On Saturday, under sunny skies, Catasauqua dedicated its new municipal building.
After the dedication, borough staff members conducted tours of the facility. Most residents came away wowed by the new facility and the design of the building, which houses administrative offices, as well as police, fire and emergency services stations.
Borough Manager Eugene Goldfeder thanked all the contractors and subcontractors who worked diligently to complete the project within budget.
“We still have a few touch-ups, but those are being addressed,” he said after the dedication.
Father John Krivak, pastor at St. Mary’s Church, along with a host of parishioners, attended the Aug. 28 Catasauqua council workshop meeting to talk about the church’s upcoming Octoberfest celebration. Octoberfest is scheduled for Oct. 21.
Traditionally, the church closes down Union Street for the event. With the change in Front Street to two-way traffic, Union Street is now a critical corridor to move traffic off Front Street.
Krivak asked council to allow Union Street to be blocked off for the festival.
The official grand opening for Catasauqua’s new municipal building is scheduled for Sept. 16.
“We have quite an assortment of activities for everyone. It’s a Grand Opening Blast that will be remembered,” said Councilwoman Christine Weaver, who is spearheading the event.
In addition to the anticipated tours of the new municipal building, there will be food trucks and live music.
The downtown business group, Main Streets, is sponsoring beer and wine sales that will benefit the Historical Catasauqua Preservation Association.
It looks like Catasauqua will be getting a craft brewery on Lehigh Street, across from the George Taylor House.
At the Sept. 5 Catasauqua Borough Council meeting, the council moved to streamline an application for a craft brewery and tasting room.
At Catasauqua council’s regular meeting Sept. 5, Jodi Freyman took the microphone to explain difficulties she encountered with two-way traffic on Front Street.
“I don’t know why we did it so soon,” she said.
Two-way Front Street ends at Union Street and does not connect to Race Street without first going up to Second Street.
Front Street will be open to Race Street when PennDOT completes a program that provides traffic signals at Race Street intersections with Lehigh, Front and Second streets.
Solicitor Jeffrey Dimmich discussed a draft of an agreement between the borough and the volunteer Friends of George organization at the council’s workshop session Monday.
“I have been drafting the agreement for a while ... and now I have the agreement that we can look at,” he said.
Before further discussion on the details of the agreement, Dimmich asked if council was in favor of turning over the entity to an independent group.
Justice Schlichting, a Junior Girl Scout, attended the Aug. 7 meeting of the Catasauqua Borough Council to make a request of council members.
She asked the council for permission to erect a free library in the Catasauqua Park & Playground, which is located along St. John Street in the borough.
A Little Free Library is a take-one-return-one book exchange, contained in a small wooden box. There is not cost, and anyone can participate.
According to Girl Scout leader Katie Scott, the project will be erected and maintained for a year by the Scout.
Jessica Tirado asked the Catasauqua Borough Council to make immediate repairs to the vacant lot on Front Street that was recently paved by the borough.
“The lot was not paved properly and rainwater runs into our basement,” Tirado told council members at the Aug. 7 council meeting. “The basement is part of our living area and the dampness generates mold.”
The impending delivery of a new dump truck in Hanover Township means the old one is now on the market.
At the July 19 meeting of the Hanover Township Council, members heard from public works Director Jeffry Mouer.
“We want to put the one we use now up for sale,” he said. “It’s a 1998 International, for around $30,000.”
Mouer indicated there is some interest at that sales level.
“We have a pretty good reputation for taking care of our equipment ... so various people ask when we might have something up for sale,” he said.
Guests at the George Taylor House in Catasauqua Aug. 6 gathered around Ben Franklin’s militia, portrayed by Bachman Players, who ventured up from Philadelphia to tell the story of how Easton was saved from the grasps of the wicked British troops who marched against the town during the Revolutionary War.
Easton housed a military hospital during the war. The town was of strategic importance because it was on the confluence of the Lehigh and Delaware rivers. Both waterways were key transportation links for military operations.