New laws imposed for golf carts, ATVs
The North Catasauqua Police Department will be keeping a close eye on golf cart and all-terrain vehicle (ATV) usage in the borough, following updated laws from the state of Pennsylvania.
The new laws prevent anyone under the age of 12 from operating a golf cart or ATV. Adolescents between the ages of 12 and 16 must have adult supervision when crossing streets from one property to another. Emergency personnel are permitted to use ATVs in the streets to respond to calls if the vehicle has lights and a siren.
At the May 21 council meeting, President Peter Paone and Police Chief Kim Moyer said the borough will be strictly enforcing these new rules, in the wake of recent complaints from residents.
In other news, the police department and borough council will begin discussions on a new contract in June. The police department has entered into its third year of a three-year contract. Paone is hopeful the two sides will come to an agreement by the fall.
The police department handled 339 calls during the month of April, including 23 EMS responses.
Following a brief presentation by Jessica O’Donnell, executive vice president of the Whitehall Area Chamber of Commerce, North Catasauqua will pursue membership with the organization. Borough council is hopeful that partnering with the chamber will create sponsorship opportunities and awareness for events at North Catasauqua William J. Albert Memorial Park and elsewhere in the community.
The North Catasauqua Planning Committee will meet with representatives from the Willow Brook development project 6 p.m. June 12 to further discuss plans and timelines.
Paone provided an update from the borough’s building inspector, Keycodes, on the progress at 1020 and 1022 Second St. The property’s owner, Hyoungjoon Park, has poured the new foundation at the property, replaced the front steps and repaved the sidewalk.
Keycodes completed an inspection May 16 and found approximately a dozen issues that still needed to be addressed before final approval can be given.
As part of his agreement with the borough, Park has until Aug. 1 to bring the property up to code.