Northampton council tables stormwater fee committee
At Northampton Borough Council’s June 3 meeting, council indefinitely tabled an effort to institute a stormwater fee committee.
The committee has been tabled twice before at monthly meetings.
Solicitor Brian Panella suggested council consider an “indefinite tabling,” thereby not having to table the matter on a monthly basis. Panella explained any council member can take the idea off the table at any future meeting for discussion or action.
The possible stormwater fee, suggested at an earlier meeting, could cost taxpayers as little as $5 per quarter but could cost businesses and the school district possibly thousands of dollars per quarter.
The motion to table indefinitely was passed unanimously.
A new business, Cakes on Main at 929 Main St., was granted a 15-minute parking zone during business hours, set for 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays.
A request for a fee waiver was granted for Assumption of the Virgin Mary Ukrainian Orthodox Church to use Canal Street Park for a picnic Sept. 25 to celebrate its 100th anniversary.
Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church received a fee waiver from council so it can hold three outdoor church services - June 6, July 4 and Aug. 1 - at Uptown Park.
Robert Baer resigned his position on the borough’s zoning hearing board due to relocating out of the borough.
Sandra Pudliner, an applicant for the open position, was present to introduce herself. She noted she has extensive zoning hearing board experience.
Council plans to advertise the position to ascertain if there are additional applicants. The position is expected to be filled at a future council meeting.
The administration and finance committee noted delinquent garbage accounts will be sent to Portnoff Law Associates for collection.
It was reported members of the Northampton Fire Company are in discussion with members of the North Catasauqua Fire Company. Both departments want to shore up their mutual aid assistance agreement. These are not merger talks, it was noted.
In his report, borough Manager Leroy Brobst lamented a recent front-page Press article regarding a Lafayette College entity that generated a report for Northampton. The report included a number of recommendations to move the borough forward, including a recommendation for the consideration of changing the school district’s Konkrete Kids name. The report suggested the current name could be perceived as racist.
Brobst did not dispute the accuracy of the article’s coverage of the Lafayette College report but did note the Konkrete Kids name’s spelling comes from the German and Austrian immigrants who settled widely in Northampton around the late 19th century and early 20th century to work in the numerous cement mills in the area.
A resident requested the borough consider engaging the Hometown Heroes banner program to honor veterans. The cost is $125 per banner, purchased by residents and mounted on street poles. Council was receptive to the idea.
In a proactive mode, Councilman Anthony Lopsonzski Sr. warned that this winter, during a heavy snow, residents cannot place chairs, garbage cans and other items in a street parking spot they consider their spot because they shoveled it open. Lopsonzski went on to say the public works department may pick up these items to discard. If a property owner can be identified for placing an item in the street, they can be cited.
The next borough council meting is set for 7:30 p.m. June 17 at the municipal building, 1401 Laubach Ave.