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.
Catasauqua High School yearbooks from many years past are being offered for sale by this year’s yearbook staff.
In order to meet minimum book order requirements, the staff has often had to purchase more books than were actually ordered by students.
In recent years, according to yearbook adviser Daniel Wismer, “Brunalba” sales have decreased, leaving a debt of often several thousand dollars each year.
Wismer says the debt has grown in close correlation to the rise in use of social media.
Shoppers will find unique handcrafted items and a large selection of homemade foods, while helping children and their families in need. The sixth annual homemade holiday sale to benefit the Mrs. Nothstein’s Helping Hands Fund is the place to go.
Thirty-seven crafters and a host of bakers will be filling the social hall of St. John Fisher Church at 1239 Third St., North Catasauqua. The sale will be open to the public 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 10, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 11 and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 12.
North Catasauqua Borough Council members will review a draft of the proposed 2017 borough budget at their next meeting.
Key council and administration personnel met Nov. 1 to work on a draft. Finance committee members Cherie Gebhardt, Joe Keglovits and council President Peter Paone met with borough Treasurer Annette Englert. The purpose of the meeting was to see if any cuts could be made to the initial budget draft.
Council President Peter Paone commented on rising costs the borough will have to face next year during the Oct. 25 council meeting.
ArtsQuest recently announced the winners of its fourth annual scarecrow competition at SteelStacks in Bethlehem. This year’s competition featured entries in three categories: Contemporary Scarecrow, Traditional Scarecrow and Rockin’ Scarecrow.
Among the winners is a Catasauqua resident.
Traditional winners were: first place “Forrest Run,” by Carole Henning, of Schnecksville; second place “Hollow Tree Inn,” also by Henning; and “#lovelocal” by Fig Bethlehem.