The Malvern Institute on Bridge Street hosted Catasauqua Main Street’s quarterly meeting Sept. 27.
Main Streets President Kimberly Brubaker updated the group on the latest activities at Catasauqua’s Iron Works site.
“The borough issued an $11 million bond to build a new municipal building with consolidated emergency services,” she said. “Work is ongoing. The ground is being stabilized and foundation work is expected to start on Oct. 3.”
Councilwoman Christine Weaver announced Catasauqua Borough Council will vote on making Front Street two way in November.
According to Weaver, most of the parking details are worked out.
“The plan is to make Front Street two way to Union Street,” she told council members at the Oct. 3 meeting. “When PennDOT makes changes to the intersections on Race Street, Front will be converted to two way to Race Street.”
Mayor Barbara Schlegel indicated PennDOT is talking about making changes to the Race Street intersections at Lehigh, Front and Second streets.
Revolutionary War reenactors set up camp on the green at the George Taylor House Sept. 10.
“This was a great exhibition for all who attended,” said Emily Zacharda, the borough’s director for the George Taylor House. “The George Taylor House was open to visitors. Word must be getting around that we have a place of historical interest. Most of the people who attended this weekend had never been here before.”
With drug addiction, particularly opioid derivatives, increasing at alarming rates, Hanover Township offered a forum for Lehigh Valley residents to learn about the trends and to hear from experts on the matter. The meeting was held Sept. 14 at Days Inn.
“We look at this as a community service for everyone in the Valley. As residents we need to know the signs of opioid addiction and what measures we can take to get help for those trapped in the downward cycle of addiction,” Councilman Bob Heimbecker said.
Ron Gawlik, senior engineering manager with The Pidcock Company, presented his recommendations to Catasauqua Borough Planning and Zoning Committee on how to lay out the Iron Works site so it can best accommodate a future developer and keep enough area preserved for the new municipal building.
Presently, the site is a mishmash of parcels and easements that were instituted to aid local manufacturing options with the Fuller Company.
“What we propose are three separate parcels, all of which will still be owned by the borough,” Gawlik said in opening remarks.
At the regular meeting of Hanover Township Sept. 7, township Manager Sandra Pudliner asked council to address applications for the upcoming zoning board hearing. There are three appeals.
One is by the township asking for a variance to install an eight-foot fence between residential townhouses in Chestnut Grove and the back of the Days Inn. The height of the fence is more than normally allowed.
A second appeal is for a U-Store-It location on Dauphin Road. The location was once considered for use as a townhouse development, but road construction nixed the economic potential.
Mayor Barbara Schlegel welcomed area residents to Catasauqua’s 9/11 memorial service Sunday.
“This is the 15-year anniversary of the attack, and we thought it was appropriate to set aside time to honor those who braved the dangers and lost their lives,” she said.
The event started in the early afternoon at American Legion Post 215. The borough invited vendors, and the Legion post provided food for purchase. At 5 p.m., the memorial service began with an invocation by Bishop James McIver of the Revolution Church on Race Street.
Catherine McCullough’s Feline Finish Line Rescue was once again on Catasauqua Council’s agenda at the Sept. 6 meeting, as borough zoning officer Eugene Goldfeder reported McCullough will appeal a recent Catasauqua Zoning Hearing Board decision.
McCullough has a residential property in Catasauqua where she cares for abandoned and stray cats. Her nonprofit entity, Feline Finish Line Rescue, offers rescued cats for adoption to families at pet shops around the Lehigh Valley.
Catasauqua Borough Manager Eugene Goldfeder announced the borough and the union bargaining for the borough’s public works department employees should agree on a final contract soon.
“We have resolved the contentious areas, and we have a tentative agreement,” he said. “There may be some minor details that need to be ironed out, but that should be the extent of any changes.”
Goldfeder would not release the details of the contract until it is ratified by union members.
“It is 98-percent acceptable,” he said.
Lois McAllister and Susan Marakovits stopped by the Catasauqua Police Station with a gift for each of the police officers last week.
Marakovits and McAllister are members of the Morning Glories women’s group at Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church on Fourth Street in Catasauqua.
The church group wanted to do something for local officers in light of all the renewed dangers police are facing.
“We wanted to do something to show our appreciation. It’s not a lot, but I hope these little gifts show we support their efforts,” McAllister said.