Catasauqua Press

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Catty residents voice concerns over two-way growing pains

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

At Catasauqua council’s regular meeting Sept. 5, Jodi Freyman took the microphone to explain difficulties she encountered with two-way traffic on Front Street.

“I don’t know why we did it so soon,” she said.

Two-way Front Street ends at Union Street and does not connect to Race Street without first going up to Second Street.

Front Street will be open to Race Street when PennDOT completes a program that provides traffic signals at Race Street intersections with Lehigh, Front and Second streets.

Council to review Friends of George agreement

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Solicitor Jeffrey Dimmich discussed a draft of an agreement between the borough and the volunteer Friends of George organization at the council’s workshop session Monday.

“I have been drafting the agreement for a while ... and now I have the agreement that we can look at,” he said.

Before further discussion on the details of the agreement, Dimmich asked if council was in favor of turning over the entity to an independent group.

Scout to add library to park

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Justice Schlichting, a Junior Girl Scout, attended the Aug. 7 meeting of the Catasauqua Borough Council to make a request of council members.

She asked the council for permission to erect a free library in the Catasauqua Park & Playground, which is located along St. John Street in the borough.

A Little Free Library is a take-one-return-one book exchange, contained in a small wooden box. There is not cost, and anyone can participate.

According to Girl Scout leader Katie Scott, the project will be erected and maintained for a year by the Scout.

Council hears concerns of Front Street resident

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Jessica Tirado asked the Catasauqua Borough Council to make immediate repairs to the vacant lot on Front Street that was recently paved by the borough.

“The lot was not paved properly and rainwater runs into our basement,” Tirado told council members at the Aug. 7 council meeting. “The basement is part of our living area and the dampness generates mold.”

Hanover Township puts dump truck on the market

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

The impending delivery of a new dump truck in Hanover Township means the old one is now on the market.

At the July 19 meeting of the Hanover Township Council, members heard from public works Director Jeffry Mouer.

“We want to put the one we use now up for sale,” he said. “It’s a 1998 International, for around $30,000.”

Mouer indicated there is some interest at that sales level.

“We have a pretty good reputation for taking care of our equipment ... so various people ask when we might have something up for sale,” he said.

George Taylor House mouse gets a name

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Guests meet Ben Franklin, hear him tell Revolutionary War story about Easton

Guests at the George Taylor House in Catasauqua Aug. 6 gathered around Ben Franklin’s militia, portrayed by Bachman Players, who ventured up from Philadelphia to tell the story of how Easton was saved from the grasps of the wicked British troops who marched against the town during the Revolutionary War.

Easton housed a military hospital during the war. The town was of strategic importance because it was on the confluence of the Lehigh and Delaware rivers. Both waterways were key transportation links for military operations.

Better communication is needed

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Catasauqua Borough, volunteers hit bumps in the road to an agreement

Amy Capewell took the floor at Catasauqua Borough Council’s meeting Aug. 7 to express her dissatisfaction with the way the George Taylor House has been administered. Capewell is a volunteer and has worked in various capacities during events at the historic property.

Since purchasing the historic house from Lehigh County in 2009, the borough has attempted to get the historic property to pay for itself. The latest organizational structure, with events at the house being planned by an overall manager and a group of steady volunteers, has been the most successful.

Council holds first meeting at new site

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Catasauqua Borough Council opened its first meeting in the new municipal building at 90 Bridge St. Aug. 7. Visitors who attended were greeted with comfortable chairs, a spacious seating area, nice lighting and a comfortable environment.

The sound system was still in boxes, waiting for an installer.

At the meeting, Chad Helmer of Taggert Associates presented a proposal for the sale of the Iron Works property adjacent to the municipal building lot.

Borough Solicitor Thomas Dinkelacker explained how the borough carved out a parcel for the municipal building.

Police respond to report of gunfire in Bath

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Police Log

Borough man is apprehended after firing shots during attempted vehicle repossession

A 24-year-old Bath man was apprehended by Colonial Regional Police Department officers Monday night after allegedly firing multiple shots in the borough earlier that day.

According to police, Michael P. McGinnis Jr. was captured in Chapman after he discharged a weapon in the area of 111 Sleepy Hollow Road while his vehicle was being repossessed.

Final workshop meeting held in old municipal complex

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

“It’s been 40 years and one month,” Catasauqua Borough Manager Eugene Goldfeder said. “The next meeting will be in the new council chambers.”

Goldfeder, speaking at Monday’s council workshop meeting, was describing the length of time borough council members had been meeting at the Bridge Street borough complex building.

The workshop meeting closed out the month and the borough’s tenancy in the building.

At 8 p.m. Monday, borough police and fire departments began operating out of their new quarters on the Iron Works property off Front Street.