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Hanover Township selects bid to replace Cascade sewer line

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

A pesky clay-pipe sewer line at Cascade Drive has been under a watch for some time. At its meeting April 5, Hanover Township Council approved a bid for just under $200,000 to get a replacement project underway.

There was a wide range of pricing for the project.

“Many of the contractors I talked to have projects stretching out into the late summer, township Engineer Albert Kortze told the council. “There is a lot of infrastructure improvement work out there.”

The winning bidder, Anrich Inc., of Wayne, had a representative present at the bid opening.

Borough council seeks funding for more parking

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

The Catasauqua Borough Council has approved borough Manager Eugene Goldfeder’s proposal to seek funding for the cost of adding parking spaces to the downtown area.

At the council’s April 3 meeting, Goldfeder received approval to move forward with a Community Development Block Grant application for 2017.

“We want to use the grant for various purposes,” Goldfeder said. “One is to assist in building a parking lot at Front Street where the buildings collapsed.”

Catty lad is a state gymnastics champion

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Johnny Loftus qualifies to compete at national regional competition

Johnny Loftus took first place in the USA Gymnastics Pennsylvania Championships held on March 25 in Harrisburg. The 11-year-old Catasauqua boy won a first-place medal in the all-around competition at level S. His team won first place at the event. He has brought home 34 medals this year.

In the men’s gymnastics division, there are six events: floor exercise, pommel horse, still rings, vault, parallel bars and horizontal bar.

“Of all of them, I like the pommel horse the best,” Johnny said.

YMCA to manage pool again

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Councilwoman Jessica Kroope reported to the Catasauqua Borough Council that the borough negotiated a contract with Suburban North Y to manage the pool at the Catasauqua Park & Playground in 2017.

“We are waiting for their signature and as long as there are no changes, we will go ahead with it,” she said at the council’s March 6 meeting.

The borough turned the management of the pool over to the Y last year. The fiscal results were good, although there were startup concerns.

Mayor: no support for two-way Front St.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Before the Catasauqua Borough Council workshop meeting Monday, the council held a special meeting about Ordinance 1346. Borough Manager Eugene Goldfeder explained the situation in his opening remarks.

“At the last regular meeting, we passed an ordinance that postponed turning Front Street into a two-way street until June 15,” he said. “The delay was predicated on information we had about the ability of everyone to meet our expected standards. The mayor has the right to sign the ordinance, veto it or return it to us unsigned.”

Main Streets hears update on borough Iron Works plans

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Main Streets President Kimberly Brubaker held the organization’s first meeting of 2017 at the Willow Grove Grill.

“We wanted to keep a commitment we made to have quarterly meetings where we invite all the members and network,” she said. “With so much happening to the downtown, it is good that we can get together.”

According to Brubaker, there have been several problems and misconceptions about what will happen with the Iron Works site and the plan to convert Front Street from one-way to two-way traffic.

More delays on making Front St. two way

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Councilwoman Christine Weaver dropped a bombshell on Catasauqua Borough Council at its workshop session Monday when she proposed a further delay of converting Front Street to two-way traffic. The workshop session had been preceded by a special meeting to ensure that the project to convert Front Street to two way was delayed to June 15, but Weaver proposed the project be further delayed until Aug. 17.

“We have three options on how we can handle parking on Front Street,” she said. “The committee is recommending Option 3 to best meet our needs.”

More delays on making Front St. two-way

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Councilwoman Christine Weaver dropped a bombshell on Catasauqua Borough Council at its workshop session on Monday when she proposed a further delay of converting Front Street to two-way traffic. The workshop session had been preceded by a special meeting to ensure that the project to convert Front Street to two-way was delayed to June 15, but Weaver proposed the project be further delayed until Aug. 17.

“We have three options on how we can handle parking on Front Street,” she said. “The committee is recommending Option 3 to best meet our needs.”