Catasauqua Press

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Catty working on Pine St. traffic light

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

The traffic signal at Pine and Front streets needs to be upgraded to account for the two-way traffic on Front Street and the signal’s proximity to the fire station.

Catasauqua Borough Council acted at its meeting Oct. 1 to get the process moving. Borough Manager Stephen Travers will submit the application to Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, which controls all traffic signals, even those placed on local roads.

Mayor Barbara Schlegel reiterated the borough’s Halloween schedule. The always-popular Halloween parade is scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 17. In case of rainy weather, the rain date is Oct. 24.

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

The Pearl Street residential development is on hold. The borough owned the property on Pearl Street and sold it to a developer, who outlined a residential subdivision the borough liked. The developer is going through the land development approval process but hit a snag with its plans to control stormwater runoff.

The plans are tabled for the time-being until the developer revises the details.

Council was asked to address water usage in its monthly reports. The borough manager routinely reports the amount of water used and sewage cleaned at the borough’s wells and wastewater treatment plants. The cost effectiveness of the system to deliver water is measured by the amount of water pumped out of the well versus the amount of water billed to customers. A well-managed system generally bills 90 percent of the water pumped.

Councilman Eugene Schlegel polled council on an idea passed by Northampton Borough that limits the number of handicapped spaces in a certain area. Police Chief Douglas Kish, who approves handicapped spaces, questioned the application for Catasauqua.

“We really don’t have a problem with a concentration of handicapped spaces in certain areas. I visit each location before approving the space. We eliminate them when they are no longer needed,” he said.

Kish agreed to revisit the idea if it became an issue.

Council extended its Iron Works contract with Taggart and Associates through October 2019. The contract has an upper limit of $36,000. The borough’s principal contact at Taggart is Chad Helmer. The consultant guides the borough through marketing and financial decisions for the development. The borough credits Helmer’s assistance in securing the recent $1 million grant for the Iron Works project.