Councilman Bob Heimbecker opened Hanover Council’s meeting July 5 with a complaint about a discussion council had with the township’s insurance broker, Brosky Insurance.
At council’s June 7 meeting, Todd Brosky presented his company’s history of serving the township and the benefits of working with his firm.
At Catasauqua Borough Council’s July 10 meeting, Councilwoman Christine Weaver re-introduced an ordinance controlling parking on Front Street, north of Church Street. The measure had been tabled at the council’s June 5 meeting.
Catasauqua’s Public Works Department is working to extend parking along the west side of Front Street in preparation of converting Front Street into a two-way street. The new parallel parking pads handle some of the parking in front of businesses. Parking slots were scheduled to be lost with the change to two-way Front Street traffic.
Catasauqua Borough Council said they received bids to restore three windows at the George Taylor House during the June 26 meeting. Three windows cost north of $50,000. There are 30 windows in the George Taylor House; the restoration cost would tax the readout capacity on a calculator, as well the borough’s wallet.
At its meeting June 21, Hanover Township Council had a short meeting on the longest day of the year. The top agenda item was the recent chemical spill at TruGreen. The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) brought in a subcontractor to start remediating soil in the swale. The resulting report was noncommittal. DEP is only there to process paperwork; the actual work is performed by EWMI, a special remedial task team from Northampton that has a good reputation addressing similar situations across the state.
At Catasauqua Borough Council’s workshop session June 26, Anette and Fred Pompa talked about their proposal for a small craft brewing company. The zoning hearing board has approved their concept for Lehigh Street.
Craft brewing is one of the targeted businesses the borough spotlighted with changes to the zoning regulations for the Iron Works project and the downtown business district.
Catasauqua Borough Council looked at parking along Front Street at its meeting June 5. The borough had an ordinance prepared to ban parking on the west side of the street for a distance of 120 feet north of Church Street.
“The road narrows at that point, and it’s necessary to ban parking so we can convert the street to two-way traffic,” Councilwoman Christine Weaver said.
The house on Tacoma Street in Hanover Township was abandoned, but neighbors reported that they heard a dog inside. Hanover Township Councilman Bob Heimbecker brought the matter up at a council meeting and asked the township staff to intervene.
Office staff contacted Cindy Witman at Base Engineering, a company that provides building inspection services to the borough. Witman contacted the dog warden, who in turn called Jeanne Fitch, a Pennsylvania humane police officer.
Fifteen ambulances converged on a Hanover Township site when a hazardous condition was reported June 1.
Details of the event were reported to the township council at their June 6 meeting by township clerk Vicky Roth.
“We received a call from Health Network Laboratories about an ammonia smell coming from the swale between two buildings,” Roth said. “We contacted Base Engineering, who went over to investigate.”
The building is located on Roble Road.
Ammonia can mix with some chemicals with explosive results.
June 4 saw the opening of the first-ever quilt show at the George Taylor House. The quilts, combined with a session listening to the reminiscences of Mary Todd Lincoln, portrayed by Linda Minarik, made for a delightful afternoon on a cool, rainy weekend day.
Minarik gave a marvelous rendition of Mrs. Lincoln. Historians have found the woman to have had a colorful and strange lifestyle in and out of the White House.
Although there were rumors of different dates, at its May 22 workshop session Catasauqua council announced its target date for dedicating the borough’s new municipal building. The dedication date is Sept. 16.
“It will be a celebration, and we will have tours of the building,” Councilwoman Christine Weaver said. “There will be a live band, food trucks and events for kids.”
The date was pushed forward to make sure it did not conflict with summer plans.