Catasauqua Press

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Hanover Township puts dump truck on the market

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

The impending delivery of a new dump truck in Hanover Township means the old one is now on the market.

At the July 19 meeting of the Hanover Township Council, members heard from public works Director Jeffry Mouer.

“We want to put the one we use now up for sale,” he said. “It’s a 1998 International, for around $30,000.”

Mouer indicated there is some interest at that sales level.

“We have a pretty good reputation for taking care of our equipment ... so various people ask when we might have something up for sale,” he said.

George Taylor House mouse gets a name

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Guests meet Ben Franklin, hear him tell Revolutionary War story about Easton

Guests at the George Taylor House in Catasauqua Aug. 6 gathered around Ben Franklin’s militia, portrayed by Bachman Players, who ventured up from Philadelphia to tell the story of how Easton was saved from the grasps of the wicked British troops who marched against the town during the Revolutionary War.

Easton housed a military hospital during the war. The town was of strategic importance because it was on the confluence of the Lehigh and Delaware rivers. Both waterways were key transportation links for military operations.

Better communication is needed

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Catasauqua Borough, volunteers hit bumps in the road to an agreement

Amy Capewell took the floor at Catasauqua Borough Council’s meeting Aug. 7 to express her dissatisfaction with the way the George Taylor House has been administered. Capewell is a volunteer and has worked in various capacities during events at the historic property.

Since purchasing the historic house from Lehigh County in 2009, the borough has attempted to get the historic property to pay for itself. The latest organizational structure, with events at the house being planned by an overall manager and a group of steady volunteers, has been the most successful.

Council holds first meeting at new site

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Catasauqua Borough Council opened its first meeting in the new municipal building at 90 Bridge St. Aug. 7. Visitors who attended were greeted with comfortable chairs, a spacious seating area, nice lighting and a comfortable environment.

The sound system was still in boxes, waiting for an installer.

At the meeting, Chad Helmer of Taggert Associates presented a proposal for the sale of the Iron Works property adjacent to the municipal building lot.

Borough Solicitor Thomas Dinkelacker explained how the borough carved out a parcel for the municipal building.

Police respond to report of gunfire in Bath

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Police Log

Borough man is apprehended after firing shots during attempted vehicle repossession

A 24-year-old Bath man was apprehended by Colonial Regional Police Department officers Monday night after allegedly firing multiple shots in the borough earlier that day.

According to police, Michael P. McGinnis Jr. was captured in Chapman after he discharged a weapon in the area of 111 Sleepy Hollow Road while his vehicle was being repossessed.

Final workshop meeting held in old municipal complex

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

“It’s been 40 years and one month,” Catasauqua Borough Manager Eugene Goldfeder said. “The next meeting will be in the new council chambers.”

Goldfeder, speaking at Monday’s council workshop meeting, was describing the length of time borough council members had been meeting at the Bridge Street borough complex building.

The workshop meeting closed out the month and the borough’s tenancy in the building.

At 8 p.m. Monday, borough police and fire departments began operating out of their new quarters on the Iron Works property off Front Street.

Front Street parking is on the table again

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

At Catasauqua Borough Council’s July 10 meeting, Councilwoman Christine Weaver re-introduced an ordinance controlling parking on Front Street, north of Church Street. The measure had been tabled at the council’s June 5 meeting.

Catasauqua’s Public Works Department is working to extend parking along the west side of Front Street in preparation of converting Front Street into a two-way street. The new parallel parking pads handle some of the parking in front of businesses. Parking slots were scheduled to be lost with the change to two-way Front Street traffic.

Sticker shock

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Restoration windows found to be costly

Catasauqua Borough Council said they received bids to restore three windows at the George Taylor House during the June 26 meeting. Three windows cost north of $50,000. There are 30 windows in the George Taylor House; the restoration cost would tax the readout capacity on a calculator, as well the borough’s wallet.

Hanover gets update on chemical spill

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

At its meeting June 21, Hanover Township Council had a short meeting on the longest day of the year. The top agenda item was the recent chemical spill at TruGreen. The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) brought in a subcontractor to start remediating soil in the swale. The resulting report was noncommittal. DEP is only there to process paperwork; the actual work is performed by EWMI, a special remedial task team from Northampton that has a good reputation addressing similar situations across the state.