At Catasauqua Borough Council’s workshop session June 26, Anette and Fred Pompa talked about their proposal for a small craft brewing company. The zoning hearing board has approved their concept for Lehigh Street.
Craft brewing is one of the targeted businesses the borough spotlighted with changes to the zoning regulations for the Iron Works project and the downtown business district.
Catasauqua Borough Council looked at parking along Front Street at its meeting June 5. The borough had an ordinance prepared to ban parking on the west side of the street for a distance of 120 feet north of Church Street.
“The road narrows at that point, and it’s necessary to ban parking so we can convert the street to two-way traffic,” Councilwoman Christine Weaver said.
The house on Tacoma Street in Hanover Township was abandoned, but neighbors reported that they heard a dog inside. Hanover Township Councilman Bob Heimbecker brought the matter up at a council meeting and asked the township staff to intervene.
Office staff contacted Cindy Witman at Base Engineering, a company that provides building inspection services to the borough. Witman contacted the dog warden, who in turn called Jeanne Fitch, a Pennsylvania humane police officer.
Fifteen ambulances converged on a Hanover Township site when a hazardous condition was reported June 1.
Details of the event were reported to the township council at their June 6 meeting by township clerk Vicky Roth.
“We received a call from Health Network Laboratories about an ammonia smell coming from the swale between two buildings,” Roth said. “We contacted Base Engineering, who went over to investigate.”
The building is located on Roble Road.
Ammonia can mix with some chemicals with explosive results.
June 4 saw the opening of the first-ever quilt show at the George Taylor House. The quilts, combined with a session listening to the reminiscences of Mary Todd Lincoln, portrayed by Linda Minarik, made for a delightful afternoon on a cool, rainy weekend day.
Minarik gave a marvelous rendition of Mrs. Lincoln. Historians have found the woman to have had a colorful and strange lifestyle in and out of the White House.
Although there were rumors of different dates, at its May 22 workshop session Catasauqua council announced its target date for dedicating the borough’s new municipal building. The dedication date is Sept. 16.
“It will be a celebration, and we will have tours of the building,” Councilwoman Christine Weaver said. “There will be a live band, food trucks and events for kids.”
The date was pushed forward to make sure it did not conflict with summer plans.
Whitehall Area Chamber of Commerce and Northampton Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a Get the Facts luncheon at Northampton Banquet & Events Center May 30.
Richard Molchany, Lehigh County director of general services, and Elliot Nolter, project manager for Spillman Farmer Architects, were the featured speakers.
Molchany addressed the Coplay-Northampton Bridge project, giving a quick overview of the $2.5 billion in road improvements scheduled for the Lehigh Valley.
Molchany alluded to the expected three-year time frame for construction. The bridge closed May 31.
Hanover Township authorities looked into the status of a Tacoma Street property after receiving complaints from residents.
At Hanover Council’s May 17 meeting, township Manager Sandra Pudliner updated council members on the status of the house.
“The property appears to be taken over by the bank,” she said. “Base Engineering Company has a contract to maintain the property.”
Cool and cloudy Earth Day always brings out a few hardy souls every year to make sure Catasauqua keeps its green areas free of trash. At this year’s April 22 Earth Day, volunteers from Brownie Troop 6138, which meets at Bethany Church in Catasauqua, showed up to do their part.
“We wanted to get the girls out to do something for the community ... they are happy to be here,” said Kelly Decker, who supervised the troop.
Candace Winkler and her husband, Ben, from Catty Beverage, coordinated the cleanup effort.
Hanover Township met in a rare workshop session May 17 to gather details on a proposed ordinance that puts restrictions on where cell towers can be placed within the township.
The decision to address cell towers was made a few months ago when township Solicitor Jackson Eaton reported on rumblings that cell towers are now considered a utility and could be placed in any right of way as needed.