Smith remains Catty council president
Catasauqua Mayor Barbara Schlegel opened borough council’s reorganization meeting Jan. 2. Reorganization meetings are held after an election cycle to allow council to review its officers and committee assignments.
Although most council assignments are renewed if the principals are re-elected, there was an attempt to install a new president. Council nominated Vincent Smith and Brian Bartholomew for council president. After a round of voting, Smith won the ballot with Councilmen Bartholomew and Eugene Schlegel voting no. Smith was the incumbent president of council.
There were multiple challengers for vice president. Jessica Kroope, Brian Bartholomew and Brian McKittrick were all nominated for the position. After rounds of voting, McKittrick was the first to receive a majority and was named vice president. He will replace Kroope.
Committee assignments remained the same. The chair of each committee is as follows: Kroope, recreation; Debra Mellish, government; Bartholomew, public works; McKittrick, public safety; Schlegel, public utilities; and Christine Weaver, planning and zoning.
Council voted to retain Dimmich and Dinkelacker, P.C. as solicitor. The Pidcock Company continues as borough engineers.
Kroope was assigned as liaison to Catasauqua Area School Board.
Council appointed Richard Hertzog as fire chief and approved his list of officers and their assigned engines.
Other appointments included Janice Lathrop to the vacancy board, Barbara Flandorffer to the board of health, Wade Haubert to the civil service commission, Jeff Jaworowski to the code hearing board and John Brubaker and Bernard Skripek to the zoning hearing board.
Council authorized three vehicle purchases — one F-150 for the K-9 unit, another for the fire chief and an F-250 for the parks department.
In other business during the meeting, Deborah Smale expressed concern about a Hartzell’s Plumbing box truck that is often parked on Howertown Road. She said she considered the vehicle a safety issue because it impeded sight lines. There was some discussion that the vehicle could obstruct a firetruck. Smale asked for tighter restrictions on commercial vehicle parking on local streets.
The issue was forwarded to the public safety committee for review and recommendations.