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N. Catty council discusses abandoned vehicles issue

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 by HANNA O’REILLY Special to The Press in Local News

Officials asked to consider possibility of new ordinance to allow towing

North Catasauqua Borough Council discussed the issue of abandoned vehicles on roadways at its meeting Sept. 4.

Council members agreed these vehicles are taking up parking spaces on borough streets.

Councilman Joseph T. Keglovits suggested borough officials consider the possibility of an ordinance that would allow cars to be towed after a determined amount of time.

During a discussion regarding another roadway issue, Councilman Billy Duch recommended repainting lines indicating stop signs that have faded due to street paving.

In other business, PPL will be moving power lines and covering them with boxes at the end of the basketball courts at North Catasauqua William J. Albert Memorial Park, 701 Grove St. The boxes will be metered. This project, to ensure the safety of community members, is not expected to cost more than $3,500.

Annette Englert, borough treasurer, announced she will be gathering information on renewal costs for monthly workers’ compensation premiums, which are expected to increase.

A borough couple addressed council members about a property in the 1000 block of Third Street, saying the home has a crumbling exterior and the property has an infestation of animals and overgrown landscaping on the sidewalks. Garbage has been left outside the home for years, they said.

Council advised the couple to file a complaint with borough officials.

Sept. 3 was the final car cruise in the borough — and the final event for the summer season. According resident Marc Hillenbrand, about 99 cars took part in the cruise.

Looking ahead to the upcoming fall season, it was announced that race car driver Mario Andretti’s car will be featured at the 12th annual Best of North Catasauqua Autumnfest, set for 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 13 at North Catasauqua William J. Albert Memorial Park. The event is presented by North Catasauqua Betterment Committee. Rain date is Oct. 14.

Highlights of the day include food, live music, a vendor market, crafts, flea market and displays by local organizations and businesses. Plans also include a car show with more than 200 entries, children’s activities, a halupki-eating contest and a kids’ pie-eating contest.

Craft and flea market spaces are available. For more information, send an email to

Mayor William Molchany Jr. announced the borough’s Halloween parade will take place Oct. 17 and trick-or-treat night is scheduled for Oct. 31.

The next meeting of North Catasauqua Borough Council is Sept. 17.