Catasauqua Press

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Cleanup a success

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by Paul Fox Special to The Press in Local News

Joint effort by boroughs is recognized

North Catasauqua Borough Council President Peter Paone reported at the May 6 council meeting that the April 20 joint river cleanup between Catasauqua and North Catasauqua was a great success.

About 20 emergency responders, volunteers and students from the boroughs and neighboring school districts came together in the rain to serve their communities in observation of Earth Day. A large amount of trash was removed from the Lehigh Canal and surrounding areas, it was reported.

Council has requested an update on the 1020-22 Second St. property. The owner, Hyoungjoon Park, has been asked to provide a review of the property before the next borough council meeting, which is scheduled for May 20. The formerly blighted property has been undergoing work for more than a year to bring it up to code.

During the meeting, a borough resident voiced concern about visitors to the North Catasauqua William J. Albert Memorial Park parking on a prohibited side of Grove Street. Mayor Bill Molchany made assurances that these violators were being aptly ticketed, with Nancy Knecht, secretary, confirming that numerous out-of-towners have come through the borough offices to pay their respective fines.

Knecht is set to retire this summer, so council meetings are now joined by soon-to-be borough secretary Tasha Jandrisovitz. According to Knecht, clerical training for Jandrisovitz is going very well.

Reporting progress on the search for summer interns, Paone informed Travis Brett, public works supervisor, that a candidate has been found for the groundskeeping position. The clerical internship position is yet to be filled, and there are no candidates scheduled for interviews at this time. Summer internships with the borough are paid, part-time positions, ranging from 30 to 35 hours per week.

With summer fast approaching, Cherie Gebhardt, recreation committee chair, discussed several events and programs that will be starting in the coming months. The morning and afternoon summer programs will run June 24-Aug. 2. Summer concerts will also start in June, beginning June 24 with the Easton Municipal Band. UUU will play June 28, followed by Emil Schanta Band July 24 and The Clap Aug. 2. All shows start 7 p.m. at the park.