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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Three ordinances on N. Catasauqua agenda

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 by Linda Wojciechowski in Local News

An ordinance has been adopted to regulate wireless communication towers and antennae. The zoning ordinance revision was suggested by borough Solicitor Steven Goudsouzian in order to address newer technology in wireless industries now being used. It was adopted unanimously, by a 5-0 vote, at the council’s Feb. 28 meeting, with Councilmen John Yanek and Billy Duch absent.

Another ordinance also was approved but not yet adopted. It will first be posted and advertised for public review. This ordinance regulates the excavation of streets, typically done by utility companies to access or install power lines or gas lines underground, and sets requirements for repairing the road surface to its original condition within a designated time frame. There recently has been a delayed response and lower-quality patching done in the borough following work by the gas company UGI.

There was discussion about the proposed ordinance’s requirement to post a $10,000 bond in advance of opening the road surface to ensure the repair work will be done.

Councilman Joe Keglovits had expressed concern for a homeowner who must make a street cut to replace a section of curbing. Goudsouzian said in that case, the bond requirement could be waived at the council’s discretion when damage to the road surface is expected to be minimal.

The council also voted to ask the solicitor to draw up an ordinance changing the sewer tap-in fee from $1,000 to $3,000. This is a fee charged when a new building needs access to a borough sewer line. The revision was suggested by Keglovits after it was determined that other municipalities in the region are charging an average of about $3,400.

Also at the meeting, Keglovits updated the council on a resident’s clogged sewer line. Third Street resident Gregg Rieker had attended the Feb. 14 council meeting to ask for some help. He said sewage has backed up into his basement twice, and a plumber had found tree roots clogging the line. Since then, the borough had a camera inserted into the pipe to determine if the clog was on the property or on the borough side.

Keglovits reported there were tree roots in the pipe right at the line between the property pipe and the borough pipe, so the borough will have a Roto Rooter technician clean out the pipe.