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Catasauqua board extends road changes

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 by Paul Cmil Special to The Press in Local News

One way on Pineapple Street stays during bridge construction over creek

At Catasauqua Borough Council’s regular meeting July 1, council voted to extend Mayor Barbara Schlegel’s proclamation for road changes during the rebuild of the Race Street bridge over Catasauqua Creek. The road closures include changing Pineapple Street to one way.

Councilman Brian Bartholomew wanted to see Pineapple Street remain a two-way street to allow access to DnD Market during the construction interruption. The latest unconfirmed estimate for completion is November.

Councilman Brian McKittrick expressed concern that DnD Market erected a tent to sell fireworks.

“The market has a 10-year contract with the vendor,” he said.

DnD Market has seen unexpected changes in its revenues during the bridge construction, it was reported.

Borough Manager Stephen Travers announced the municipal pool was closed due to an emergency June 28. The pool reopened July 5.

“We had to drain the pool,” Travers said.

The cause of the problem was not pinpointed at the time of the meeting. It initially appeared a damaged filter caused the problem.

During the shutdown, Catasauqua residents were given resident rates at Coplay Parkway Pool. According to Steven Burker, recreational coordinator in Coplay, he had received requests from Catasauqua that the admittance be free.

Catasauqua residents with season passes are in a particularly tough situation. This is the second year where the season passes were voided for an extended period of time.

Solicitor Jeffery Dimmich commented on the paperwork needed for the school resource officer at the high school. According to Dimmich, much remains to be done. Allen Township’s solicitor, Lincoln Treadwell, considers the measure routine. Allen Township has signed off on an agreement without any additional legislation needed.

The borough released a request for bid on its refuse pickup carrier. The borough has used J.P. Mascaro & Sons for a long period of time and continues to renew its contract. Other haulers in the Lehigh Valley voiced complaints the request for bid was outdated and did not allow for monetary saving options to be considered.

According to other vendors, the borough narrowed the time for a bid response to preclude other vendors from effectively bidding the project. Part of the bid process is to get input from various vendors to see ways to improve refuse collections and maybe reduce garbage collection fees.

Mascaro has been the low bidder for the borough for at least a decade.