N. Catasauqua police have been busy
“Business has picked up in North Catasauqua.”
Those were the words Mayor William Molchany Jr. used to describe a recent uptick in the borough’s police activity. At the July 11 borough council meeting, Molchany reported North Catasauqua’s police department responded to 280 calls in the month of June, a 9-percent increase from the month of May.
In other police news, borough Police Chief Kim Moyer announced his department has spoken with Northampton Police Chief Ron Morey about joining the North Catasauqua unit on a part-time basis. Morey announced June 1 he will retire as Northampton chief in September. His last day of active work will be Aug. 1.
Moyer told the council he had received resignation notices from two part-time officers in the last month.
The council unanimously supported the motion to add Morey to the department’s part-time staff.
Also at the council meeting, community members continue to push for a resolution to the sinking home at 1022 and 1024 Second St. Council President Peter Paone said the borough had just received the engineer’s report on the structure, but the borough solicitor’s formal review of the report has not been completed.
Councilman Joe Keglovits pressed to have that review completed by the next meeting so that the council can move forward with a decision on demolition of the structure, if necessary.
“We will immediately take it down if the engineering report indicates it is unsafe,” Paone said.
In a surprising twist, Paone reported the borough is speaking with Northampton County about potentially splitting the cost of the demolition.
“They could not promise anything,” he said, but added grant money is potentially available from a blight remediation program if the details of the proposed demolition meet the grant’s requirements.
There are no significant updates in the proposed Willowbrook redevelopment, according to Keglovits, who is a member of the borough planning committee. At the last planning meeting in June, the need for an access route for emergency vehicles was discussed. The borough is awaiting revised documents from the developers. As of this edition, there are no future planning meetings scheduled.
In a continuation of last month’s discussion about parking restrictions around the North Catasauqua William J. Albert Memorial Park, the council agreed to extend a parking restriction on one side of Grove Street between Eighth and Calvary streets. The closing of the Coplay-Northampton Bridge has detoured a heavy flow of traffic onto the Hokendauqua-North Catasauqua Bridge and Grove Street. By limiting parking to one side of Grove Street, the council is hopeful that crosswalk visibility will increase and the need for pedestrians to cross the street between cars goes away.
Paone said he has received information about funding for solar-powered radar speed signs, and he will look into obtaining them for the borough in an attempt to slow down the traffic.
The council also is working on finalizing dates in early September to repave the basketball and volleyball courts at the park and to install new backboards and support units.
The next borough council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Aug. 8.