Catasauqua Press

Friday, September 21, 2018

Hanover approves B. Braun expansion

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Project already had green light from LVPC, planners

B. Braun Medical Inc., the medical device maker, brought a full slate of executives to Hanover Township Council’s meeting Sept. 5.

B. Braun wants to expand its existing facility on Marcon Boulevard by 310,000 square feet. The company was represented by Attorney Timothy Charlesworth, who directed questions during the public hearing.

The company requested a variance on the township’s height restriction. Building height in the township is capped at 50 feet.

Catty council to work on grant plan

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Transportation funding needs for Iron Works project must be addressed

At Catasauqua Borough Council’s regular meeting Sept. 4, Solicitor Thomas Dinkelacker asked for an executive session later this month to review sales terms for the Iron Works project.

The borough received a $1.5 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grant for the project, which helped move the negotiations forward. Chad Helmer, of Taggart Associates, was instrumental in getting the grant. He has proposals out for transportation grants.

American Legion Post 215 hosts spaghetti dinner

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

American Legion Post 215 hosted a spaghetti dinner Aug. 17 at the post hall, 330 Second St., Catasauqua.

“We had a lot of help with this fundraiser. The sauce is from Pie’s On (Pizzeria). John has always been a big help to the legion. Weis Markets helped us out, too,” said Roger Drayer, commander of the post and coordinator of the event.

No one seemed to miss eating at home, as a fun time was had by all.

Servings were ample, and the garlic bread was delicious, according to those enjoying the meal. Desserts and beer were available as well.

Colorful addition to Catty

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Main Streets commissions urban art mural project

The urban art technique has gripped European cities and has led to some innovative processes. It is now being brought to Catasauqua Borough.

“People think about urban art and don’t want to look at what some of us are doing,” said artist Denton Burrows. “Urban art gets a bad name because punks go around tagging things with their initials or gang symbol.

“Some people try to make that as art because the initials are designed. I have murals in several cities. This is art geared to millennials,” he said.

Piller pleads guilty to indecent assault

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Sentencing for former Minsi Trails Scoutmaster set for December

Catasauqua resident Stephen Piller, a former Scoutmaster with Minsi Trails Council of the Boy Scouts of America, has pleaded guilty of sexually assaulting three teenage boys.

The incidents allegedly occurred in his Catasauqua home and at Camp Trexler. Camp Trexler is in Monroe County, but all of the charges against Piller were handled in Lehigh County.

Sentencing is scheduled for December.

Borough gets grant for Iron Works

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Catty has preferred developer; consultant says project is ‘shovel ready’

At council’s regular meeting Aug. 13, Catasauqua Mayor Barbara Schlegel announced the borough received a $1.5 million state grant for improvements at the Iron Works project.

“Everyone involved with the project has helped to move this forward. State Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-18th, and state Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-133rd, pushed our request through at the state level,” she said.

The grant comes from the state’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP).

Township exploring options for Troxell Street improvements

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

At Hanover Township’s meeting Aug. 15, the Troxell Street roadway improvements dominated the discussion. Earlier, township Engineer Albert Kortze, at the request of council, explored using advanced ground-penetrating radar to determine if any sinkholes are in the area.

The pavement is prone to sinkholes, and the idea was to repair any potential sinkholes before installing a new road surface.

The cost came back with a range of $23,000 to $28,000.

Bridge work not starting this year

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

In a disappointing development, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation delayed the reconstruction of the Race Street bridge over Catasauqua Creek until some undetermined time next year. The note says spring of 2019. The formal announcement was made at Catasauqua Borough Council’s regular meeting Aug. 13.

The project was originally scheduled in 2016 and has been delayed several times. It is part of a program designed to get questionable bridges updated to meet safety standards.

Mayor Barbara Schlegel is in contact with state Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-18th.

Hanover mulls radar for sinkhole searches

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Technology designed to locate subsurface issues carries $28,000 price tag

Homeowners on Troxell Street have labored with burst water lines, sinkholes and ragged pavement for years. Most of the problems are in a two-block area.

Earlier in the year, Councilmen Robert Heimbecker and Curtis Wegfahrt asked council to consider looking at the substructure with ground-penetrating radar to determine where problems exist. The problems seem to be repeating, and there is not a defined source that anyone can find.