Just prior to the start of the 2016 pool season, Catasauqua Borough Council worked out a deal with Suburban North YMCA to manage the municipal pool.
“There really wasn’t enough time to put in a marketing plan or to have special activities,” Councilwoman Jessica Kroope said at the Nov. 7 borough council meeting. “The Y was able to promote special classes and activities during the season that helped improve attendance. We also had a very hot summer, so the pool got a lot of use.”
Either residents of Catasauqua are resigned to decisions made by the borough council or they are encouraged by the notion of a European-style main street corridor through the business district. At the borough council’s Nov. 7 meeting, there was little opposition to a proposed plan for two-way traffic on Front Street.
Former Councilman Alfred Regits did oppose the action.
Catasauqua residents and police department personnel were joined by K-9 units from around the Lehigh Valley Nov. 10 to commemorate the life of K-9 Jack the Ripper, who died Oct. 29. He was 10 years old and had been scheduled to retire in a few weeks.
Brubaker Funeral Home on Walnut Street was the site of the service.
“We have never done anything like this before,” said Andrew Brubaker, who donated the site for a memorial event. “It was a unique service.”
Hanover Township Solicitor Jackson Eaton informed Hanover Township Council members Oct. 19 about a decision by neighboring Allen Township to close Willowbrook Road.
Rockefeller Group, developers for the Fed-Ex warehouse project, originally asked for the road to be closed for five months during construction of access roads to the new warehouse hub, Eaton said.
Still a proposal, it was revised downward to two months. Rockefeller gave the reason for the proposed closure as a measure to protect the highway working crew.
None on the council is happy with the request.
At Catasauqua’s workshop session Monday, Councilwoman Christine Weaver reported ordinances are prepared to allow two-way traffic on Front Street. When questioned about how parking would be handled, Weaver acknowledged some spaces need to be taken to ensure an efficient traffic flow.
“The parking committee that we have will continue to work on how we can handle parking,” she said. “We are not planning to implement the change until April 1, so we can have plenty of time to sort out problems.”
Council President Vincent Smith agreed with Weaver’s assessment.
The Whitehall Historical Preservation Society invited Rick Guth to its meeting Sept. 28 at the Helfrich Springs Grist Mill. A couple dozen members enjoyed the first-person account of Guth, who impersonated George Taylor.
“We need to see more people involved in all the historical sites we have in the Valley,” said Joseph Wilfinger, vice president of the historical society. “It is important to know how this area developed and the fascinating history we have here. I went to a PTO meeting and only a few people knew about the grist mill or the George Taylor House.”
Prior to its regular meeting Oct. 19, Hanover Township Council held a special meeting to review some of the township fees and fines.
In an earlier meeting, the council looked at parking fines for a special case situation and determined the fine was not sufficient to deter a repeated offense.
Chairman Bruce Paulus asked for a detailed review of the ordinance and asked township Solicitor Jackson Eaton for his recommendation. The special meeting was called to review the township ordinance.
A number of incidents at the new Innovative Arts Academy Charter School on Howertown Road have been listed on recent reports released by the Catasauqua Police Department.
The new charter school opened its doors Sept. 12, a delayed start after CEO Loraine Petrillo announced her resignation.
She was replaced by Steve Gabryluk, who did not return calls from The Press for comment on the incidents.
An individual fielding calls for the school said Gabryluk was not available and there was no one appointed to handle community inquiries.
Peter Ranstine stepped up to the microphone at Catasauqua council’s Oct. 3 meeting to voice a complaint on the delay in making street repairs.
“There are people that use 11th Street as a parking area,” he said. “They just move the barriers whenever they want.”
Councilman Brian Bartholomew responded that the contractor is in Coplay and has Catasauqua on his list.
A section of 11th Street was torn up to repair utility lines and added to the borough’s street repair list. Ranstine considers the present situation dangerous.
Hanover Township Council Chairman Bruce Paulus opened the regular meeting Oct. 5 with a discussion on trash collection.
“We have a contract with [J.P. Mascaro & Sons] that calls for annual renewals,” he said. “The price we are paying now is $335 per household. It seems higher than some of the surrounding communities.”
Paulus acknowledged J.P. Mascaro & Sons picks up everything put to the curb and has recycling weekly.
The size of the residential base is small; there are only 476 residences in the township.