Although many people say they are willing to accept change, few embrace it without knowing the details. On March 9, Catasauqua Council President Vincent Smith called a special meeting to discuss proposed changes in parking in the borough's business district, attracting a large audience of residents.
The move was prompted by two events – Penn-DOT's proposed fix for the congestion that normally builds at the Lehigh and Race streets intersection and the proposed development of borough-owned Iron Works property on Front Street.
On Feb. 17, Keith Esmail and David Coombs asked the Catasauqua Zoning Board to convert their property at 464 Race St. into a five-unit multifamily dwelling.
Last summer the owners came to the Catasauqua Borough Council and asked members to approve a stay of a demolition order for the building. The borough's engineers had condemned the building and the borough had applied for county funding to tear it down.
Hanover Township is working with Allendale Apartments to reduce water usage.
According to Public Works Director Jeffry Mouer, leaks in the system caused the usage to jump to 10 million gallons in the fourth quarter of 2014.
Allendale is a loop system designed to serve the complex off one main line.
"We went out and found some significant leaks on their side of the line," said Mouer.
The leaking valve was the biggest leak, but there are still many leaks in the laterals serving the apartment complex.
At its meeting on March 4, Township Manager Sandra Pudliner distributed PennDOT's reply to township questions concerning the impact of truck traffic brought on by a new FedEx hub in Allen Township. Council held a well-attended public meeting with PennDOT in February. Council did not have time to review the letter and called a private, nonpublic meeting to discuss the PennDOT reply on March 11. Council did release the reply to the public.
In the 21st century, with so many ways of communicating, some Catasauqua residents still do not get the message when a snow emergency is declared.
"We announce them everywhere that we can," borough Mayor Barbara Schlegel said at the March 2 meeting of the Catasauqua Borough Council. "It is on the website, the radio and on TV, but we still get calls asking if an emergency is in effect."
Borough Manager Eugene Goldfeder commented the borough could revert to the old method of using a police bullhorn.
The Catasauqua Zoning Hearing Board denied a resident's request at its Feb. 17 hearing.
Robert Hoenscheid asked the board to take the single-family dwelling he owns at 218 Pine St. and allow him to convert it back to a two-family unit.
In 1995, a previous owner had converted the unit into a single unit dwelling.
Parking is a concern in that area, and Hoenscheid asked for a variance from the minimum parking requirements.
The board did not approve the request.
A request from Verizon for authorization to install a cell tower may lead to an amendment to the Hanover Township zoning ordinance.
At the March 4 Hanover Township Council meeting, township Manager Sandra Pudliner said Verizon has requested authorization for a cell tower in Lehigh Valley Industrial Park (LVIP) III. The proposal brought up an interesting revelation.
Cell towers are not authorized as a structure in township industrial parks.
In his second trip to the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City, Seamus, a Great Dane belonging to Catasauqua Police Chief Douglas Kish and his wife Kristen, received an Award of Merit.
"The number of awards of merit available depend on how many dogs are entered," said Kish. "Seamus won the first award for his breed."
Hanover Township officials hope to generate additional revenues by working out an agreement to allow the use of some land set aside for airport development.
At the Feb. 18 township meeting, council members reviewed information provided by township Manager Sandra Pudliner concerning undeveloped land near the Lehigh Valley International Airport.
Pudliner said the township has inquired about land owned by the airport, but presently unused.
A letter to the borough from a resident kicked off a conversation about street cleaning at a recent Catasauqua Borough Council meeting.
Councilman Eugene Schlegel addressed the council on behalf of Second Street resident Joan Miller who wrote that her handicapped parking space was covered with ice.
The ensuing discussion evolved into a detailed examination of the borough's street cleaning efforts.