Allen Township Board of Supervisors reviewed bids for the township salt shed at the April 9 meeting and deemed them to be too high. The bids were tabled.
The phenomenon of high bids is unusual, but contractors are busy. Municipalities are seeing more instances where projects have bids that are higher than expected.
Before full employment, government projects were bid low to keep crews busy while contractors waited for private projects. In this era of full employment, government projects need to compete with higher-value private projects.
East Allen Township Board of Supervisors 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.
Allen Township Board of Supervisors meets 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 4714 Indian Trail Road.
East Allen Township Parks and Recreation Board meets 4 p.m. in the township municipal building, 5344 Nor-Bath Blvd.
Northampton Borough Council and borough Manager LeRoy Brobst are looking into a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to help fund a proposed community garden to benefit families in the borough.
At the April 18 council meeting, Victor Rodite, borough community planner, was given the approval to prepare the CDBG paperwork. The community garden’s future depends on being awarded the grant, Brobst said, adding he thought it likely the borough would receive the funding.
The Borough of Northampton’s new rental inspection ordinance has been met with some resistance.
The ordinance took effect Jan. 1. It requires landlords to pay a registration fee for each rental unit, to allow a borough code officer to schedule inspections of the property, to pay inspection fees and to correct unsafe conditions.
Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst reported approximately 34 percent of the properties inspected have failed. He noted some of the failures involved issues like buildings not having fire detectors.
The focus of East Allen Township’s workshop meeting April 10 was to hear a conditional use application from Imperial Realty Property Group. The applicant delayed the hearing and asked for it to be rescheduled.
Conditional use hearings are handled at workshop sessions. The hearing was rescheduled for May 8.
Imperial Realty has a commercial development on the southwest corner of the intersection of Route 329 and Airport Road. The location is across from the new warehouse development under construction by Vertec.
State Rep. Zach Mako, R-183rd, recently announced over $110,000 in Local Share Account grants were approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority in Harrisburg for Northampton Borough and Moore Township.
State Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-18th, also recently announced state funding totaling more than $4.22 million for seven projects in Northampton County, one of which was for Northampton Borough.
Northampton Borough received $45,000 to facilitate improvements to the pavilion at Northampton Borough Municipal Pool.
Despite a request for unsecured bail by his attorney, a former Lehigh Township firefighter and Allentown police officer was sent to Northampton County Prison April 12 in lieu of $100,000 cash.
Corey Cole, 41, turned himself in that morning and was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Robert Hawke on charges he stole more than $315,000 from the Lehigh Township Fireman’s Relief Fund.