Catasauqua’s Front Street Traffic Committee met April 28 to put plans and schedules together to turn Front Street into a two-way corridor.
“In our discussions with Taggart Associates, they said there is little interest from business owners and developers in the Iron Works site if Front Street is not two-way,” Councilwoman Christine Weaver said.
The borough hired Taggart Associates to help market the Iron Works site to developers and future business owners. The goal was to attract unique, boutique businesses to attract visitors to the new downtown area.
Solicitor Thomas Dinkelacker called a special meeting of Catasauqua council recently to discuss a development on the borough’s Iron Works site.
“We have an easement agreement that we worked out with Catty Charter LLP that will give us a second route out of the municipal building site,” he said April 20.
At Catasauqua Borough Council’s May 2 meeting, Deborah Penn took to the podium to address council on proposed changes to the traffic flow on Second Street.
“I feel I have no voice in this agreement,” she said. “When council members are running for election, they can stop by my house, but no one talks to me when changes this important are happening.”
Penn presented her list of complaints. She said removing parking options will not only lower property values but may render a home unsellable.
Every year, in observance of Arbor Day, a number of trees are planted in Catasauqua honoring current and former residents. On April 23, 11 trees were dedicated in honor of residents, including librarians, a teacher, a coach and a historian.
Although the weather was only fit for trees, with hints of rain and a cool breeze, several residents attended the event.
Robert Bastian, chairman of the Catasauqua Borough Shade Tree Commission, opened the ceremony. The Rev. George Spieker offered the invocation and benediction.
On the agenda for Hanover Township’s May 7 meeting was an ordinance restricting parking recreational vehicles on public streets. Council members were split on the matter.
Solicitor Jackson Eaton’s proposed ordinance addressed three types of recreational vehicles: self-contained RVs, van-style campers and towable motor homes.
The controversy started over a RV with an attached trailer that blocks a line of sight in the Chestnut Grove development.
Currently, there are no provisions to cite the RV owner for parking it on the property.
“We received a call from the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission asking for us to attend the meeting,” said Catasauqua Borough Manager Eugene Goldfeder. The borough applied for a Transportation Alternative Project (TAP) grant. “There are a lot of municipalities competing for these dollars, and I think we made a good case for our project,” Goldfeder said. Since the 1990s, over $20 million has been awarded locally to more than 50 TAP projects.
It might seem like cats are having a tough time in and around Catasauqua lately. “It wasn’t really about cats at all,” said Catasauqua’s Zoning Officer Eugene Goldfeder. “We were notified that there was a business in operation on Prospect Street, and I went to investigate.” What Goldfeder found was a business that the proprietor claimed was a charitable business that houses and supports cats. Catherine McCulloch has been running Feline Finish Line Rescue since 2009.
Every year a group of hardy souls braves the unpredictable weather at the end of April and, donning their work clothes, they head out to pick up trash.
Candace Winkler, who has a blog on things happening in Catasauqua, coordinated this year’s effort.
“We have gloves and orange bibs donated,” she said. “Then Blondie’s stepped in and offered half-priced lunches with a free cupcake.”
At its regular meeting April 4, Catasauqua Borough Council settled a couple of outstanding property issues.
Council finalized the sale of borough-owned property on Pearl Street to Ben Hoffman of Greenwood Builders. The property was sold by sealed bid auction. Greenwood was the highest bidder. The property was originally purchased by the borough’s water department for potential use as site for a water tower. Revenues from the sale are sent back to the water department.
At Catasauqua Borough Council’s workshop session April 25, Robert Zakos asked why a drug treatment center was allowed to open in the center of town.
“I realize I am a little late in voicing my opposition, but it doesn’t seem appropriate,” he said.
Borough Manager Eugene Goldfeder explained the situation from a zoning perspective.
“This is not a court-order rehab facility. It is geared to voluntary rehabilitation — more like a Betty Ford Center where people go to recover,” he said.