At its regular meeting April 6, Catasauqua Borough Council made a change to the way it regulates disruptive behavior by tenants in rental properties.
"Our existing code says that a landlord receives a letter about a disruptive tenant after three police calls," explained Council President Vincent Smith.
In the letter, the landlord is asked to evict the tenant. The borough wants to enforce the policy, but there are extenuating circumstances.
The Borough of Catasauqua's lead architect, Spillman Farmer Architects, has proposed three options to the borough for a new municipal building at the Iron Works. At the March 30 council workshop session, council members looked at the options.
After some discussion at the April 6 meeting, council ruled out a bare-bones option.
Councilman Brian McKittrick explained his reasoning.
Verizon Wireless asked the Hanover Zoning Hearing Board to approve a cell tower in Lehigh Valley Industrial Park III, which stretches along Marcon Boulevard near the airport. The township has no provisions for cell towers in any industrial park, a situation that will be addressed in the future. Because LVIP III was established before the onslaught of mobile phones; provisions for a cell tower are neither included nor excluded in the zoning ordinance.
Catasauqua Borough Council members will be voting to approve the basic building design for new municipal facilities to be constructed on the borough-owned Iron Works property along Front Street at their April 6 meeting.
At the March 30 workshop meeting, Councilwoman Christine Weaver presented the options, drafted by the architectural firm hired by the borough.
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.