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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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    YOUR CHANCE TO BE A PART OF PEN ARGYL BOROUGH’S WEONA PARK POOL FEASIBILITY STUDY Pen Argyl Borough with assistance from a PA DCNR grant and a Greenways, Trail and Recreation Grant will be undertaking a pool feasibility study. It is vitally important to Pen Argyl Borough Council to have input from a variety of sources and viewpoints. We are reaching out for citizens from a variety of demographics, the school district, business leaders, county leaders, and regional advisors to create a group of volunteers willing to be a part of a Study Committee. The Borough is looking for 4 (four) residents (one from each ward) to participate and would like them to be different from those who participated in the Master Site Plan Committee. The goal of the Study Committee is to clearly define the community’s recreational pool needs. The Study Committee will be a structured decision-making resource for the process with a variety of opinions from different interests to reveal the most options for Weona Park. The Study Committee will be made up of approximately fifteen (15) individuals who will be meeting about 4 (four) times. There will also be at least two (2) public meetings outside of the Study Committee meetings. If you are interested and can commit to the time requirements of the project, please contact the Borough Manager, Robin Zmoda at 610-863-1822 or via email by 4/30/2019 to submit you name for consideration to be a part of this very important project. Please include your address and contact information and why you want to be a part of the committee.

    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: 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.

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    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 for more information. Check out the program information on the web page.

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