Closing the Race Street bridge has proved to be a challenge. To alleviate some of the congestion, Catasauqua Borough Mayor Barbara Schlegel issued an emergency proclamation, effective for seven days, regarding truck traffic. Council met in a special session March 25 to extend the emergency proclamation for an additional 30 days.
At Hanover Township Council’s meeting March 20, Jeffry Mouer, director of public works, outlined the township’s programs for 2019.
“Street cleaning will start in April, so residents need to be aware of parking restrictions. Signs are posted in each neighborhood along with the times. The schedule is posted on the website,” he said.
Hanover Township Council approved fishing in Catasauqua Lake during its meeting March 6.
The lake is in Canal Park and has been part of an ongoing effort by the township to make the park a top-rated outdoor venue. The township drained the lake in 2012 and reworked the bed to make it more conducive for aquatic life — not just fish, but turtles and all manner of flora.
Unfortunately, some sinkholes developed in the following years. The sinkholes were filled and the lake rejuvenated.
Gas House Dance Hall, 311 Front St., Catasauqua, hosted a Celtic festival March 10 featuring Irish songs by local band Celtic Adventure.
“It’s something we wanted to try,” said Vicki Bartholomew, who manages Gas House Dance Hall and the adjacent coffeehouse, Blockers. “This year, we did it on a Sunday, but I think it’s better to have it on Saturday. We wanted to do it before St. Patrick’s Day, so we would not conflict with other parties.”
The party featured Dave Jones with his Uilleann bagpipes.
Hills restaurant started in 1955 and moved to Bridge Street in 1965. The local establishment closed abruptly in 2015.
“The place sat idle for well over a year, and then we made an offer to run the restaurant,” according to Manuel Castaneda.
At the renamed Bridge Street Family Restaurant, Castaneda runs the kitchen. If the name looks familiar, Manuel and Tony at Tony’s Top Cat Bar and Grill are brothers.
Hanover Township Manager Christopher Garges proposed updating the township’s comprehensive plan during the Feb. 20 council meeting. According to him, the plan is due for an update.
“I have talked with Catasauqua and North Catasauqua, who are also looking at updates to their plans,” Garges said. “We agreed that it would be beneficial to have a multimunicipal plan that incorporates all the municipalities.”
Resolutions to sell borough property gained the spotlight at Catasauqua Borough Council’s regular meeting March 4.
The first resolution involved the sale of the former municipal building, classified as the Catasauqua Municipal Center Condominium, at 118 Bridge St. The sale, discussed at an earlier meeting of council, was understood as complete. But life during real estate negotiations is seldom easy. The understanding was that the property would be sold to the Housing Authority of Lehigh County because it was the highest bidder and owns other units in the building.
At Catasauqua Borough Council’s regular meeting March 4, Ronald Gawlik, borough engineer, reported that construction of the new Race Street bridge over Catasauqua Creek will begin March 8.
Slovak Center Social Club, North Catasauqua, held a cash bingo and basket raffle fundraiser March 2 for Dave Kline, from Kline’s Auto Service Center, 806 Race St., Catasauqua.
Kline is battling cancer and needed help to cover health care expenses. His friends turned out to support him. Ruthi Stanley, who is the steward at the center, said the crowd reached the maximum 100-person seating capacity.
Catasauqua Police Chief Douglas Kish met with the public Feb. 21 at the borough’s ongoing monthly police meet-and-greet events. The latest event, Soup with the Smokies, was held at Bridge Street Family Restaurant, 215 Bridge St.
The genesis of the idea to meet with police officers came from Pastor Brian Riedy of Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church.
“We are always looking for ways to have the community involved, and having residents get to know the police better is a good idea. I heard about a similar program in Las Vegas and adopted it for the borough,” Riedy said.