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North Catasauqua discusses trail system

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 by HANNA O’REILLY Special to The Press in Local News

Borough council expresses interest in Walk/Bike Lehigh Valley project

At the Oct. 1 meeting of North Catasauqua Borough Council, Mayor William Molchany Jr. discussed his recent attendance at a meeting for Walk/Bike Lehigh Valley.

These meetings discuss ways to ensure safer walking and biking trails throughout the Lehigh Valley. Recently, Walk/Bike Lehigh Valley has discussed plans to connect all bike trails in the Lehigh Valley.

Council President Peter Paone wants to send a letter to the group, expressing his interest in getting North Catasauqua involved with this project. Plans are due by May 2019.

In other business, Councilwoman Cherie Gebhardt reported the computers at the police station will be required to install new firewall systems by Nov. 1. The current firewall systems are inadequate and in need of a higher level of coverage, she said.

The cheapest quote for the firewall systems is $3,400, which will ultimately cover up to three years of support.

Paone discussed requirements for the new MS4 programs, one of which is that residents be informed of good stormwater processes. Notes will be sent in sewage bills explaining proper stormwater processes, including not pouring chemicals down the drain.

The borough is looking to have a touch tunnel installed at North Catasauqua William J. Albert Memorial Park, 701 Grove St., for children with autism. With that, the swings located at the top lot will need to be reconstructed. The current swings will soon be in violation of the new AMS rules. Quotes are being researched.

AMS rules are protocol that parks must follow for the safety of the users. The swings at the North Catasauqua park are set up too close together, according to AMS rules.

The snack stand at the borough park will be open Oct. 13 during Autumnfest. Purchases will be in support of the festival, which runs 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Trick-or-treat night will be held 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31.