On Feb. 6, Catherine McCullough made an impassioned plea to keep her company, Feline Finish Line, operating in Catasauqua. She spoke at a Catasauqua Borough Council meeting.
McCullough talked about the history of the company, a nonprofit, and the 1,000 cats that have been adopted out during its seven years in existence.
In late 2015, someone reported her to Catasauqua Zoning Officer Eugene Goldfeder for operating a business out of her home in an area zoned residential. The situation escalated because McCullough ignored Goldfeder’s request for an explanation.
Hanover Township Council is expected to hear a presentation from a developer at its Feb. 15 meeting.
At the Feb. 1 council meeting, township Manager Sandra Pudliner said a developer had sought an opportunity to present plans for a commercial and apartment community on vacant land along Lloyd Street.
According to Pudliner, the developer is proposing a 200-plus-unit apartment building and a commercial center that would provide neighborhood services.
The developer had presented a project to the council last year, but the proposed project was for a mall at that time.
Two-way Front Street traffic was discussed at the Jan. 30 meeting of the Catasauqua Borough Council and will be on the agenda in March as well.
The scheduling and coordination of converting part of Front Street from one-way to two-way traffic is projected to take longer than originally planned, stretching the proposed implementation date from April 1 to sometime in June.
Unable to find a business interested in his first-floor location, a building owner has attempted to get permission to convert the space into apartment units.
On Jan. 18, William Ritter asked the Catasauqua Zoning Hearing Board to change the designation of a first-floor rental unit from commercial use to residential use. The rental is part of a two-unit building Ritter owns at 30 Second St.
He purchased the building from St. Mary’s Church.
“The first floor was the office for the church’s credit union,” he said.
Hanover Township Council invited UGI representative Derrick Kichline to its meeting Feb. 1 to discuss the gas company’s programs to bring gas service to some existing residences in the township.
“We have a couple of people interested on Sherwood,” said council Chairman Bruce Paulus. In addition to Sherwood, there is no gas service on Tacoma, Ulster and certain sections of Taft.
“Homeowners don’t sign up for the service all at once,” he said. “Putting in main lines before we know what the interest level is creates a financial burden on UGI.”
Catherine McCulloch and about three dozen of her supporters and volunteers from Feline Finish Line Rescue crowded into the Catasauqua Borough Council chambers at Monday’s council meeting.
Last summer, McCulloch was cited by Eugene Goldfeder, the borough zoning officer, for having too many cats under her roof and for running a cat rescue business in a residential neighborhood.
A borough residence is limited to housing five cats.
McCulloch claimed she was not running a business because all the cats were adopted at locations other than her house.
The issue of how many cats should be allowed in a house located in a residential zone will be discussed at Monday’s Catasauqua Borough Council meeting.
Before the council’s workshop meeting Jan. 30, borough Manager Eugene Goldfeder sent members of council a memo discussing negotiations with Feline Finish Line.
The cat shelter provides services to stray cats. The cats stay at a residential property in Catasauqua and are adopted out at local pet stores.
Zoning ordinances do not allow a cat shelter to be located in a residential area.
The owner of Hartzell’s Pharmacy presented an appeal for a zoning ordinance variance before the Catasauqua Zoning Hearing Board Jan. 18. Robert Hartzell Jr.’s request for approval was for the addition of a specimen collection facility to his pharmacy, located at 300 American St.
“This is not anything unusual in the (independently owned) pharmacy business,” he said. “This is a well-established plan to keep local pharmacies viable and able to serve the community.”
Every year on the first Monday after the New Year’s Day celebration, the Hanover Township Council meets in a special session to elect officers and reaffirm contracts.
“We are a home rule charter township,” said council Chairman Bruce Paulus at the reorganization meeting. “This special meeting allows us to evaluate how we are doing at the start of the year.”
At the Jan. 9 meeting, the council voted to re-elect Bruce Paulus as chairman and Bob Heimbecker as vice chairman. Both of the officers served full terms during 2016.
At Catasauqua Borough Council’s last meeting, council members tabled discussion about ordinances banning parking on Limestone and Crane streets. The measures came to the fore during council’s meeting Jan. 9 when residents attending the meeting offered their input.
Catasauqua residents Tony Chickilly and Mike Bottazzi made several arguments against the ban.
The fire department is making the request to remove parking spaces because clearance is tight when a fire truck is dispatched on either of these streets.