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Chestnut Grove residents to get a higher privacy fence

Monday, September 5, 2016 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Hanover Council addressed a problem with screening residents from views of the back of the Days Inn at an Aug. 17 council meeting.

At a prior meeting, resident Robin Yoder asked the council to consider creating more privacy for the Chestnut Grove residents. A sewer line in Chestnut Grove had been reworked over the past few months in order to make necessary improvements, but a row of arborvitae trees that had shielded residents from the Days Inn had been removed as part of the process.

Street repairs to begin in Catasauqua

Thursday, August 25, 2016 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Catasauqua Borough Executive Eugene Goldfeder has announced the cost of some street repairs planned for this year.

“The bid we received was below our budget estimate,” he said at borough council’s meeting Aug. 1.

The resurfacing program was awarded to Charles D. Herman for $29,400.

The repairs are for work to be done on School and 11th streets and also at the intersections of 12th and Race streets and 13th and Race streets.

Catty zoning board denies fence variance request

Thursday, August 25, 2016 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

In a meeting that took less than five minutes Aug. 16, the Catasauqua Zoning Hearing Board issued a decision it had delayed from a previous board hearing.

Last month, the owners of the building housing the Malvern Institute asked the borough for a variance on the height of a fence between two buildings on its property at 124-126 Bridge St. Patients at the Malvern Institute are private clients dedicated to rehab from drug addiction. Part of the agreement for patients in the program is a degree of anonymity.

Waterfront district established in Catty

Thursday, August 18, 2016 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

New zoning designation opens door for Iron Works development

Catasauqua Borough Council took another step in its effort to redevelop the borough’s business district. On Aug. 1, the council approved a new zoning designation dubbed the Waterfront District. The new designation trumps all other zoning classifications in the Iron Works project along Front Street. The new zoning designation is a result of intensive effort on the part of the planning and zoning committee and the solicitor.

Council considering cost of noise barrier

Thursday, August 11, 2016 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

At the Hanover Townshp Council’s July 20 meeting, a resident had complained the new sewer replacement program in Chestnut Grove had required the removal of a row of arborvitae that had acted as a noise and sight barrier. The neighborhood is located behind the Day’s Inn Motel on Airport Road.

On Aug. 3, township Engineer Albert Kortze presented council with several options to remedy the situation.

Catasauqua council approves K-9 program

Thursday, August 4, 2016 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Council Borough Council members had a discussion about continuing the police department’s K-9 program. During the July 18 council meeting, there seemed to be an underlying tone that the program was not a high priority.

The police department is currently raising money to acquire a new police dog. Jack, the present K-9, is scheduled to retire at the end of the year.

One of the concerns expressed by Kish is that Jack is often not socially compatible with some people. According to Kish, the department is searching for a dog with a better social disposition.

Catty zoners remain undecided about fence on Bridge Street

Thursday, August 4, 2016 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

A fence on a Bridge Street property was the topic of discussion at a July 12 hearing of the Catasauqua Borough Zoning Hearing Board.

At the hearing, Pennsylvania Venture Capital Inc., owners of two buildings on Bridge Street now occupied by the Malvern Institute, made a plea to keep a fence on the properties.

In the application to renovate the buildings, no fence was included in the plans. Once Malvern became the tenant, its officials had special concerns – its patients needed privacy.

Resident complains after loss of evergreen trees

Thursday, July 28, 2016 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

At the regular meeting of Hanover council on July 20, township homeowner Robin Yoder residing in Chestnut Grove, complained to council members about the loss of a line of arborvitae trees along his property.

The tree line had blocked the view of the backside of the Days Inn Motel on Airport Road. The trees were recently removed when a sewer line was repaired. Plans did not call for the trees to be replaced.

Zoners confirm Silver Manor agreement

Thursday, July 28, 2016 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

On July 12, Fred Silver and his attorney, Joseph Piperato, attended a hearing of the Catasauqua Zoning Hearing Board with an agreement in hand. The agreement ended a long-standing disagreement over the status of Silver Manor, located on the corner of Race and Front streets.

Borough Solicitor Thomas Dinkelacker had hashed out the agreement over a series of meetings, and the borough council had agreed to the terms. Because the original complaint was initiated with the zoning board, the matter had to come before the board to legally close the record.