Catasauqua officials are hoping PennDOT will pick up some of the cost to relocate water and sewer lines for a bridge replacement project on Race Street.
The borough council voted Feb. 6 to approve a resolution asking PennDOT to pick up 75 percent of the cost to relocate the lines.
PennDOT confirmed it is replacing the bridge over Catasauqua Creek as part of its fast track program. The original plan had a start date of April with a finish date in October, but the start has now been delayed until September.
Catasauqua resident Don Hunter arrived at the Feb. 6 Catasauqua Borough Council meeting ready for a fight. After years of trouble with the tenants of a neighboring property, Hunter opened the discussion at the meeting with some incendiary remarks.
He was quickly cut off by borough Solicitor Thomas Dinkelacker.
Hunter restarted and explained his situation.
“This has been going on for 14 years,” he said. “The latest is the tenant’s dog in that building attacked my service dog,” he said.
Five bidders have submitted proposals to take over trash collection in Hanover Township.
At the township council meeting Feb. 15, the bids were opened.
The low bidder in this round was County Waste of PA, with a winning bid of $89,936.64. The company has a large number of customers in counties in the Pocono region. They are not as well known in this area as some of the other bidders.
Advanced Waste Disposal was the second lowest bidder.
The existing contract is held by JP Mascaro & Sons.
This is the second round of bidding for the contract.
On Feb. 6, Catherine McCullough made an impassioned plea to keep her company, Feline Finish Line, operating in Catasauqua. She spoke at a Catasauqua Borough Council meeting.
McCullough talked about the history of the company, a nonprofit, and the 1,000 cats that have been adopted out during its seven years in existence.
In late 2015, someone reported her to Catasauqua Zoning Officer Eugene Goldfeder for operating a business out of her home in an area zoned residential. The situation escalated because McCullough ignored Goldfeder’s request for an explanation.
Hanover Township Council is expected to hear a presentation from a developer at its Feb. 15 meeting.
At the Feb. 1 council meeting, township Manager Sandra Pudliner said a developer had sought an opportunity to present plans for a commercial and apartment community on vacant land along Lloyd Street.
According to Pudliner, the developer is proposing a 200-plus-unit apartment building and a commercial center that would provide neighborhood services.
The developer had presented a project to the council last year, but the proposed project was for a mall at that time.
Two-way Front Street traffic was discussed at the Jan. 30 meeting of the Catasauqua Borough Council and will be on the agenda in March as well.
The scheduling and coordination of converting part of Front Street from one-way to two-way traffic is projected to take longer than originally planned, stretching the proposed implementation date from April 1 to sometime in June.
Unable to find a business interested in his first-floor location, a building owner has attempted to get permission to convert the space into apartment units.
On Jan. 18, William Ritter asked the Catasauqua Zoning Hearing Board to change the designation of a first-floor rental unit from commercial use to residential use. The rental is part of a two-unit building Ritter owns at 30 Second St.
He purchased the building from St. Mary’s Church.
“The first floor was the office for the church’s credit union,” he said.
Hanover Township Council invited UGI representative Derrick Kichline to its meeting Feb. 1 to discuss the gas company’s programs to bring gas service to some existing residences in the township.
“We have a couple of people interested on Sherwood,” said council Chairman Bruce Paulus. In addition to Sherwood, there is no gas service on Tacoma, Ulster and certain sections of Taft.
“Homeowners don’t sign up for the service all at once,” he said. “Putting in main lines before we know what the interest level is creates a financial burden on UGI.”
Catherine McCulloch and about three dozen of her supporters and volunteers from Feline Finish Line Rescue crowded into the Catasauqua Borough Council chambers at Monday’s council meeting.
Last summer, McCulloch was cited by Eugene Goldfeder, the borough zoning officer, for having too many cats under her roof and for running a cat rescue business in a residential neighborhood.
A borough residence is limited to housing five cats.
McCulloch claimed she was not running a business because all the cats were adopted at locations other than her house.
The issue of how many cats should be allowed in a house located in a residential zone will be discussed at Monday’s Catasauqua Borough Council meeting.
Before the council’s workshop meeting Jan. 30, borough Manager Eugene Goldfeder sent members of council a memo discussing negotiations with Feline Finish Line.
The cat shelter provides services to stray cats. The cats stay at a residential property in Catasauqua and are adopted out at local pet stores.
Zoning ordinances do not allow a cat shelter to be located in a residential area.