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.
The members of the Whitehall Area Chamber of Commerce laughed a lot last week.
The occasion was the second annual Chamber Mayoral Luncheon Feb. 14. Speakers included Whitehall Mayor Edward Hozza Jr., Catasauqua Mayor Barbara Schlegel, Coplay Mayor Joseph Bundra, Northampton Mayor Thomas Reenock and Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski.
Each was invited to give a short speech highlighting his or her municipality. Several of the speeches were infused with humor.
Catasauqua Borough Council holds a workshop meeting at 7 p.m. in the municipal complex, 118 Bridge St.
The Catasauqua Borough General Government committee meets at 6:30 p.m. in the municipal complex, 118 Bridge St.
Lehigh County Commissioners meet at 7:30 p.m. in the public hearing room of the Lehigh County Government Center, 17 S. Seventh St., Allentown.
Hanover Township residents who raised a ruckus about noise last fall will be happy to hear the township administration has heard their pleas and responded with attempts to control noise levels.
The Lehigh Gap Nature Center held its 16th annual Bake Oven Knob Area Bird Survey on Jan. 19.
The first survey was conducted by the Wildlife Information Center in 1997. The WIC grew from a small operation of volunteers working from a storefront in Slatington to the present day Lehigh Gap Nature Center covering about 750 acres along the west side of the Lehigh River north of Slatington.
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Catasauqua Area School District Superintendent Robert Spengler told members of the Catasauqua School Board last week that it's still too early to discuss with any certainty the upcoming 2013-14 budget.
"There are more variables than there has ever been," he said at the Feb. 5 meeting. "It's about guesswork. I can't even guess on a lot of these variables."
In response to an outcry from residents at hearings late last year, the Hanover Township Council called for the township solicitor to draft an ordinance regarding noise control.
At its Jan. 16 meeting, Solicitor Jackson Eaton outlined proposed changes to the municipal code intended to strengthen the township's ability to deal with noise.
The new regulations will do three things. They will define how sound barriers are constructed, outline requirements for sound containment and set a maximum allowable decibel reading for noise levels.