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Borough of Northampton grapples with pothole laden streets

By Stephen Althouse, WFMZ.com Reporter, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Apr 03 2014 10:06:30 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 04 2014 05:36:01 AM CDT
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NORTHAMPTON, Pa. -

Borough of Northampton Manager Gene Zarayko is not a man to mince words when it comes to the state of the borough's roadways.

"The streets are an absolute mess," he said during Thursday night's borough council meeting.

That mess is courtesy of the pounding the streets were subjected to through a harsh winter, a winter that has caused a shortage of more than $33,000 to cover the costs of repair.

The borough's streets department employees watched the contents of their salt storage shed vanish like magic, seemingly taking it out nearly as fast as they could bring it in.

"We're going to need another $5 to $10,000 to fill up the salt shed," Zarayko said in assessing Mother Hubbard's now empty cupboard.

Councilman Keith Piescienski noted that those figures do not include the months of November and December, the first two months of the winter season.

"We are trying to fill pot holes," Zarayko said of the borough's game plan this spring.

Speaking of spring, Councilman Anthony Lopsonzski, Sr., offered his satirical budgetary strategy to deal with winter next season.

"It's called wait till April," he said, minus drumroll.

With harsh winter weather now becoming a memory, Zarayko added that the borough's street sweeper is "back in business" in an effort to cosmetically improve the borough's aesthetics.

And by an 8-0 vote, council awarded a road materials bid to Eastern Industries.

Zarayko also announced that PNC Bank will be closing its branch at 21 E. 10th Street, effective June 1st.

"This is unfortunate news," Zarayko said.

In other news, the borough's annual Easter Egg Hunt will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 12th at Municipal Park at Laubach Avenue and Smith Lane.

The rain date is the following day, April 13th.

The event is open to all borough children through the age of 10.