North Catasauqua police now have clear guidelines on how to handle domestic animals that have strayed from their owners’ homes.
The borough council voted unanimously Tuesday to institute policy for officers in the borough police department that outlines the approach an officer should take when confronted with a pet on the loose that is injured or acting aggressively.
Deb Veshinfsky’s passion for quilting was sparked when she was a child.
“My grandmother quilted, and I was always fascinated with her quilts,” she told The Press. But it was not her grandmother, who lived hundreds of miles away, in Indiana, who taught her the basics.
The Catasauqua resident made her first quilt, a wall hanging, while attending a class at an area quilt shop about 25 years ago.
Since then, her expertise has been honed by attending other classes, seminars and quilt shows, viewing Internet classes and tutorials and attending quilt guild meetings.
In an effort to assess the amount of stormwater runoff that might be flowing into the sewer system on borough properties, public works Supervisor Al Steigerwalt was given approval by the council to access private properties for evaluation. Reducing the amount of water runoff being directed into the sewer system will reduce the demands being put on the system.
Solicitor Steven Goudsouzian drafted a form, which residents will be asked to sign, allowing borough representatives access to their properties. Council approved beginning the project.
An unnamed Catasauqua Borough Council member has approached a North Catasauqua official about the possibility of converting a portion of Front Street in North Catasauqua to two-way traffic.
North Catasauqua council President Peter Paone told his council members Jan. 10 the block or so of two-way traffic would extend from Pine Street to Arch Street.
Front Street is currently one way in both boroughs, but Catasauqua is planning to convert a portion of it to two-way traffic in conjunction with the development of its Iron Works project.
North Catasauqua Mayor Bill Molchany Jr. brought good news to borough council members during his mayor’s report at the Jan. 9 council meeting.
“With all the negativity in the world today against police officers, I’d like to start off on a positive note,” he said. “I would like to inform council of the recent actions of Officer Christopher Wolfer, who showed exemplary human kindness, which showed the police department and the borough in a positive light.”
For his actions, Molchany presented Wolfer with a certificate of appreciation.
At the Jan. 10 meeting of the North Catasauqua Borough Council, borough Treasurer Annette Englert reported she had discovered the borough has been paying far more in tax collection fees than area boroughs and townships of a similar size.
Nine new North Catasauqua lighted snowflake ornaments were sponsored for the 2016 holiday season, according to North Catasauqua Betterment Committee President Joseph T. Keglovits
“I think this program is loved by everyone,” Keglovits said at the Dec. 13, 2016, borough council meeting. Residents pay to sponsor an ornament, and the betterment committee covers the cost of the PPL hookup for each one.
More than 130 snowflakes are currently decorating borough streets.
“You have a little bit of holiday cheer spread throughout the town,” he said.
While no revisions were made to the proposed 2017 Borough of North Catasauqua budget, the spending plan did not pass without protest.
Borough Councilman John Yanek cast an opposing vote on both the general fund and the sewer fund budgets at the Dec. 13, 2016, council meeting. Residents will see a 1.5-mill increase in taxes to support the projected annual expenses.
Resolutions to approve the general fund budget of $1,583,000 and sewer fund budget of $567,550 were approved by a 5-1 vote, with Councilman Billy Duch absent.
Discussion of civic organization use of public works crew members to assist with community events did not lead to any resolutions at the Nov. 29 meeting of the North Catasauqua Borough Council.
Although the North Catasauqua Borough Council has made a number of efforts to economize, borough residents will still find increases in both tax and sewer bills in 2017.
Borough Treasurer Annette Englert presented a budget draft to the council for consideration and revision at the Nov. 15 council meeting. With a couple of revisions, the council concluded the session with a unanimous vote to approve a proposed budget of $1.583 million for the general fund and $567,550 for the sewer fund.