As North Catasauqua Borough’s departments prepare their spending for next year, one big variable remains: Will the proposed Willowbrook development stay on schedule?
The borough finance committee presented its proposed 2018 budget to borough council members at their Oct. 24 meeting.
Five candidates are seeking four seats on the North Catasauqua Borough Council in the Nov. 7 municipal election. Three candidates are running on the Democratic (D) ticket; two are registered Republicans (R).
The Press asked the candidates the following question: Why should voters choose you?
Their responses follow.
JOSEPH T. KEGLOVITS (D)
North Catasauqua Borough Council members Oct. 10 said they will be reviewing the blight ordinance for the sinking homes at 1022 and 1024 Second St. during their Oct. 24 meeting. Drafted by Solicitor Steve Goudsouzian, the blight ordinance will assist in protecting the borough from litigation if it is determined the property needs to be demolished.
Both properties have recently sold, and Goudsouzian has attempted to contact each new owner to inform them of the borough’s intentions. 1024 Second St. was sold via sheriff’s sale a few months ago to a corporation.
After letting potential magic number seven slip through its fingers, the Catasauqua boys soccer team is hoping that six might be their lucky number.
Palmerton defeated Catasauqua 5-2 on Monday, Oct. 9, in a battle of teams jockeying for a District 11 playoff berth. With a week remaining in the season, seven wins appears to be the cutoff spot for playoff entry, with an outside shot of getting in with six.
The Catasauqua volleyball team has shown considerable improvement over the course of the season, but ran into one of the area’s best teams on Thursday, Oct. 5.
Undefeated Southern Lehigh defeated the Rough Riders 25-9, 25-5, and 25-13.
With four wins on the season and one game remaining on the schedule, Catasauqua has doubled last season’s win total.
Head Coach Danielle Heller is encouraged by the progress she’s seen over the course of the season.
The Catasauqua girls soccer team dominated the stat sheet, but Lehighton came away with a 2-0 victory in their nonconference match on Oct. 2.
The Rough Riders outshot the Indians 24-9, had a 6-0 advantage in corner kicks, and held the ball in Lehighton’s half for the majority of the game. Indians’ goalkeeper Julia Frey recorded 17 saves in the shutout.
The Catasauqua boys soccer team struggled during a tough stretch on the schedule, but head coach Joshua Inman is encouraged for the future with one of the Colonial League’s best young goal scorers.
From pavilion rentals to car shows to Autumnfest, some organizational changes may be on the horizon for events held in North Catasauqua.
At the Sept. 12 borough council meeting, Katrinka Casamassa, from Brosky Insurance Company, informed council members there are potential gaps in coverage for events that are held in the borough.
The borough has not previously required additional insurance from groups like the betterment committee and We Sing Chorus for events held in North Catasauqua because they were viewed as sponsored by the borough.
Tempers flared at the end of Saucon Valley’s 3-1 victory at Catasauqua in boys soccer, but in the end, it was all smiles and handshakes after Josh Inman’s first game against his old squad.
The new Rough Riders coach spent three years on the Saucon Valley sideline before taking the Catasauqua job this season. He had his team well-prepared to face the Panthers, but Saucon Valley’s depth was a little too much to overcome in their Sept. 8 meeting.
As one of the smaller schools in the Colonial League, Inman is getting his team ready to face the larger squads in the conference.
Employees of the North Catasauqua Public Works Department have some new additions to their wardrobe, thanks to Marc Hillenbrand and Marc’s Auto.
The business, which is located at 423 Arch St., donated 15 shirts to the borough’s work crew members.
Hillenbrand says this is one of many outreach gestures that the auto shop has given to the community in recent years.
“When I see them working on the roads on a hot day, I’ll often get them drinks and help them stay cool,” Hillenbrand said.