Catasauqua Press

Thursday, March 30, 2017

YMCA to manage pool again

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Councilwoman Jessica Kroope reported to the Catasauqua Borough Council that the borough negotiated a contract with Suburban North Y to manage the pool at the Catasauqua Park & Playground in 2017.

“We are waiting for their signature and as long as there are no changes, we will go ahead with it,” she said at the council’s March 6 meeting.

The borough turned the management of the pool over to the Y last year. The fiscal results were good, although there were startup concerns.

Mayor: no support for two-way Front St.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Before the Catasauqua Borough Council workshop meeting Monday, the council held a special meeting about Ordinance 1346. Borough Manager Eugene Goldfeder explained the situation in his opening remarks.

“At the last regular meeting, we passed an ordinance that postponed turning Front Street into a two-way street until June 15,” he said. “The delay was predicated on information we had about the ability of everyone to meet our expected standards. The mayor has the right to sign the ordinance, veto it or return it to us unsigned.”

Main Streets hears update on borough Iron Works plans

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Main Streets President Kimberly Brubaker held the organization’s first meeting of 2017 at the Willow Grove Grill.

“We wanted to keep a commitment we made to have quarterly meetings where we invite all the members and network,” she said. “With so much happening to the downtown, it is good that we can get together.”

According to Brubaker, there have been several problems and misconceptions about what will happen with the Iron Works site and the plan to convert Front Street from one-way to two-way traffic.

More delays on making Front St. two way

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Councilwoman Christine Weaver dropped a bombshell on Catasauqua Borough Council at its workshop session Monday when she proposed a further delay of converting Front Street to two-way traffic. The workshop session had been preceded by a special meeting to ensure that the project to convert Front Street to two way was delayed to June 15, but Weaver proposed the project be further delayed until Aug. 17.

“We have three options on how we can handle parking on Front Street,” she said. “The committee is recommending Option 3 to best meet our needs.”

More delays on making Front St. two-way

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Councilwoman Christine Weaver dropped a bombshell on Catasauqua Borough Council at its workshop session on Monday when she proposed a further delay of converting Front Street to two-way traffic. The workshop session had been preceded by a special meeting to ensure that the project to convert Front Street to two-way was delayed to June 15, but Weaver proposed the project be further delayed until Aug. 17.

“We have three options on how we can handle parking on Front Street,” she said. “The committee is recommending Option 3 to best meet our needs.”

Hanover plans street cleaning

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Hanover Township streets will soon be cleaner than they have ever been.

At its meeting March 15, the Hanover Township Council approved a plan to clean streets twice a month.

“This will be a change for our residents,” said Director of Public Works Jeffry Mouer. “They are used to once-a-year cleaning.”

The plan is to clean streets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month, beginning in April. The township will post permanent signs under the existing snow emergency signs.

Bidding on remaining Iron Works land is explained

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

The first round of bids on Catasauqua’s Iron Works property will be due in June.

At the borough council’s March 6 meeting, Chad Helmer of Taggart Associates explained the bidding process for the remaining acreage at the borough’s Iron Works site.

“We don’t have the option of selling the property as a private owner might,” he said. “We will send out our criteria. If we receive a bid that meets our minimum requirements, we will accept the bid. If we don’t receive a bid that meets the minimum requirements then we will rebid the project.”

Bridge replacement is delayed one year

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

The replacement of a bridge over Catasauqua Creek on Race Street in Catasauqua will be no simple matter. Not for the construction engineers, not for adjacent businesses and not for motorists.

At the Catasauqua Borough Council meeting March 6, Ken Baker of Walsh/Granite JV discussed the proposed plan.

The project was originally scheduled for an April 2017 start, but that is being delayed a year.