Lehigh County Executive Tom Muller laid out his 2017 proposed budget amounting to $399 million, which does not include a tax increase for county homeowners, Aug. 31 at Limeport Stadium, Limeport.
“Proposing a budget with no tax increase has been made possible by the efforts of our employees every day to serve our citizens effectively and efficiently,” Muller said.
The millage rate will remain at 3.68 mills with the average homeowner paying $668 in taxes in 2017.
Catasauqua Borough is home to yet another state historical marker.
The Historical Catasauqua Preservation Association (HCPA) hosted a dedication ceremony Aug. 3 for the Davies and Thomas Co. marker at the Biery House, 8 Race St.
Janice Lathrop, HCPA treasurer and secretary, said the marker honoring the Thomas and Davies Co. is the sixth state historical marker awarded by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) recognizing Catasauqua’s industry.
“For a small town, I think that’s a number of markers,” Lathrop noted.
Revolution Church wants the Borough of Catasauqua to know the church and its congregation members are praying for borough officials, such as Mayor Barbara Schlegel, the police department and the community as a whole.
The church held a prayer walk Saturday, during which Bishop Jim McIver, his wife, Mary, his family and members of the church met in front of the Catasauqua municipal building and walked the downtown area.
Before leading the walk, McIver spoke to the church members.
The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the allocation of gambling funds from the Lehigh County Gambling Grant Program amounting to $307,638 to Salisbury and Upper Saucon townships and Fountain Hill and Coopersburg boroughs at the board’s Aug. 10 meeting.
The monies will be used for the township and borough police and fire departments.
North Catasauqua Borough in the future may consider arming its first responders with the life-saving drug Narcan.
Council President Peter Paone shared with council at its Aug. 9 meeting he recently witnessed an individual at the Wayne A. Grube Memorial Park in Northampton revived because of first responders administering the drug.
“I got to witness someone being brought back to life because of Narcan,” Paone said. “I’d say it hit a little close to home for me.”
Lehigh County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to adopt and approve the $67.5 million 2017-21 capital plan at the July 27 meeting.
Over the next five years the plan will provide funding for renovations to the Lehigh County Courthouse, software for county operations, repairs to Coca-Cola Park, maintenance and improvements for county parks and agricultural conservation easements and farmland preservation.
Many Americans remain stunned and in disbelief at the recent shootings targeting police officers in cities such as Baton Rouge, La., and Dallas, Texas.
The Press recently asked Catasauqua Police Chief Douglas Kish what his department is doing to ensure the safety of its officers as well as the community at large.
According to Kish, borough police officers have been instructed to change their daily routines and remain more watchful.
“Everybody is a lot more vigilant,” Kish said. “We’re taking even the smallest threats more seriously.”
Ben Ferenchak, of Catasauqua, experienced a homecoming like no other Saturday afternoon, as months of hard work resulted in the official dedication of Tour de Fence.
Ferenchak told The Press the goal of the dedication was to bring together friends, neighbors and supporters, as well as bicycle riders from the past and present Pennsylvania Perimeter Ride Against Cancer (PPRAC).
“The goal also was to raise funds while having fun,” he said. “The mood was cheerful, with moments of somber reflection.”
North Catasauqua Borough residents who live on Main Street are not happy with weed overgrowth from the public works complex that is blowing onto their property.
Councilman Joseph Keglovits informed council July 12 of the complaints.
According to Keglovits, the weeds grew too high, and “sludge ball type” material traveled onto the lawn of a few properties across the street.
“The neighbors were quite irate,” Keglovits said.
The Catasauqua Area School Board unanimously adopted a 2016-17 budget that will require a tax increase for Catasauqua Borough and Hanover Township residents.
The $29.54 million budget includes a 3.1-percent tax increase for Catasauqua Borough and Hanover Township residents in Lehigh County. The tax hike means owners with a property assessed at $131,000 will see their real estate taxes increase by $73.
North Catasauqua property owners will see a reduction of 0.05 percent in their tax bills for 2016-17.