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Northampton County will be using new voting machines in the fall elections. They are inviting the public to try out the new machines ate various locations throughout they County.
You are invited to try the new voting machines for Northampton County at the following locations:
August 13th Tuesday – Friday August 16th 5pm – 11:00pm/ Saturday August 17th 1pm- 11pm Blue Valley Farm Show@ the Block Building, 707 American Bangor Rd. Bangor, PA. 18013
August 29th Thursday 11:00am – 12:30pm Northampton Community College Partner Fair, 3835 Green Pond Rd. Bethlehem, PA. 18020 @ the Quad between College Center and Kopecek Hall
September 3rd Tuesday 3:30pm – 6:30pm Bath Borough Municipal Building, 121 S. Walnut St. Bath, PA. 18014
September 4th Wednesday 11:15am – 2:45pm Easton Area Community Center, 901 Washington St. Easton, PA. 18042
September 7th Saturday 11:00am – 1:00pm Easton Public Market, 325 Northampton St. Easton, PA. 18042
September 9th Monday 10:00am – 1:00pm Bethlehem City Hall, 10 East Church St. Bethlehem, PA. 18018
September 10th Tuesday 2:00pm – 6:30pm Gracedale Nursing Home (Family Fest) 2 Gracedale Ave. Nazareth, PA 18064
September 13th Friday 9:00am-11:00am Cherryville Senior Center @ Hope Lutheran Church, 4131 Lehigh Dr. Cherryville, PA. 18035
September 16th Monday 10:00am – 1:00pm Nazareth Memorial Library 295 East Center St. Nazareth, PA. 18064
September 18th Wednesday 9:00am – 11:00am Slate Belt Senior Center, 707 American Bangor Road Bangor, PA. 18013
September 19th Thursday 11:00am – 1:00pm Northampton Senior Center @ Grace United Church of Christ, 902 Lincoln Ave. Northampton 18067
September 25th Wednesday 12:00pm – 2:00pm Old York Rd Senior Center, 720 Old York Rd. Bethlehem, PA. 18018
September 28th Saturday 11:00am – 1:00pm Easton Public Market, 325 Northampton St. Easton, PA. 18042
September 30th Monday 10:00am – 1:00pm Bethlehem City Hall, 10 East Church St. Bethlehem, PA. 18018
October 3rd Thursday 12:30pm – 2:30pm Cherryville Senior Center @ Hope Lutheran Church, 4131 Lehigh Dr. Cherryville, PA. 18035
October 5th Saturday 12:00pm – 2:00 pm Hanover Township Community Center- Fall Festival, 3660 Jacksonville Rd. Bethlehem, PA. 18017
October 9th Wednesday 5:30pm – 7:30pm Easton Neighborhood Center, 902 Philadelphia Rd. Easton, PA. 18042
For flyer about the new machines click HERE.

To download the approved 2018 Audit click HERE. The Audit is available for review in the Borough Office.

Contractors for the Tatamy Borough Sewer Authority will be conducting extensive maintenance and repair work on the Sanitary Sewer System throughout the Borough. The work is scheduled to begin on or about Monday, 8/19/2019 (weather permitting). The contractor plans on working Monday through Thursday, 7AM to 5PM. If the schedule is interrupted due to weather, they will work Fridays as needed.
The work will be done in the following order:
• Broad Street between 7th and 8th Streets
o On-street parking will be prohibited on both sides of Broad Street between 7th and 8th Streets between August 19 through August 30th
o Access to driveways may be restricted during active construction periods. It is advised that you plan accordingly and leave a vehicle parked on S. 7th Street
o Travel will be reduced to one lane during working hours. Appropriate signage will be posted, and the contractor will have flaggers out directing traffic
o Temporary steel plates will be placed on the roadway as needed at the end of the work day to ensure safe travel
• Main Street at the corner of Bushkill Street
• Trisha Street at the corner of Chief Tatamy Street
• Prospect Street – to the rear of 111 N 8th Street
• Hobson Street – near 550 Hobson St
The cost of this construction and repair work is covered solely by the Sewer Authority, using funds received as part of the quarterly sewer billings that are kept in a contingency account for maintenance and upkeep of the system.
Our contractor will strive to make repairs as quickly as possible and will make sure that all the roads are returned to a “pre-construction” state upon completion of the project. On behalf of the Tatamy Sewer Authority I apologize for any disruption this maintenance and repair activity may cause.
Regards,Christopher Moren
Mayor, Tatamy Borough and Vice Chairman, Tatamy Borough Sewer Authority
For official letter click HERE.

