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Hanover Township jockeys for revenue-producing land

Thursday, March 5, 2015 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

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.

Council reviews street cleaning, trash

Thursday, March 5, 2015 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

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.

Council briefed on new website

Thursday, February 26, 2015 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

At Catasauqua Council's executive session Monday, the borough's preferred website designer, 3 Seed Marketing, made a presentation to convince council why they should be retained to develop a new website for the borough.

Natalie Rutman, director of content marketing, and Jim Macdonald, managing partner, presented the company history.

"We have 20 employees at our Schnecksville location," Macdonald said. "We manage over 250 websites from our host computers located in Texas with a backup in Ontario."

Council moves forward on Iron Works planning

Thursday, February 26, 2015 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Catasauqua Councilwoman Christine Weaver has proposed that he borough submit documents for Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RCAP) for state funds to help finance the Iron Works project.

She made the suggeston at the council's Feb. 9 meeting.

Chad Helmer of Taggart Associates put the documentation together for the project.

Taggart Associates has an "as needed" contract with the borough to provide marketing and technical support for the Iron Works project.

As Borough Manager Eugene Goldfeder explained, there is no money available in RCAP.

Hanover Township woman escapes fire

Thursday, February 26, 2015 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Home in 900 block of Troxell Street is destroyed

Margaret Szabo always started her car to warm it up in these cold winter months. Her neighbors looked out for the older Szabo who passed the age of 80 a few years ago.

"It was an older car so she was always afraid that it would not start or keep going in the cold weather," said Szabo's neighbor Elizabeth Woolley.

In the late afternoon of Feb. 16, Woolley, who lives across the street, was sitting in her living room and saw smoke coming from under the closed garage door of Szabo's house.

Emergency personnel were alerted.

Catty to work with PennDOT on traffic plan

Thursday, February 19, 2015 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Catasauqua Councilwoman Debra Mellish will be representing the borough on an advisory panel being formed to address the issue of traffic on Race Street.

She will work with Penn- DOT, whose engineers have proposed adding traffic signals at three intersections along Race Street.

The intersections are in the borough's historical district and Mellish is a member of the Historical Catasauqua Preservation Association.

Borough Manager Eugene Goldfeder told council members at their Feb. 9 meeting that Penn-DOT was looking for some borough representation on the advisory panel.

Hanover officials reappointed

Thursday, February 19, 2015 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Hanover Township is governed by a Home Rule Charter that requires all officials and any consulting firms contracted by the township be appointed or reappointed annually.

A couple of years ago, the reorganization meeting yielded some unexpected results, but generally, most of the positions filled are reappointments.

In the two key positions on council, Bruce Paulus was appointed chairman and J. Robert Heimbecker was appointed vice chairman at the reorganizational meeting in January.

Hanover Twp. pressured to approve FedEx

Thursday, February 12, 2015 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Union members address council

Although the proposed FedEx hub was not on the agenda for Hanover Township's council meeting Feb. 4, representatives from the local Operating Engineers Union attended the meeting to discuss the proposed project.

Shipping giant FedEx has proposed a 1-million-square-foot ground transportation warehouse hub in neighboring Allen Township.

Truck traffic from the hub will travel through Hanover Township on its way to Route 22. Allen Township approved the plan in August of 2014.

Seeking parking solutions in Catty

Thursday, February 5, 2015 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Is there a solution for the longtime scarcity of parking in the borough of Catasauqua? It seems there will be new space available to alleviate the problem in the Iron Works project along Front Street, but some thoughtful planning is needed before development of the property begins.

At the conclusion of the Jan. 5 Catasauqua Borough Council meeting, Council President Vincent Smith proposed the borough form an ad hoc committee to look at parking issues and street orientation in the downtown area.