Lehigh County may be on the verge of doing away with cash bail. Proponents of the measure spoke Sept. 12 to commissioners and county administrative officials.
Allentown resident Julie Thomases said, “We are here to make a case for doing away with cash bail for nonviolent and low-risk offenders, as has Northampton County, Philadelphia and other counties, cities and states. Cash bail is a system of pretrial release that forces a person who has been accused but not yet found guilty of a crime to pay a fee to be released from custody before additional proceedings or trial.”
Fall is finally here — and both Catasauqua and North Catasauqua boroughs are ready to celebrate.
Historic Catasauqua Preservation Association is sponsoring the 13th annual Fest O’ Fall celebration noon-5 p.m. Oct. 6, with a rain date of noon-5 p.m. Oct. 7.
Activities will be held at Biery House, 8 Race St., and George Taylor House, Lehigh and Poplar streets.
John Landi, the owner of Pie’s On Pizzeria, went before Catasauqua Borough Zoning Hearing Board Sept. 18 to ask for a variance for a property at 413 Second St. The property, once used as a gas station, sits in the middle of a mixed-use, predominantly residential area.
The board unanimously approved the request.
Landi plans to use the area for limited storage for his pizza business and to store classic cars that he and his father acquired.
At the Oct. 1 meeting of North Catasauqua Borough Council, Mayor William Molchany Jr. discussed his recent attendance at a meeting for Walk/Bike Lehigh Valley.
These meetings discuss ways to ensure safer walking and biking trails throughout the Lehigh Valley. Recently, Walk/Bike Lehigh Valley has discussed plans to connect all bike trails in the Lehigh Valley.
Council President Peter Paone wants to send a letter to the group, expressing his interest in getting North Catasauqua involved with this project. Plans are due by May 2019.
Catasauqua Borough Recreation Committee meets 7 p.m. in the municipal complex, 90 Bridge St.
Catasauqua Borough Authority meets 7:30 p.m. in the municipal complex, 90 Bridge St.
Catasauqua Area School Board meets 7 p.m. in the administration office board room, 251 N. 14th St.
Lehigh County Board of Commissioners meets 7:30 p.m. in the public hearing room of the Lehigh County Government Center, 17 S. Seventh St., Allentown.
Jay Cimerol and his son Tyler, of Catasauqua, have purchased the Catty Corner Restaurant and Bar, 301 Mulberry St., and plan to reopen it as a neighborhood bar and pizzeria.
Jeff Barber, of Lehigh Financial Group LLC, Allentown, arranged for a private bridge loan for the Cimerols to purchase the two-story property. Settlement took place Sept. 13.
The Cimerols are renovating the building, which has been closed for about 18 months. They plan to open the Catty Corner Neighborhood Pub and Pie in mid- to late-October.
At Catasauqua Borough Council’s workshop meeting Sept. 24, Councilwoman Christine Weaver announced council would present a developer agreement for the Iron Works property at the regular meeting Oct. 1. This is a culmination of months of negotiations with the developer and support from the state for grant funds under the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP).
Council is expected to vote on the agreement at its regular meeting.
Council will also have the description and duties of the fire inspector on the agenda.