|Palmer Police Chief Larry Palmer|
1. West Easton and Upper Mount Bethel Failed To Seek Grants. - These two municipalities passed up an opportunity to apply for free money. Neither one of them is rolling in the dough. Both could use new road equipment, or might have other, more pressing, needs. Their failure to take the time to apply is an indication that both of them are in trouble.
2. Many Smaller Municipalities Failed to Send Grant Advocates. - Thirteen municipalities, most of them boroughs and smaller townships, failed to send advocates to pitch their projects. I was particularly shocked that Chapman Borough's delegation was missing.
"If you need the money, come here and talk to us about it," advised Board Chair Jay Finnigan.
These smaller communities need more active involvement from the County.
|Roseto Boro Council member Jenn Newland|
4. Northampton County has a dedicated corps of volunteers. - A nine-member board meeting in the middle of the Summer to review 35 grant applications for $1.5 million, and none of them gets a dime? Not only did they meet, but they paid attention and asked pertinent questions.
5. Both Council and The Exec Are Paying Attention. - I have to compliment both the Exec and Council for their approach to the Gaming Board. They both send liaisons, in the form of Bob Mateff (Exec) and Ken Kraft (Council). Both provide a lot of background information. Last night, Council members Scott Parsons and Bob Werner were in the peanut gallery as well. I told Parsons he could not speak unless he could prove his residency.
6. Municipalities See Wisdom in Regional Police Forces. - Plainfield Township, along with Wind Gap and Pen Argyl Boroughs, have come together with a joint application to help with the start-up costs of a regional police department. Scott Parsons, a former Wind Gap Council member who said the process started 15 years ago, said it's "finally moving forward." Based at the Plainfield Township station, the new department is slated to start in January.
|Tatamy Police Sgt Keith Snyder|
8. Lehigh U Does Work With Bethlehem to Protect Students. - Thanks to Lehigh University, Bethlehem already has 28 surveillance cameras along the Third and Fourth Street corridors. Bethlehem wants three more along Fourth, and Lehigh will help with the cost. .
9. East Bangor Wants to Convert Municipal Building Into Emergency Shelter. - Because you never know.
10. Freemansburg Officials Go Extra Mile. - Freemansburg has only 2,700 residents, and those are largely seniors or people of very modest means. But yesterday, Borough manager Judy Danko and two Borough Council members made sure they were present to advocate for their grant, even though Mayor Gerald Yob is on the Board. That's exceptional. Of course, it helps that Council member Jim Smith is originally a cracker from Shenandoah, where there's a bar and church at every corner so you can get drunk, but go to confession so you can get drunk again.
|Upper Nazareth Police Chief Alan Siegfried|
12. Lehigh Township Owns Three Bridges. - Lehigh Township owns three bridges on its own, including the Ash Road Bridge.
13. Lehigh Tp. Police Cant's Talk to Lehigh County, Carbon County Cops. - Sure, they all speak English or Pennsylvania Dutch, but they are all on a different radio frequencies. That's a problem because Lehigh Township borders both of these counties. Bob Mateff had an answer, but lost me about three seconds after he said "multiband."
14. Lower Mount Bethel Still Using a 1986 GMAC Truck. - I think last Winter did it in, but maybe they should try to get two or three more years out of it. See, the sludge must improve its lifespan!
|Washington Tp Officer Scott Miller|
16. Six Tatamy Police officers share one computer work station. - With the Chrin Interchange coming closer to reality, Sgt. Keith Snyder thinks it's time for an upgrade. D'you think? I wonder who sets the screen saver.
|Freemansburg's Judy Danko|
18. Washington Tp Police Used Zoning Vehicle Last Winter. - Scott Miller, Officer-in-Charge in Washington Township was asked why he wants a Ford Expedition for his police department instead of some less expensive model. He told everyone that there are thirty miles of roadways, some of them dirt, and the Expedition has a lock-in four-wheel drive. Things were so bad last Winter they were using a zoning vehicle to patrol. Washington Township has a mutual aid agreement with seven municipalities, and 11% of its calls are mutual aid requests.
19. Charlie Chrin Still Donating to Williams Township? - This township is in the process of acquiring property across the street from its park, which it wants to turn into additional park space and temporary parking. The township hopes to put GeoGrow under the grass, and Chrin is the name mentioned as a possible source of matching funds.