At Monday's Catasauqua Council workshop meeting, Councilwoman Christine Weaver distributed sketches of the latest round in the design for the new municipal building at the Iron Works site.
"This is not something that is cast in stone, but it is a [design for a] building that is within our proposed budget," she said. Earlier renditions of the building had space for housing a public library and some expansion areas. Ideas for expanded space were mostly eliminated in the new proposal.
On the first weekend in August, the 3rd Pennsylvania Revolutionary War enactors will portray the Northampton County Militia.
The event will run for two days, Aug. 1 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Aug. 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the George Taylor House on Lehigh Street, Catasauqua.
During the encampment, the enactors will conduct drills and explain how life was lived in a military encampment during the Revolutionary War.
The National Museum of Industrial History will also set up a blacksmith and forge display and will offer demonstrations and participation programs.
Emily Zacharda, activities coordinator for the George Taylor House, put together a unique combination for a picnic at the grounds on Saturday.
"We had people reserve tables of six for $12 a table," she said. "They brought their picnic dinner and the borough provided live entertainment and the tents," she said.
Craig Kastelnik and Pat Flaherty, a husband-and-wife singing duo called KATO, got the nod to perform. Kastelnik now does original scores for PBS along with his special shows.
Catasauqua Borough will soon distribute new recycling containers to all residents.
"With the new recycling grant and the program by our recycling hauler (J.P. Mascaro and Sons) we will have new recycling containers distributed to all residents, even to tenants in apartments," borough Manager Eugene Goldfeder reported at the July 6 council meeting.
The Hanover Township Zoning Hearing Board will hear two requests for zoning hearings during tonight's meeting.
Township Manager Sandra Pudliner announced at the July 15 council meeting that St. Luke's Hospital has asked for a sign on the property at 1110 American Parkway.
The building, once owned by Lucent Technologies, and several owners since, is being divided as a multitenant property. St. Luke's Hospital is one of the recent tenants.
After a lengthy investigation into the project and negotiation with the developer, the Hanover Township Council has approved an agreement with the Rockefeller Group which clears the way for a one million square-foot warehouse for FedEx ground operations.
The decision to give the project a go-ahead was made at the council's July 1 meeting.
In August 2014, East Allen Township approved a FedEx warehouse on property owned by Lehigh Valley International Airport, on the outer edge of East Allen Township.
On rain-soaked grounds of the George Taylor House, Catasauqua conducted its annual reading of the Declaration of Independence Saturday.
Councilwoman Debra Mellish added a special twist to this year's celebration.
"Today also marks the 175th anniversary of the first pig iron casting here in Catasauqua, which many historians consider the start of the Industrial Revolution," she said.
The summer storm that buzzed into Catasauqua and the surrounding area last week left residents with a massive cleanup effort.
Hearing the storm and viewing the aftermath June 30, many residents thought a tornado had touched down.
"It started slowly and then sounded like a machine gun against the siding," Catasauqua Councilwoman Christine Weaver told The Press.
Hanover Township has again been rejected in an effort to secure a grant under Lehigh County's Small Community Block Grant Program.
The funds were to be used to improve sewer lines in Chestnut Grove, according to township Manager Sandra Pudliner, who reported the rejection at the June 17 township council meeting.
The residents in the area meet the income criteria to qualify for the grant.
To meet a critical need, the township split the sewer project into two parts.
The first part repairs badly damaged sewer lines, the grant funds would be used for a second sector.
Important decisions are scheduled for members of the Catasauqua Borough Council at their July 6 council meeting.
At a workshop meeting Monday, the council had a preliminary look at various renderings for new council chambers to be constructed on the Iron Works property, but the whole package will be available for review at the next meeting.