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Welcome

Welcome to the Borough of Pen Argyl. Pen Argyl Municipal Building is located at 11 N. Robinson Avenue, Pen Argyl, PA 18072 Pen Argyl, a town of 3600 residents, is located in Northampton County, PA, and is near Routes 33 and 80 at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountain and the Appalachian Trail. Our community began in 1853 when Joseph Kellow discovered slate. Pen Argyl received its name from a Welsh word meaning "head" and from the Anglo-Saxon word "argylite" meaning slate rock. With the influx of quarrymen from Cornwall, England, the town began to grow and was incorporated in 1882 and became part of the area known as the Slate Belt. Currently there is still one slate quarry that is still in operation. The quarrymen and their families brought with them the baking of "pasties", a beef meat pie, which was the popular food to take to work in the quarries. Pasties can still be bought today at Mr. Pasties located in Pen Argyl. Today Pen Argyl is known for its historic Dentzel carousel which is housed at Weona Park. This carousel was purchased in 1923 and is one of the few remaining Dentzel carousels that has stationary wooden animals. The carousel is open for rides during the summer park season.


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  • NOTICES!

    These Special Notices are non regularly scheduled events. Weather conditions and other seasonal notices will be fond here.

  • Vacancies
    Pen Argyl Borough presently has vacancies on the following Boards and Commission. If you are interested please submit a letter of intent to the Borough Manager. You must be a resident of the Borough and up to date with any monies owed to the Borough. Zoning Hearing Board –One (1) Vacancy • The Zoning Hearing Board is a quasi-judicial body, consisting of five regular members all of whom are residents of the Borough. Members are appointed by Council to serve 3-year terms. • The Board hears and decides appeals where it is alleged that the Zoning Office has erred in applying or interpreting regulations; Hears and makes decisions on special exceptions; authorizes variances from the terms of the Zoning Ordinance, as permitted by the Municipalities Planning Code. Disruptive Conduct Appeals Board- Vacancies are: Alternate Owner, Tenant, Alternate Tenant, Member of recognized community group Delegate and Alternate. This Board presides over any person aggrieved by any decision of a police officer or Building Official in regard to a disruptive conduct report or the revocation of a residential rental registration or residential rental license based upon the issuance of disruptive conduct reports. • The Disruptive Conduct Board of Appeals shall be a body of five members consisting of a Council person who shall serve as Chairperson, the Chief of Police or his/her designee; an owner, operator, responsible agent or manager of a residential rental unit(s) in the Borough of Pen Argyl; an occupant of a residential rental unit residing in the Borough of Pen Argyl; and a member of a community group recognized by the Borough Council of the Borough of Pen Argyl. Civil Service Commission- Three (3) Vacancies • The Commission has the power to prescribe, amend, and enforce rules and regulations governing police appointments and promotions. In addition, the Commissioners hold appeal hearings on disciplinary actions, when appropriate. • This Commission is presently dormant and does not have these powers as the Borough went to a Regional Police Force. However it is the opinion of the Solicitor that we continue its membership.


    Community Alerts
    Community ALERTS SIGN UP TO RECEIVE COMMUNITY ALERTS!!! Residents of Plainfield Township, Wind Gap Borough and Pen Argyl Borough can now receive important, official information directly from the Slate Belt Regional Police Department through Nixle. Messages will be delivered by email, SMS text message, and over the web. Information can be received online and through email. Residents can receive messages by phone as part of their text messaging plan- otherwise standard text message rates apply. The system is simple to use and provides an easy sign-up process. Register now and learn more at www.nixle.com. Nixle is built exclusively to provide secure and reliable communications. Its authenticated service connects city agencies to citizens in real-time, delivering geographically targeted information to residents. Citizen questions about Nixle and its capabilities can be answered through our Frequently Asked Questions page found at www.nixle.com/consumer-faqs/. Should you need additional assistance, Nixle provides free citizens support. Email any questions to support@nixle.com. To sign up go to: http://slatebeltpd.psatstwp.org/community-alerts/


    Slate Belt Rising
    SLATE BELT RISING Slate Belt Rising is looking for volunteers for committees that will assist the program to implement a community revitalization plan in the Boroughs of Wind Gap, Pen Argyl, Bangor and Portland. Please contact Stephen Reider at 484-523-0900 or at sreider@caclv.org for more information. Check out the program information on the web page. http://www.caclv.org/


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    SNOW EMERGENCY
    Pen Argyl Borough has declared a Snow Emergency to begin on Saturday 1/19 at 12 Noon and end at Sunday 1/20 at 7 P.M. Snow Emergency routes in the Borough are as follows: • Robinson • 512 • Applegate • Main • E Street • Laurel All vehicles will need to be removed from these areas by 12 Noon on Saturday or they will be towed. Suggestions for the residents to help make the snow removal effort more effective and efficient are as follows: VEHICLE PARKING: If at all possible, park off the roadway in your driveway. In the case of those homes with steep driveways, just park in the mouth of the driveway off the roadway. Cul¬ de-sacs are difficult enough to plow without any vehicles parked in them, so please park all vehicles off the roads in the driveways. It doesn't help to park at the end of the cul-de-sac along the curb or to stack park vehicles in that area. Shoveling Sidewalks: If you only want to shovel one time wait until the street is plowed back to the curb and plowing is done. When shoveling, throw the snow into your yard not the curb or outside edge of sidewalk. By doing this you are leaving the curb open for runoff and drainage. Snow left in curb, when plowed in future storms, will be ice and hard. This makes for more difficult shoveling and may break shear pins in snow blowers. Also by removing snow from sidewalks and putting it in your yard it cannot melt and re-freeze making your sidewalk icy and requiring more attention. Just remember any snow left in curb will be plowed onto the sidewalk in future storms, so don’t complain. DRIVEWAYS: The Borough always receives complaints with regards to having recently shoveled driveway entrances plowed in. Some suggestions for shoveling driveways are: 1) Wait until all plowing operations have ceased before shoveling your driveway 2) When shoveling out your driveway, leave the last 6' unshoveled until plowing operations on your street are completed. 3) Shovel out into the street approximately 8 feet and 10 feet in both directions adjacent to your driveway along the curbline or edge of the roadway. This cleared area will allow the plow to unload most of the snow before it crosses the front of the driveway. Please be patient and allow the skilled employees’ time to do their job in plowing the streets. If there is an immediate problem please don't hesitate to call the Borough leaving your name, telephone number, and the nature of the problem. The road department will respond in as timely and efficiently as possible to rectify the situation. Most of all be safe out there.