North Catasauqua's Borough Council President Joe Keglovits came to the council's first meeting of the new year Jan. 8 with a list of goals he would like to see accomplished in 2013.
His aims include a determination to increase the police department to what he termed "full staff." The borough's Civil Service Commission is currently in the process of qualifying a list of candidates for an opening on the police department staff.
The Keenagers senior group of the Presbyterian Church of Catasauqua was presented with an overview of the Allentown Rescue Mission's purpose during last Thursday's luncheon meeting.
Newly appointed Allentown Rescue Mission Chief Executive Officer Chris Aylward shared with the group how the shelter serves homeless men in the Lehigh Valley. The shelter, he noted, uses biblical principals and teaching to assist and positively impact its clients.
"It's not just about taking someone in and giving them a bed," Aylward told the group. "It's also giving them care and compassion."
Concerns about the former Sheftel building at 1151 Front St. in North Catasauqua continue. The abandoned manufacturing facility, taken over by a bank and now under new property management, is in danger of causing flooding in the area if the water pipes freeze during the cold-weather months.
The Lehigh County Commissioners again voted to table the Green Futures Fund, despite the urging of dozens of residents to pass the bill.
The Green Futures Fund would have distributed $1.06 million to park and trail projects across the county, including the Martin Luther King Trail in Allentown and the Saucon Rail Trail in Lower Macungie Township.
The vote took place at a December meeting.
Among those who came to show support for the bill was Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, who said he was shocked the "county would turn its back to the voters.
North Catasauqua's Charotin Hose Company has responded to the following calls recently.
Dec. 14, 1:28 p.m.
North Catasauqua firefighters responded to the Catasauqua High Rise, 534 Third St., Catasauqua, along with the Catasauqua Fire Department. Personnel investigated and found smoke from cooking in a third-floor apartment.
Dec. 19, 4:23 a.m.
Charotin personnel responded with Northampton Regional EMS to assist in a medical emergency in the 1300 block of Third Street.
Dec. 19, 1:07 p.m.
North Catasauqua Borough Council meets at 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 1066 Fourth St.
Hanover Township (Lehigh County) Zoning Commission meets at 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 2202 Grove Road.
The Medical Academy Charter School (MACS) still has not fulfilled all the required stipulations set forth by the Catasauqua Area School District school board.
Catasauqua Area School Board workshop meeting at 7 p.m. in the administration office board room at 251 N. 14th Street.
The Catasauqua Borough Planning/Zoning Committee meets at 7 p.m. in the municipal complex, 118 Bridge St.
The Catasauqua Borough Recreation Committee meets at 7 p.m. in the municipal complex, 118 Bridge St.
The Catasauqua Borough Public Safety Committee meets at 7 p.m. in the municipal complex, 118 Bridge St.
In December, members of Holy Trinity Orthodox Catholic Church got busy in the kitchen.
At a December council meeting, bids from three trash haulers were opened, but were later thrown out when the winning bid was found to be faulty.
"It would appear the low bidder in all categories is McAuliffe," Keglovits said after opening the bids at the Dec. 11 meeting.
The council had asked haulers to submit bids for three-year contracts with and without recycling services and also for five-year contracts with and without recycling.
McAuliffe's bids were for $482,923 for a three-year contract and $819,533 for a five-year contract.