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.
A request from Verizon for authorization to install a cell tower may lead to an amendment to the Hanover Township zoning ordinance.
At the March 4 Hanover Township Council meeting, township Manager Sandra Pudliner said Verizon has requested authorization for a cell tower in Lehigh Valley Industrial Park (LVIP) III. The proposal brought up an interesting revelation.
Cell towers are not authorized as a structure in township industrial parks.
In his second trip to the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City, Seamus, a Great Dane belonging to Catasauqua Police Chief Douglas Kish and his wife Kristen, received an Award of Merit.
"The number of awards of merit available depend on how many dogs are entered," said Kish. "Seamus won the first award for his breed."
Hanover Township officials hope to generate additional revenues by working out an agreement to allow the use of some land set aside for airport development.
At the Feb. 18 township meeting, council members reviewed information provided by township Manager Sandra Pudliner concerning undeveloped land near the Lehigh Valley International Airport.
Pudliner said the township has inquired about land owned by the airport, but presently unused.
A letter to the borough from a resident kicked off a conversation about street cleaning at a recent Catasauqua Borough Council meeting.
Councilman Eugene Schlegel addressed the council on behalf of Second Street resident Joan Miller who wrote that her handicapped parking space was covered with ice.
The ensuing discussion evolved into a detailed examination of the borough's street cleaning efforts.
At Catasauqua Council's executive session Monday, the borough's preferred website designer, 3 Seed Marketing, made a presentation to convince council why they should be retained to develop a new website for the borough.
Natalie Rutman, director of content marketing, and Jim Macdonald, managing partner, presented the company history.
"We have 20 employees at our Schnecksville location," Macdonald said. "We manage over 250 websites from our host computers located in Texas with a backup in Ontario."
Catasauqua Councilwoman Christine Weaver has proposed that he borough submit documents for Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RCAP) for state funds to help finance the Iron Works project.
She made the suggeston at the council's Feb. 9 meeting.
Chad Helmer of Taggart Associates put the documentation together for the project.
Taggart Associates has an "as needed" contract with the borough to provide marketing and technical support for the Iron Works project.
As Borough Manager Eugene Goldfeder explained, there is no money available in RCAP.
Margaret Szabo always started her car to warm it up in these cold winter months. Her neighbors looked out for the older Szabo who passed the age of 80 a few years ago.
"It was an older car so she was always afraid that it would not start or keep going in the cold weather," said Szabo's neighbor Elizabeth Woolley.
In the late afternoon of Feb. 16, Woolley, who lives across the street, was sitting in her living room and saw smoke coming from under the closed garage door of Szabo's house.
Emergency personnel were alerted.
Catasauqua Councilwoman Debra Mellish will be representing the borough on an advisory panel being formed to address the issue of traffic on Race Street.
She will work with Penn- DOT, whose engineers have proposed adding traffic signals at three intersections along Race Street.
The intersections are in the borough's historical district and Mellish is a member of the Historical Catasauqua Preservation Association.
Borough Manager Eugene Goldfeder told council members at their Feb. 9 meeting that Penn-DOT was looking for some borough representation on the advisory panel.