Catasauqua Press

Monday, September 25, 2017

Final workshop meeting held in old municipal complex

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

“It’s been 40 years and one month,” Catasauqua Borough Manager Eugene Goldfeder said. “The next meeting will be in the new council chambers.”

Goldfeder, speaking at Monday’s council workshop meeting, was describing the length of time borough council members had been meeting at the Bridge Street borough complex building.

The workshop meeting closed out the month and the borough’s tenancy in the building.

At 8 p.m. Monday, borough police and fire departments began operating out of their new quarters on the Iron Works property off Front Street.

The official move date was Aug. 1. Borough offices were closed Tuesday to allow for the move. The administrative staff was once again functional on Wednesday.

At the workshop meeting, Virginia Talbot, of Covington Place, reiterated her request to have cars banned from parking so close to intersections. Parked cars block sight lines.

“It is a dangerous situation,” she said.

Talbot received the standard response that police should be called every time she sees an illegally parked car, but she dismissed that as the standard response.

“I do call the police and no one comes out to ticket the cars,” she said. “What’s needed is a sign saying ‘no parking.’”

Councilman Brian McKittrick responded that cars are not allowed to park within 20 feet of a stop sign.

“Might be true, but it hasn’t stopped anyone from parking,” Talbot said. “No one tickets the illegally parked cars. I want to see someone getting these cars out of the intersection. I’ll just keep coming and coming until someone does something.”

In other business, Goldfeder reported on the final award for this year’s street program.

“We still have $30,000 left in the budget after we complete our street program,” he said. “Public works is going to try and get Front Street along the new municipal building resurfaced before Front Street converts to two-way traffic.”

The next council meeting will be held 7 p.m. Aug. 7 at the new municipal building, 90 Bridge St.