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PRESS PHOTO BY PAUL CMIL Two industrial buildings are slated for demolition on the Iron Works property. Their removal will make way for further development of the property. PRESS PHOTO BY PAUL CMIL Two industrial buildings are slated for demolition on the Iron Works property. Their removal will make way for further development of the property.
Two industrial buildings on Iron Works property to be razed Two industrial buildings on Iron Works property to be razed

Two industrial buildings on Iron Works property to be razed

Thursday, May 21, 2015 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

The Catasauqua Borough Council recently reviewed an adjusted bid for demolishing two buildings on the Iron Works property. The lone bidder, William Flynn Wrecking, adjusted his bid for demolition.

The net price to the borough is $6,750.

According to borough Solicitor Jeffrey Dimmich, the way the bid was presented was confusing and he suggested the situation be rectified in the future. Demolition and salvage should not be in the same bid. Because the cost was under $10,000, there was no danger of violating rules.

Council authorized the cost, but Councilman Brian Bartholomew and Councilman Eugene Schlegel voted against the bid. Bartholomew suggested that the whole process should be re-initialized.

Also at the May 4 council meeting, decisions covered a number of administrative details.

The borough has four vehicles that it needs to sell. Councilman Vincent Smith suggested that the borough sell the vehicles through the Allentown Auto Auction rather than using the MuniciBid process.

Borough Manager Eugene Goldfeder indicated the borough has had some success with the MuniciBid, but the value of the vehicles for sale put into question what the borough might hope to receive.

As a compromise, the borough will send two vehicles through MuniciBid and two through the Allentown Auto Auction.

Three of the vehicles are police cruisers and the other is a fire police truck.

Dimmich noted anything valued over $1,000 must be disposed of through an auction. There was some concern that a borough employee could value a vehicle he wanted to buy at under $1,000. The auction rule does not apply to property valued under $1,000 so a vehicle could be purchased privately.

The council also discussed inviting a public works consultant to speak at the May 18 workshop meeting. The borough is contemplating hiring a consultant to review its operations, particularly the pool and park area. The presentation will detail how the consultant works, the areas to be reviewed and potential repercussions. Council took no action to hire the consultant.

Councilwoman Jessica Kroope reported that the Suburban YMCA will hold evening Zumba classes at the Catasauqua swimming pool. The Zumba classes are part of the ongoing effort to get more use out of the pool.

Kroope also reported the band shell is available for rentals. The $75 rental allows up to 25 people to access the band shell, but cooking must take place outside the shell.

In a pool -related matter, the borough is looking for a stonemason to work part-time making repairs on the walls along the pool and Catasauqua Creek. There is a permit issued and work can begin now that the area is dry. Interested applicants should contact the borough office.

Borough Manager Eugene Goldfeder announced a preliminary award of $15,000 from the Trexler Trust to support the George Taylor House. The formal announcement from the trust is expected in June.

Also at the meeting, Catasauqua Mayor Barbara Schlegel reported on her meeting with state Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-18. The two met to discuss problems with borough financing and keeping up with state mandates.

According to Schlegel, monies for RCAP are still a consideration. Catasauqua has been approved for state funds that could be used for the new municipal building under the program.

Goldfeder cautioned several months ago that RCAP funds are seldom awarded, but the borough wants to continue to pursue the funds. The amounts offered could significantly assist in financing the building and developing Iron Works.