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{Public Works} Department of Public Works

The Public Works Department provides necessary services in the areas of capital improvements, parks and recreation, bridge maintenance, custodial services and building operations and maintenance. The department is divided into the following five divisions:


Administration
Director - Richard Young
Phone - (610) 559-3197

Deputy Director - Stan Rugis
Phone - (610) 559-3198

The Administration oversees the five divisions of the Public Works Department as well as the design, construction and contract administration of capital improvements.

Bridge Division
Superintendent- Thomas A. Kohler
Phone - (610) 746-1977

Northampton County owns and maintains 115 bridges.  The Bridge Division is responsible for yearly inspections, routine maintenance, and managing major reconstruction projects.  Additionally, four bridges are jointly owned with Lehigh County, two of which are maintained by Northampton County.  The division is also responsible for highway lighting repair and illumination for interchanges on routes 22 and 33.

Parks and Recreation Division
Superintendent - Gordon T. Heller
Phone - (610) 746-1975

The Parks Division provides for the maintenance, improvement and development of the County's 1300-acre park system as well as grounds maintenance at Gracedale and the Courthouse. The Parks Division also provides recreational programs for County residents.

Following is a list of Northampton County Parks and their location:

  • Louise W. Moore Park
    Country Club Road
    Lower Nazareth & Bethlehem Townships

    A 100 acre community park with picnic pavilions, hiking trails, playground, tennis courts, softball field, and community gardens.

  • Wayne A. Grube Memorial Park
    Weaversville, Allen and East Allen Townships

    50 acres of this 200 acre park site have been developed by Northampton County and are open for public use.  The park has a direct connection to the Nor-Bath Trail and has 3 picnic pavilions, playgrounds and a softball field.  Modern restrooms are open through October.

    Park entrance for pavilions 1 and 2 from Willowbrook Road.
    Park entrance for pavilion 3 from E. Bullshead Road.

  • Wy-Hit-Tuk Park
    Rt. 611 (Delaware River Scenic Drive)
    Williams Township

        

    A 23 acre community park located along the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor with picnic pavilion, playground, organized group camping (by permit only), and hiking trails. Modern restrooms are open through October.

  • Minsi Lake Wilderness Area
    Johnsonville Road
    Upper Mt. Bethel Township 

    A 300 acre park reserve with hiking trails, wilderness and wetlands, and
    a 120 acre lake popular for fishing and canoeing.

  • Bear Swamp Park & Archery Complex
    Minsi Lake Drive
    Upper Mt. Bethel Township

    A 180 acre park reserve with hiking trails, wilderness and wetlands, archery complex and organized group camping (by permit only.)

  • Fry’s Run Park
    Rt. 611 (Delaware River Scenic Drive)
    Williams Township

    Small picnic area and rest stop.

  • Frost Hollow Overlook
    Rt. 611 (Delaware River Scenic Drive)
    Forks Township

    Small picnic area and rest stop with scenic view of the Delaware River.

  • Nor-Bath Trail
    Abandoned Northampton-Bath Railroad
    Allen and East Allen Township

    A five mile rails-to-trails walking and bicycle path.

  • Gall Farm Park (Proposed)
    Plainfield Township

    A 160 acre property acquired by the County in 2003, to be developed into a community park.

  • Totts Gap Properties (Proposed)
    Upper Mt. Bethel Township

    Parcels comprising 430 acres acquired by the County in 2004 and 2005 from the former Totts Gap Medical Research Laboratory for preservation of open space and a greenway connecting Lake Minsi / Bear Swamp County Parks with the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.

Custodial Services Division
Superintendent - Thomas Dittmar
Phone - (610) 559-3012

Custodial Services provides housekeeping and janitorial services, and weekends and after hours building security personnel for County facilities. The division's staff provides around-the-clock presence at the Courthouse.


Operations And Maintenance Division 
Chief Superintendant - Donald Heimbecker
                               Phone - (610) 746-1944


Courthouse Supervisor - Henry Kemmerer
                                 Phone - (610) 559-3011
                                           
Gracedale  - Associate Supervisor - Roger Pulcini 
                                                Phone - (610) 746-1957

Operations and Maintenance is responsible for minor improvements,
preventative maintenance and repair of all County buildings and equipment,
including electrical, mechanical, plumbing, heating, ventilating, and air
conditioning systems as well as carpentry and masonry repairs.