Catasauqua Area School Board President Penny Hahn does not believe the district should be funding Lehigh Carbon Community College.
The board Feb. 11 voted to approve the LCCC 2013-14 budget, with Hahn voting in opposition.
"I'm going to vote no because I still don't think we should be paying for the college, period," Hahn said. "I'm sorry but we need to concentrate on our K-12, not above.
The district's share of the LCCC $41,860,769 budget is $193,688, which amounts to an increase of $12,174, or 6.7 percent, from last year's budget.
North Catasauqua's Charotin Hose Company responded to the following calls recently.
Jan. 22, 12:11 p.m.
Charotin firefighters responded to the 1000 block of Third Street for a police assist with lifting. Upon a medical evaluation of the victim, an ambulance was requested and the patient was transported to the hospital for treatment.
Smoke in a dwelling
Jan. 23, 5:06 a.m.
Once again, the subject of refuse hauling dominated a North Catasauqua Borough Council meeting.
J.P. Mascaro & Sons Director of Sales Sam Augustine and the company's attorney, Albert DeGennaro, confronted the council about its recent decision to award the refuse collection and recycling contract to McAuliffe Hauling & Recycling at the Jan. 22 meeting.
From left, Megan Hilbert of Northampton, Sarah Hilbert Goode of Southe Whitehall and Emilee Engler of Hanover Township have their eyes on one of the Chinese auction prizes at the Vera Bradley Bingo benefitting the Northampton Area Food Band. The fundraiser was held recently at Good Shepherd School Gym, Northampton.
"Some people say to me, 'Where is Catasauqua?'" said Catasauqua Mayor Barbara Schlegel, addressing members of the Whitehall Area Chamber of Commerce Feb. 14.
"I say, 'Well, we're across the bridge from Whitehall and North Catasauqua is across the bridge from Hokendauqua. We are two different communities but it is as if we're one. We work together."
The Catasauqua community also cooperates with its schools. Students from Catasauqua Area School District and local private schools have painted borough fire hydrants, for example.
Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church, Catasauqua, hosted an evening of magic Feb. 9.
Catasauqua High School teacher Alexis Sziy can now formally move forward and serve as the junior class advisor and assist the junior and senior classes with this year's prom.
A sticky issue arose during the Feb. 11 meeting of the Catasauqua Area School Board when Sziy's appointment was initially turned down by a vote of 4-4.
Voting in opposition to Sziy's appointment were school board members Dawn Berrigan, Carol McCarthy, Christine Naegel and Sally Reiss.
The Catasauqua Area School Board has found another way to save the district and taxpayers money.
Brad Remig, of Public Financial Management, told the school board Feb. 11 by refinancing a 2009 bond in the amount of $8.9 million the district has captured $644,000 in savings.
Remig said the refinancing of the bond amounts to $484,000 in savings in this year's budget.
"This is good news," Remig said. "You didn't do any restructuring or extend debt out."
CASD Superintendent Robert Spengler said savings from the bond refinancing will financially benefit the district.
Boy Scout Sunday was observed Feb. 10 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Catasauqua.
The Lehigh County Commissioners discussed a plan to extend the Lehigh County Authority's charter at its Feb. 13 meeting.
The Lehigh County Authority, who provides water for a majority of Lehigh County, currently has 36 years remaining on its charter, but the charter needs to be extended to 50 years in order for the authority to be able to bid on the lease for Allentown's water.