Amy Capewell took the floor at Catasauqua Borough Council’s meeting Aug. 7 to express her dissatisfaction with the way the George Taylor House has been administered. Capewell is a volunteer and has worked in various capacities during events at the historic property.
Since purchasing the historic house from Lehigh County in 2009, the borough has attempted to get the historic property to pay for itself. The latest organizational structure, with events at the house being planned by an overall manager and a group of steady volunteers, has been the most successful.
Catasauqua Borough Council opened its first meeting in the new municipal building at 90 Bridge St. Aug. 7. Visitors who attended were greeted with comfortable chairs, a spacious seating area, nice lighting and a comfortable environment.
The sound system was still in boxes, waiting for an installer.
At the meeting, Chad Helmer of Taggert Associates presented a proposal for the sale of the Iron Works property adjacent to the municipal building lot.
Borough Solicitor Thomas Dinkelacker explained how the borough carved out a parcel for the municipal building.
A 24-year-old Bath man was apprehended by Colonial Regional Police Department officers Monday night after allegedly firing multiple shots in the borough earlier that day.
According to police, Michael P. McGinnis Jr. was captured in Chapman after he discharged a weapon in the area of 111 Sleepy Hollow Road while his vehicle was being repossessed.
“It’s been 40 years and one month,” Catasauqua Borough Manager Eugene Goldfeder said. “The next meeting will be in the new council chambers.”
Goldfeder, speaking at Monday’s council workshop meeting, was describing the length of time borough council members had been meeting at the Bridge Street borough complex building.
The workshop meeting closed out the month and the borough’s tenancy in the building.
At 8 p.m. Monday, borough police and fire departments began operating out of their new quarters on the Iron Works property off Front Street.
Councilman Bob Heimbecker opened Hanover Council’s meeting July 5 with a complaint about a discussion council had with the township’s insurance broker, Brosky Insurance.
At council’s June 7 meeting, Todd Brosky presented his company’s history of serving the township and the benefits of working with his firm.
At Catasauqua Borough Council’s July 10 meeting, Councilwoman Christine Weaver re-introduced an ordinance controlling parking on Front Street, north of Church Street. The measure had been tabled at the council’s June 5 meeting.
Catasauqua’s Public Works Department is working to extend parking along the west side of Front Street in preparation of converting Front Street into a two-way street. The new parallel parking pads handle some of the parking in front of businesses. Parking slots were scheduled to be lost with the change to two-way Front Street traffic.
Catasauqua Borough Council said they received bids to restore three windows at the George Taylor House during the June 26 meeting. Three windows cost north of $50,000. There are 30 windows in the George Taylor House; the restoration cost would tax the readout capacity on a calculator, as well the borough’s wallet.
At its meeting June 21, Hanover Township Council had a short meeting on the longest day of the year. The top agenda item was the recent chemical spill at TruGreen. The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) brought in a subcontractor to start remediating soil in the swale. The resulting report was noncommittal. DEP is only there to process paperwork; the actual work is performed by EWMI, a special remedial task team from Northampton that has a good reputation addressing similar situations across the state.
At Catasauqua Borough Council’s workshop session June 26, Anette and Fred Pompa talked about their proposal for a small craft brewing company. The zoning hearing board has approved their concept for Lehigh Street.
Craft brewing is one of the targeted businesses the borough spotlighted with changes to the zoning regulations for the Iron Works project and the downtown business district.
Catasauqua Borough Council looked at parking along Front Street at its meeting June 5. The borough had an ordinance prepared to ban parking on the west side of the street for a distance of 120 feet north of Church Street.
“The road narrows at that point, and it’s necessary to ban parking so we can convert the street to two-way traffic,” Councilwoman Christine Weaver said.