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North Catasauqua Borough Council approves 2018 budget

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

North Catasauqua Borough Council approved the 2018 budget at its meeting Dec. 12.

Treasurer Annette Englert announced $587,075 would be available in the borough’s sewer fund, and $1,628,150 would be designated to the general fund. Both were unanimously approved.

With a few lingering bills and invoices still in flux, a surplus of funds from the 2017 budget is expected to carry into next year, but the amount is unknown.

Borough Zoning Officer David Kutzor provided an update on the proposed development of the Willow Brook property. The Fuller Family Trust and LandTrust Properties Inc. are hoping to break ground in March or April 2018.

Council approved the developers’ request to stagger a traffic study along Howertown Road for when the property reaches 50-percent, 75-percent and 100-percent occupancy.

The developers are still going through final approval steps with Lehigh Valley Planning Commission. Council President Peter Paone said he was expecting to meet with them in the upcoming weeks.

Mayor William Molchany Jr. announced the borough’s police department handled 292 calls in November, including six domestic disturbances, 20 EMS calls, 10 thefts and 76 vehicle stops.

Council accepted the proposed buyout of Corporal Thomas Slapinsky’s contract. After 30 years with the borough, Slapinsky will retire March 1, 2018.

Also at the meeting, council approved the appointment of Antonio Tramonte, who will be a full-time police officer effective Jan. 1, 2018.

Paone agreed to tentatively leave the Dec. 26 meeting on the schedule; however, barring an emergency, that meeting may be canceled. Council voted to preapprove its spending and invoices through the end of the calendar year.

When council resumes for its reorganization meeting Jan. 2, 2018, it will welcome Joseph T. Keglovits as its newest member. Keglovits will inherit the seat of William Nothstein, who thanked the board and wished everyone well at his last meeting.