North Catasauqua Borough Council held a virtual meeting over video conference May 18. Councilwoman Cherie Gebhardt discussed the state of the recreation committee in the midst of COVID-19.
Nearly all of the committee’s revenue comes from events and activities held in the summer, but it seems unlikely that most, if any, of those events will be able to take place.
During its virtual meeting May 4, North Catasauqua Borough Council approved a new ordinance that made some changes to parking and traffic practices in the borough.
The new ordinance, which has been discussed at borough council meetings for the past several months, updates and compiles several existing parking and traffic ordinances that have been on the books for years. Putting it all under one ordinance will make it easier for residents to track down parking laws in the public record.
Gov. Tom Wolf is encouraging Pennsylvanians to apply for a mail-in ballot for the upcoming presidential primary election June 2.
Just last year, Wolf signed Act 77 of 2019 into the law, giving Pennsylvanians the option to mail in their ballots without the need for any excuse. The act also extended deadlines for voter registration and returning mail-in and absentee ballots.
The deadline to register to vote is May 18.
North Catasauqua Borough Council held another virtual meeting May 4, which began with a presentation from Enterprise Fleet Services about its police vehicle rental program.
One of the North Catasauqua Police Department vehicles has had engine issues for the past several months. Just as the department made the decision to discontinue further repair work and retire the cruiser, similar issues have appeared in another vehicle.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced April 24 that construction projects in the state will be allowed to resume May 1, one week earlier than his administration had previously announced.
The governor’s announcement came with strict guidelines on how construction work can be conducted safely to mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19.
On April 20, North Catasauqua Borough Council held its first virtual meeting since the COVID-19 pandemic began last month.
Essential borough staff like Police Chief Chris Wolfer, Fire Chief Shawn McGinley and Emergency Management Director Roger Scheirer called in from borough hall, while council and other officials stayed at home and joined the meeting through a video chat.
Council President Peter Paone, however, called from Southern California, where he has been on an essential work trip for the past three weeks.
With COVID-19 now thoroughly spread into the United States, the American Dental Association has recommended dentists across the country postpone all elective procedures and appointments for at least a few more weeks.
In a statement released March 16, ADA President Chad P. Gehani said, “The ADA is deeply concerned for the health and well-being of the public and the dental team.”
In the self isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic, it can be easy to feel helpless. Residents of Lehigh and Northampton counties are under a stay-at-home order, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says is the best thing people can do to help slow the spread of the virus.
Understandably, being stuck at home has made many people restless. More than anything, they wish they could be doing something to contribute in the fight against COVID-19.
With schools closed and orders from the state to stay at home, children throughout Pennsylvania are sorely missing spending time with their friends. For many Sheckler Elementary School students, that includes Officers Patrick Best and Jenna Potak, the Catasauqua Area School District school resource officers.
Hopeful to stay connected with students despite the shutdown, Catasauqua Police Department introduced the Chalk Your Walk campaign in the borough, where children and residents are asked to write encouraging chalk messages on the sidewalks for first responders.
The latest COVID-19 shutdown from Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has closed all nonessential business that cannot be conducted remotely, and unfortunately for hopeful homeowners and sellers, that includes real estate.
Whitehall-based Realtor Shari Noctor described how social distancing and closures for real estate agents and other adjacent businesses has brought the market to a standstill in the Lehigh Valley.