On April 9, Debra Mellish, one of the past presidents of the Historic Catasauqua Preservation Association, led the first of 12 scheduled walking tours of Catasauqua’s historical districts.
According to the HCPA website, there are two districts. One is the area around Biery’s Port, and the other includes the mansions on Second Street, stretching to Fourth Street and a little beyond.
The Biery’s Port area is significant from the earliest days of the borough. The mansions were built by industrialists as Catasauqua pioneered the Industrial Revolution.
Solicitor Jackson Eaton reported to Hanover Township Council at its meeting May 3 that a recent ruling by Pennsylvania courts took cell towers out of the utility category. The township was looking for changes in its zoning laws to restrict cell towers.
“Before the ruling, there was a possibility that cell towers could be put anywhere because they had priority,” Eaton said. “With the new ruling, we might be better able to control where they go using the existing regulations.”
Catasauqua celebrated its 18th year as a Tree City with a celebration April 22.
Robert Bastion, chairman of Catasauqua Shade Tree Commission, opened the ceremonies with an invocation from the Rev. George Spieker. Mayor Barbara Schlegel proclaimed April 22 as Arbor Day in Catasauqua.
This year’s ceremony included several trees dedicated by residents in memory of loved ones. Eugene Schlegel, vice chairman of the commission, introduced each dedication, adding reminiscences.
Jessica Kroope and Ava Baraket dedicated a tree to Christopher Baraket, who passed away last year.
At the April 24 workshop meeting of Catasauqua Borough Council, Manager Eugene Goldfeder reported on the bid opening for the borough’s 2017 curb cut program.
“The low bidder was Barker and Barker with a bid of $78,000,” he said. “That is higher than our allocated cost of $43,000.”
Goldfeder will review the bid to see if there are any anomalies. The funds for the project come from the county’s Community Development Block Grant money. According to Goldfeder, there may be an option to increase the borough’s share of the county’s funds.
Catasauqua Borough Council opened its meeting May 1 with ordinances for parking on Union Street and delaying two-way Front Street. The delay to change Front Street to two way was pushed back to Aug. 17.
As discussed in the workshop session last week, changes needed for the traffic light at Pine Street and Front Street necessitated the change. Pidcock Engineering is requesting the changes to allow time to comply with PennDOT regulations.
Council passed the ordinance unanimously.
Primo Trucking Inc. on Hoover Avenue in Hanover Township asked the township zoning hearing board April 27 for zoning variances that would allow it to expand at its existing location.
“We like where we are,” George Paxos said. “Our business is growing, and we need more space.” Paxos is the company’s founder and majority owner.
The existing warehouse is tucked near the Carmike Theater and the A. Duie Pyle trucking terminal and across Hoover Avenue from US Foods.
At Hanover Township Council’s meeting April 19, council passed a resolution designating May 2 as State Police Day in Hanover.
“The state police work closely with us … this is a little something that we can do to show our appreciation for all their efforts,” Chairman Bruce Paulus said. On May 2, the state police celebrated the anniversary of the organization’s founding.
A ceremony was to be held at the barracks in Bethlehem. Representatives of the township regularly attend the annual event.
Every year in early April, Northampton Community College observes a day of service.
“We do it to help our students get out into the community and take on some tasks to help out our neighbors,” said Jason Haller.
Last year, the crews consisted of some of the college’s educators. This year, Haller brought a contingent of international students.
“The students are part of the Community College Initiative (CCI) program,” he said. “They come into the program over the summer for a year and then return to their home countries in May,” he said.
A pesky clay-pipe sewer line at Cascade Drive has been under a watch for some time. At its meeting April 5, Hanover Township Council approved a bid for just under $200,000 to get a replacement project underway.
There was a wide range of pricing for the project.
“Many of the contractors I talked to have projects stretching out into the late summer, township Engineer Albert Kortze told the council. “There is a lot of infrastructure improvement work out there.”
The winning bidder, Anrich Inc., of Wayne, had a representative present at the bid opening.
The Catasauqua Borough Council has approved borough Manager Eugene Goldfeder’s proposal to seek funding for the cost of adding parking spaces to the downtown area.
At the council’s April 3 meeting, Goldfeder received approval to move forward with a Community Development Block Grant application for 2017.
“We want to use the grant for various purposes,” Goldfeder said. “One is to assist in building a parking lot at Front Street where the buildings collapsed.”