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.
Catasauqua Police Chief Douglas Kish and his wife Kristin, have been invited to attend the Westminster Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show in New York City Feb. 16 and 17 with their champion Great Dane, Seamus.
This is the 130th annual show and the second year Seamus has been invited.
"Last year he received a Select Dog Award," Kristin told The Press. "We wanted to get a Best in Breed, but any ribbon from Westminster is an achievement."
Since last year's Westminster show, Seamus has been active in the champion circuit.
Local residents Patricia Yost and Emily Zacharda have been appointed by Catasauqua Borough Manager Eugene Goldfeder as co-directors of the George Taylor House, the borough's national historical landmark building.
Council approved the positions at its January meeting.
"The borough wants to try different events at the George Taylor House and bolster its presence in the Lehigh Valley," Goldfeder said.
According to Zacharda, a number of events are planned in the future.
Hanover Township residents, especially those involved in its governance, are mourning the loss of township Engineer Fredrick Hay, who died Jan. 9.
At its meeting Jan. 12, Hanover Township Council observed a moment of silence in his memory. It was an unexpected passing for the longtime, long-term official, who was 60 years old.
Since 2014 was not a local election year, most appointed positions in the borough remain the same.
Council President remains Vincent Smith; Vice-President remains Jessica Kroope.
Committee assignments on council remain the same as well.
While some municipalities reorganize assignments and appointments annually, Catasauqua only re-evaluates council assignments after an election has occurred.
However, there are assignments and appointments that need to be made for terms expiring in 2014.
Hanover Township held a special meeting on Jan.14 to discuss with PennDOT officials the FedEx warehouse project underway in Allen Township. Hundreds of township residents gathered for the meeting at the municipal building.
The high turnout taxed the meeting facilities, with many interested parties catching the commentary in the lobby.
Michael Rebert, District Executive for PennDOT, was caught by surprise.
"We didn't expect this to be a public meeting," he said.
Council and Township Solicitor Jackson Eaton maintained order and kept the meeting informative.
Catasauqua resident Ben Ferenchak has looked after the D&L Trail for as long as he can remember.
"This was part of my playground when I was growing up," he said.
Recently, Ferenchak took 40 friends, area residents and nature lovers on a Saturday morning trek along the trail.
The event was sparked by yet another proposal for grant funds to be used to complete the section of the trail where it passes through Catasauqua and North Catasauqua.
At its annual holiday meeting, the Historic Catasauqua Preservation Association (HCPA) opened the doors to its art gallery at 8 Race St.
"We usually have this get-together before the holidays, but decided to try something in January," said Betsy Hillenbrand.
Over 50 people showed up for the event, reinforcing the organization's decision to hold the meeting outside the pre-holiday season.
The meeting Jan. 9 was special for a second reason. HCPA dedicated the art gallery in honor of artist and board member Robert LeFevre.
A revision of the Catasauqua skate park rules has been approved by Catasauqua Borough Council.
"The ordinance change we made to the skate park rules was a minor one," said Councilwoman Jessica Kroope. The skate park is a fenced-in area at the Catasauqua Park & Playground.
The new rule restricts anyone 6 years of age and younger from being in the skating area.
"This adds to safety at the skate park," Kroope said. "Anyone 10 and younger needs adult supervision, but this will keep the youngest completely out of the skate park." said Kroope.
With gusty winds swirling snow around the downtown area, Catasauqua Borough Council looked forward to the borough's summer program at its Jan. 5 meeting.
"We want to make a few changes to our Friday night concert series," said Councilwoman Jessica Kroope. Kroope's idea is based in part on the success of the 2014 Old Home Week.
"Opening night of Old Home Week was sponsored by the American Legion. With their funding, we were able to attract a popular band," she said. The event was held at the Catasauqua Park & Playground.