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Nazareth Borough News
The Borough of Nazareth is seeking qualified police officers for part time employment with the Nazareth Police Department. Interested persons must be Act 120 certified. Please apply in person at 134 S. Main Street, lower level (rear). Applications are available on the Borough website. Click on the Forms and Documents tab in the lower left corner of the Home Page to access the applications and hand deliver the completed form to the above address. Business hours are 8:30 am till 4:30 pm Monday through Friday. There is no deadline for applications. Call 610-759-9575 with any questions.

Carl A. Fischl
Chairman, Police Committee
Borough of Nazareth

The Borough's West End Walking Trails will be closed beginning on Monday July 13, 2020 as repaving of the trails ensue. Donated to the Borough in 2008 by the Joseph F. Reichel Funeral Home, the Trails have been opened since then but the current crushed stone surface of the trail has washed out on numerous occasions following severe storms. The Borough's Public Works crew will be doing the work of grading and adding the new surface. The expenditure was approved as part of the Borough's 2020 Budget.

In an effort to add rentable space for parties and gatherings and some shaded space for days when it is not reserved, the Borough has approved the construction of a small pavilion within the fenced in Pool enclosure. Borough Engineer Albert Kortze has been dispatched to get ideas, designs and costs for a structure of this type and return to Council with a concept that can be approved, constructed and put in place for the 2021 Pool season. Plans call for the facility to be large enough to host pool parties and small gatherings. Council is prepared to consider numerous options but for now, planning is in the very early stages.

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Borough Tax Collector Carole Bowers will reopen her 132 S. Main Street Tax Office for walk-in tax collection on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at 12 noon and remain open until 4:00 pm. Those coming to the office are advised to wear masks and observe reasonable social distancing. Hand sanitizing is available and encourages as well. Normal operating hours of Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon till 4:00 pm on those days will continue until further notice. There is an outside deposit box for after hours tax payments. That box is clearly marked.

The Borough Administrative Office has mailed all Pool Pass Refunds and any table and pavilion rental deposits it had received. All refunds have been processed and were mailed by Friday, June 12, 2020. Please call the Borough Office at 610-759-0202 with any questions.

The Nazareth Borough Planning Commission meeting to be held on Tuesday, June 16th at 6:00 PM will be held virtually via Webex. Anyone wishing to attend the virtual meeting can enter by calling 1-408-418-9388. The meeting access code is 129 461 7917 and the Password is P2MAU29g.

Nazareth Borough Council will conduct a "remote" Special Meeting at 6:00 pm on Thursday, June 4, 2020. Council is expected to act officially on the reopening of parks and playgrounds and may take other actions at that time. You are invited to join in. Meeting log on details follow: Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. https://www.gotomeet.me/NazBoro/parks-covid

You can also dial in using your phone. United States: +1 (872) 240-3212

Access Code: 914-498-269

New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts: https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/914498269

Following several weeks in which Nazareth Borough Council delayed a final decision on opening its Pool, at its Monday June 1, 2020 Business Meeting it reluctantly voted to close the Pool for the 2020 season. The delay was caused by Governor Wolf's implementation of his reopening plan and the ever changing and almost daily updates and guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Center For Disease Control about safety in Public Pools. Standards in the Governor's plan would make the Pool's operation extremely difficult with limits to how many people could swim, the use of masks, sanitizing of the bathhouse, showers, handrails and bathrooms plus enforceable guidelines for social distancing. Borough Administration will now begin issuing refunds to all who purchased pre-season pool passes. All purchasers will receive their refunds via U.S. mail.

Nazareth Borough Council voted unanimously to restart metered parking in the downtown, effective June 8, 2020. Regular fees will be charged and violators will receive citations beginning on that day. Metered parking fees and enforcement was suspended in late March as the Pandemic gripped our nation.

Nazareth Public Works will resume its regular early morning street sweeping schedule on Tuesday, June 9, 2020. Nazareth Borough Council asks that residents comply with on-street parking guidelines and remove their vehicles on the days when their streets will be cleaned.

PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that the Nazareth Borough Council will conduct a virtual council meeting on Thursday, Junel 1, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. This action is being taken pursuant to State and Federal guidelines to minimize exposure to COVID-19. No in-person attendance will be available. The meeting will be hosted on the conferencing web-service GoToMeeting. Members of the general public are invited to join the meeting through the internet or by telephone. Sign-in information follows:

Internet: https://www.gotomeet.me/NazBoro/business-2020june1

Telephone: +1 (571) 317-3122

When prompted enter access code: 317-708-101

Right now, the only thing that is definite is that our Pool will not be open on Memorial Day weekend as our Governor has not relented on relaxing the restrictions he put into place weeks ago. Those restrictions demand social distancing, no public gatherings and the wearing of masks among a host of other safety precautions. The Borough's Public Works crew will remove the Pool cover, run the pumps and filtration system and keep all in readiness as further state mandates are sure to follow. Meanwhile, Public Property Chairman Carl Strye and his Committee await that further guidance from the Governor's Office and updates from the State Department of Health before any plans or decisions are put into place. We advise that you continue to check here on the Borough website for all of the latest information.

With Governor Wolf's decree that Northampton County is still a "red zone" county as of Friday, May 15, 2020, the Borough cannot provide any firm answers about the openings of its parks, the Pool and non-essential businesses. Decisions are yet to be made on the staging of Nazareth Day and the Fireworks Show on July 18, 2020 as the Borough has just been made aware that there will definitely be no Kazoo Parade on July 4th nor Martin On Main on the first Saturday of August. The uncertainty is directly tied to the public health crises with safety the number one concern as the State continues to monitor COVID-19 cases. The Borough website will provide updates as Council becomes aware of any new information which would affect closures, shutdowns and cancellations

Nazareth Borough Council will again meet remotely on Monday, June 1, 2020 at 6:00 pm in accordance with Governor Wolf's Shutdown Order. Details of the logistics of the Meeting will follow here on the Borough website but Council will answer all citizen questions that are posed. Important instructions about the posing of questions, the actual staging of the meeting and the availability of the audio recording of the Meeting will also follow with website postings and newspaper and legal ads. The Borough is making every effort to facilitate and make available the meeting and its proceedings to the general public and will comply in every possible way with the provisions of the Sunshine Act. An abbreviated Agenda will be posted here on the Borough website as will further instructions for accessing the meeting itself. Meanwhile, questions can posed right now, here on the Nazareth Borough website by clicking on the "Questions or Concerns" tab, stating your name and address...and then asking your question or listing your concern. You may request an immediate answer for general information or ask that your answer come during the Meeting itself following Council discussion. Updates will follow as available here on the website.

Among the bevy of Corona Virus cancellations are the annual Memorial Day Parade, the Fireman's Carnival and American Legion Baseball. Legion baseball is holding on to a faint hope for a later start and an abbreviated season but for now, everything is cancelled. The Fireman's Carnival, a June Borough tradition, has been rescheduled for a September 2, 2020 start but the Memorial Day Parade is of for 2020. A decision on Nazareth Day, scheduled for Saturday, July 18, 2020 will come in late May.

Due to the current health crises, the Borough's Public Works Department is further delaying the start of street sweeping until June 2, 2020. The Borough's Public Works Department may do some partial street sweeping, effective immediately, where there are not parked vehicles on the streets. Residents are asked to observe long standing street parking regulations on days when street sweeping will occur, beginning on June 2, 2020

PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that the Nazareth Borough Council will conduct a virtual council meeting on Thursday, April 30, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. This action is being taken pursuant to State and Federal guidelines to minimize exposure to COVID-19. No in-person attendance will be available. The meeting will be hosted on the conferencing web-service GoToMeeting. Members of the general public are invited to join the meeting through the internet or by telephone. Sign-in information follows:

Internet: https://www.gotomeet.me/NazBoro/councilmeeting-2020april30
Telephone: +1 (872) 240-3412
When prompted enter access code: 239-783-341#


To view the most recent Borough Council Agenda click HERE

In accordance with Governor Wolf's Shutdown Order, the Borough will conduct an open but remotely held meeting on Thursday, April 30, 2020 at 6:00 pm. Details of the logistics of the Meeting will follow here on the Borough website but Council will answer all citizen questions that are posed. Important instructions about the posing of questions, the actual staging of the meeting and the availability of the audio recording of the Meeting will also follow with website postings and newspaper and legal ads. The Borough is making every effort to facilitate and make available the meeting and its proceedings to the general public and will comply in every possible way with the provisions of the Sunshine Act. An abbreviated Agenda will be posted here on the Borough website as will further instructions for accessing the meeting itself. Meanwhile, questions can posed right now, here on the Nazareth Borough website by clicking on the "Questions or Concerns" tab, stating your name and address...and then asking your question or listing your concern. You may request an immediate answer for general information or ask that your answer come during the Meeting itself following Council discussion. Updates will follow as available here on the website.

