Catasauqua Press

Monday, December 17, 2018

N. Catty council discusses presence of dogs in borough park

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 by HANNA O’REILLY Special to The Press in Local News

North Catasauqua Borough Council members reviewed the most recent park ordinance rules during their Oct. 15 meeting. Discussions got heated on the subject as to whether dogs should be allowed on North Catasauqua William J. Albert Memorial Park property during regular park hours and special events.

Council member Michelle Hazzard mentioned since the park spent hundreds of dollars implementing designated dog waste areas, dogs should be allowed on park property, 701 Grove St.

Council member Joseph T. Keglovits interjected with his concerns about negative interactions between dogs and parkgoers. He mentioned no insurance policy will cover an incident that may happen on park property.

“If something happens, I don’t want to be responsible for that,” Keglovits said.

Council plans to talk more about this matter before reaching a final decision.

Also at the meeting, Hyoungjoon Park appeared before council with his lawyer, Alexander Ward, with an update on his property at 1020 and 1022 Second St. Solicitor Steven Goudsouzian received information and photographs regarding the property’s status. Goudsouzian shared the information with the rest of council.

Park’s property is moving along and up to code, but he requested council grant him an extension. A motion was made for a Nov. 5 extension.

“Council understands you will not be able to finish the project [by Nov. 5], but what we want to see is progress,” Goudsouzian said.

Resident Kevin Smith, who resides at 1144 Fourth St., purchased the neighboring property at 1146 Fourth St. with his father Oct. 15. This property has been deemed “condemned,” he said, making it difficult to do anything with the home. Smith plans to fix up the property but cannot move forward until council appeals this decision of condemning.

Council has no recollection of that property being condemned but will be looking into it. Council indicated it wants to work with Smith in order to get 1146 Fourth St. fixed.

He raised concerns about the timeline of this project because of weather.

“I do not want to live next door to a dilapidated house,” Smith said.

Council members agreed the 2018 Best of North Catasauqua Autumnfest, held Oct. 14, was a success. The car show featured 198 cars and drew in a nice crowd.

The borough tree-lighting event will take place 6 p.m. Nov. 25. The rain date is Nov. 26.

The next meeting of North Catasauqua Borough Council is 7 p.m. Nov. 5 at the municipal building, 1066 Fourth St.