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N. Catty council OKs internship requests

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 by HANNA O’REILLY Special to The Press in Local News

Individuals to help in borough office, on grounds during summer months

The Borough of North Catasauqua has been approached by Lafayette College and Workforce Board of the Lehigh Valley about internship opportunities for young adults this summer.

Lafayette College is seeking clerical and engineering positions for students who want professional experience before entering the real world. This would be an eight-week-long, part-time program ranging anywhere from unpaid to $10 to 15 an hour.

Although no suggestion for payment was provided, the borough was informed that many students shy away from unpaid internship opportunities. This position would benefit the borough office. Council agreed that the eligible student be paid $10 an hour for eight weeks from the budget for clerical work. An individual will be appointed to supervise the student and delegate his or her daily duties.

Workforce Board of the Lehigh Valley is looking to place teens and young adults ages 16 to 24 in positions ranging from lawn mowing to clerical assistance. Workforce would pay the interns to work for the borough at $100 a week per intern. Council agreed to respond to Workforce’s request.

In other business, North Catasauqua Betterment Committee will be storing its materials in borough facilities, paying a rental fee each year. An agreement was developed stating that damaged materials will not be the borough’s responsibility.

Hyoungjoon Park’s 1020 and 1022 Second St. property is reportedly still without electric. An earlier deadline extension for an electrical permit had been requested. Council members approved that request at the Jan. 7 meeting, setting Feb. 4 as the new deadline.

Park is required to provide more updates at the next council meeting, to be held Feb. 18.

The water was turned off at 1151 Front St. due to a low flow alarm. The building, a former warehouse, is used as a repair and resale site for electronic equipment.

The property owners missed a deadline to complete a roofing project. Neighbors had complained late last year that blue tarps, which had been placed on the roof, were shredding and showering pieces of plastic around the area.

Council has received resumes for the open secretary position. Members will be going through eligible applications before a decision is made.

A title search must be completed to ensure that the portion of the North Catasauqua trail does, in fact, belong to North Catasauqua before work begins to incorporate it into THE LINK Trail Network. The D&L, Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, will be responsible for a large section of the property work, while Keystone Consulting Engineers performs survey work down by the trail as North Catasauqua’s contribution to the project.

A survey regarding the new trail network will be available on the borough website, northcatasauqua.org. Everybody will have the opportunity to read through the topics that were discussed at the Feb. 6 open house and give their suggestions on what they would like to see done with the new trail system being implemented. The survey is open to all.