The mural on the side of Catasauqua Community Food Bank, 527 Front St., had a formal dedication ceremony Nov. 10. Main Streets, Catasauqua’s local business organization, contracted locally trained but internationally known artist Denton Burrows for the mural.
Kimberly Brubaker, president of Main Streets, viewed local artworks on Southside Bethlehem and selected Burrows for his innovative approach to public art.
At Catasauqua Borough Council’s workshop session Nov. 26, council reviewed a list of ordinances that will be passed at its regular meeting Dec. 10.
At that meeting, council will vote on the 2019 budget, fix the tax rate at 6.10 mills, approve the township manager’s salary and set the criteria for senior discounts for garbage collection.
At Hanover Township council’s regular meeting Nov. 19, Chairman Bruce Paulus announced that council had reviewed and approved the 2019 budget. It is available for public review and scheduled for official adoption at council’s Dec. 5 meeting.
With the new budget, the township will continue to have the lowest property tax rate in the state at one-quarter mill. The township, with its management team and business population, has maintained the low tax rate for more than a decade.
In a party-line 6-3 vote Nov. 14, Lehigh County Board of Commissioners overturned county Executive Phillips Armstrong’s Oct. 31 veto of the 2019 budget.
Democrats Dan Hartzell, Amy Zanelli and Geoff Brace voted against the amendment, which would have reduced the tax rate for county residents.
The Nov. 14 action effectively put to rest the disagreement about what the millage rate will be next year. Commissioners approved a 3.64-millage rate marked down from 3.79 mills Armstrong wanted.
North Catasauqua Borough Council meets 7 p.m. in the borough building, 1066 Fourth St.
Hanover Township (Lehigh County) Council meets 7:30 p.m. in the township building, 2202 Grove Road.
Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli will not seek another term as district attorney in 2019. Morganelli is currently Pennsylvania’s most senior district attorney and has served as president of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association. Morganelli’s current term does not end until Dec. 31, 2019.
Jay Cimerol and his son Tyler are in the final stages to reopening Catty Corner, 301 Mulberry St., Catasauqua.
“The health inspector is coming out on Monday, and we anticipate a soft opening with invited guests after Thanksgiving. The soft opening will give the new staff time to iron out any problems,” Jay Cimerol said. “We wanted to open in time for Thanksgiving, but we just aren’t ready.”
An official grand opening for the establishment, to be renamed Catty Corner Neighborhood Pub & Pie, is planned for late December or early January 2019.
Lehigh Valley Planning Commission released a plan dubbed Walk/Bike LV as a way to encourage development of walkways and bike paths to make it easier for residents to get outdoors. The proposal is a regional master plan for pedestrians and bicyclists. Some cities, like Portland and Seattle, lead the way in accommodating everyday trail users. Others like Tucson are a destination for bikers during the winter season.