Streets to be evaluated for rehab
At the Catasauqua Borough Council workshop session Monday, Councilman Brian Bartholomew reported that he and Public Works Director Jeff MacHose will be driving through the borough, looking for streets that need to be included in the 2015 street repair program.
"We can see the condition of the streets better if we drive them," he said.
Bartholomew said he also wants input from residents on streets in need of repair. Anyone can call the borough office with a recommendation.
Also at the meeting, Mayor Barbara Schlegel congratulated Officer Jenna Dumansky for a compliment she received from a North Catasauqua resident who drove through the borough with no brake lights. The motorist said Dumansky went out of her way to get the problem corrected.
"It is important that the officers on the force are a part of the community," Schlegel said.
The mayor also announced that the borough's annual Tree Lighting Ceremony is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at the borough park.
The council also discussed alternative emergency snow measures, but ultimately decided to stay with the existing rules. A snow emergency was predicted for Wednesday. Schlegel confirmed that snow removal equipment is ready. The Snow Emergency Rules are posted on the borough website.
In other business, Councilwoman Christine Weaver reported negotiations with Spillman Farmer Architects are proceeding for the design of new municipal facilities.
"We have the basis for the agreement and it is being reviewed," she said. "Based on input from meetings and talking with residents, [Spillman Farmer] will put together proposals for the municipal building. Then we can review the designs and the committee will recommend one to council."
Weaver gave no indication on a firm timeline to complete the process. Bartholomew questioned if all council members would have input into the process and Weaver assured him all plans will be available for review and comment by the council and the public.
The borough is searching for a building inspector. Weaver begins the search process that is scheduled to be concluded in March. The planning and zoning committee is working through the job requirements and specifications with a release for bid planned in January.
At the Dec. 1 council meeting, Councilman Brian McKittrick will introduce an ordinance on radio frequency transmission. The new ordinance will insure that emergency radio signals will be unimpeded by structures or other potential distortions.
McKittrick will also introduce a proposal for changes to the borough's towing agreement with an increase in fees expected. A possible revision of towing procedures in handicapped zones will be included in the discussion.