Despite the early Spring warm weather and the bright skies, it just doesn't seem like Spring in our Borough. Instead of children's laughter and kites flying when going to any of the Borough's parks instead you are greeted with a sign that bluntly states "Park Closed Till Further Notice". The hustle and bustle of a busy Main Street is temporarily gone and so is the crack of the bat at the Borough's many baseball fields. Restaurants sport yellow tape and emergency signs which say "Curbside Pickup Only" and other than fitness conscious joggers and lots of seniors taking their nightly walk, the streets show little activity. The doors of the 134 S. Main Street Borough Offices are locked even though the office is technically open and Borough employees are operating on staggered schedules to help with social distancing while wearing masks and other protective clothing when out in the public. Decisions on Borough meetings in May will be made in the next ten days. Meanwhile, residents are urged to honor state guidelines in an effort to curb the pandemic and get us all back to normalcy at some point...a date yet to be determined.

Due to the current health crises, the Borough's Public Works Department is delaying the start of street sweeping until April 20, 2020. Residents are asked to observe long standing street parking regulations on days when street sweeping will occur, beginning on April 20, 2020

Effective Tuesday, March 24, 2020, meter parking in the Borough downtown will not require payment until further notice. There will be no charge for meter parking and fines will not be levied until the health crisis passes and Mayor Colondo restarts the normal meter parking system. Watch the Borough website, the Police Facebook page and Nixle alerts for the restart of normal parking requirements.

Following the declaration of statewide mandatory restrictions about public gatherings and the closure of non-essential businesses and offices, Nazareth Borough will do its part in limiting access to parks, buildings and other facilities for the immediate future. The Borough Office at 134 S. Main Street is open but with strict limits to actual face to face access. Visitors can speak via intercom with Borough personnel in their offices and can leave mail or parcels at the lobby door. Direct, face-to face contact is not currently allowed. Hand sanitizer stations are available both in the main floor entrance of the Municipal Offices and in the downstairs rear Police Department entrance. Signs have been posted at Borough Parks advising of their closure. The Yard Waste Center will remain closed, as well, until further notice. Events like the Fireman's Easter Egg Hunt have been cancelled and all Council Meetings, Borough Workshops and Committee Meetings have similarly been cancelled until further notice. Council President Dan Chiavaroli has taken the lead in this initiative and has scheduled a roundtable meeting of Borough Department heads, the Borough's Emergency Manager Mark Morella, Fire Chief Jerry Johnson and other key Borough personnel to formulate the Borough's plan for the coming months. Please continue to access the Borough website for updates.

Nazareth Borough Council is closing the Borough Offices, all parks, athletic fields, Borough buildings and other facilities to "public access" until further notice due to the current public health crises. Residents are advised to monitor the Borough website daily for updates about any changes to the current "declaration of closure"

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY - ALL BOROUGH BULIDINGS ARE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Nazareth Borough Council's number one concern is the good health and safety of its residents. Accordingly, it is encouraging everyone in our Borough to do what our public health officials have deemed critical to minimizing the spread and effects of the virus through frequent hand washing, cleaning and sanitizing all surfaces and by social distancing. Following the deployment of hand sanitizing liquids and dispensers at both the entrance to the Borough Municipal Building at 134 S. Main Street and to its Police Department on the lower rear entrance of the same building, Council is now considering "safe" options for monthly committee meetings and for the end of the month Workshop Meeting and the April 6, 2020 Business Meeting. Pennsylvania's Sunshine Laws have standards for remote meetings and their broadcast and the requirement for recording those proceedings which must be met. Council is currently weighing all options for their feasibility to include postponing April proceedings until a date later in the month when hopefully things will be safer for us all and even cancelling both Meetings all together. With the landscape for this outbreak changing daily and no decisions finalized currently, Borough Council is following the directives of Northampton County Public Health officials and the County's Emergency Management Department. All Council decisions on these matters will be properly and legally advertised so stay tuned.

