N. Catty considers elevator
North Catasauqua Borough has received a Community Development Block Grant to perform a feasibility study for an elevator in the municipal building, 1066 Fourth St. Council members heard the details of the CDBG funding application submitted by President Peter Paone at the Feb. 18 meeting.
The borough building stands at three stories, with the top floor currently used for storage. Council would like to see the floor utilized for offices or a larger community room. For the floor to be used, however, it must be handicapped accessible under Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
North Catasauqua received $25,000 in CDBG funding and got all necessary approvals to move forward with the elevator project. W2A Design Group was the winning bidder and has since developed three options for the borough, based on the desired location of the elevator. The full $25,000 was not completely used for the study; the remaining money will be put toward the engineering of the elevator.
In other business, borough officials denied a request from homeowners of a property on Howertown Road to shut down the road for a week to dig a sewer line. Despite the denial, the borough is looking into what can be done to help with the sewer line process. Pennsylvania Department of Transportation would need to issue a permit before any road closings could be approved. More will be discussed before any plans move forward.
Paone said he was impressed by the turnout at the recent open house regarding THE LINK Trail Network. There was standing room only at the presentation, with approximately 70 people in attendance. The plan involves adding a set of interconnected walking and biking trails throughout the Lehigh Valley. The survey for individuals to give their feedback on the D&L Trail plans is still live on the borough website, northcatasauqua.org, until 1 p.m. March 4.
Council is awaiting responses from Lafayette College and the Workforce Board of the Lehigh Valley concerning the hiring of summer interns, which was approved at the Feb. 4 meeting.
Joseph T. Keglovits proposed the idea of enforcing a Young Lungs at Play concept at North Catasauqua William J. Albert Memorial Park. This program allows the borough to install signs at the park enforcing a no-smoking zone. Paone was intrigued by the idea and asked that Keglovits gather more information.
Recreational meetings have been scheduled for the first Thursday of every month. The first meeting of 2019 will be March 7 in the community room.
During the meeting, it was also confirmed the St. Lawrence the Martyr Church building, 1003 Second St., will be put up for sale. In 2013, the Diocese of Allentown announced the St. Lawrence parish and another North Catasauqua Catholic church, St. Andrew, would merge in 2014 and become the St. John Fisher parish. The current St. Andrew building, 1229 Third St., is the worship location for St. John Fisher.