Catasauqua Borough Manager Eugene Goldfeder told the borough council Monday the ground around the municipal building construction site on the Iron Works property has been determined to be unsuitable in certain areas.
“There are pockets of slag in the area and Whiting-Turner determined that the questionable soil needs to be removed to make the ground stable. Whiting-Turner (the firm hired by the borough for municipal building construction project management) estimates 40,000 cubic yards of slag need to be removed,” Goldfeder said.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wilbur Hill and his attorney, Mark Malkames, appeared before the Catasauqua Zoning Hearing Board July 12 to ask for relief from zoning codes for his property at 231 Church St.
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.
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.
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.