Catasauqua Press

Saturday, May 26, 2018

New George Taylor group is proposed

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

Council hears of process, cost of creating formal not-for-profit association

At Catasauqua Borough Council’s regular meeting Feb. 5, Solicitor Jeffrey Dimmich presented council with a package to organize a not-for-profit group designated as the George Taylor Association. The new organization would replace the existing, informal Friends of George that has been supporting events at the George Taylor House for almost 10 years.

Volunteers who work the fundraising events asked for the change.

“This process will clarify the relationship between the volunteers and the borough,” Dimmich said.

The borough is footing all the legal costs to set up the association and to make sure it has status as a not-for-profit group. There is a lot of legal work necessary to make sure all the IRS rules are followed.

“I need to make sure the articles of incorporation are correct and that all the required legal work is filed. In the past, the IRS has slowed down or even refused to process some applications. We need to make sure this will be done correctly,” he emphasized.

The new association will be free to raise funds and put on events at the George Taylor House as it has in the past. A point discussed in prior sessions and emphasized at this meeting is the borough still owns the George Taylor House.

“The association can schedule events and raise funds, but they can’t make changes to the George Taylor House without the borough’s approval,” borough Manager Eugene Goldfeder said.

Council was reluctant to spend money on the association’s legal fees, but its options were limited.

“This is the best way to handle everything. We have some great fundraisers and made progress in some areas, but the borough doesn’t have the staff needed to keep these programs going,” council President Vincent Smith said.

Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong attended the meeting, pledging that his administration will be more responsive to the needs of smaller municipalities.

Smith identified some of the problems encountered with the George Taylor House.

Members of council talked with Armstrong after the meeting, but no definite commitments were made.

In other news, council unanimously approved changes revising the definitions of craft beverages and tasting rooms. The move aligns the local ordinance with the state ordinance. The action clears the way for a tasting room and craft brewing facility across from the George Taylor House. Owners Annette and Fred Pompa have not yet announced a formal opening date.