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Iron Works vote

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

Council to present developer agreement

At Catasauqua Borough Council’s workshop meeting Sept. 24, Councilwoman Christine Weaver announced council would present a developer agreement for the Iron Works property at the regular meeting Oct. 1. This is a culmination of months of negotiations with the developer and support from the state for grant funds under the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP).

Council is expected to vote on the agreement at its regular meeting.

Council will also have the description and duties of the fire inspector on the agenda.

Mayor Barbara Schlegel received a complaint about parking on 12th Street. Some neighbors put up signs limiting public parking to tenants, but that is not allowed, she said. Tenants, homeowners and Catty Woods riders compete for space there. Borough Manager Stephen Travers will try to straighten out the situation.

Weaver discussed the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) grant. The borough is applying for the funding to improve streetscaping, sidewalks and crosswalks along Front Street. TAP grants are used to encourage alternatives to automobile transportation. Township Engineer Ronald Gawlik is expected to provide details at the regular meeting.

Councilman Eugene Schlegel reiterated a comment he made in a prior meeting about receiving complaints from wheelchair-bound residents that there is no access to the Pine Street Bridge. Weaver responded with a number of issues surrounding handicapped access at that location — the primary reason being the steep grade necessary to access and exit the bridge not only at Pine Street, but also on the bridge’s Whitehall side.

Some other concerns include no identified crosswalk at either end, and two wheelchairs could not pass each other on the sidewalk that stretches across the bridge. As Weaver indicated, those are the open issues, but handicapped access at Pine Street is not being ignored. Lehigh County, which owns the bridge, is actively looking for ways to allow access.

Council prepared a letter of commendation to borough Treasurer Susan Hein, recognizing her 27 years of service with the borough.

The community police programs, where residents can meet and talk with the borough police, are being stepped up. Food with the Fuzz is scheduled for Oct. 18 at Blondies Cupcakes, 333 Front St. Booze with the Bobbies is Nov. 8 at Taylor House Brewing House, 76 Lehigh St.

The events are sponsored by Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church, which has been working with community leaders to encourage building neighborhoods within Catasauqua.

Schlegel has her trick-or-treat sack open, looking for donations to fund the Oct. 17 Halloween parade.

“We will be OK, but it would be better if we could fund some additional events,” she said. “And, of course, we need volunteers.”