Albert and Ketoria Berry, who own the property at 2 Front St. under the corporate name Senan Investment LLC, came before the Catasauqua Borough Zoning Hearing Board Sept. 18 to continue a request made last month to expand the number of rooms in the structure.
Zoning board members, after listening to testimony from the owners as well as those opposed to the request, denied a variance.
Not only did Zora get her own GoFundMe page, but 63 donors met the goal of $2,500 in just five days!
Let’s backtrack to get the whole story. Catasauqua’s first K-9, Jack, was an experiment of sorts to see if a K-9 would be a benefit to the community.
B. Braun Medical Inc., the medical device maker, brought a full slate of executives to Hanover Township Council’s meeting Sept. 5.
B. Braun wants to expand its existing facility on Marcon Boulevard by 310,000 square feet. The company was represented by Attorney Timothy Charlesworth, who directed questions during the public hearing.
The company requested a variance on the township’s height restriction. Building height in the township is capped at 50 feet.
At Catasauqua Borough Council’s regular meeting Sept. 4, Solicitor Thomas Dinkelacker asked for an executive session later this month to review sales terms for the Iron Works project.
The borough received a $1.5 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grant for the project, which helped move the negotiations forward. Chad Helmer, of Taggart Associates, was instrumental in getting the grant. He has proposals out for transportation grants.
American Legion Post 215 hosted a spaghetti dinner Aug. 17 at the post hall, 330 Second St., Catasauqua.
“We had a lot of help with this fundraiser. The sauce is from Pie’s On (Pizzeria). John has always been a big help to the legion. Weis Markets helped us out, too,” said Roger Drayer, commander of the post and coordinator of the event.
No one seemed to miss eating at home, as a fun time was had by all.
Servings were ample, and the garlic bread was delicious, according to those enjoying the meal. Desserts and beer were available as well.
The urban art technique has gripped European cities and has led to some innovative processes. It is now being brought to Catasauqua Borough.
“People think about urban art and don’t want to look at what some of us are doing,” said artist Denton Burrows. “Urban art gets a bad name because punks go around tagging things with their initials or gang symbol.
“Some people try to make that as art because the initials are designed. I have murals in several cities. This is art geared to millennials,” he said.
Catasauqua resident Stephen Piller, a former Scoutmaster with Minsi Trails Council of the Boy Scouts of America, has pleaded guilty of sexually assaulting three teenage boys.
The incidents allegedly occurred in his Catasauqua home and at Camp Trexler. Camp Trexler is in Monroe County, but all of the charges against Piller were handled in Lehigh County.
Sentencing is scheduled for December.
At council’s regular meeting Aug. 13, Catasauqua Mayor Barbara Schlegel announced the borough received a $1.5 million state grant for improvements at the Iron Works project.
“Everyone involved with the project has helped to move this forward. State Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-18th, and state Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-133rd, pushed our request through at the state level,” she said.
The grant comes from the state’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP).
At Hanover Township’s meeting Aug. 15, the Troxell Street roadway improvements dominated the discussion. Earlier, township Engineer Albert Kortze, at the request of council, explored using advanced ground-penetrating radar to determine if any sinkholes are in the area.
The pavement is prone to sinkholes, and the idea was to repair any potential sinkholes before installing a new road surface.
The cost came back with a range of $23,000 to $28,000.
In a disappointing development, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation delayed the reconstruction of the Race Street bridge over Catasauqua Creek until some undetermined time next year. The note says spring of 2019. The formal announcement was made at Catasauqua Borough Council’s regular meeting Aug. 13.
The project was originally scheduled in 2016 and has been delayed several times. It is part of a program designed to get questionable bridges updated to meet safety standards.
Mayor Barbara Schlegel is in contact with state Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-18th.