New rules for use of the Catasauqua Park & Playground were approved March 7, as the borough council passed an ordinance that addresses complaints from residents about behavior at the park.
The biggest change is that guests at the park can no longer bring a portable charcoal or gas grill for a picnic on the grass. Grilling may occur only on the charcoal grills provided by the park.
Complaints initiating the change came from residents who see those who live outside the borough using the park as an extension of their backyard, with park personnel responsible for cleanup.
The Hanover Township Council approved a resolution at its March 2 meeting that will save the township money on its electric bill.
Township public works Director Jeffry Mouer explained.
“The program is something PPL started about two years ago,” he said. “What they do is change out the lights to LEDs.”
The director of the Suburban North YMCA is pitching an idea that may save the public pool at Catasauqua Park & Playground.
Melissa Brown spent a few hours before and during the March 7 Catasauqua Borough Council meeting sharing her idea with borough officials.
In a recreation committee meeting, Brown explained her concept. She proposed that the Y take over managing the Catasauqua Municipal Pool.
State Rep. Daniel McNeill, D-133rd, called a town hall meeting Feb. 24 to highlight the increased levels of heroin addiction in the Lehigh Valley. Two hundred-plus interested residents attended the meeting, held at Whitehall High School.
A host of speakers presented brief speeches on their role in combating the epidemic of heroin abuse.
“Contrary to what you may have heard, there is no one in the county jail who is there because of his addiction,” Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin said. “Our goal is to get those with an addiction into a rehab facility.”
A fire that broke out on Front Street Feb. 27 destroyed two apartment buildings.
“We responded to the alarm at 3:16 a.m.,” Deputy Fire Chief Brian Williams told The Press that morning. “We escalated it to a three-alarm.”
There were no injuries.
“Most of the apartments were vacant, so that helped us,” Williams said.
He and Catasauqua Mayor Barbara Schlegel were discussing the situation while on the street near the site.
At a workshop meeting Feb. 29, the Catasauqua Borough Council reviewed the borough fire department’s response to the Feb. 27 three-alarm fire on Front Street.
Fire Chief Richard Hertzog was attending a fire leadership training class when he was alerted to the incident in the pre-dawn hours.
“I kept in contact with fire crews on the scene, and they had the situation under control,” he said. “The way the fire was handled was a testament to the increased level of training we are providing.”
At its meeting Feb. 17, township Manager Sandra Pudliner gave Hanover Council her assessment of an agreement reached with the Days Inn Hotel on Airport Road.
In early February, the Days Inn had an overflow crowd that swamped the staff and pushed the hotel beyond its approved occupancy limits.
Pudliner noted management was willing to work out problems and live within the restrictions.
“They said they were nervous with the crowd that showed,” she said.
Catasauqua business owner David Molony officially announced his candidacy for representative of the 133rd Legislative District at a Feb. 23 kickoff meeting. During the meeting with his campaign supporters, Molony, a nationally recognized acupuncture specialist and Chinese medicine practitioner, gave a short speech outlining his agenda.
Deed restrictions that have been holding up the construction of a FedEx warehouse hub in Allen Township are expected to be resolved, according to Hanover Township Solicitor Jackson Eaton.
At its meeting on Feb. 3, the Hanover Township Council awarded a bid contract to Doli Construction Corporation for the Willowbrook Inceptor Sanitary Sewer project.
The project is part of the preparation the township agreed to take responsibility for in an agreement with the Rockefeller Group, a commercial real estate developer.
The Rockefeller Group is developing the million-square-foot warehouse hub for FedEx Ground. (See related story, above.)
Albert Kortze, Hanover Township engineer, told the council he expects construction on the interceptor to begin shortly.