When the Catasauqua Police Department inaugurated its K-9 service in 2009, no one predicted what an asset it was for the borough.
“I was pushing for the K-9 because it is what I want to do,” Officer John Wiseman told The Press. “I was lucky that I was on a police force that looked favorably on having a K-9.”
Wiseman heads the K-9 unit. Seven years of service is a long time for Jack, the borough’s K-9, who is retiring at the end of the year.
“We started a campaign to raise funds to get another dog,” Wiseman said. A properly trained K-9 runs about $14,000.
At a recent public meeting in Catasauqua, Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners (PNKP) representatives described the details of replacing the bridge on Race Street that overpasses the Catasauqua Creek. Plenary Walsh is a partner with PennDOT in its PA Rapid Bridges program.
“The goal of the program is to get structurally deficient and obsolete bridges replaced quickly,” said Rich Heimbach, the team’s manager. Most of the bridges in the program are about the same length and with similar characteristics.
The borough has been discussing adopting a new property maintenance code and fire code off and on for several months. The matter was on the agenda at council’s regular meeting May 2.
The vote was expected to be routine, but Councilwoman Jessica Kroope suggested the details of the code revision had not been adequately presented.
“I don’t want to be voting on something when I have not had a chance to see what the impact will be,” she said.
Kroope asked for a comparison that details the changes.
Plans made for the season opening of the George Taylor House were curtailed when the day was greeted with a down-pouring of rain just as a parade was set to begin. Calliope music for the event was a no-show, and the parade was canceled.
With plenty of cake and coffee on hand, house activities director Emily Zacharda swung open the doors and hoped for the best.
At Hanover Township Council’s meeting May 18, a debate continued on an ordinance to ban recreational vehicle parking on public streets.
When council discussed the issue at their previous meeting, a proposal was made to put a time limit that a vehicle could park on public roadways in the township. Council also asked the solicitor to define a recreational vehicle. Solicitor Jackson Eaton amended his recommendation adding the definition and a time limit of three days.
With plans and ideas for the Borough of Catasauqua’s Iron Works property floating around for over a year and not a shovel of dirt turned, The Press sat down with Councilwoman Christine Weaver and Spillman Farmer Architects lead team, Eliot Nolter and Russ Pacata, to get details on the process that turns ideas into glass and steel.
“We understand that this has been a long process and there is little to show for all the decisions that have been made, but we have one shot at getting this right, so we need to make the best of it,” Weaver said.
Police Chief Douglas Kish presented Catasauqua Borough Police Officers Donald Stratton and Scott Rothrock with the Combat Cross, a merit award for action taken Feb. 23, 2015, against an armed suspect. The presentation was made at the April 4 meeting of Catasauqua Borough Council.
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.