Race St. bridge listed for repair
A future PennDOT program for infrastructure improvements includes replacement of Catasauqua's Race Street Bridge.
Catasauqua Borough Manager Eugene Golfeder said a program he heard is in the works streamlines the normal process in the state of Pennsylvania. He spoke about the program at Monday's borough council workshop meeting.
"It is rumored that PennDOT signed a contract with a contractor to replace a number of bridges in 36 months," he said. "The Race Street Bridge is on the list."
The new program dispenses with some of the bureaucratic delays Penn-DOT is known for. According to Goldfeder, there are questions on who handles maintenance and how the borough is involved. He said he will provide more information as it becomes available.
With improvements to Second Street at its intersection with Race Street completed, major street projects are concluded for the season.
Goldfeder asked council to transfer any remaining project funds to the borough's maintenance account to help with the cost of a predicted harsh winter.
Also at the workshop, the owners of Race Street tavern Fossil's Last Stand and their attorney met with council to discuss a noise ordinance for the property. Certain conditions were part of an agreement between the borough and the tavern and can be incorporated into the borough's noise ordinance.
A revision of the noise ordinance will allow the borough to monitor the tavern's noise level. Presently, noise complaints are directed to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. Solicitor Jeffrey Dimmich will review a proposed ordinance and present it to the board at a future meeting.
Under the guidelines established for local noise control, the borough has the option to review the noise policy after a year. There is no requirement to renew the policy if it is not working.
In other business, the Councilman Vincent Smith called for a review of progress toward development of the municipal complex planned for a portion of the Iron Works property. A review of a draft of the Spillman Farmer Architects contract is complete and the contract is expected to be approved at the November council meeting.
Resident and former Councilman Al Regits asked the council to make expense reports for the project available to the public. Dimmich said the information is available as a Freedom of Information Act request. Goldfeder is in preliminary negotiations to prepare a financing package for the development to present to the council.