Councilwoman Jessica Kroope asked borough Police Chief Douglas Kish about the impact of new regulations the council had approved for handicapped spaces and signage in the borough and for the towing of illegally parked vehicles. Her request was made at the Dec. 1 borough council meeting.
The Reverend Michael Byrd introduced the actors at Bethany Church's live nativity scene on Fifth Street in Catasauqua.
"This is now our third year and we made a few changes," Byrd said. "It still remains a great family event during the Christmas season."
The story of Jesus' birth was told, with the addition of vocal performances by some of the actors, including Joan Pense as Mary, Janelle Bristol and Mary Baird as shepherds and Daniel Knouse as Joseph.
At its Dec. 3 meeting, the Hanover Township Council passed its 2015 budget. In accordance with the Home Rule Charter, official budget approval is set for a special meeting on Dec. 30. The process allows for budget adjustments up to the end of the year and for all the open 2014 bills to be paid.
The $3 million-plus budget continues the township's tradition of keeping its tax rates the lowest in the state while providing services to its residents.
With holiday decorations twinkling at homes along streets in Catasauqua, the borough public works employees have been working hard to do their part to create a festive streetscape.
"Jeff Miller and his crew have the George Taylor house done and it looks grand," Councilwoman Deb Mellish said at the Dec. 1 borough council meeting.
Borough residents get into the act as well. Every year, volunteers gather at the Diery Coal Yard for a wreath-making session on a mid-December weekend.
This year, Leonard Witt of Witt's Tree Service supplied the green boughs for the wreaths.
Ellen Binder of Catasauqua died on Dec. 4 at St Luke's Hospital, Bethlehem Campus, following injuries she received in an automobile accident near the intersection of Bridge Street and Second streets in Catasauqua.
According to the Lehigh County Coroner's Office, Binder was pronounced dead at 8:55 p.m.
Coroner Scott Grim ruled the manner of death to be accidental and said it was due to multiple traumatic injuries.
According to the Catasauqua Police Department, the accident is under investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police.
The Catasauqua Borough 2015 budget is up for approval Dec. 17.
One member of council, however, questioned a provision in next year's budget during the recent council meeting.
Councilman Eugene Schlegel requested greater clarification relating to the newly created position of assistant borough manager.
The budget is prepared by consensus based on input submitted by various department heads. The consensus vote is not a firm vote, but is used to give an indication of council's support for a given expenditure.
Recent repairs made at Hanover Lake have failed to stop a problem with a receding water level.
At the Nov. 19 Hanover Township Council meeting, township Engineer Frederick Hay reported that a repair implemented earlier in the month did not fix the situation.
"The water level was still dropping after we repaired the sinkhole," he said.
At council's previous meeting, Hay had identified a sinkhole that needed an emergency repair and council had authorized funds.
At the Catasauqua Borough Council workshop session Monday, Councilman Brian Bartholomew reported that he and Public Works Director Jeff MacHose will be driving through the borough, looking for streets that need to be included in the 2015 street repair program.
"We can see the condition of the streets better if we drive them," he said.
Bartholomew said he also wants input from residents on streets in need of repair. Anyone can call the borough office with a recommendation.
Catasauqua Council presented the K-9 unit of the borough police department with the proceeds from a flea market fundraiser that Mayor Barbara Schlegel organized. The presentation was made at the council's Nov. 9 meeting.
"We hold these events periodically to help support the K-9 unit," Schlegel said. The event netted $750 that will be used to take care of Jack, the borough's police dog.
Rick and Alna Smart had assisted the mayor in getting the fundraiser organized and played a key role in its success.
Attorney Joseph Fitzpatrick addressed the members of Hanover Council at their Nov. 5 meeting.
Fitzpatrick represents the Rockefeller Group who was selected by FedEx to develop 1 million square feet of warehouse space in Allen Township. The warehouse facilities are to be sited on property belonging to Lehigh Valley International Airport.
Allen approved the project in August, but Hanover has reservations about the impact it will have on the quality of life for local businesses and residences.