Catasauqua Press

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Additional insurance needed by N. Catty community groups

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 by JAMES BUNTING Special to The Press in Local News

From pavilion rentals to car shows to Autumnfest, some organizational changes may be on the horizon for events held in North Catasauqua.

At the Sept. 12 borough council meeting, Katrinka Casamassa, from Brosky Insurance Company, informed council members there are potential gaps in coverage for events that are held in the borough.

The borough has not previously required additional insurance from groups like the betterment committee and We Sing Chorus for events held in North Catasauqua because they were viewed as sponsored by the borough.

Casamassa advised council members to review the borough’s legal status with groups that hold events in the borough, with the likelihood they will need to provide their own insurance that is independent of the borough’s.

“As long as people are living and breathing, there is liability,” council President Peter Paone said. “We have an open area of liability that needs to be addressed.”

Vice President John Yanek, chairperson of the office, insurance and personnel committee, will review the application procedure with events held at the North Catasauqua William J. Albert Memorial Park pavilion.

Council voted to continue with the planned Autumnfest festivities Oct. 8, for which the betterment committee will acquire insurance.

In other news from the meeting, council unanimously supported the revised development plans proposed by the Fuller Family Trust and LandTrust Properties Inc. at the Willow Brook Farms property.

Borough Zoning Officer David Kutzor told council the North Catasauqua Planning Committee was pleased with the revisions Robert J. Dwyer and his team presented at the Aug. 22 planning meeting, and council followed suit with a conditional vote of support for the development plan.

The developers still have a number of permits to secure and committees to satisfy, but they are aiming to break ground in early 2018.

In other business, borough Solicitor Steve Goudsouzian drafted a blight ordinance for council members to review on the sinking twin home property at 1022 and 1024 Second St. The blight ordinance is designed to protect the borough from litigation if it is determined the property needs to be demolished.

One of the properties has recently been purchased, and another is pending sale in October. Goudsouzian said he has been in contact with the new property owner about the borough’s desire to demolish.

Paone apologized to neighboring residents in attendance for how long the process is taking but assured them that cautionary steps are for the benefit of the taxpayers.