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Can the YMCA make Catty’s pool viable?

Thursday, March 17, 2016 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

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.

Town hall meeting

Thursday, March 17, 2016 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Local residents get details

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.”

Fire destroys two buildings on Front Street

Thursday, March 10, 2016 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

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.

Council reviews response to Front Street fire

Thursday, March 10, 2016 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

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.”

Agreement reached between Hanover Township and Days Inn

Thursday, March 3, 2016 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

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.

Hanover Township awards bid on interceptor line

Thursday, February 25, 2016 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

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.

Bond to support borough building

Thursday, February 18, 2016 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

The Jan. 25 workshop meeting of the Catasauqua Borough Council began with a presentation by Gary Pucini on the process to obtain a revenue bond to secure funding for the borough’s proposed municipal building on the Iron Works property.

“It is a good two- to three-month process,” he said.

Essentially, once the borough has a firm estimate on costs, Pucini can start his action.

Councilwoman Debra Mellish suggested the borough wait to start bond funding until after contractor bids are received.

Pucini objected on two grounds.

Catty approves sale of property on Pearl Street

Thursday, February 11, 2016 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

A borough-owned property once considered for the location of a new fire station has now been approved for sale by the Catasauqua Borough Council. The land is located at the corner of 13th and Pearl streets.

It has been on the market for an extended period of time.

In the past, the council has rejected bids near $100,000. The approved bid was $141,000.

When council first contemplated a sale, which was around 2008, near the peak of the housing market, the property had appraised at $375,000.