At Hanover Township council’s regular meeting Nov. 19, Chairman Bruce Paulus announced that council had reviewed and approved the 2019 budget. It is available for public review and scheduled for official adoption at council’s Dec. 5 meeting.
With the new budget, the township will continue to have the lowest property tax rate in the state at one-quarter mill. The township, with its management team and business population, has maintained the low tax rate for more than a decade.
Jay Cimerol and his son Tyler are in the final stages to reopening Catty Corner, 301 Mulberry St., Catasauqua.
“The health inspector is coming out on Monday, and we anticipate a soft opening with invited guests after Thanksgiving. The soft opening will give the new staff time to iron out any problems,” Jay Cimerol said. “We wanted to open in time for Thanksgiving, but we just aren’t ready.”
An official grand opening for the establishment, to be renamed Catty Corner Neighborhood Pub & Pie, is planned for late December or early January 2019.
Lehigh Valley Planning Commission released a plan dubbed Walk/Bike LV as a way to encourage development of walkways and bike paths to make it easier for residents to get outdoors. The proposal is a regional master plan for pedestrians and bicyclists. Some cities, like Portland and Seattle, lead the way in accommodating everyday trail users. Others like Tucson are a destination for bikers during the winter season.
On Nov. 10, Catasauqua Fire Department held its annual open house and memorial service honoring members of the fire department who have died.
“This is not something we force people to do. Firefighters want to honor their peers who served the fire department,” Fire Chief Richard Hertzog said.
“These are volunteer firefighters. They don their gear to go out and protect the residents of the borough,” Councilman Brian McKittrick said.
At its regular meeting Nov. 5, Catasauqua Borough Council appointed Ray Anthony to the newly created position of fire inspector.
The position allows the borough to conduct its own fire inspections. Anthony is also a part-time police officer and can issue violations. Before creating this position, fire inspections were done by outside parties.
At Hanover Township Council’s regular meeting Nov. 7, Richard Lee, of Quantum Geophysics, reported his findings on a study regarding a stretch of Troxell Street.
The area around Troxell and Taft streets experienced several substructure problems, at least one of which was suspected to cause a water line break. Council wrestled with the problem for months while repairs were made to fix broken water lines.
Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church, 604 Fourth St., Catasauqua, opens its doors once a month and serves a meal for the community. This month, it was a spaghetti dinner held Oct. 13.
“We are making sure no one goes hungry, one spaghetti noodle at a time,” Fred Knauss said.
Everyone is invited.
The young servers came from the church’s youth group, but there were a few students from Central Catholic High School looking for volunteer hours who helped out to make it an interdenominational event.
There were plenty of home-baked goodies for dessert as well.
Catasauqua’s business owners association, Main Streets, will dedicate the “Iron Worker” mural at the corner of Pine and Front streets 11 a.m. Nov. 10.
The artist, Denton Burrows, will be there to discuss his work. An open-house reception will follow until 1 p.m. at Gallery 415, just up the street.
The mural is painted on the building that houses the Catasauqua Community Food Bank, 527 Front St.
At Catasauqua Borough Council’s workshop session Oct. 29, council reviewed an ordinance calling for the appointment of a fire inspector. Ray Anthony has been nominated to fill the position. He is not only qualified as a firefighter, but also is a part-time police officer. The new position will allow local authorities to investigate fires.
Council reviewed the hazard mitigation plan and is expected to pass the measure at its next session, set for Nov. 5. Councilwoman Christine Weaver indicated the borough has 44 projects that could receive funding once the plan is passed.
The Presbyterian Church of Catasauqua, 210 Pine St., held its first-ever sock hop event Sept. 29.
Guy Edwards, the event’s deejay, brought out his collection of ’50s and ’60s music for the party.
“This was just a fun event that we put on. It wasn’t a fundraiser. We wanted to open the doors of the church to anyone who wandered in,” Edwards said.
The tables were stocked with turkey barbecues and hot dogs, as well as homemade desserts.