At its meeting Feb. 17, township Manager Sandra Pudliner gave Hanover Council her assessment of an agreement reached with the Days Inn Hotel on Airport Road.
In early February, the Days Inn had an overflow crowd that swamped the staff and pushed the hotel beyond its approved occupancy limits.
Pudliner noted management was willing to work out problems and live within the restrictions.
“They said they were nervous with the crowd that showed,” she said.
Catasauqua business owner David Molony officially announced his candidacy for representative of the 133rd Legislative District at a Feb. 23 kickoff meeting. During the meeting with his campaign supporters, Molony, a nationally recognized acupuncture specialist and Chinese medicine practitioner, gave a short speech outlining his agenda.
Deed restrictions that have been holding up the construction of a FedEx warehouse hub in Allen Township are expected to be resolved, according to Hanover Township Solicitor Jackson Eaton.
At its meeting on Feb. 3, the Hanover Township Council awarded a bid contract to Doli Construction Corporation for the Willowbrook Inceptor Sanitary Sewer project.
The project is part of the preparation the township agreed to take responsibility for in an agreement with the Rockefeller Group, a commercial real estate developer.
The Rockefeller Group is developing the million-square-foot warehouse hub for FedEx Ground. (See related story, above.)
Albert Kortze, Hanover Township engineer, told the council he expects construction on the interceptor to begin shortly.
The Jan. 25 workshop meeting of the Catasauqua Borough Council began with a presentation by Gary Pucini on the process to obtain a revenue bond to secure funding for the borough’s proposed municipal building on the Iron Works property.
“It is a good two- to three-month process,” he said.
Essentially, once the borough has a firm estimate on costs, Pucini can start his action.
Councilwoman Debra Mellish suggested the borough wait to start bond funding until after contractor bids are received.
Pucini objected on two grounds.
A borough-owned property once considered for the location of a new fire station has now been approved for sale by the Catasauqua Borough Council. The land is located at the corner of 13th and Pearl streets.
It has been on the market for an extended period of time.
In the past, the council has rejected bids near $100,000. The approved bid was $141,000.
When council first contemplated a sale, which was around 2008, near the peak of the housing market, the property had appraised at $375,000.
Code inspection criteria topped the agenda at the Jan. 21 Hanover Township Council meeting. According to a report submitted by Robin Yoder in his position as township code enforcement officer, he recently encountered several problems while conducting his rounds at the Days Inn on Airport Road.
Yoder noted and reported cars were parked in the fire lanes, rooms were overcrowded and the maximum occupancy signs had been removed in several rooms.
“There was a lot of activity at the motel,” Yoder said. “The banquet room was full, the hotel was booked, and the lounge was crowded.”
Since its inception, Historic Catasauqua Preservation Association (HCPA) holds an annual celebration for its friends and supporters. In 2015, the staff made a change switching the celebration from a Christmas season event to a January celebration. The switch brought in bigger crowds.
On Jan. 15, the group staged its annual event at the Biery House with an elaborate array of hors d’oeuvres and mouth-watering desserts.
Although the celebration was held at HCPA’s Biery House Gallery, the outbuildings spurred guest’s interest to venture into the cold for a peak.
The snow emergency declared by Mayor Barbara Schlegel remains in effect at least past the workshop meeting held on Monday.
“I can’t give you a time that the emergency will be lifted. I will consult with public works before I make a decision,” she said. Public works Director Jeff Mac-Hose mentioned the obvious several times – it is much easier to get roads cleared when there are no parked cars.
“We have so much snow now that we have no place to put it,” he said.
About 40 pet-friendly protesters crammed into Coplay Borough Council Chambers Jan. 12 to address council on a police hiring. Officer Leighton Pursell is on the borough civil service commission’s list of officers qualified for an open position on the Coplay police force. Pursell is being questioned for an action he took against a cat.
The officer, on patrol in North Catasauqua, shot and killed a house cat named Sugar when he suspected the cat was injured and ready to attack. A neighbor of the cat’s owner had asked for police assistance when he found the cat on his property.