Catasauqua Press

Monday, November 20, 2017

Second St. house still standing

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 by JAMES BUNTING Special to The Press in Local News

There is still no decision on what will happen next with the sinking home on Second Street, North Catasauqua.

At the Aug. 8 borough council meeting, little new information was revealed about the twin home at 1022 and 1024 Second St., because of pending litigation.

During the July council meeting, council President Peter Paone said the borough was in talks with Northampton County about grant money that was potentially available for the property’s demolition. But the borough has now learned it will not qualify for the grant because of the borough’s small size.

“They told us here are the steps that you should take, but you can’t take them because you’re not a big enough town in order to do them,” Paone said. “So instead, they’ve sent us some other items in consideration of a blight ordinance in the borough, which would assist us in getting everything paid for by the county.”

Council did receive the findings of the engineer’s report on the property, but Solicitor Steve Goudsouzian advised against publicly discussing the contents.

In other business, the borough’s police department fielded 288 calls in the month of July, another increase from the 280 handled in June. Council approved police Chief Kim Moyer’s request to hire another part-time officer.

Council approved spending up to $5,000 for drainage installation at the North Catasauqua William J. Albert Memorial Park. The system will run 6 feet under the park’s surface and disperse water along Cherry Street.

The project is expected to take roughly a week and will include digging up the ground, installing the drainage and adding fresh mulch to the areas affected.

Council also approved spending up to $3,500 for tree removal and tree planting in the borough.

The next borough council meeting will be 7 p.m. Sept. 12.