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All of the June Borough meetings will be held at the pavilion in Braden Park, weather dependent, in order to meet current social distancing requirements.

The 13th Annual Community Wide Yard Sale scheduled for August has been cancelled for the health, safety, and well being of our residents.
If you are planning on hosting a private yard sale, please be mindful of the current guidelines on the date of your sale for the safety of your patrons. You are allowed a total of 4 yard sales for the entire calendar year (including the Community Yard Sale). All Yard Sales require a permit issued by the Borough Office. The 1st one is free, the 2nd and 3rd have a permit fee of $10.00 each.
To download more information please click HERE.

Tatamy Borough Operations – YELLOW Phase Transition Plan
To slowly transition Tatamy Borough’s business operations into a “normal mode” under the operational guidance issued by the State Department of Health. Northampton County transitions to the “YELLOW” reopening phase at 12:01AM Friday morning June 5, 2020, with the potential of transitioning to “GREEN” shortly thereafter. While local political units were not explicitly required to suspend in-person operations under the business closure orders issued by the Governor, we followed their guidance and curtailed, as much as practical, all in-person operations.
Office Operations:
Beginning Friday, June 8, 2020, office hours will remain the same (Monday through Friday, 9AM to 5PM). While the office door will remain “closed”, access to the office will no longer be restricted but transition to an unscheduled “as needed” basis (e.g. the conduct of official business only). Routine “drop-ins” are to be discouraged. The maximum number of “guests” in the office at one time shall be kept to a minimum and should be no more than what is needed to attend to their business needs. Anyone waiting will be asked to remain in the lobby or outdoors until the current guests have finished.
Beginning Monday June 8, 2020 all meetings, will be conducted in person using appropriate social distancing rules. Seating for community participation will be spaced apart and attendance limited. Meeting participants and anyone from the public who is attending in person will be asked to wear a mask. For anyone unable (or unwilling) to participate in person, we will still conduct a “ZOOM” session for all our public meetings that will be available for anyone to dial-in so as to participate remotely.
Parks and Recreation:
• Braden Park o Pavilion: Beginning Monday June 8, 2020, the Pavilion will be available for use by family groups of less than 25 attendees. The person signing the agreement for use of the pavilion will be responsible for ensuring their group size is 25 or less at all times.
o Fields: Following the guidance issued by the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society, the use of fields by large groups for organized team sports is not permitted in the “YELLOW” reopening phase. The field is available for small groups who may play pick-up games on open fields.
• All Parks: All Tatamy Borough parks have been open, with unrestricted access since the COVID crisis began. As has been our policy, anyone using our parks is doing so at their own discretion. Park equipment (swings / play equipment) is not cleaned or sanitized regularly.

Penn DOT has extended expiration dates on registrations, inspections & emissions, persons with disabilities placards, licenses, permits, etc. that were set to expire from March 16 through May 31, 2020 have now been extended through June 30, 2020.
To download the letter please click HERE.

Northampton County partnered with Easton Hospital on a testing site for Northampton County residents. The site is located at the main parking lot of Easton Hospital (21st & Lehigh Streets); 250 S. 21st St. Testing begins Wednesday, May 6 and is operating Monday through Friday between the hours of 10 am & 4 pm.
The testing is only open to residents from Northampton County, and they must be symptomatic: fever, dry cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat or loss of taste or smell.
A prescription is NOT required.
Although insurance is not required to be tested, participants should bring a photo ID and their insurance card with them.

Govenor Wolf has ordered that masks are now required effective April 19, 2020 at 8pm.
Anyone entering the Tatamy Municipal Building must wear a mask effective April 20, 2020. Anyone not wearing a mask will be told to leave the building immediately.
To download the flyer click HERE.

To download the Governors order click HERE.

Tatamy Borough will be holding necessary meetings via teleconferencing for the foreseeable future. More information can be found on the virtual meeting tab.

For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, Pennsylvanians should visit:

Tatamy Borough real estate taxes can be mailed directly to Tracey Cressman or put in the after hours box at the Borough Office. Deadlines will be extended as follows-
Discounts due May 4, 2020
Base due July 2, 2020
Penalty July 3, 2020 and after

Tatamy Borough declared a disaster emergency, effective March 17, 2020. This declaration has been extended by Resolution 2020-01.
To download the original declaration click HERE.

To download the resolution click HERE.

Due to the County declaring the existance of a disaster emergency, Chief Snyder has implemented the following guidelines-
1- all non-emergency calls through NC call center- 610-759-2200. An officer will return the call.
2- 911 emergency calls will be responded to normally.
The Tatamy Police Department is committed to serving the community with the safety and well-being of our citizens and first responders in mind.
To download the letter click HERE.

Tatamy Borough now has an electronic message board in the Municipal Building lobby. Important imformation and notices will be available continuously.

To download the adopted 2020 Fee Schedule click HERE.

To download the adopted 2020 Budget click HERE.

To download the 2020 meeting dates click HERE.

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.

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

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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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