Catasauqua Press

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Borough to give up land rights for new bridge

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

PennDOT has offered the Borough of Catasauqua $20,200 for easement rights to borough property at the bridge replacement project on Race Street. The borough council is expected to vote on the agreement at the March 6 council meeting.

Robert Moore of Interstate Acquisitions Service made a presentation to the council Monday at a workshop session. Moore’s company acquires easements for PennDOT.

Vandals on Front St. discussed at meeting

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Catasauqua business owner Brian Kroope has asked the borough council to investigate vandalism on a property he owns on Front Street.

At the Feb. 6 council meeting, Kroope said he found damage to his 233 Front St. property.

“I went in there and found that the water heater was damaged and the oil burner didn’t work,” he said. “Clim-A-Temp came over and determined that the chimney was packed with slate. We couldn’t figure out how the slate got into the chimney, but I need to get it out of there for everything to function.”

Bidding out the Iron Works land

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Process to be outlined at Monday’s council meeting

With the Catasauqua municipal building on a fast track schedule to complete this summer, Catasauqua is putting the remaining acres of the Iron Works site out to bid.

Councilwoman Christine Weaver, chair of the borough planning and zoning committee, explained the process of acquiring a developer.

“We need to get bids on the property according to the municipal code,” she said. “We can’t just sell it through a realtor or broker.”

The planning and zoning committee is planning to make a formal presentation on the bid process at the March 6 council meeting.

Borough to give up land rights for new bridge

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

PennDOT has offered the Borough of Catasauqua $20,200 for easement rights to borough property at the bridge replacement project on Race Street. The borough council is expected to vote on the agreement at the March 6 council meeting.

Robert Moore of Interstate Acquisitions Service made a presentation to the council Monday at a workshop session. Moore’s company acquires easements for PennDOT.

Bidding out the Iron Works land

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Process to be outlined at Monday’s council meeting

With the Catasauqua municipal building on a fast track schedule to complete this summer, Catasauqua is putting the remaining acres of the Iron Works site out to bid.

Councilwoman Christine Weaver, chair of the borough planning and zoning committee, explained the process of acquiring a developer.

“We need to get bids on the property according to the municipal code,” she said. “We can’t just sell it through a realtor or broker.”

The planning and zoning committee is planning to make a formal presentation on the bid process at the March 6 council meeting.

Man concerned about collapse

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Eric Roth came to Catasauqua council’s workshop session Jan. 30 with a request for action. According to Roth, a neighbor behind his property constructed a retaining wall that supports a work shed on the back edge of the neighbor’s property. The wall is failing, and Roth is worried the shed and embankment will collapse into his back yard.

“I have a couple of daughters, and it isn’t safe for them to go out into the backyard,” he said.

Roth had talked to various people on borough staff, but no definite action was taken.

Hanover council rejects developer’s plan

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Lisa Pereira represented Good Mac Airport Associates LP before the Hanover Township Council at its meeting Feb. 15. Good Mac Airport Associates LP is a partnership formed by Bruce Goodman. He owns a significant parcel of land on the corner of Airport Road and American Parkway, across from Coca-Cola Park.

Goodman was the driving force for Airport Center and worked closely with the township to get the very successful project completed. His latest property spans the border between Allentown and Hanover Township.

Borough of Catasauqua asks PennDOT to pay up

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Catasauqua officials are hoping PennDOT will pick up some of the cost to relocate water and sewer lines for a bridge replacement project on Race Street.

The borough council voted Feb. 6 to approve a resolution asking PennDOT to pick up 75 percent of the cost to relocate the lines.

PennDOT confirmed it is replacing the bridge over Catasauqua Creek as part of its fast track program. The original plan had a start date of April with a finish date in October, but the start has now been delayed until September.

Neighbor problems escalate to police chief

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Catasauqua resident Don Hunter arrived at the Feb. 6 Catasauqua Borough Council meeting ready for a fight. After years of trouble with the tenants of a neighboring property, Hunter opened the discussion at the meeting with some incendiary remarks.

He was quickly cut off by borough Solicitor Thomas Dinkelacker.

Hunter restarted and explained his situation.

“This has been going on for 14 years,” he said. “The latest is the tenant’s dog in that building attacked my service dog,” he said.

Trash, road patch on Hanover agenda

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Five bidders have submitted proposals to take over trash collection in Hanover Township.

At the township council meeting Feb. 15, the bids were opened.

The low bidder in this round was County Waste of PA, with a winning bid of $89,936.64. The company has a large number of customers in counties in the Pocono region. They are not as well known in this area as some of the other bidders.

Advanced Waste Disposal was the second lowest bidder.

The existing contract is held by JP Mascaro & Sons.

This is the second round of bidding for the contract.