Commotion on Third Street
Leah Reighn approached Catasauqua Council at its meeting on May 4 to voice her complaint about noise in the neighborhood, most of which has been from tenants at 740 Third St.
Reighn and her husband recently moved into the area. In two years, the house at 740 Third St. has had five new tenants. Some were evicted for drug use. The latest incident was when a tenant bumped cars while trying to park.
"He probably didn't even know he hit something because the music in the car was so loud," Reighn said. Neighbors asked tenants, all of them at various times, to keep the noise down. The requests are generally ignored, Reighn said.
Reighn indicated she has made calls to the police, but there does not seem to be action taken.
Police Chief Douglas Kish asked that she continue to make the calls, a recommendation backed up by several council members.
Borough Manager Eugene Goldfeder will check in with the property owner. When tenants move in and out, permits and inspections are required. The landlord may have skipped this step. Goldfeder will also check with the property owner to determine why he is having difficulty keeping tenants in the property.
"We don't want to discourage anyone from finding good tenants," said Goldfeder. Reighn indicated she was speaking on behalf of several of her neighbors who have lived with the problem longer than she has.
Reighn complained that noise keeps her family up at night. Councilman Vincent Smith suggested she get the landlord's number and call him when the noise is so loud that it awakens everyone in the family. "When they get a call in the early morning hours, they do understand the problem," he said. The process may have been effective at one point, but no one answers their phone anymore.
Reighn noted the latest tenants moved in right after a fire in the unit. This is the third fire in three years. Goldfeder was surprised that someone moved into the unit since the fire.