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Oct. 31 approved as trick or treat in Northampton

At the Sept. 22 Northampton Borough Council meeting, council members selected Oct. 31 as trick-or-treat night in the borough. Hours are 6-8 p.m.

Typically, municipalities will either follow the tradition of honoring the actual date of Halloween - Oct. 31 - to hold trick or treat no matter what day of the week it falls on, or they will pick the Friday or Saturday night before Oct. 31 so trick or treat does not fall on a school night.

In other matters, council authorized Resolution 13-22 regarding a submission of a Local Share Account grant for $24,900 for the purchase and installation of video cameras, monitors and necessary surveillance equipment to protect borough parks.

Council approved a request from St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 105 E. 19th St., to temporarily close one block of East 19th Street Oct. 30 for a community trunk-or-treat celebration, scheduled for 1-4 p.m.

South Whitehall Township received council permission to use the borough’s portable band trailer for its community tree-lighting event 5:30-7 p.m. Dec. 3. South Whitehall Township is required to pay a delivery and removal fee and provide the borough with a certificate of insurance for the portable trailer use.

Council approved the Northampton Borough Fire Department’s request to conduct a coin toss Oct. 15 at the intersection of 21st and Main streets.

Coplay Police Chief Ryan Emerich requested and received council permission to have the Northampton Fire Police assist the Coplay police in managing the Coplay Halloween parade Oct. 18.

Council accepted the resignation of part-time police Officer George Walsh. Walsh was commended for his many years of exemplary service to the police department.

It was reported the zoning hearing board met in September to consider a request for a variance on a front yard setback. The requested variance was granted.

The 2023 Northampton Borough budget meetings will begin in late September and will continue until the 2023 budget is completed. Meetings with department heads will occur in October to review department budget requests.

The borough received a $518,175.73 payment from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development Sept. 9 as a second installment of COVID-19 fund dollars.

It was reported the Verdon Clock Company inspected the town hall clock. It was determined it needs a mechanical restoration.

A tree fell on the roof of the Canal Street Park pavilion, with the roof sustaining some damage, and a back flow regulator at the Northampton fire station that sustained water damage was not working to its full capacity. The insurance adjuster from Philadelphia who inspected both incidents is sending a report. An estimate of the costs is pending.

In late October, the borough will begin the shutdown process and winterization of some of the park facilities. During this work, the Canal Street Park will remain open for people to use the trail.

The next Northampton Borough Council meeting is 7 p.m. Oct. 6. It is an in-person meeting, to be held at the municipal building, 1401 Laubach Ave.