Catasauqua Press

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Bridge replacement is delayed one year

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

The replacement of a bridge over Catasauqua Creek on Race Street in Catasauqua will be no simple matter. Not for the construction engineers, not for adjacent businesses and not for motorists.

At the Catasauqua Borough Council meeting March 6, Ken Baker of Walsh/Granite JV discussed the proposed plan.

The project was originally scheduled for an April 2017 start, but that is being delayed a year.

Vehicle crashes through neighbor’s garage in E. Allen

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Police Log

On March 13, Mary Greenberg was having a relaxing morning recovering from a recent bout in the hospital when she heard a crash. “At first, I thought someone was trying to break in to the house,” she said. “I called my husband (Richard), who got here quickly.”

Greenberg’s neighbor, Michael Kolessar, had been backing out of his driveway and, according to his wife, Irene, he blacked out. His vehicle went through Greenberg’s garage door and collapsed the back wall of the garage. The driveways of the two neighbors are perfectly aligned across Valley View Road.

Champagne bar owner shows interest in Catasauqua’s historic Dery mansion

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Herve Rousseau has indicated an interest in purchasing the Dery mansion in Catasauqua.

“I really don’t want to talk too much about what we want to do because we are figuring out what we can offer,” Rousseau told The Press. “I have partners that work with me, and we want to offer the area a good product and not over-promise.”

According to Catasauqua Borough Manager Eugene Goldfeder, the property has an approved plan on file with the borough to convert it to 13 condominiums. A previous owner had submitted the plan but did not follow through with it.

Champagne bar owner shows interest in Catasauqua’s historic Dery mansion

Monday, March 6, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Herve Rousseau has indicated an interest in purchasing the Dery mansion in Catasauqua.

“I really don’t want to talk too much about what we want to do because we are figuring out what we can offer,” Rousseau told The Press. “I have partners that work with me and we want to offer the area a good product and not over-promise,”

According to Catasauqua Borough Manager Eugene Goldfeder, the property has an approved plan on file with the borough to convert it to 13 condominiums. A previous owner had submitted the plan, but did not follow through with it.

Borough to give up land rights for new bridge

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

PennDOT has offered the Borough of Catasauqua $20,200 for easement rights to borough property at the bridge replacement project on Race Street. The borough council is expected to vote on the agreement at the March 6 council meeting.

Robert Moore of Interstate Acquisitions Service made a presentation to the council Monday at a workshop session. Moore’s company acquires easements for PennDOT.

Vandals on Front St. discussed at meeting

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Catasauqua business owner Brian Kroope has asked the borough council to investigate vandalism on a property he owns on Front Street.

At the Feb. 6 council meeting, Kroope said he found damage to his 233 Front St. property.

“I went in there and found that the water heater was damaged and the oil burner didn’t work,” he said. “Clim-A-Temp came over and determined that the chimney was packed with slate. We couldn’t figure out how the slate got into the chimney, but I need to get it out of there for everything to function.”

Bidding out the Iron Works land

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Process to be outlined at Monday’s council meeting

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.

Borough to give up land rights for new bridge

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

PennDOT has offered the Borough of Catasauqua $20,200 for easement rights to borough property at the bridge replacement project on Race Street. The borough council is expected to vote on the agreement at the March 6 council meeting.

Robert Moore of Interstate Acquisitions Service made a presentation to the council Monday at a workshop session. Moore’s company acquires easements for PennDOT.

Bidding out the Iron Works land

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Process to be outlined at Monday’s council meeting

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.

Man concerned about collapse

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

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.