Catasauqua Press

Saturday, December 15, 2018
Press photos by James BuntingFrom left, Jessica Kroope, Catasauqua Borough councilwoman; Eugene Goldfeder, former borough manager; Phillips Armstrong, Lehigh County executive; Vincent Smith, borough council president; Christine Weaver, borough councilwoman; state Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-133rd; and Barbara Schlegel, borough mayor, celebrate Catasauqua’s Community of Distinction honor by the Lehigh Press photos by James BuntingFrom left, Jessica Kroope, Catasauqua Borough councilwoman; Eugene Goldfeder, former borough manager; Phillips Armstrong, Lehigh County executive; Vincent Smith, borough council president; Christine Weaver, borough councilwoman; state Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-133rd; and Barbara Schlegel, borough mayor, celebrate Catasauqua’s Community of Distinction honor by the Lehigh
Becky Bradley and Liesel Dreisbach, from Lehigh Valley Planning Commission, unveil the new Community of Distinction road signs during the Aug. 27 presentation. Becky Bradley and Liesel Dreisbach, from Lehigh Valley Planning Commission, unveil the new Community of Distinction road signs during the Aug. 27 presentation.

Catty’s Community of Distinction signage unveiled

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING Special to The Press in Local News

Lehigh County executive: ‘When you do something here, you do it right’

The Lehigh Valley Planning Commission (LVPC) presented Catasauqua Borough officials with street signs to commemorate the borough’s Community of Distinction honor.

Catasauqua received the Community of Distinction title at the Lehigh Valley Awards program in October of 2017. The borough is planning to place the signs on Race Street, Lehigh Street and Howertown Road.

At the Aug. 27 unveiling, members of the local government commended Catasauqua’s development of the Iron Works property and the borough’s vision for future projects.

“I am so impressed with the community spirit here,” Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong said.

Referring to the borough’s new municipal complex that opened last year, Armstrong said, “When you do something here, you do it right.”

Steven Glickman and Liesel Dreisbach, from LVPC, outlined why Catasauqua was chosen for the distinction, based on the commission’s criteria of impact, design and process.

“Community goals were established through a successful collaboration of public and private partnerships, innovative funding strategies, outreach and citizen participation,” Dreisbach said.

LVPC Executive Director Becky Bradley commended the borough’s desire to kick-start projects and overcome obstacles.

“Catasauqua didn’t just sit around and hope that developers would come in to rejuvenate their downtown. They showed a lot of vision and took a leadership role,” Bradley said in a news release.

Catasauqua was the fourth Community of Distinction in the Lehigh Valley, joining Bethlehem, 2014 winner; Bushkill Township, 2015 winner; and South Whitehall Township, 2016 winner.

The 2018 winner will be announced at the Lehigh Valley Awards event Oct. 10 at DeSales University.