Northampton Borough Council was informed at the June 21 meeting it could cost the borough up to a quarter of a million dollars to comply with state and federal mandates required to keep pollutants and sediment from entering local waterways.
Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst said the waters involved are the Hokendauqua, Dry Run and Catasauqua creeks and Lehigh River.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is taking an aggressive approach resulting from regulations from the federal Environmental Protection Agency to clean up the waters.
The community education program in Northampton Area School District may be in limbo following the resignation of Margaret Schell, the coordinator for five years and credited with making it solvent.
Schell’s resignation, effective June 22, was accepted by a unanimous 9-0 vote at the June 25 NASD Board of Education meeting.
The vote on Schell’s resignation was an addendum to the June 25 agenda. Following the meeting, NASD Superintendent of Schools Joseph S. Kovalchik said he received Schell’s letter of resignation June 22.
It was announced at the May 17 meeting of Northampton Borough Council that a shipment of steel beams for the new Coplay-Northampton Bridge will arrive in July.
Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst said the logistics are being worked out with Pennsylvania State Police and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation regarding the route the trucks carrying the steel beams will take. The plan was to have the trucks enter the borough via Route 329, but with the temporary closure in the area of the Kopper Penny intersection at Howertown Road, another route will be needed. (See photo below.)
Jonathon Kopishke, recently elected as captain of the East Allen Township Volunteer Ambulance Corps, and Justine Huber, president, presented the East Allen Township Board of Supervisors with an update at its meeting June 13.
The ambulance corps has 32 operational members, with 15 considered active. The others fill in on occasion, as needed. There are four administrative staff, with two active. There are 11 paid members, with six running regularly.
Bath Borough Council held its last meeting at the current borough hall, at Washington and Penn streets, June 4. The next council meeting, 6 p.m. July 11, will take place at the newly renovated borough hall, 121 S. Walnut St.
An open house for the community is planned for 3-6 p.m. Aug. 6, followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony 6 p.m. Council will hold its monthly meeting 7 p.m.
The planning for Bath Community Days is ongoing. The annual weeklong celebration will be held July 22-28. The borough’s volunteer firefighters and ambulance corps are the principal organizers.
The Lehigh County Agricultural Land Preservation Program and the Pennsylvania Bureau of Farmland Preservation celebrated 30 years of permanently preserving farms for agricultural production during a ceremony June 7 at Heidel Hollow Farm, Germansville.
David and Sonia Fink, owners of Heidel Hollow, were recognized as having a Bicentennial Farm for 200 years of family farming.
More than 5,270 farm owners, through state and county programs, have preserved more than 550,000 acres.
This number has Pennsylvania leading the nation in the number of farms and acres preserved.