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.
Catasauqua Mayor Bill Molchany Jr. said 44 children were fingerprinted by the borough police department at the Oct. 9 North Catasauqua Autumnfest event at the North Catasauqua William J. Albert Memorial Park.
A number of council members commented on the annual event, held for the 10th year in a row.
The fundraising event is sponsored by the North Catasauqua Betterment Committee.
North Catasauqua Council members voted to approve the purchase of new playground equipment, replacing the current apparatus in the upper lot, near the pavilion, at the borough park.
Although a matching-funds Open Space Fund grant application for park improvement has not yet been approved by Northampton County, council President Peter Paone suggested going ahead with the purchase order for the new equipment to take advantage of a discount offered by the equipment company.
Grant funding from Northampton County, if approved, will be making it possible for officials to obtain new playground equipment and make other improvements at North Catasauqua William J. Albert Memorial Park in the near future.
Borough council President Peter Paone asked council members to give him some suggestions on what kind of equipment they would like to see at the park.
The Northampton County 21st Century Open Space Initiative Grant application is due to be submitted for approval by Sept. 29.
The North Catasauqua Borough Council is expected to vote Sept. 27 to select a new member of the borough’s civil service commission. Four residents have applied to fill the position.
All four of the candidates attended the Sept. 13 council meeting to be interviewed by the council. The interviews were brief and were followed by a discussion by council members.
Plans for the development of the D&L Trail, as it passes through North Catasauqua land, are on track for a spring 2017 completion.
A plan to extend the D&L Trail through land in North Catasauqua reached the next step at the Aug. 23 meeting of the borough council.
Local development of the trail involves the acquisition of grant funding as well as cooperative agreements and efforts between Northampton and North Catasauqua boroughs.