Catasauqua Press

Monday, December 17, 2018

Second St. property owner to pay outstanding bill

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 by HANNA O’REILLY Special to The Press in Local News

Update on improvements must be forwarded to borough by Dec. 17

At the North Catasauqua Borough Council meeting Dec. 3, members discussed an update on Hyoungjoon Park’s property at 1020 and 1022 Second St.

Park’s attorney, Alexander Ward, sent a letter to council’s solicitor, Steven Goudsouzian, regarding an outstanding garbage invoice. Ward was inquiring about whether Park would be responsible to pay the outstanding invoice. The borough is taking the position that Park will be responsible for payment.

An extension for Dec. 17 has been set for the property, with the expectation that Park provide an update and information on the status of electric with the property.

In other business, Goudsouzian sent a letter to 1151 Front St. regarding the blue tarps on the roof. It has been reported that the tarps are shredding and showering blue pieces of plastic around the neighborhood. The property owners missed their deadline to complete the roofing project. The building, a former warehouse, is used as a repair and resale site for electronic equipment.

The property owners have not responded to any of the letters or notices the borough has sent. Council will discuss further steps, which could include property assessments and fining as appropriate.

Walk/Bike LV has changed its name to Walk/Roll LV, to be more inclusive of all forms of transportation. Walk/Roll LV is looking into creating and refining paths to make the Lehigh Valley more accessible. The goal is to make the area more pedestrian and bicycle friendly to help cut down on vehicle transportation and increase opportunities for other methods of travel.

Borough council President Peter Paone mentioned his plans to have an open house with community members in either January or February 2019. Paone wants to hear from community members about what they would like to see happen with the area’s trail accessibility.

The updated park ordinance will be adopted at the next council meeting. Joseph T. Keglovits suggested that the park rules include “no camping” and that the number of individuals who can assemble be increased to “no more than 15” instead of five. Council agreed, and the additions will be made.

The high school and middle school girls’ field hockey teams and booster club offered thanks to the borough for advertising their bingo event. The event was successful, and the teams will benefit greatly from the proceeds.

There were 18 fire calls for the month of November. These included seven calls for automatic fire alarms, three for structure dwellings, six for EMS assistance, one for police assistance and one for an odor investigation.