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PRESS PHOTO BY PAUL CMILThis property at 137 Second St. is being reviewed for action by Catasauqua Borough Council. PRESS PHOTO BY PAUL CMILThis property at 137 Second St. is being reviewed for action by Catasauqua Borough Council.

Borough council looks to clean up problem areas

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

Manager discusses solutions for abandoned, damaged Catty properties

During the June 25 meeting, borough Manager Stephen Travers informed Catasauqua Borough Council of his actions on a property at 137 Second St., which, according to Travers, was abandoned by the original owner.

There was a dispute between the owner and the borough over work started without a permit, Travers said. Travers has been in contact with the bank holding the lien. The bank has agreed to cooperate with the borough to get the dilapidated property back on the market.

The activity on 137 Second St. brought up the question of what to do with Crane Street. A fire destroyed a building owned by an out-of-state corporation. Solicitor Jeffrey Dimmich has been unable to locate a principal at the LLC. The borough incurred $30,000-plus in expenses to fight the fire and remove the building. Funds will not be recovered, but the borough is looking to get the property back into private ownership.

As it exists now, there is a potential liability with the original basement exposed. The area is fenced off. One option is to have one of the existing neighbors purchase the parcel.

In other business, Councilman Eugene Schlegel proposed setting a reward for information leading to the person or persons painting graffiti over local business property. The borough and the Main Streets Business Association encourage property owners to remove graffiti within 24 hours. Most business owners are adhering to that time limit. Travers has been to the postmaster to review how to get rid of graffiti on mailboxes.

Councilwoman Jessica Kroope reported that Blondies is operating the concession stand at the municipal pool.

“They might be interested in expanding beyond the weekdays they now cover,” she said.

There is also a food truck available for swimmers.

The proposed Food, Oils and Grease (FOG) ordinance is moving through council. The goal is to eliminate elements in sewage that can be harmful to the treatment facility.

“Grease accumulates in the pipes and clogs the pipes, which leads to more maintenance and repair expense,” Schlegel said.

Flushable wipes are another problem source, he added.

“These are flushable but don’t degrade in the sewer system,” Schlegel said.

The wipes linger in the system and catch on snags in the sewer line, where they collect grease. They clump together to form impenetrable clogs.