With the Catasauqua municipal building on a fast track schedule to complete this summer, Catasauqua is putting the remaining acres of the Iron Works site out to bid.
Councilwoman Christine Weaver, chair of the borough planning and zoning committee, explained the process of acquiring a developer.
“We need to get bids on the property according to the municipal code,” she said. “We can’t just sell it through a realtor or broker.”
The planning and zoning committee is planning to make a formal presentation on the bid process at the March 6 council meeting.
Eric Roth came to Catasauqua council’s workshop session Jan. 30 with a request for action. According to Roth, a neighbor behind his property constructed a retaining wall that supports a work shed on the back edge of the neighbor’s property. The wall is failing, and Roth is worried the shed and embankment will collapse into his back yard.
“I have a couple of daughters, and it isn’t safe for them to go out into the backyard,” he said.
Roth had talked to various people on borough staff, but no definite action was taken.
Lisa Pereira represented Good Mac Airport Associates LP before the Hanover Township Council at its meeting Feb. 15. Good Mac Airport Associates LP is a partnership formed by Bruce Goodman. He owns a significant parcel of land on the corner of Airport Road and American Parkway, across from Coca-Cola Park.
Goodman was the driving force for Airport Center and worked closely with the township to get the very successful project completed. His latest property spans the border between Allentown and Hanover Township.
Catasauqua officials are hoping PennDOT will pick up some of the cost to relocate water and sewer lines for a bridge replacement project on Race Street.
The borough council voted Feb. 6 to approve a resolution asking PennDOT to pick up 75 percent of the cost to relocate the lines.
PennDOT confirmed it is replacing the bridge over Catasauqua Creek as part of its fast track program. The original plan had a start date of April with a finish date in October, but the start has now been delayed until September.
Catasauqua resident Don Hunter arrived at the Feb. 6 Catasauqua Borough Council meeting ready for a fight. After years of trouble with the tenants of a neighboring property, Hunter opened the discussion at the meeting with some incendiary remarks.
He was quickly cut off by borough Solicitor Thomas Dinkelacker.
Hunter restarted and explained his situation.
“This has been going on for 14 years,” he said. “The latest is the tenant’s dog in that building attacked my service dog,” he said.
Five bidders have submitted proposals to take over trash collection in Hanover Township.
At the township council meeting Feb. 15, the bids were opened.
The low bidder in this round was County Waste of PA, with a winning bid of $89,936.64. The company has a large number of customers in counties in the Pocono region. They are not as well known in this area as some of the other bidders.
Advanced Waste Disposal was the second lowest bidder.
The existing contract is held by JP Mascaro & Sons.
This is the second round of bidding for the contract.
On Feb. 6, Catherine McCullough made an impassioned plea to keep her company, Feline Finish Line, operating in Catasauqua. She spoke at a Catasauqua Borough Council meeting.
McCullough talked about the history of the company, a nonprofit, and the 1,000 cats that have been adopted out during its seven years in existence.
In late 2015, someone reported her to Catasauqua Zoning Officer Eugene Goldfeder for operating a business out of her home in an area zoned residential. The situation escalated because McCullough ignored Goldfeder’s request for an explanation.
Hanover Township Council is expected to hear a presentation from a developer at its Feb. 15 meeting.
At the Feb. 1 council meeting, township Manager Sandra Pudliner said a developer had sought an opportunity to present plans for a commercial and apartment community on vacant land along Lloyd Street.
According to Pudliner, the developer is proposing a 200-plus-unit apartment building and a commercial center that would provide neighborhood services.
The developer had presented a project to the council last year, but the proposed project was for a mall at that time.
Two-way Front Street traffic was discussed at the Jan. 30 meeting of the Catasauqua Borough Council and will be on the agenda in March as well.
The scheduling and coordination of converting part of Front Street from one-way to two-way traffic is projected to take longer than originally planned, stretching the proposed implementation date from April 1 to sometime in June.
Unable to find a business interested in his first-floor location, a building owner has attempted to get permission to convert the space into apartment units.
On Jan. 18, William Ritter asked the Catasauqua Zoning Hearing Board to change the designation of a first-floor rental unit from commercial use to residential use. The rental is part of a two-unit building Ritter owns at 30 Second St.
He purchased the building from St. Mary’s Church.
“The first floor was the office for the church’s credit union,” he said.