Unable to find a business interested in his first-floor location, a building owner has attempted to get permission to convert the space into apartment units.
On Jan. 18, William Ritter asked the Catasauqua Zoning Hearing Board to change the designation of a first-floor rental unit from commercial use to residential use. The rental is part of a two-unit building Ritter owns at 30 Second St.
He purchased the building from St. Mary’s Church.
“The first floor was the office for the church’s credit union,” he said.
Hanover Township Council invited UGI representative Derrick Kichline to its meeting Feb. 1 to discuss the gas company’s programs to bring gas service to some existing residences in the township.
“We have a couple of people interested on Sherwood,” said council Chairman Bruce Paulus. In addition to Sherwood, there is no gas service on Tacoma, Ulster and certain sections of Taft.
“Homeowners don’t sign up for the service all at once,” he said. “Putting in main lines before we know what the interest level is creates a financial burden on UGI.”
Catherine McCulloch and about three dozen of her supporters and volunteers from Feline Finish Line Rescue crowded into the Catasauqua Borough Council chambers at Monday’s council meeting.
Last summer, McCulloch was cited by Eugene Goldfeder, the borough zoning officer, for having too many cats under her roof and for running a cat rescue business in a residential neighborhood.
A borough residence is limited to housing five cats.
McCulloch claimed she was not running a business because all the cats were adopted at locations other than her house.
The issue of how many cats should be allowed in a house located in a residential zone will be discussed at Monday’s Catasauqua Borough Council meeting.
Before the council’s workshop meeting Jan. 30, borough Manager Eugene Goldfeder sent members of council a memo discussing negotiations with Feline Finish Line.
The cat shelter provides services to stray cats. The cats stay at a residential property in Catasauqua and are adopted out at local pet stores.
Zoning ordinances do not allow a cat shelter to be located in a residential area.
The owner of Hartzell’s Pharmacy presented an appeal for a zoning ordinance variance before the Catasauqua Zoning Hearing Board Jan. 18. Robert Hartzell Jr.’s request for approval was for the addition of a specimen collection facility to his pharmacy, located at 300 American St.
“This is not anything unusual in the (independently owned) pharmacy business,” he said. “This is a well-established plan to keep local pharmacies viable and able to serve the community.”
Every year on the first Monday after the New Year’s Day celebration, the Hanover Township Council meets in a special session to elect officers and reaffirm contracts.
“We are a home rule charter township,” said council Chairman Bruce Paulus at the reorganization meeting. “This special meeting allows us to evaluate how we are doing at the start of the year.”
At the Jan. 9 meeting, the council voted to re-elect Bruce Paulus as chairman and Bob Heimbecker as vice chairman. Both of the officers served full terms during 2016.
At Catasauqua Borough Council’s last meeting, council members tabled discussion about ordinances banning parking on Limestone and Crane streets. The measures came to the fore during council’s meeting Jan. 9 when residents attending the meeting offered their input.
Catasauqua residents Tony Chickilly and Mike Bottazzi made several arguments against the ban.
The fire department is making the request to remove parking spaces because clearance is tight when a fire truck is dispatched on either of these streets.
Joyce Marin, executive director of RenewLV, asked Catasauqua Council President Vincent Smith to present an overview of the borough’s Iron Works project at the organization’s group meeting Dec. 9, 2016.
RenewLV is a group of business and government leaders covering a range of projects that keep the Lehigh Valley moving forward using smart growth principles and promoting regional collaboration. The meeting featured a number of speakers.
Kim Brubaker opened her Bridge Street Art Studio to the Main Streets business organization for its annual wreath-making event.
“We usually do this outdoors, but we thought it better to get everyone inside and out of the weather,” Brubaker said. “Working inside, we attracted some different people to the event.”
Brubaker is president of Main Streets, Catasauqua’s local business organization. One of the group’s missions is to revitalize and beautify the downtown business district.
At Hanover Township’s last official 2016 meeting Dec. 21, council, based on analysis by the solicitor, voted to reject all the bids received for its 2017 refuse contract.
According to Solicitor Jackson Eaton, all the bids were deficient in some manner.
“The majority of the problems were insurance and references,” said Councilman Bob Heimbecker after the meeting. He went on to explain that the latest request for bids was a little different than previous years.