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Renewable Fuel coming to Northampton Borough

By Stephen Althouse, WFMZ.com Reporter, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 04:44:44 AM CST
Updated On: Sep 06 2013 07:27:32 AM CDT
NORTHAMPTON, Pa. -

The Northampton Borough Council voted 9-0 to grant final approval to Renewable Fuel Inc., to utilize a portion of the former Universal Atlas Cement Co. plant site for their operations during Thursday night's meeting.

The Bala Cynwyd, Pa.-based company is a manufacturer of an engineered product, which can be utilized as a coal substitute by a litany of energy consumers including cement kilns, according to borough documents. The product is manufactured from non-hazardous pre and post industrial by products which include wood, cardboard, plastic and paper.

The property, located at 6 Horwith Drive, is in the I-2 Industrial Zoning District.

When the operations are at their full extent, Renewable Fuel officials indicated Thursday night that 20 18-wheeler tractor-trailer inbound trucks per day would be transporting product into the facility. Most of the material the plant will handle is destined for landfills, according to statements made by officials Thursday night.

They will start with one shift, before eventually adding a second shift, based on supply and demand for the product. They expect to be operational by the 4Q of this year.

In other business, council reviewed and passed a pension ordinance involving the borough's public works department involving their retirement plans. Employees will submit three percent of their salaries with the borough matching up to that same amount.

"This is a step forward," noted Councilman Edward Pany. "...we are finally moving into the 21st century" he said of the plan.

In addition, council heard complaints from four residents of the 400 block of East Ninth Street about parking spaces that has recently been painted on the streets. Residents said Thursday night they did not want them and that the parking spots were not the proper amount in length, which Manager Gene Zarayko said should be 20 feet. President John Yurish said council "would do a little detective work" on the matter and get back to residents on their complaints as soon as possible.