North Catasauqua Borough Council held its first meeting of the new year Jan. 6.
The night began with the biennial organization meeting, wherein all the various council positions, borough roles and committee members were nominated and voted on by council. All posts remained largely the same, with Councilmen Peter Paone and John Yanek remaining president and vice president, respectively, of council.
Fire Chief Shawn McGinley and Solicitor Steven Goudsouzian will also continue their roles in service to the borough.
Catasauqua Middle School hosted its winter chorus concert Dec. 18.
Chorus instructor Mark Schultheis led performances by the fifth- and sixth-grade choir and the seventh- and eighth-grade choir. Friends and family of the students who sang filled the middle school auditorium to hear holiday and winter-themed songs — and even sing along to a few Christmas classics as well.
Representatives from several local municipalities gathered at North Catasauqua Borough Hall Dec. 6 for their second meeting regarding FedEx Ground truck traffic in the area.
Catasauqua, North Catasauqua and Northampton boroughs and East Allen and Hanover (Lehigh County) townships have all felt the effects of the massive surge in truck traffic since FedEx Ground officially opened its massive shipping facility on Willowbrook Road in Allen Township last November.
North Catasauqua Borough received multiple anonymous complaints Dec. 2 claiming there were electrical issues and no heat in an apartment building at 1122 Front St. The borough sent the code inspector to verify the complaints, and he discovered that not only were the complaints accurate, but the building was otherwise not fit for human habitation.
At a meeting held Dec. 2, North Catasauqua Borough Council continued a discussion about updating security systems at borough hall and at North Catasauqua William J. Albert Memorial Park.
New surveillance cameras will provide the borough with a 360-degree view of the park. Borough hall and the police department will also be thoroughly covered by cameras and new lock systems.
Nov. 7-9 saw the return of the annual homemade holiday sale that benefits Mrs. Nothstein’s Helping Hands Fund. This was the event’s ninth year.
For those three days, the basement of North Catasauqua’s St. John Fisher Church, 1229 Third St., was filled to the brim with unique holiday gifts, handmade crafts and a seemingly endless flow of baked goods. Shoppers poured in every single day, marking record attendance and sales numbers for the event.
Two borough residents appeared before North Catasauqua Borough Council at the meeting Nov. 18 to voice their concerns about the proposed Catasauqua Area Trail and Transit Initiative and the impact it could have on their properties.
Currently in its earliest stages of development, CATTI would see multiple pedestrian and bike trails built through Catasauqua and North Catasauqua boroughs to connect the three schools and link up with the D&L trailhead by the river.
North Catasauqua Borough Council, at its meeting Nov. 4, approved a modified plan for LED streetlight replacement.
Borough secretary Tasha Jandrisovitz presented council with updated figures on the cost of LED streetlight replacement from PPL. Earlier this year, the borough was told that replacing all of its streetlights with LEDs would come with a fee, plus a slight increase in monthly power payments after the switch.
With those numbers in mind, council had previously decided to hold off on following Catasauqua’s recent switch to LED.
North Catasauqua Borough Council, during its Oct. 21 meeting, was visited again by Keystone Engineering’s Dave Kutzor, who gave an update on the plans for the re-engineering of the borough’s stormwater drainage system.
Residents have complained for years about inadequate drainage that leads to flooding, particularly at the intersections of Main and Green streets and Fourth and Cypress streets. Kutzor addressed Keystone’s analysis of the 87 acres that collect at Fourth and Cypress streets, which is referred to as part two.
Romero’s House of Style, 417 Front St., Catasauqua, is giving back to the community this holiday season with a special Thanksgiving giveaway.
From Oct. 20 to Nov. 20, $5 from every service done by Romero’s will go toward the purchase of Thanksgiving dinners for families in need in the community.
Owner Zack Romero is organizing the giveaway with his wife and business partner, Brittney Conrad, and their new barber, Mark Silvius. The dinners will include everything needed for your perfect Thanksgiving — stuffing, corn, potatoes, turkey and more.