Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli pitched the idea for the creation of a town watch or crime watch organization during the Sept. 20 meeting of Northampton Borough Council.
He noted that the communities in Northampton County have strong bonds with their residents.
“The county and state should not tell you how to run the borough,” Morganelli said.
It is his longtime approach that the local people elected to office better understand the needs of their community.
Back in 2016, Kelsey Anthony’s caseworker told her and her mom, Cheryl, about the Miss Amazing competition in Pennsylvania. When Kelsey and Cheryl decided it would be a good fit for her, Kelsey competed in the event and won the Miss Amazing Pennsylvania Teen Queen competition.
Kelsey, a 20-year-old from Northampton, has a special knack for competing because not only did she win that year, she also won the 2017 and 2018 competitions in the same category. The competitions have been held at locations in Bethlehem and Easton.
The Sept. 26 Coffee with the Cops event was a hit in Bath. It was well attended by both residents and elected officials. Several Pennsylvania State Police troopers and lieutenants from Troop M, Bethlehem, were present to field questions from residents.
Trooper Mark Allen, the Pennsylvania State Police community services officer, said he was delighted to learn Bath officials are exploring the development of a town watch group.
East Allen Township has returned a six-page response to a grading plan proposed by Allen Township for relocating Seemsville Road. Township Engineer James Milot reported the details at the East Allen Township Board of Supervisors meeting Oct. 10.
“By definition, Allen Township does not need to go through a land development plan, but we are going to review the details as if this were a land development,” Solicitor Joseph Piperato said.
Lehigh Township Municipal Authority meets 6 p.m. at the municipal building, 1069 Municipal Road.
Moore Township Recreation Commission meets 7 p.m. at the municipal building, 2491 Community Drive.
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. at the municipal building, 2491 Community Drive.
A grant application seeking funding for upgrades to the Northampton Borough Municipal Pool has been submitted to the state for consideration.
At the Oct. 4 council meeting, borough Manager LeRoy Brobst reported the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Development application for upgrades to the Laubach Avenue pool was filed Sept. 27, three days ahead of schedule.
“This application is seeking a grant of $445,000 to be distributed from the Monroe County casino funds,” Brobst said.
Financing of the proposed Lehigh Elementary School is expected to cost Northampton Area School District approximately $2.5 million annually for 20 years.
Financial details of the elementary school project were part of a 55-minute Act 34 public hearing, held Oct. 8 in the cafeteria of Northampton Area High School.
One district resident, a Lehigh Township official, spoke at the hearing.
After a two-month search that included a contest, Bath Borough has selected its new motto. About 80 contestants, both from the borough and outside communities, submitted potential slogans. Entries had to be 10 words or less.
Councilman Frank Hesch, who headed the selection committee, said, “This motto captures the spirit of Bath.”
Northampton County’s newest recovery center opened Aug. 24. Change on Main, 1830 Main St., Northampton, seeks to offer a safe and pressure-free environment for those in recovery to find their own community and avoid external stressors.
“Here at Change on Main, that’s what we’re going to offer — hope and love. That’s the foundation of what people in recovery need,” said Brian Sabo, the center’s program director.