Catasauqua Press

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Main Streets hears update on borough Iron Works plans

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Main Streets President Kimberly Brubaker held the organization’s first meeting of 2017 at the Willow Grove Grill.

“We wanted to keep a commitment we made to have quarterly meetings where we invite all the members and network,” she said. “With so much happening to the downtown, it is good that we can get together.”

According to Brubaker, there have been several problems and misconceptions about what will happen with the Iron Works site and the plan to convert Front Street from one-way to two-way traffic.

More delays on making Front St. two way

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Councilwoman Christine Weaver dropped a bombshell on Catasauqua Borough Council at its workshop session Monday when she proposed a further delay of converting Front Street to two-way traffic. The workshop session had been preceded by a special meeting to ensure that the project to convert Front Street to two way was delayed to June 15, but Weaver proposed the project be further delayed until Aug. 17.

“We have three options on how we can handle parking on Front Street,” she said. “The committee is recommending Option 3 to best meet our needs.”

More delays on making Front St. two-way

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Councilwoman Christine Weaver dropped a bombshell on Catasauqua Borough Council at its workshop session on Monday when she proposed a further delay of converting Front Street to two-way traffic. The workshop session had been preceded by a special meeting to ensure that the project to convert Front Street to two-way was delayed to June 15, but Weaver proposed the project be further delayed until Aug. 17.

“We have three options on how we can handle parking on Front Street,” she said. “The committee is recommending Option 3 to best meet our needs.”

Hanover plans street cleaning

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Hanover Township streets will soon be cleaner than they have ever been.

At its meeting March 15, the Hanover Township Council approved a plan to clean streets twice a month.

“This will be a change for our residents,” said Director of Public Works Jeffry Mouer. “They are used to once-a-year cleaning.”

The plan is to clean streets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month, beginning in April. The township will post permanent signs under the existing snow emergency signs.

Bidding on remaining Iron Works land is explained

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

The first round of bids on Catasauqua’s Iron Works property will be due in June.

At the borough council’s March 6 meeting, Chad Helmer of Taggart Associates explained the bidding process for the remaining acreage at the borough’s Iron Works site.

“We don’t have the option of selling the property as a private owner might,” he said. “We will send out our criteria. If we receive a bid that meets our minimum requirements, we will accept the bid. If we don’t receive a bid that meets the minimum requirements then we will rebid the project.”

Bridge replacement is delayed one year

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

The replacement of a bridge over Catasauqua Creek on Race Street in Catasauqua will be no simple matter. Not for the construction engineers, not for adjacent businesses and not for motorists.

At the Catasauqua Borough Council meeting March 6, Ken Baker of Walsh/Granite JV discussed the proposed plan.

The project was originally scheduled for an April 2017 start, but that is being delayed a year.

Vehicle crashes through neighbor’s garage in E. Allen

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Police Log

On March 13, Mary Greenberg was having a relaxing morning recovering from a recent bout in the hospital when she heard a crash. “At first, I thought someone was trying to break in to the house,” she said. “I called my husband (Richard), who got here quickly.”

Greenberg’s neighbor, Michael Kolessar, had been backing out of his driveway and, according to his wife, Irene, he blacked out. His vehicle went through Greenberg’s garage door and collapsed the back wall of the garage. The driveways of the two neighbors are perfectly aligned across Valley View Road.

Champagne bar owner shows interest in Catasauqua’s historic Dery mansion

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Herve Rousseau has indicated an interest in purchasing the Dery mansion in Catasauqua.

“I really don’t want to talk too much about what we want to do because we are figuring out what we can offer,” Rousseau told The Press. “I have partners that work with me, and we want to offer the area a good product and not over-promise.”

According to Catasauqua Borough Manager Eugene Goldfeder, the property has an approved plan on file with the borough to convert it to 13 condominiums. A previous owner had submitted the plan but did not follow through with it.

Champagne bar owner shows interest in Catasauqua’s historic Dery mansion

Monday, March 6, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Herve Rousseau has indicated an interest in purchasing the Dery mansion in Catasauqua.

“I really don’t want to talk too much about what we want to do because we are figuring out what we can offer,” Rousseau told The Press. “I have partners that work with me and we want to offer the area a good product and not over-promise,”

According to Catasauqua Borough Manager Eugene Goldfeder, the property has an approved plan on file with the borough to convert it to 13 condominiums. A previous owner had submitted the plan, but did not follow through with it.