At Catasauqua's workshop session on May 18, Councilwoman Christine Weaver reported that Spillman Farmer is moving forward with its site plan for the Iron Works project on Front Street. Solicitor Jeffrey Dimmich reported he has not been able to make contact with the owners of 440 Front St., Robert and Nancy Butrow.
"It is not that we haven't tried," he said. "We had another meeting for today that they canceled."
Although the official start of the summer season is coming next week on Memorial Day, Catasauqua opened its summer schedule of events with a lawn party at the George Taylor House Sunday.
Artisans and vendors came from around the area to showcase their wares on the lawn of the historic house, built by a signer of the Declaration of Independence.
After all the arguing and scorn Hanover Township officials have expressed over their stance on traffic from the proposed FedEx warehouse project, Hanover Council Chairman Bruce Paulus was able to report some progress at council's May 6 meeting.
"I attended the Lehigh Valley Congress on Government meeting last week," he said. "PennDOT was there and addressed problems on Route 22. It is now their number one priority."
The Catasauqua Borough Council recently reviewed an adjusted bid for demolishing two buildings on the Iron Works property. The lone bidder, William Flynn Wrecking, adjusted his bid for demolition.
The net price to the borough is $6,750.
According to borough Solicitor Jeffrey Dimmich, the way the bid was presented was confusing and he suggested the situation be rectified in the future. Demolition and salvage should not be in the same bid. Because the cost was under $10,000, there was no danger of violating rules.
The Catasauqua Borough Council has authorized borough Solicitor Jeffrey Dimmich to implement the borough's eminent domain powers for a Front Street property.
At its meeting on May 4, the council passed an ordinance allowing Dimmich to take steps toward taking a building at 440 Front St., owned by Robert and Nancy Butow. The discussion touched on several topics.
In its basic assessment, the building has been appraised at a value of $65,000. According to Dimmich, the owners did not respond to requests for meetings.
At the May 4 meeting of the Catasauqua Borough Council, Councilwoman Christine Weaver, chair of the borough planning and zoning committee, said the committee's recommendation is for the council to adopt "Plan A" as a footprint for the new municipal building.
The council had earlier debated over three options, rejecting a smaller footprint that would meet current needs and opting for a plan that would allow room to expand. The choice between Plan A and its alternative took up a large part of a previous meeting with council leaning towards the alternative.
Leah Reighn approached Catasauqua Council at its meeting on May 4 to voice her complaint about noise in the neighborhood, most of which has been from tenants at 740 Third St.
Reighn and her husband recently moved into the area. In two years, the house at 740 Third St. has had five new tenants. Some were evicted for drug use. The latest incident was when a tenant bumped cars while trying to park.
The Borough of Catasauqua's Pearl Street property, once considered as a location for a new fire station, is again on the market.
At the April 27 workshop meeting, borough Manager Eugene Goldfeder reported to the borough council he had received a bid on the property.
Only one bid was received. It was from the same developer who had bid on it a few years ago.
The bid of $106,000 was not substantially higher than the earlier bid of $100,000.
Vincent Smith approached the Catasauqua Zoning Hearing Board April 21 to ask for a variance to add an apartment to his primary residence at 125 Front St.
"There has always been an apartment on the third floor and it has a separate entrance," he said.
According to Smith, when he purchased the house it was divided into three apartments. He converted the property to a single-family dwelling once he completed his renovations. Now that his family is older and members of the family have moved out of the house, he no longer needs the 3,700 square feet of space the house provides.
At Catasauqua's annual Arbor Day celebration April 25, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources awarded the borough its 18th consecutive Tree City Award.
State Forester Timothy Latz presented the award to Mayor Barbara Schlegel.
"The award represents the efforts of many in the community," Schlegel said in her remarks. "It is a tribute to the shade tree commission [members] who have worked so diligently for nearly two decades to make the borough more beautiful. We have dedicated over 300 trees in the borough."