Northampton Borough Council members unanimously voted not to hike 2019 real estate taxes during their Dec. 6 meeting.
Council members lauded borough Manager LeRoy Brobst for his diligence in presenting a budget with no frills and retaining the property tax at its present 10-mill level.
Brobst credited the administration’s personnel for their major contributions to the budget process.
Northampton Borough Council approved a 4-percent annual salary boost for its uniformed police officers at its Nov. 29 meeting.
The eight-member council unanimously approved the new wage and benefits contract — 12 percent over the three-year pact — for the 11 officers in the bargaining unit.
The police chief’s salary is set separately by council.
“Each year of the new contract, they will receive a 4-percent pay increase,” LeRoy Brobst, borough manager, explained.
At the board of supervisors meeting Nov. 27, Allen Township officials announced they received a revised land plan from JW Development Partners for a warehouse development along Seemsville Road. The developer asked for an extension until Jan. 23, 2019, to allow time for review.
The request was granted, with one objection from Bruce Frack.
The details of the plan will be reviewed at the planning commission meeting, scheduled for Dec. 17 at the Allen Township Fire Department, 3530 Howertown Road.
Opioids have become one of the area’s largest concerns among teens, and Catasauqua is determined to stop it from getting worse.
Preventive tips and rehabilitation options were discussed with treatment professionals, medical personnel, those in recovery, Catasauqua Area School District faculty and others during an open forum on the heroin and opioid addiction epidemic, held Sept. 27 at Catasauqua High School.
State Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-133rd, partnered with the school district to present this town hall meeting.
East Allen Township Planning Commission meets 7:30 p.m. at the municipal building, 5344 Nor-Bath Blvd.
Northampton Borough Council meets 7:30 p.m. at the municipal building, 1401 Laubach Ave.
Moore Township Farmland Preservation Commission meets, if needed, 7 p.m. at the municipal building, 2491 Community Drive.
Allen Township Board of Supervisors meets 7 p.m. at the municipal building, 4714 Indian Trail Road.
Northampton Borough Council is expected to vote on the 2019 budget at its Dec. 6 meeting.
The $6.4 million budget, introduced at the Nov. 29 meeting, retains the 10-mill real estate tax levy.
Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst called it “a tough budget with challenges.” However, the spending plan, which is expected to pass unanimously, does not include a property tax hike.
Northampton Borough’s coveted Cement Bag Award will be presented to a borough resident at the annual banquet, to be held Dec. 14 at Northampton Banquet and Event Center. The dinner is usually coupled with a State of the Borough address, given by borough Manager LeRoy Brobst.
The identity of the 2018 honoree will not be disclosed until the event, a dinner at which borough employees and others aligned with the borough are also recognized for their dedication to the community.