Catasauqua Press

Thursday, November 23, 2017

N. Catty to view blight code Second Street sites are sold

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 by JAMES BUNTING Special to The Press in Local News

North Catasauqua Borough Council members Oct. 10 said they will be reviewing the blight ordinance for the sinking homes at 1022 and 1024 Second St. during their Oct. 24 meeting. Drafted by Solicitor Steve Goudsouzian, the blight ordinance will assist in protecting the borough from litigation if it is determined the property needs to be demolished.

Both properties have recently sold, and Goudsouzian has attempted to contact each new owner to inform them of the borough’s intentions. 1024 Second St. was sold via sheriff’s sale a few months ago to a corporation.

The 1022 Second St. property was sold Oct. 6 via sheriff’s sale to a private individual. Goudsouzian acknowledged the borough never received the completed engineer’s report on that property. Council President Peter Paone reached out to the demolition company for a new quote since the existing one has expired.

In other borough news, the financial committee is scheduled to meet 7 p.m. Oct. 23 to review the anticipated budget for 2018.

North Catasauqua Police Department handled 268 calls in September, including 14 for EMS and seven for fire calls. Council supported Police Chief Kim Moyer’s recommendation to hire part-time officer Jason Sedgwick.

Also at the meeting, council announced the borough’s annual tree-lighting festivities will take place 6 p.m. Nov. 26.