Replacement of the long-delayed Race Street bridge has a new start date of March.
According to Catasauqua Borough Engineer Ronald Gawlik, the span was originally scheduled for replacement in 2017 by Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. The project was to start in the spring and be completed by fall to accommodate the life cycle of the fish in the creek. The project was postponed.
At Catasauqua Borough Council’s regular meeting Jan. 7, council approved an ordinance to sell the former municipal building at 118 Bridge St.
The upper floors of the building had been used by Lehigh County Housing Authority for low-income tenants. The building was transferred to the housing authority to allow the current and any future residents to continue in rent-subsidized apartments. The ordinance confirming the sale offered no projection on the future use of the space once occupied by the borough’s municipal offices and council meeting room.
With all volunteer fire operations and trucks now located at Catasauqua’s municipal complex, the East End fire station, 512 Race St., became available for sale. Vincent Smith picked up the option to buy it at a closed bid auction held in December.
“We hoped to close before the end of the year, but there were legal complications that delayed the closing,” he said.
The station was owned by East End Hose and Chemical Company, which rented the garage to the fire department.
Catasauqua Borough has announced that it is now accepting online payments for bills.
The long-promised electronic payment event has cleared its first hurdle. If you need technical assistance, a prominent heading on the borough’s website, catasauqua.org. takes you through the process. It is possible to pay water, sewer, refuse and per capita bills, permit fees and tickets.
So far, it appears as if you will be able to set up your account without taking a survey. Mary Beth, in the borough office, is available to handle complicated questions.
David Johnsen and Sharkan Supply owner Jose Abud came before the Hanover Township Zoning Hearing Board Nov. 29, 2018, to request an expanded use for the company’s building products center.
The company’s location on Weaversville Road was downsized when most of the employees moved to the Pennsylvania Perlite Corporation facility on Mauch Chunk Road, Bethlehem. Both companies are owned by Abud.
The last community and police gathering for 2018 was Cookies and Cocoa with the Cops, held Dec. 20, 2018, in the community room of the municipal complex, 90 Bridge St.
These sessions with the police are sponsored by Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.
The community events are designed to get members of the community to meet police officers on an informal basis. Police Chief Douglas Kish persuaded Santa Claus and one of his “elves” to come to the party.
Attorney Thomas Schlegel coordinated a request before Hanover Township Zoning Hearing Board at its meeting Nov. 29, 2018.
His client, Able Equipment Rental, moved into a commercial property formerly leased by Ransome Rents. Both companies rent specialty equipment. Able rents high-end sky lifts, some of which are used to install glass wall windows in high-rise buildings.
When locals Nelson and Nicole Rodriguez received the cancer diagnosis, they were devastated.
Nelson, the family’s sole breadwinner, was diagnosed with nonseminoma cancer. This particular cancer attacks men specifically. If diagnosed early, there is a high cure rate.
The important thing for Nelson was to get the proper treatment — and soon. Unfortunately, with him out of work, they had some trouble keeping up with their bills.
“We started this at the old Ben Franklin store on Front Street,” said Joe Tognoli about Catasauqua Lions Club’s annual Christmas shopping spree Dec. 15. Catasauqua Area School District selects some deserving elementary school youngsters, who get whisked off to the Walgreens on Schoenersville Road to pick out gifts — courtesy of the Lions Club.
Ken Jones, Walgreens’ store manager, helps with the program every year. The group of 18 kids takes over the store for about an hour.
Joe Tognoli and Jeanine Craver welcomed Todd Brosky and his son Scott to Catasauqua Community Food Bank Dec. 14. Todd and Scott, of Brosky Insurance Agency Inc., presented a check for $12,500 to the food bank.
“Every year, Erie Insurance has a charity golf tournament. We all chip in to play. This year, we won the tournament, and one of the players was closest to the pin. He missed a hole-in-one by 3 inches,” Todd Brosky said.
Todd and Scott are the first to admit that if the food bank had to rely on their golfing skills, there would be a lot of hungry people.