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To:              PUBLIC                                                                         March 16, 2020

FROM:       Mayor Wayne Weidner

RE:             Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Borough of Walnutport

In an effort to slow the progression of the disease the Borough of Walnutport is taking the following steps to protect our employees and the community.

Effective immediately, and until further notice all municipal buildings will be closed to the public. Recreation facilities (restrooms) will be closed to the public.

If you have a non-emergency issue that you need to speak to a police officer, please call 610-437-5252 to schedule an appointment with a police officer.  If you are having an emergency dial 911.

If you need moving permits, file a complaint, etc. you can make an appointment with the secretary/treasurer by calling 610-767-1322 ext. 101.  If she is not available, leave a message and she will return your call to assist you.  You can also go to our website www.walnutportpa.org to find blank forms, look at any ordinances, or send a message to the secretary/treasurer.

Our after-hour box is to the left of the door for any payments, taxes or paperwork you might have.  This box will be emptied at least twice a day until further notice.

If you need to speak to the tax collector, you can call 610-767-1322 ext. 109.  He will return your call when he can.  If you need to pay your taxes, they can be mailed in or dropped in our after hour box.  If you would like a receipt, please leave a note for Scott Stauffer.

If you need to speak to the Zoning officer, you can call 610-767-1322 ext. 104 or email at walnutportzoning .  He will return your call/message.

         

Walnutport is a borough formed from an unincorporated settlement in the northwest corner of Northampton County. This area was established by the formation of Lehigh Township in 1754 by land grants from William Penn’s heirs in 1752 forming Northampton County. The first settlers were German immigrants who cleared the land, raised livestock, and established their homesteads. Many of the descendents of these early settlers would later become prominent businessmen and politicians. In the 1820’s the Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company built the Lehigh Canal. Farmland was sold and would support the canal businesses along the Lehigh River and Canal area. From the 1840’s to the 1860’s many business and homes were built to support the canal trade in the area. The Lehigh and Susquehanna Railroad were opened through Walnutport in 1867 and required additional manpower. More homes and businesses were established to support the thriving transportation business. From the 1870’s to the early 1900’s the area gradually grew and its citizens wanted their own local governing body. In 1908 the area around Walnutport petitioned the courts to become a borough. Walnutport became a borough in 1909 separating itself from Lehigh Township. Walnutport was always a transportation hub with the canal railroads, and highways, because of its proximity south of Lehigh Gap along the Lehigh River. From the 1950’s to the 1980’s most of the land was developed as many people and siblings of pervious landowners build homes.   Walnutport now has many businesses and townhouses. The number of housing units has grown from 150 in 1910 to over 800 in 2008. The Borough of Walnutport has a population of 2,043 at the 2000 census. The Diamond Fire Company was organized in 1893 and continues to protect the Borough with its modern equipment and trained volunteers. The WCA (Walnutport Canal association) actively works on restoration projects such as improvements to trails, parking, pavilion facilities and the Lock Tender’s House. The WPA (Walnutport Playground Association) supports and manages athletic programs at the three athletic fields. The newly reestablished Recreation Board manages the recreation center and the pavilion. The Annual Canal Festival held each fall (3rd Sunday in October) and the Annual WPA Carnival held each summer (July) provides for fun and entertainment and raises funds to assist in their efforts.