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Pyramid Healthcare moves into Bridge St. building

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

At Catasauqua council’s regular meeting Nov. 6, borough Manager Eugene Goldfeder reported that Pyramid Healthcare took over the vacated building at Bridge and Second streets. Malvern Institute previously occupied the space and left abruptly several months ago.

Goldfeder reported he sent a letter to the new tenants and explained the restrictions passed by the zoning hearing board that allows a health care facility at that location.

“I am under the impression they are doing the same thing as Malvern, but I cannot confirm it. I have heard some rumors that they are violating some of the conditions we placed on Malvern,” Goldfeder said.

The borough will pursue Pyramid Healthcare administrators and get agreements from them to continue with the same procedures adopted by Malvern.

Joe Tognoli, who manages Catasauqua Food Bank, addressed the issue of UGI closing roads and not letting anyone know.

“We had deliveries scheduled on Wednesday, and they closed the road down,” Tognoli said. “Twenty-nine people were scheduled [to receive food] that day.”

Tognoli eventually worked the problem out and UGI moved construction away from the food bank entrance.

“I think we should be notified when the roads are closed,” he said.

Goldfeder responded that the borough is also not notified when UGI repairs are made.

As food trucks become more prominent as a dining option, council discussed how the trucks are inspected. The subject came up at the last meeting, and Goldfeder is looking into the options.

According to Goldfeder, many of the trucks have semi-permanent locations and have a vendor permit issued by a municipality. Anyone coming into the borough would need to show an approved vendor’s license. Food trucks would need a yet-to-be-defined permit to operate in Catasauqua.

Solicitor Jeffrey Dimmich reported on problems he has in coordinating with Friends of George.

“We want to get the details of the agreement completed and proceed with the nonprofit designation,” he said.

The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and its local Liberty Bell Chapter are willing to work with the borough to make improvements in the operation of the George Taylor House and to help with ongoing maintenance. Carrie Ballek is a member of the DAR and is potentially the next director of the George Taylor House.

Council met in closed session to discuss tax adjustments and water/sewer adjustments. It returned with no decision. Residents and business owners requesting relief are required to submit additional information before a decision can be rendered.

A safety measure prompted by a Tognoli comment will be instituted at the Pine Street Bridge. Council instructed public works to put some type of sign or warning at the base of the bridge at Front Street.

Pedestrians walking the bridge will be reminded two-way Front Street allows traffic to turn right off the bridge. The height of the concrete wall at the roadway can obscure vehicles turning right.