Borough reviews year-end ordinances
At Catasauqua Borough Council’s workshop session Nov. 26, council reviewed a list of ordinances that will be passed at its regular meeting Dec. 10.
At that meeting, council will vote on the 2019 budget, fix the tax rate at 6.10 mills, approve the township manager’s salary and set the criteria for senior discounts for garbage collection.
Council reviewed a preliminary Civil Service Commission list for police officer candidates. The goal is to hire at least two officers from the list and potentially hire two more after the first of the year. Police Chief Douglas Kish anticipates the two top candidates will attend the Dec. 10 meeting.
There is a vacancy on the Civil Service Commission. Anyone willing to serve on the board or as an alternate should see the township manager.
Catasauqua Area School District Superintendent Robert Spengler attended the Nov. 26 meeting. The school district is asking for property it owns across from Sheckler Elementary School to be rezoned to accommodate town homes. The property is currently zoned as a conservation district, which requires homes on one-acre lots. Developers who have shown an interest in the property want R-2 zoning, which would permit town homes similar to the units already on 14th Street.
Spengler clarified his request and indicated to the board that only the front part of the property needs to be rezoned. The request would have about one-third of the property rezoned to R-2.
“This zoning is the least we need to attract a developer. If the developer comes up with a plan for the whole parcel, that can be submitted as part of the land development process. Our goal is to sell the property,” he said.
Solicitor Thomas Dinkelacker indicated that if council would approve advertising the ordinance at the Dec. 10 meeting, the formal approval could come as early as February.
Dinkelacker announced a potential agreement with the housing authority for the sale of the old municipal building at 118 Bridge St.