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Council passes parking ordinances

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

Spots added on two-way Front St.; official requests longer-term spaces

With the new municipal building now in full operation, Catasauqua Borough Council took time at its meeting Oct. 2 to pass ordinances regarding parking on streets around the building.

Parking was nixed along Front Street during the construction phase. The borough has restored parking between Bridge Street and Pine Street.

With two-way Front Street fully implemented, parking remains about the same — with a few spots added.

Parking was added at the fire station near Church Street. Restricted parking was the norm to allow room for firetrucks to maneuver out of the station, but the restriction is no longer needed with all the vehicles at the municipal complex.

The municipal building fronts an extension of Bridge Street. The extension was adopted by the borough and named Bridge Street. The problem is that a short road was adopted by the borough when it acquired the original FL Smidth property. The short road provided the original access to the site, and when the roadway was acquired, the council named it Bridge Street. It has been renamed Strawberry Street.

On the new extension named Bridge Street, council allowed parking for 15 minutes so residents could run in and pay bills. The 15-minute restriction is 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; park as long as you want after 5 p.m.

Councilman Brian Bartholomew suggested the borough add some longer-term parking.

“I don’t think we have enough parking, based on some of the events we have held,” he said.

For example, the fire department has a training session on Monday, which coincides with council meetings. Parking is tight.

Councilwoman Christine Weaver was alarmed by the parking change.

“We have already set up the parcel that we are going to sell to developers and that land is included in the sale,” she said.

Borough Manager Eugene Goldfeder pointed out the original plan called for shared parking with the developer. The issue is being discussed internally.

Three developers attended a meeting last week to see the Iron Works site. Council voiced a preference to keep the attendees confidential, but Solicitor Thomas Dinkelacker indicated there was no need for confidentiality.

“Knowing who was here is not confidential,” he said. “Their proposals will be kept confidential.”

Chad Helmer, of Taggart Associates, asked the council to extend the company’s contract through October 2018. Helmer and his team are designated as the repository for bid information from developers on the Iron Works property. Council unanimously added $15,000 to the company’s contract.

In other news, Mayor Barbara Schlegel presented a check to the borough police department’s K-9 unit for $238 — profits from a community yard sale held Sept. 30. Schlegel is looking for volunteers for the tree-lighting festivities at the George Taylor House.