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Press photo by Paul CmilA property at 233 Front St. was vandalized. The owner reports someone put slate and other materials down the chimney. Press photo by Paul CmilA property at 233 Front St. was vandalized. The owner reports someone put slate and other materials down the chimney.

Vandals on Front St. discussed at meeting

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 by paul cmil Special to The Press in Local News

Catasauqua business owner Brian Kroope has asked the borough council to investigate vandalism on a property he owns on Front Street.

At the Feb. 6 council meeting, Kroope said he found damage to his 233 Front St. property.

“I went in there and found that the water heater was damaged and the oil burner didn’t work,” he said. “Clim-A-Temp came over and determined that the chimney was packed with slate. We couldn’t figure out how the slate got into the chimney, but I need to get it out of there for everything to function.”

According to Kroope, clogging the chimney was a life-threatening situation.

“I could have died in there if fumes built up,” he said.

Police Chief Douglas Kish did not have any reports of vandals in the area, but he requested that neighbors look out for problems.

“We don’t know how this came about, but we need neighbors that see anything unusual to call in a report,” he said.

Kroope said the vandals had to climb onto the roof to get slate in the chimney.

“I think it had to be more than one person involved,” he said.

The vandalized unit stores left over materials from Kroope’s business. He did not report, nor did council ask, if any materials were taken from the site.

Kish said police are aware of problems in the area, but this is the first indication of extensive vandalism.

In other action, council passed an ordinance to prohibit parking on Union Street between Front and Second streets. Goldfeder said only one residence is impacted by the ban.

“The rest of the people parking there are from Front Street or Second Street,” he said.

The parking ban was set to start April 1 in conjunction with an ordinance converting Front Street to two-way traffic, but that has been postponed to June. Council was not clear on the start date for the Union Street parking ban.