A handful of businesses in the Lehigh Valley Industrial Park III in Hanover Township are reviewing plans for a proposed Verizon cell tower in the area.
"It is scheduled for a zoning hearing on March 26, but there may be objectors," township Manager Sandra Pudliner informed council at the March 18 meeting. "I have not heard from the airport, but they were notified."
If council has a specific opinion on a zoning issue, they are at liberty to send the township solicitor to the meeting to present council's point of view; however, the final decision is up to the zoning board.
In a special meeting on March 18, Hanover Council asked questions of the Rockefeller Group, the lead developer for a FedEx warehouse proposed for Allen Township.
International shipping giant FedEx proposed a million-square-foot warehouse for its ground services on land owned by the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority.
Allen Township supervisors approved the FedEx project in August 2014. However, the plans call for a heavy amount of truck traffic to travel to the hub from Route 22, passing through Hanover Townshp on Airport Road, Race Street and Willowbrook Road.
Sloped land near Lehigh River bridge could become home to storage units if a plan to be presented to the Hanover Township Planning Commission is approved.
Rocco Caracciolo, an engineer and Division Manager with Pennoni Associates, Incorporated, addressed the Hanover Township Council recently with an outline of the proposal.
Pennoni represents a client who proposes adding a self-storage complex on land near the Route 22 bridge.
The easily recognizable image of George Washington crossing the Delaware River during the Revolutionary War has been painted many times, but local artist David Berkner has taken a new perspective.
"The painting is black and white and the same size as the original," he told The Press recently. "I put it on mylar panels so it's movable."
Berkner originally displayed the painting on a vacant tennis court during the 2014 Christmas season.
"It seemed like a good idea because the crossing was made on Christmas," he said.
Although many people say they are willing to accept change, few embrace it without knowing the details. On March 9, Catasauqua Council President Vincent Smith called a special meeting to discuss proposed changes in parking in the borough's business district, attracting a large audience of residents.
The move was prompted by two events – Penn-DOT's proposed fix for the congestion that normally builds at the Lehigh and Race streets intersection and the proposed development of borough-owned Iron Works property on Front Street.
On Feb. 17, Keith Esmail and David Coombs asked the Catasauqua Zoning Board to convert their property at 464 Race St. into a five-unit multifamily dwelling.
Last summer the owners came to the Catasauqua Borough Council and asked members to approve a stay of a demolition order for the building. The borough's engineers had condemned the building and the borough had applied for county funding to tear it down.
Hanover Township is working with Allendale Apartments to reduce water usage.
According to Public Works Director Jeffry Mouer, leaks in the system caused the usage to jump to 10 million gallons in the fourth quarter of 2014.
Allendale is a loop system designed to serve the complex off one main line.
"We went out and found some significant leaks on their side of the line," said Mouer.
The leaking valve was the biggest leak, but there are still many leaks in the laterals serving the apartment complex.
At its meeting on March 4, Township Manager Sandra Pudliner distributed PennDOT's reply to township questions concerning the impact of truck traffic brought on by a new FedEx hub in Allen Township. Council held a well-attended public meeting with PennDOT in February. Council did not have time to review the letter and called a private, nonpublic meeting to discuss the PennDOT reply on March 11. Council did release the reply to the public.
In the 21st century, with so many ways of communicating, some Catasauqua residents still do not get the message when a snow emergency is declared.
"We announce them everywhere that we can," borough Mayor Barbara Schlegel said at the March 2 meeting of the Catasauqua Borough Council. "It is on the website, the radio and on TV, but we still get calls asking if an emergency is in effect."
Borough Manager Eugene Goldfeder commented the borough could revert to the old method of using a police bullhorn.
The Catasauqua Zoning Hearing Board denied a resident's request at its Feb. 17 hearing.
Robert Hoenscheid asked the board to take the single-family dwelling he owns at 218 Pine St. and allow him to convert it back to a two-family unit.
In 1995, a previous owner had converted the unit into a single unit dwelling.
Parking is a concern in that area, and Hoenscheid asked for a variance from the minimum parking requirements.
The board did not approve the request.