Farmers market closes for season Sept. 21
At its Sept. 2 workshop meeting, Northampton Borough Council heard from Councilman Tony Pristash about the Northampton Farmers Market. Pristash said the market has been having a successful year. The last day of the 2021 season is Sept. 21 and will be held 3-6:30 p.m. at Municipal Park, Laubach Avenue and Smith Lane.
Mayor Thomas Reenock mentioned when he was at the farmers market recently, he purchased two tasty cantaloupes “the size of basketballs. And the watermelons are excellent.”
Council approved Northampton Area Food Bank’s request to hold its annual Food Bank Walk Oct. 30. The walk begins 9 a.m. More information about the walk is forthcoming.
Northampton Area School District requested and received council permission to have Northampton Fire Police provide a presence at varsity home football games.
Council also granted permission for Northampton Fire Department to participate in two local parades - Pen Argyl’s annual Labor Day parade, which was held Sept. 6, and the Pennsylvania State Fire Convention parade, set for Sept. 25 in Limerick.
Additionally, Nazareth Area Chamber of Commerce received permission to use the borough’s portable band trailer for the annual Nazareth fall festival Oct. 16. Nazareth will pay a delivery fee and any necessary insurance coverage.
Council appointed Ryleigh Tillotson, a junior at Northampton Area High School, as junior council member. She was sworn in and seated on the council dais.
Junior council is considered an eighth council seat but holding only information and advice involvement. No voting privileges are given to a junior council member.
In Councilman Kenneth Hall’s administration and finance report, he said the First Regional Compost Authority, 6701 Weaversville Road, Northampton, will provide free mulch for borough residents because of a surplus at the FRCA. Residents will be responsible to load the mulch into their vehicles.
Hall also noted Ed Pany entertained a church group tour at Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum.
In his building, land and recreation report, Pristash said the borough’s swimming pool receipts topped $75,000. It is anticipated the pool will still deliver a loss, but with the cost-cutting measures that occurred this year, the loss may be significantly reduced.
Councilwoman Judy Kutzler, in her fire and health report, said the fire department is preparing for Fire Prevention Week, to begin Oct. 3. The department will hold its open house Oct. 6.
For more information, visit northamptonfire42.com.
Also at the meeting, there was a discussion about the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection requirement for Allen Township and Northampton Borough to prepare a joint plan to effectively deal with housing development and its impact on utilities.
Borough Solicitor Brian Panella is drafting a loitering ordinance and preparing an amendment to the nuisance ordinance to address noise.
Pristash floated the idea to livestream council meetings “to get the borough into the 21st century,” he said. He offered to provide borough Manager Leroy Brobst information regarding livestreaming.
In other news, Councilman Ronald Glassic requested the borough consider a quarterly borough newsletter.
The next council meeting will be 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at the municipal building, 1401 Laubach Ave.