Two-way Front Street affects plans by St. Mary’s Church
Father John Krivak, pastor at St. Mary’s Church, along with a host of parishioners, attended the Aug. 28 Catasauqua council workshop meeting to talk about the church’s upcoming Octoberfest celebration. Octoberfest is scheduled for Oct. 21.
Traditionally, the church closes down Union Street for the event. With the change in Front Street to two-way traffic, Union Street is now a critical corridor to move traffic off Front Street.
Krivak asked council to allow Union Street to be blocked off for the festival.
“The festival is one of the year’s most critical fundraising efforts for the church,” he said in his request.
Smith agreed and suggested a private meeting between church officials and the borough.
“I suggest that you put together solutions that you are looking at, and we will do the same. We can negotiate a solution at the meeting,” he said.
Councilman Brian Bartholomew, who heads the borough public works committee, concurred.
“We regularly close down roads for all kinds of reasons — water main breaks or repairs,” he said. “We can come up with a way to get this done.”
Bartholomew assured church representatives after the meeting he would follow up with solutions.
Also at the meeting, Mayor Barbara Schlegel introduced Lucas Blozinsky as junior councilperson for the 2017-18 session.