Published on April 13, 2022 at 11:17 am
At the Northampton Borough Council meeting on April 7, Borough Solicitor Brian Panella explained draft Ordinance 2022-1221, which will regulate short-term rental accommodation in the borough and establish penalties and violations of the ordinance.
The ordinance establishes guidelines for the creation, inspection and regulation of short-term rental accommodation. The ordinance is a response to the shared economy situation of people who rent out parts of their home and/or their entire home when they are out of town.
Panella noted that the ordinance will take effect on January 1, 2023. Mayor Tony Pristash asked why the ordinance’s effective day was in 2023.
Panella said the ordinance is complicated and he wants to make sure those providing short-term rentals have enough time to read and comply with the ordinance’s regulations.
“We want to give current operators the opportunity to come into compliance,” he said.
In other cases, sealed tenders were opened for the purchase of road materials by the borough. The lowest bidder will be awarded the contract after review by the engineer and the borough notary.
The Borough’s medical officer of health was authorized to attend a training program at a cost of $125.
Four 15-minute parking spots have been designated on the municipal lot near the Affordable Pet Center behind 2022 Main Street. Previously, signs designating restricted parking had been damaged. Along with the recommendation comes a request to protect the signs with parking blocks.
The parking lot approval prompted Councilman Anthony Lopsonzski Sr. to again ask council to consider a parking deck at this municipal parking lot.
Police Chief Bryan Kadingo requested and was granted permission to send two police officers to a less lethal munitions course. The training, at a cost of $275 per officer, will take place June 13 at the Lehigh Township Police Department.
The board has approved Pristash and Board Chairman Anthony Lopsonzski Jr. to represent Northampton as a voting delegate and alternate delegate at the 2022 Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs Annual Meeting.
The council approved the hiring of a public works mechanic, subject to a successful physical, drug and alcohol test and background check.
The following organizations’ application for use of the borough’s portable tape shell has been approved by council: Becky’s Drive-In, Vera Cruz Community Association, Nazareth Chamber of Commerce and Greater Bath Area Chamber of Commerce.
The New Journey Community Church requested and was granted permission to use Pavilions A and B in the borough’s municipal park on Easter Sunday. All fees have been waived by the board.
It has been reported that starting April 4, interest and penalty charges will be applied to all unpaid garbage bills. The borough would have received $1,099,072.83 in garbage fee payments as of March 31.
Borough Superintendent LeRoy Brobst, an employee of the Northampton Borough for several decades, noted that he had recently watched the City Park ball field being groomed. Brobst noted that it was his job to lay the groundwork many years ago.
“It took me back to a time when I was the one doing it,” Brobst fondly recalls.
Brobst also reported that approximately 1,600 Easter eggs were stuffed at the municipal building for the April 10 Easter egg hunt. He was delighted with the help of the volunteers to carry out this task.
The deadline to register rental units was March 31. Brobst said 86% have complied with registering their rental units. A penalty is imposed for late registrations.
The public works department had the opportunity to see a demonstration of a rough brushcutter. It comes with a price tag of $200,000. The machine is of high quality, it is reported. It is planned to contact local municipalities to see if any would be interested in a multi-municipal agreement to share ownership and use of the brushcutter.
Northampton Borough Council’s next meeting will be April 21 at 7.30pm at the Borough Building, 1401 Laubach Ave., Northampton.