New rules, new deputy tax collector
A revision of the Catasauqua skate park rules has been approved by Catasauqua Borough Council.
"The ordinance change we made to the skate park rules was a minor one," said Councilwoman Jessica Kroope. The skate park is a fenced-in area at the Catasauqua Park & Playground.
The new rule restricts anyone 6 years of age and younger from being in the skating area.
"This adds to safety at the skate park," Kroope said. "Anyone 10 and younger needs adult supervision, but this will keep the youngest completely out of the skate park." said Kroope.
Mayor Barbara Schlegel emphasized borough police will be responsible for enforcing the new rule.
Also at the meeting, borough Manager Eugene Goldfeder noted the state has issued a new requirement that local tax collectors appoint a deputy. According to the rules explained by Goldfeder, the deputy is appointed and can be anyone the tax collector chooses.
"This will help with efficiency and continuity," he said. The borough's deputy tax collector is Alvin C. Thompson who has experience with tax collection in Whitehall. Councilman Brian McKittrick verified that the collection point remains the same.
"We don't want people running all over town trying to find out where to drop off tax payments," he said.
In other action, council approved a special liquor license for the new restaurant under construction on Pine Street by John Giovanni of Pie's On Pizzeria. Several months ago, the council held a public hearing to approve a limited liquor license. At the time there were no objections.
As Howard Lieberman explained at the public hearing, the license is restricted to the restaurant's premise.
"They cannot sell beer on the pizza takeout side," he said.
The license cannot be transferred to anyone else and if the business is closed, the license is closed. It does allow the restaurant to serve wine with a meal. The license cannot be issued without municipal approval and the ordinance passed by council granted that approval.
In other business, Jim Jones, a developer from North Catasauqua, complained to council about delays he encountered during plan submission for a minor land development project that he has proposed for Catasauqua. The proposal includes three additional homes.
Jones complained of what he considered to be excessive fees, targeted delays and a general lack of cooperation from the borough.
"I have built over 100 homes and never encountered this type of delay," he said.
Jones directed most of his comments to Goldfeder, who Jones claimed was being vindictive. Goldfeder is moving forward with the proposal. He indicated most of the required reviews are complete and he expected to have the issues resolved in the following week.
Jones was unhappy with the response and left the meeting. After the meeting, Goldfeder indicated that most of the problems were procedural and vowed to get the discrepancies cleared up.