Catasauqua Borough Council opened its meeting May 1 with ordinances for parking on Union Street and delaying two-way Front Street. The delay to change Front Street to two way was pushed back to Aug. 17.
As discussed in the workshop session last week, changes needed for the traffic light at Pine Street and Front Street necessitated the change. Pidcock Engineering is requesting the changes to allow time to comply with PennDOT regulations.
Council passed the ordinance unanimously.
Primo Trucking Inc. on Hoover Avenue in Hanover Township asked the township zoning hearing board April 27 for zoning variances that would allow it to expand at its existing location.
“We like where we are,” George Paxos said. “Our business is growing, and we need more space.” Paxos is the company’s founder and majority owner.
The existing warehouse is tucked near the Carmike Theater and the A. Duie Pyle trucking terminal and across Hoover Avenue from US Foods.
At Hanover Township Council’s meeting April 19, council passed a resolution designating May 2 as State Police Day in Hanover.
“The state police work closely with us … this is a little something that we can do to show our appreciation for all their efforts,” Chairman Bruce Paulus said. On May 2, the state police celebrated the anniversary of the organization’s founding.
A ceremony was to be held at the barracks in Bethlehem. Representatives of the township regularly attend the annual event.
Every year in early April, Northampton Community College observes a day of service.
“We do it to help our students get out into the community and take on some tasks to help out our neighbors,” said Jason Haller.
Last year, the crews consisted of some of the college’s educators. This year, Haller brought a contingent of international students.
“The students are part of the Community College Initiative (CCI) program,” he said. “They come into the program over the summer for a year and then return to their home countries in May,” he said.
A pesky clay-pipe sewer line at Cascade Drive has been under a watch for some time. At its meeting April 5, Hanover Township Council approved a bid for just under $200,000 to get a replacement project underway.
There was a wide range of pricing for the project.
“Many of the contractors I talked to have projects stretching out into the late summer, township Engineer Albert Kortze told the council. “There is a lot of infrastructure improvement work out there.”
The winning bidder, Anrich Inc., of Wayne, had a representative present at the bid opening.
The Catasauqua Borough Council has approved borough Manager Eugene Goldfeder’s proposal to seek funding for the cost of adding parking spaces to the downtown area.
At the council’s April 3 meeting, Goldfeder received approval to move forward with a Community Development Block Grant application for 2017.
“We want to use the grant for various purposes,” Goldfeder said. “One is to assist in building a parking lot at Front Street where the buildings collapsed.”
Johnny Loftus took first place in the USA Gymnastics Pennsylvania Championships held on March 25 in Harrisburg. The 11-year-old Catasauqua boy won a first-place medal in the all-around competition at level S. His team won first place at the event. He has brought home 34 medals this year.
In the men’s gymnastics division, there are six events: floor exercise, pommel horse, still rings, vault, parallel bars and horizontal bar.
“Of all of them, I like the pommel horse the best,” Johnny said.
At the April 4 meeting of Catasauqua Borough Council, members will vote on restricting parking on Union Street. The vote was set on the agenda at Monday’s workshop meeting. The Union Street parking ordinance is expected to be approved and become effective.
Councilwoman Jessica Kroope reported to the Catasauqua Borough Council that the borough negotiated a contract with Suburban North Y to manage the pool at the Catasauqua Park & Playground in 2017.
“We are waiting for their signature and as long as there are no changes, we will go ahead with it,” she said at the council’s March 6 meeting.
The borough turned the management of the pool over to the Y last year. The fiscal results were good, although there were startup concerns.
Before the Catasauqua Borough Council workshop meeting Monday, the council held a special meeting about Ordinance 1346. Borough Manager Eugene Goldfeder explained the situation in his opening remarks.
“At the last regular meeting, we passed an ordinance that postponed turning Front Street into a two-way street until June 15,” he said. “The delay was predicated on information we had about the ability of everyone to meet our expected standards. The mayor has the right to sign the ordinance, veto it or return it to us unsigned.”