Catasauqua Press

Monday, September 25, 2017

North Catty to seek more park funding

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 by Linda Wojciechowski lwojciechowski@tnonline.com in Local News

North Catasauqua will be seeking additional funding for work that is planned for park improvements this year. A matching fund grant has already been granted for the work, which includes new playground equipment and a resurfacing of the athletic courts at the North Catasauqua William Albert Memorial Park.

With a fast-approaching deadline for a 2017 Community Development Block Grant application, council President Peter Paone asked for the council’s guidance about what borough projects to apply for on such short notice.

Other suggestions were discussed, including seeking funds for an elevator in the municipal building or for storm sewer improvements.

Councilman Joe Keglovits said because of the approaching deadline, seeking the playground funding might be more successful.

“Because of time constraints, go for the other half of the playground improvements, because you have the paperwork ready,” he said, referring to the documents and estimates already gathered for the application for the Northampton County Open Space Grant obtained last fall.

Paone said he would touch base with the CDBG and Open Space officials to get clearance for this plan and bring it back to the council for a vote at the next meeting.

In other business, borough Treasurer Annette Englert announced anyone with a complaint about a borough property should obtain a complaint form at the borough office and fill it out. She was responding to a report by Councilwoman Cherie Gebhart who said a resident had complained about nonrunning vehicles parked on a Second Street property, as well as dirt bikes and ATVs being operated on streets.

“If they fill out a complaint form, I can notify code enforcement,” Englert said.

An increase in vandalism at the borough park led Police Chief Kim Moyer to request funding for an upgrade to the park’s camera surveillance system.

“We’ve made quite a few arrests already,” Moyer said.

The council unanimously approved the purchase of additional cameras, adding six new cameras and replacing others, at a cost of not more than $1,400. The vote was 4-0, with Councilmen Billy Duch, John Yanek and Bill Nothstein absent. They are high-definition, infra-red cameras.

Also at the meeting, the council voted to approve an ordinance amendment raising the sewer tap-in fee at $3,000, a per-structure fee paid when a new building connects to the borough’s sewer service.