Council hears concerns of Front Street resident
Jessica Tirado asked the Catasauqua Borough Council to make immediate repairs to the vacant lot on Front Street that was recently paved by the borough.
“The lot was not paved properly and rainwater runs into our basement,” Tirado told council members at the Aug. 7 council meeting. “The basement is part of our living area and the dampness generates mold.”
Tirado’s house was damaged by a fire that took down the two adjacent buildings on the corner of Willow and Race streets. Repairs to the house are completed, and the Tirado family is ready to move in except for the rain water seepage.
Borough Manager Eugene Goldfeder said the borough is aware of the problem and intends to put sand bags along the junction between the paving and Tirado’s house. A revision to the plan calls for a trench to divert water away from the house.
Goldfeder said the current paving is a temporary fix, while the borough awaits CDBG grant funding to turn the vacant property into a parking lot.
In other business, Councilman Eugene Schlegel, who also heads the borough shade tree commission, asked the council to direct the public works department to remove a cluster of trees at the Bridge Street entrance to the Iron Works property where the new municipal facilities are located.
“I talked with the fire chief, and the trees block the sight lines for (firetruck) drivers pulling onto Front Street,” he said.
There are no significant trees on the corner. Most of the buildup is scrub bushes that have been unkempt for years.
Also at the meeting, the council accepted a proposal from Tom Jones for consulting services related to the George Taylor House. Borough Manager Eugene Goldfeder explained the role Jones would play.
“We received a grant to restore windows at the George Taylor House and a series of Trexler grant projects. Included in those grants is a provision for a consultant. Tom Jones is going to fulfill that role,” he said.
The window restoration project is overly expensive for three windows. Councilman Brian Bartholomew was concerned that a viable alternative using Marvin Windows might be the direction to go in the future.
“We want to be sure we don’t have different windows all over the house,” he said.