The Borough of Nazareth is seeking an interested person to serve as a part time Administrative Assistant. This is a paid "part time" position for 18 to a maximum of 30 hours of weekly employment. Interested persons can pick up an application at the Borough Business Office, 134 S. Main Street (main floor), during business hours, 8:30 am till 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday or access the Nazareth Borough website....nazarethboroughpa.com.... and retrieve an application under Forms and Documents-Borough of Nazareth Employment Application . Deadline for applications is April 2, 2020 and all applications, upon completion, must be hand delivered to 134 S. Main Street.

Unlimited amounts of yard waste (leaves, branches, twigs, flowers, roots, bushes, garden clippings) will be collected curbside. Place your yardwaste in any open top container (clean, no trash and not your automated cart), tie with cotton or hemp twine in bundles no larger than 3' x 3' x 3' and weighing no more than 40 pounds or place in compostable paper bags which are available at most hardware or grocery stores. (NO PLASTIC ROPE, TWINE OR BAGS). No grass clippings, tree stumps, loose soils, sod, any wood or tree limbs over four (4) inches in diameter, human or animal excrement, noxious weeds or soil contaminated with hazardous substances.

Questions - About Any Refuse & Recycling or Environmental or Shade Tree Problems...Contact Charles Donello - Nazareth Borough Environmental Steering Chairman 484-274-2235

Longtime Councilmen Larry Stoudt and Frank Maurek will be honored by Borough Council at the December 2, 2019 Business Meeting. Stoudt has served on Council for over four decades in a variety of roles most recently as Council Vice President and Finance Committee Chairman. Maurek has served nearly twenty years in two separate stints as Councilman and as appointed Tax Collector in the mid 1980's. Maurek chaired the Borough's Public Property Committee and saw to the day to day business of the Nazareth Pool after his role as overseer of the Pool rebuild in 2014 and 2015. Council will also honor the Nazareth Blue Eagle District XI Championship Football Team at the December Meeting. Team members, coaches, staff, parents and friends of the team are invited to the 6:00 pm Council award ceremony.

Nazareth Borough Council is considering passage of a Curfew Ordinance and invites public commentary on the issue through the Questions and Comments portion of the website or the Police Department Facebook page. Council also welcomes additional commentary in person, at the November 26, 2019 Workshop Meeting and/or the December Business Meeting on December 2, 2019 at 6:00 pm both nights at Council Chambers, 159 West Center Street. The ordinance, if passed, would affect minors under the age of 18 and prohibit their presence on the streets and in all public places or in vehicles, within the confines of the Borough, after 11:00 pm Sunday through Thursday and after 12:00 am (midnight) on Fridays and Saturdays and in each case until 5:00 am in the morning. To read more on this proposal Click Here

Nazareth Borough Council has approved the Borough's "limited" enrollment in an attempt to control the number of free-roaming cats. No Nonsense Neutering of Allentown oversees a Trap-Neuter-Release Program which addresses this ever-growing problem. Council approved a motion to purchase thirty vouchers which residents can obtain with "proof of residency" to begin the process. Residents are limited to four vouchers. No Nonsense Neutering agrees to spay/neuter each feral cat, male or female. Each cat receives a rabies vaccination, a distemper vaccine if 1 year or younger, worming, ear mite and flea treatments-all provided under the terms of their contract with the Borough for the balance of 2019. Each feral cat will receive a green tattoo along the incision and will be left ear-tipped as a universal indication that it has been sterilized and vaccinated. Caretakers are responsible for post-operative care and will be provided with verbal and written instructions and a certificate of rabies vaccination. Additional services or vaccinations are available; however, they are the sole financial responsibility of the caretaker. The process begins with the pickup of the voucher, calling of the trapper who will come out and trap the cats and then proceeds through the medical and re-release process. The Borough's involvement is solely with the issuing of the vouchers complete with the instructions on how to proceed and paying No Nonsense Neutering for the service. To date, the Borough has not committed to a number for the amount of vouchers it will purchase and issue in 2020.

