervisors.
“East Allen is bigger than Lower Towamen- sing, but the two townships have similar demographics and a strong desire to maintain their rural character,” he said.
Green has been a township supervisor since 2012 and was the youngest supervisor in the state when he was elected.
A vote on the proposed rental property ordinance, which has its proponents and detractors, is now expected to be voted on by Northampton Borough Council at its May 17 meeting.
The council committee — Robert McHale, Judy Kutzler and Anthony Lopsonzski Sr. — has pared the legislation to 11 pages.
The new ordinance would require landlords to pay a registration fee for each unit, to allow a borough code officer to schedule inspections of the property, to pay inspection fees and to correct unsafe conditions.
Eight candidates, six Democrats and two Republicans, are seeking the seat that represents the new 7th Congressional District.
This district was approved by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Jan. 22 and includes all of Lehigh and Northampton counties and the southern portion of Monroe County that includes Stroudsburg.
The area is represented by Congressman Charlie Dent, who announced he is resigning as representative from the former 15th Congressional District later this month.
STATE SENATE, 18TH DISTRICT
Incumbent state Sen. Lisa Boscola is unopposed in the primary race for the 18th District.
There is neither a fellow Democrat nor a Republican on the ballot.
East Allen Township Planning Commission 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.
Bath Borough Council meets 7 p.m. in the council chambers at the municipal building, 215 E. Main St.
Allen Township Board of Supervisors meets 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 4714 Indian Trail Road.
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is keeping a close watch on the construction progress of the Coplay-Northampton Bridge, mainly because the opening of the new bridge over the Lehigh River will trigger the start of the work to erect a new Cementon Bridge.
At the April 19 council meeting, Northampton Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst said work will commence on the replacement of the deteriorating Cementon-Northampton Bridge, commonly referred to as just the Cementon Bridge, as soon as vehicle traffic is allowed over the new Coplay-Northampton Bridge.