At the Catasauqua Borough Council workshop session Monday, Councilman Brian Bartholomew reported that he and Public Works Director Jeff MacHose will be driving through the borough, looking for streets that need to be included in the 2015 street repair program.
"We can see the condition of the streets better if we drive them," he said.
Bartholomew said he also wants input from residents on streets in need of repair. Anyone can call the borough office with a recommendation.
Catasauqua Council presented the K-9 unit of the borough police department with the proceeds from a flea market fundraiser that Mayor Barbara Schlegel organized. The presentation was made at the council's Nov. 9 meeting.
"We hold these events periodically to help support the K-9 unit," Schlegel said. The event netted $750 that will be used to take care of Jack, the borough's police dog.
Rick and Alna Smart had assisted the mayor in getting the fundraiser organized and played a key role in its success.
Attorney Joseph Fitzpatrick addressed the members of Hanover Council at their Nov. 5 meeting.
Fitzpatrick represents the Rockefeller Group who was selected by FedEx to develop 1 million square feet of warehouse space in Allen Township. The warehouse facilities are to be sited on property belonging to Lehigh Valley International Airport.
Allen approved the project in August, but Hanover has reservations about the impact it will have on the quality of life for local businesses and residences.
The BMX cycling movie that opened recently might never have come about if not for the cooperation of the Catasauqua Borough Council several years ago. The trails, dubbed Catty Woods, were featured in the new movie, "Heroes of Dirt."
As cars crowded into the parking areas and guests lined up at a sign-in sheet at Saturday's Iron Works Blast, event organizer Christine Weaver fretted that the food trucks were late in arriving. Nearly 1,000 people showed for the inaugural party showcasing the Borough of Catasauqua's redevelopment project on Front Street.
The Catasauqua High School Marching Band serenaded guests as they walked from their cars to the party venue. It was the most activity the old Fuller Company's plate mill building had seen in more than a decade.
The repaving of Postal Road will not be completed until the spring, following a decision by the Hanover Township Council.
At the council's Oct. 15 meeting, township Engineer Frederick Hay asked council to defer the road improvement project.
"The concern is the weather and the time we have to get this done," he said. "The contractor will hold his prices firm."
Council granted the delay. While some preliminary work has been done, the paving portion of the project has not been completed.
In an effort to boost interest in the development of its new property along Front Street, the borough of Catasauqua is hosting a party Saturday. On the guest list will be any local resident who wishes to tour the property, along with a number of officials and developers.
Inside the building that used to house a plate mill on the former FL Smidth property, the huge floor has been cleared and lights have been strung up like an Italian street fair. On Friday, the food trucks will roll in and set up to serve food to the crowd.
A future PennDOT program for infrastructure improvements includes replacement of Catasauqua's Race Street Bridge.
Catasauqua Borough Manager Eugene Golfeder said a program he heard is in the works streamlines the normal process in the state of Pennsylvania. He spoke about the program at Monday's borough council workshop meeting.
"It is rumored that PennDOT signed a contract with a contractor to replace a number of bridges in 36 months," he said. "The Race Street Bridge is on the list."
Sewer fees for Hanover Township residents are expected to increase to meet an anticipated future capital improvement.
The additional fees are needed to address a funding problem with the Allentown Wastewater Treatment Plant, which handles some of Hanover's water treatment.
Borough motorists will notice a new traffic pattern at the intersection of Pine Street and Howertown Road following a decision by the Catasauqua Borough Council.
At the Oct. 6 meeting, the council acted on a recommendation from Public Works Director Jeff MacHose. Cars turning right from Pine Street to southbound Howertown Road seem to have a knack for wiping out stop signs on the corner. The latest stop sign installed has a protective concrete barrier.