Tatamy will now have a farmers market! Local and regional produce mobile market opens Saturdays 9 am to 12 noon June 10th through October at Llantrisant Retreat & Wellness Center located at 336 Bushkill Street.
For flyer click HERE.

Nazareth Area School District calendar for the 2018 - 2019 school year. To download the calendar click HERE.

The removal and replacement of Bushkill Street bridge began April 15, 2019. Detours are posted. Only local traffic on Bushkill Street. The project is anticipated to be completed by mid June.

The Importance of House Address Numbers
House numbers are not only convenient for finding addresses but necessary for emergency responders to locate those in need. When responding to an emergency, minutes matter so be sure that fire, ambulance, and police personnel can easily and quickly find your address.
The 2012 International Property Residential Code requires in Section R319.1 that buildings be numbered:
Address Numbers. Buildings shall have approved address numbers, building numbers, or approved building identification placed in a position to be plainly legible and visible from the street or road fronting the property. These numbers shall contrast with their background. Address number shall be Arabic numerals or alphabet letters. Numbers shall be a minimum of 4 inches (102 mm) high with a minimum stroke width of 0.5 inch (12.7 mm). Where access is by means of a private road and the building address cannot be viewed from the public way, a monument, pole, or other sign or means shall be used to identify the structure.
Tatamy Police, Tatamy Volunteer Fire Company, Tatamy Emergency Management Coordinator recommended that all residents take a few moments to examine existing house numbers. Be sure that the numbers are easily read from the street. Consider the following:
� Script numbers or numbers that are spelled out in words may be aesthetically pleasing but are difficult to read quickly from the street.
� Brass or bronze numbers are difficult to see. Use numbers that contrast with the background.
� If the house is located more than 45 feet from the street, the numbers should be displayed on a fence, mailbox, or other appropriate place that will make it visible for approaching vehicles.
� Be sure that the view of the numbers is not obstructed by shrubs, trees, or decorations, such as flags.
� Numbers should be clearly seen when approaching from either side of the house.
If the numbers on your house are not visible or easy to read, it will take emergency personnel longer to reach you. Those extra minutes spent trying to locate a property can mean the difference between life and death, so take the time now to be sure your house numbers are able to be seen from the street to help emergency responders find you faster.

Wolf Administration Announces State Investment to Implement the Bushkill Creek Restoration Project in Northampton County Harrisburg, PA - The Wolf Administration today announced grant funding to implement the Bushkill Creek Restoration and Habitat Enhancement Project in Tatamy, Northampton County. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) awarded a grant of $80,000 to the Bushkill Stream Conservancy.
“This work will help improve a stream that provides valuable outdoor opportunities for people who enjoy fishing or just watching Bushkill Creek flow,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “The health of the creek is vital to the community.”
The watershed group will use the funds to install structures in Bushkill Creek to create a better habitat for aquatic life. The money will also be used to install riparian buffers that will stabilize 1.5 miles of stream bank through the Borough of Tatamy. Once those buffers are installed, more than 6,500 feet of the stream will be restored allowing for better water flow.
Bushkill Creek, although designated as a “high-quality” cold water stream, is classified as “impaired” in this section of the borough for pathogens, which allows for special protections. The improved habitat from the project will help protect aquatic life from possible exposure to pathogens.
One of the largest investments into Pennsylvania’s environment, Growing Greener projects have been instrumental in cleaning up abandoned mine lands, preserving farmland, and protecting and restoring watersheds throughout the commonwealth.
The Growing Greener grant program is supported by the Environmental Stewardship Fund, which receives its funding from landfill tipping fees.

Tatamy Borough is pleased to announce our participation in the Nazareth Area Council of Governments Animal Control Program. Beginning January 1, 2019, Pibbles Paws Safe Haven will serve as our Animal Control Officer. The animal control program will only cover dogs at this time.
Pibbles Paws Safe Haven is located in Moore Township and is a state-licensed facility that currently works to rescue adult dogs and puppies in need of a forever family. The Facebook page for the animal control officer is Pibbles Paws Safe Haven ACO Stray Intakes. Pictures of lost or stray dogs will be posted on this page as well as other important information.
If you see a lost or stray dog, please contact the Northampton County Non-Emergency Dispatch Number at (610) 759-2200. They will coordinate the dispatch of local support and the Animal Control Officer as needed. Please do NOT call 911. Thank you.

