Catty council names borough secretary
At Catasauqua Borough Council’s regular meeting May 7, council appointed borough Manager Stephen Travers as borough secretary.
The borough secretary is responsible for the information provided to council members and records the voting records. It is customary that the borough manager and borough secretary are the same person.
Council reaffirmed that Eugene Goldfeder would continue as zoning officer.
Mayor Barbara Schlegel read a proclamation extolling Goldfeder’s career with the borough and his service to the community and acknowledging his continuing support of the borough.
Borough Engineer Ronald Gawlik addressed some of the upcoming projects for the borough. After the closing of roads for UGI, the next project to affect traffic in the borough is the bridge over Catasauqua Creek on Race Street. Gawlik indicated that westbound traffic will not be detoured during the initial construction stage. That detour will take place in phase two. According to Gawlik, the easements are in place and construction is ready to begin.
The new bridge is part of PennDOT’s fast-track bridge replacement program and is expected to be completed in the fall.
With all of the UGI repairs coupled with the water line repairs, the borough is looking to establish an engineering standard that can be used by any utility when restoring roads.
Gawlik did comment that all the existing patches still require a final asphalt coat.
Councilman Eugene Schlegel reported he observed few motorists abiding by the stop sign at Bridge and Front streets at the municipal building.
“Most people slow down and make it a rolling stop, but there are enough instances where no one stops at all,” he said.
Public works Supervisor Jeff MacHose proposed adding more sign- age. The master plan calls for a light at the intersection, but there are no proposals in the near term to install a control device.
Councilwoman Jessica Kroope announced some of the details for the agreement between the borough and Suburban North Family YMCA to operate the pool. The plan for the season is to have a bevy of special days that have specific purposes. On May 28, passes will be offered to military and veterans. Two other days are scheduled. Dads are free on Father’s Day. Kids get in free when they bring an adult.
Melissa Brown, who supervises the program for the Y, put together the list.
“The idea behind the special days is to give people who have never been to the pool an idea of how good it is,” Kroope said. “They either can join with season passes or get others to join with them.”
Another addition to the summer season is to bring food trucks in on Fridays.
“A family could come for a late-afternoon swim, grab something to eat for supper and stay for the concert,” Kroope said.
Council is going to evaluate the impact the food trucks might have on the pool’s concessionaire, Scotty O’s.