Work on borough roads gets underway in North Catasauqua
Work has begun on some roadways in North Catasauqua, thanks to funds set aside from the 2015 sale of a cell tower located on borough property.
According to borough council President Peter Paone, public works Supervisor Travis Brett reported at the April 15 meeting of council that a portion of Cypress Street was repaved last week and work on Sixth and Cherry streets will soon get underway.
The sale of the cell tower, at the borough’s Main Street public works facility, provided for a substantial road improvement plan, Paone said, as well as contributed to the purchase by Northampton Borough of a new road paver. Last year, North Catasauqua paid $60,000 toward the shared piece of equipment, which will be used for these road repairs.
A total of $275,000 from the sale of the cell tower had been earmarked for roadwork.
Treasurer Annette Englert reported at the March 18 meeting that the certificates of deposit, where the cell tower funds were placed, had come up for renewal. Council agreed to put $100,000 back into a CD and the balance into the borough’s general fund, to be used for these road repairs.
In other business, Paone said installation of new playground equipment at North Catasauqua William J. Albert Memorial Park is complete. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is set for 3 p.m. April 18 at 701 Grove St.
Public works employees installed a new set of swings and a touch tunnel, made especially for those with autism and sensory issues. The existing swings at the North Catasauqua park were set up too close together, according to ASTM rules, Paone said.
ASTM rules are protocol that parks must follow for the safety of the users.
Paone reminded council members and others present at the meeting that North Catasauqua and Catasauqua will hold a joint river cleanup April 20, in observance of Earth Day.
Volunteers will focus their efforts on the area of the Lehigh Canal. Area Boy Scout troops, emergency management personnel and residents will tackle the work. This joint river cleanup will be held 9 a.m.-noon. Crews will start at either end of the boroughs and meet in the middle.
Those planning to volunteer are asked to meet at the D&L trailhead in North Catasauqua, adjacent to the public works building at 1460 Main St., or at Biery’s Port Coal Yard in Catasauqua. Supplies will be provided.