On June 15, the Hanover Township Council set in motion a change to parking rules for large motor homes. The new proposal adds recreational motor homes to the list of vehicles with a gross vehicle weight of 11,000 pounds or more prohibited from parking on public streets.
Originally, the council had considered passing an ordinance that specifically addressed RVs and motor homes.
“The new rule would give code enforcement some latitude in addressing parking problems,” Councilman Robert Heimbecker said.
The cause of a fire that left two homes on Race Street damaged early Monday morning is still under investigation.
“My dogs woke me up around 3:45 in the morning,” said Jessica Crammer, the property owner at 416 Race St. “I got the kids out of their rooms. The fire came through the attic to my house.”
Crammer’s fiancé was at work when the fire occurred Monday. The property at 412 Race St., where the fire started and the bulk of the damage occurred, was vacant at the time.
A yard display titled “Tour de Fence,” created by Catasauqua resident Ben Ferenchak, has been categorized as a fence, making a permit application and fee a requirement.
In a letter to Catasauqua Borough Council, Ferenchak indicated he had been told he did not need a permit. Once he found out he needed a permit, he asked that the fee be waived.
At the June 6 council meeting, Ferenchak said he took an artistic view of the fence surrounding his property. He had replaced a faded chain-link fence mesh with bicycles donated from neighbors and others.
Jennifer Lively of the Malvern Institute gave The Press a tour of its facilities in downtown Catasauqua.
“We heard a lot of concerns about our facility when we first opened,” she said. “Our goal is to explain what we do and be a part of the community.”
When Malvern Institute officials sought zoning approval, the operation was classified as a hospital, allowing it to operate in the downtown area. There was some concern expressed by residents to borough council this was a ploy to qualify the center.
Award-winning folk artist Doris Hendricks Fry’s artistic talents are now on display at the George Taylor House.
“We have a special room set aside for her works,” said Emily Zacharda, director at the George Taylor House.
According to Chris Clugston, who coordinates marketing for the historic house on Lehigh Street, Fry’s exhibit features many decorative art styles and media popular during the 18th and 19th centuries. Included are examples of American primitive painting, theorem painting, reverse glass painting, and tole painting.
Hundreds of parking spaces will be added to a commercial center site in Hanover Township, Lehigh County. The township’s council received and approved a plan from Patriot American Parkway LP at its June 1 meeting.
The plan includes expansion of parking spaces at 1110 American Parkway to accommodate an additional 276 vehicles.
The former LSI site is undergoing transformation to a multi-tenant commercial center. The new owners have additional tenants who are interested in the space and require additional parking.
Plenty of land exists for the expansion.
Lack of convenient parking seems to be the No. 1 complaint from anyone who lives in or visits Catasauqua. With borough officials committed to converting Front Street to two-way traffic, parking on one side of the street would be lost. One way the borough could pick up a few parking spaces might be to plan to have angled parking rather than parallel parking along one side of the street.
Council President Vincent Smith took the borough’s traffic committee out to Front Street to test out the idea June 7.
At the Catasauqua Borough Council’s May 25 workshop session, Councilwoman Christine Weaver brought in players who will work with the borough on the bid for construction of a new municipal building.
“Bids were released earlier today and we had quite a few companies who attended the bid conference,” said Russ Pacata, Architect with Spillman Farmer, architects of the building design.
Eliot Nolter, also an architect with Spillman Farmer, went over some of the final design criteria with the council.
The Catasauqua Zoning Hearing Board held its first meeting of the year on May 17. Robin and Lenora Hendershot appeared before the board with a request to replace an existing stockade fence around their property at 202 Wood St.
“The fence we have now is missing slats and falling down,” Robin Hendershot said. “We have a contractor scheduled to replace it.”
In his explanation to the board, Herdershot indicated new zoning restrictions would require a new location for the fence. The new location would remove about a third of the front yard.
In two public hearings held May 25, the Catasauqua Borough Council accepted public input and passed ordinances that changed the zoning designation of the Iron Works site and allowed craft breweries in the borough.
The craft brewery change is designed to allow business owners to create micro-brews or wines on site. Distillers will be able to craft unique spirits.