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Catty municipal building construction to begin

Thursday, July 7, 2016 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

At a special meeting June 28, Catasauqua took a long-awaited step toward construction of a new municipal building. The meeting opened with council unanimously approving an ordinance that authorizes the borough to issue general obligation bonds in an amount not exceeding $11,500,000.

Kevin Reid, of King Spry Hermand Freund & Faul, LLC, the borough’s bond counsel, presented council with a bond in the amount of $11,210,000.

Mayor Barbara Schlegel, borough Manager Eugene Goldfeder, and council President Vincent Smith signed the paperwork.

Fire damages two Race Street homes Monday

Thursday, June 30, 2016 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

The cause of a fire that left two homes on Race Street damaged early Monday morning is still under investigation.

“My dogs woke me up around 3:45 in the morning,” said Jessica Crammer, the property owner at 416 Race St. “I got the kids out of their rooms. The fire came through the attic to my house.”

Crammer’s fiancé was at work when the fire occurred Monday. The property at 412 Race St., where the fire started and the bulk of the damage occurred, was vacant at the time.

Hanover Township to regulate RV street parking

Thursday, June 30, 2016 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

On June 15, the Hanover Township Council set in motion a change to parking rules for large motor homes. The new proposal adds recreational motor homes to the list of vehicles with a gross vehicle weight of 11,000 pounds or more prohibited from parking on public streets.

Originally, the council had considered passing an ordinance that specifically addressed RVs and motor homes.

“The new rule would give code enforcement some latitude in addressing parking problems,” Councilman Robert Heimbecker said.

Hanover Township to regulate RV street parking

Thursday, June 30, 2016 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

On June 15, the Hanover Township Council set in motion a change to parking rules for large motor homes. The new proposal adds recreational motor homes to the list of vehicles with a gross vehicle weight of 11,000 pounds or more prohibited from parking on public streets.

Originally, the council had considered passing an ordinance that specifically addressed RVs and motor homes.

“The new rule would give code enforcement some latitude in addressing parking problems,” Councilman Robert Heimbecker said.

Fire damages two Race Street homes Monday

Thursday, June 30, 2016 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

The cause of a fire that left two homes on Race Street damaged early Monday morning is still under investigation.

“My dogs woke me up around 3:45 in the morning,” said Jessica Crammer, the property owner at 416 Race St. “I got the kids out of their rooms. The fire came through the attic to my house.”

Crammer’s fiancé was at work when the fire occurred Monday. The property at 412 Race St., where the fire started and the bulk of the damage occurred, was vacant at the time.

‘Tour de Fence’: permit fee required

Thursday, June 23, 2016 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

A yard display titled “Tour de Fence,” created by Catasauqua resident Ben Ferenchak, has been categorized as a fence, making a permit application and fee a requirement.

In a letter to Catasauqua Borough Council, Ferenchak indicated he had been told he did not need a permit. Once he found out he needed a permit, he asked that the fee be waived.

At the June 6 council meeting, Ferenchak said he took an artistic view of the fence surrounding his property. He had replaced a faded chain-link fence mesh with bicycles donated from neighbors and others.

Malvern Institute provides detox, support on Bridge St.

Thursday, June 23, 2016 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Jennifer Lively of the Malvern Institute gave The Press a tour of its facilities in downtown Catasauqua.

“We heard a lot of concerns about our facility when we first opened,” she said. “Our goal is to explain what we do and be a part of the community.”

When Malvern Institute officials sought zoning approval, the operation was classified as a hospital, allowing it to operate in the downtown area. There was some concern expressed by residents to borough council this was a ploy to qualify the center.

Folk art exhibit opens

Thursday, June 23, 2016 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Award-winning folk artist Doris Hendricks Fry’s artistic talents are now on display at the George Taylor House.

“We have a special room set aside for her works,” said Emily Zacharda, director at the George Taylor House.

According to Chris Clugston, who coordinates marketing for the historic house on Lehigh Street, Fry’s exhibit features many decorative art styles and media popular during the 18th and 19th centuries. Included are examples of American primitive painting, theorem painting, reverse glass painting, and tole painting.

Parking to be added at former LSI property

Thursday, June 23, 2016 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Hundreds of parking spaces will be added to a commercial center site in Hanover Township, Lehigh County. The township’s council received and approved a plan from Patriot American Parkway LP at its June 1 meeting.

The plan includes expansion of parking spaces at 1110 American Parkway to accommodate an additional 276 vehicles.

The former LSI site is undergoing transformation to a multi-tenant commercial center. The new owners have additional tenants who are interested in the space and require additional parking.

Plenty of land exists for the expansion.

Angled spaces could add parking for two-way Front St.

Thursday, June 16, 2016 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Lack of convenient parking seems to be the No. 1 complaint from anyone who lives in or visits Catasauqua. With borough officials committed to converting Front Street to two-way traffic, parking on one side of the street would be lost. One way the borough could pick up a few parking spaces might be to plan to have angled parking rather than parallel parking along one side of the street.

Council President Vincent Smith took the borough’s traffic committee out to Front Street to test out the idea June 7.