As the weather turns colder and the days become shorter the Fall season is upon us. With the change of seasons, comes the annual ritual of falling leaves. Once again, the Borough Public Works Department will be coming around to pick up these leaves. The procedure for leaf pick up is the same as previous years. Borough residents should deposit there leaves curbside for pick up. Piles that contain grass clippings, yard waste, branches or any other debris will not be picked up. The pick up equipment is designed to pick up only leaves, anything other than leaves can cause possible damage to the machine and serious injury to the pick up crew. Yard waste and grass can be dropped off at the designated drop off area at G.W. Stoudt Boulevard. There is no set schedule for pick up, the crew will start at the east end of town and work their way west until everything is picked up. This procedure will repeat until all leaves are collected. How quickly the crew can cross town depends on weather conditions and the amount of leaves to be picked up. The Borough highway crews thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Keith H. Knecht
Public Works Superintendent
Borough of Nazareth

The spotted lanternfly is an invasive insect that has spread throughout Pennsylvania since being discovered in Berks County in 2014. It poses a serious threat to Pennsylvania agriculture, including the grape, tree fruit, hardwood, and nursery industries, and can become a problem pest to homeowners and residents. Stopping the spread is a community effort, and we need your help!

Click HERE for more information

Nazareth Borough Council hired Timothy Galloway at its August 2019 Business Meeting to actively engage our residents with matters relating to the upkeep of homes and businesses and to enforce the Borough's Property Maintenance Ordinance. Galloway will eventually have office hours in the Borough Municipal Building at 134 S. Main Street by appointment, to answer questions and hear complaints about those who are not keeping their residences up to code or are not keeping their grass cut or their snow shoveled in the winter. His duties will include observation of homes, backyards, empty lots, unauthorized and unlicensed vehicles, dogs and other animals in our Parks, sidewalks, unpermitted signs and other violations of our ordinances. Code Enforcement will have its own page on the Borough website with a summary of our Code Enforcement Program, a Mission Statement, important contact information, a complaint form and examples of some typical code violations. Expect the office hours and overall program to be up and running by mid-September, After Labor Day, Code Officer Tim Galloway can be contacted by phone at 484-633-0282 or by e-mail at codeenforce@nazarethboroughpa.gov

The Fourth of July weekend is once again upon us, with family BBQ’s and impressive fireworks displays. The Nazareth Police Department wants to remind everyone that fireworks are restricted in areas such as the boro. Here are the Pennsylvania Law and boro ordinances regarding fireworks:

• They cannot be ignited or discharged on a public or private property without express permission of the property owner.
• They cannot be discharged from or within a motor vehicle or building.
• They cannot be discharged toward a motor vehicle or building.
• They cannot be discharged within 150 feet of an occupied structure, whether or not a person is actually present.
• They cannot be discharged while the person is under the influence of alcohol, a controlled substance, or another drug.

Fireworks are safety and quality of life issue, and their effects are far from just the area where they are being discharged from. One must be considerate of their neighbors, pets, and community. Members of the Nazareth Police will be out in force responding to such issues and complaints. We ask all out citizens to enjoy this holiday and seek out one of the many 4th of July celebrations occurring in the Lehigh valley that weekend.

Boro Ordinance also states: D. It shall be a violation of this Ordinance for any person to ignite or discharge Consumer Fireworks, or for the owner or tenant of real property within the Borough to permit the ignition or discharge of Consumer Fireworks by another person on or from such property, between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m

Fireworks






Welcome to the Borough of Nazareth website. The borough is named for the Biblical town of Nazareth. William Penn bequeathed this land to his daughter, Letitia, who under colonial law would have had to pay a single red rose each June 24, if so demanded by the trustees. People in Nazareth celebrate this every year on June 11 and 12 by various organizations selling single red roses throughout the town.

The Borough of Nazareth, founded in 1740 by Moravian settlers, is a quaint and charming community situated in central Northampton County just four miles north of Bethlehem and seven miles northwest of Easton. Nazareth can boast of quiet and attractive neighborhoods and easy living and its 5,746 residents enjoy the Borough's great parks, heralded school system, convenient downtown and one hour access to New York City and Philadelphia. Historically, Nazareth was an industrial town with the production of cement, textiles, yarn and fabricated steel at its heart but the town will always be linked with its best known and most popular product, the Martin Guitar.



Thousands of the prized guitars are still produced each year for worldwide distribution and each summer, the town proudly hosts the annual "Martin On Main Street Festival". Serviced by its own Police Department and Vigilance Hose Volunteer Fire Company, Nazareth offers a unique community spirit which manifests itself in several traditional events like Nazareth Day, The Block Party, parades and holiday tours. The Borough can be accessed by Routes 191 which passes through the heart of the downtown and Route 33 which skirts the Borough's eastern borders.



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