Keystone Collections has a phone line dedicated exclusively to taxpayer inquiries 1-866-539-1100. To download the flyer click HERE. Website

This is a list of locations to recycle many of the items that can not be disposed of with regular household garbage and recyclables.


The Tatamy Police will be offering Safe dispose of your unused, unwanted, or expired medications. Any on duty Police Officer can accept the medications. please see the list of accepted and unacceptable items below. Call the Police Department at 610-252-2260 for more information.


In 1982 the Tatamy Historical Society was formed by William Carling, Joanne Wagner and Nancy Werkheiser. The Archives opened in June of 1993 to commemorate Tatamy's Centennial. Much of Tatamy's history is preserved in the form of pictures, newspapers, scrapbooks, clothing, furnishings and other memorabilia.

A one of a kind Tatamy Centennial Quilt is among the many displays. Other areas of interest include the following exhibits - Military, Tatamy Athletic Association, Tatamy Fire Company and Tatamy School, just to name a few.

All are invited to come explore the history of Tatamy. Admission is free. Contributions are always welcome.


Tatamy Borough has ordinances pertaining to grass and weeds. 19- 1958 and 53-1968- known as the Grass and Weed Ordinances requires all citizens and businesses to keep grass cut below 6 inches. Cut grass is not to be put in the street. Please, do not blow clippings into the streets. This clogs the gutters. Thank you! Removal of clippings is the property owner's responsibility.

Moving permits are required for those moving into and out of Tatamy. The cost is $5.00 and can be obtained at the Borough office. This permit is valuable to you especially for tax purposes and to the Borough.

Junk Vehicle Ordinances 188-2000 (which repealed 45-1967)and 244-2007 (amending sections 5 and 13 of 188-2000) prohibiting the storage of motor vehicles upon any street or alley or on private property for more than 7 days that does not display current license plate and/or current registration sticker and current emissions sticker (where required by law); is not in operating condition; or is a junk vehicle.

Sidewalk ordinance 20-1924. Sidewalks and gutters must be cleared within 24 hours. In the event of ice, sand or salt should be applied. Please DO NOT place snow / ice in roads, on sidewalks or next to fire hydrants. Any help in keeping the fire hydrants cleared and accessible is greatly appreciated!

The following streets are designated Snow routes:
7th, Broad, Chief Tatamy, High, Main, Prospect, Shelley, and Trisha Streets, Alexus, Bridgette, Fern, and Mill Brook Courts and Mill Race Dr.

Please move your vehicles from these streets when a Snow Emergency is called. All vehicles will be towed at owners expense if they are not moved.


Tatamy Borough is located in Northampton County and is approximately 1/2 mile square. It is surrounded by Palmer Township to the south, Nazareth Borough to the west, Stockertown to the north, and Forks Township to the east. The 2010 census put Tatamy's population at 1203. There are just under 450 residences in the Borough. Tatamy is home to 14 businesses, 2 churches and a Masonic lodge. Borough children attend the Nazareth Area School District.

The Borough of Tatamy takes its name from Moses Tunda Tatamy, a noted Lenni Lenape Native American who owned 315 acres of land northeast of Tatamy. He was born around 1695 in the New Jersey Pine Barrens. Tatamy was

Tatamy Borough

given his land from the Penn family for his services to them as a messenger & interpreter. In 1745 Tatamy was the first Native American baptized by David Brainerd.

The background & history of Tatamy is interwoven with the generations of the Messinger family that owned, occupied, & helped the area develop into a community. In 1771 Michael Messinger Sr. Bought 500 acres of land that includes present day Tatamy. In spring of 1893, having become a fair-sized village, citizens of the town met to discuss separation from Palmer Township & incorporate into an independent borough. They were Samuel S Lerch, Ellen C Messinger, JA Happel, Martin Werkheiser, Amzie F Titus, Samuel A Messinger, Edwin Babp, Jacob Hagley, G Frank Messinger, JM Stecker, CS Messinger, & Milton Johnson. The petition was addressed to the court on April 10, 1893. April 13, 1893 the Grand Jury recommended the petition be granted. Judge HJ Reeder granted the Decree of Incorporations on June 12, 1893.

Tatamy is a small community that values its past, strives to create a worthwhile future, making the present a place people want to be part of.

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