The Catasauqua Area School District share of the Lehigh Career & Institute budget has again decreased.
The LCTI general fund 2013-14 budget amounts to $23,598,900, which is an increase of $501,170 or 2.1 percent from the previous year. The CASD portion of the budget decreased 1.06 percent to $798,259.38.
The academic center budget is $1,361.509 and is based on a projected student enrollment of 400 at a cost of $3,404 per student. The district's share of the academic center budget amounts to $46,151.
Area eggs hunts are the scene of excitement in the spring.
At its March 6 meeting of the Hanover Township Council, township Manager Sandra Pudliner presented the council with a proposal for the township to take over water meter readings.
Two water companies currently serve township residents. The Bethlehem Authority serves most of the township, reads the meters and sends the bill to the township. The Allendale area is managed by the township.
Under Pudliner's proposal, maintenance supervisor Jeffry Mouer will be in charge of the effort to reassign all water meters to a single control system managed by the township.
Area Girl Scouts attended a special dance recently.
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.
A close council vote on a Catasauqua Borough zoning ordinance revision could prompt a move to veto the measure by Mayor Barbara Schlegel.
At its March 4 meeting, the council voted 4-3 to revise the borough zoning ordinance to allow apartment units to be built on vacant property along Front Street now owned by FL Smidth.
"I was baffled and surprised," said Catasauqua Borough Councilman Vincent Smith, commenting on opposing votes. The zoning revision is to the borough's Waterfront Overlay District (WOD).
· Coplay Garden Club meeting – 7 p.m., St. John's Lutheran Church, 18 S. Third St., Coplay. Information: 610-261-1243.
· Woman's Club of Catasauqua meeting – 7 p.m., Salem United Church of Christ, Walnut and Third streets. Presentation on Doctors Without Borders. Information: Yvonne Retzler at 610-264-4924.
· Lehigh Valley Horse Council meeting – 7 p.m., Hanover Township Community Center, 3660 Jacksonville Road, Bethlehem. Discussion: "Mounted Orienteering: Can Your Horse Find His Way?" Information: 610-317-8701.
School board member Donald Panto wants the Catasauqua Area School Board to revisit the salaries of coaches and coaching staff.
"I don't think it's an understatement to say athletics is a major part of the school experience," Panto said during the board's March 11 meeting.
Athletic Director Tom Moll told school board members the district's pay for coaches and coaching staff is well below the area average.
"It is significantly less from schools of similar size," Moll said.
A local man's childhood interest in model trains developed into a talent for creating scale-model displays of buildings, including sites familiar to Catasauqua and North Catasauqua residents.
The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners voted 5-4 against extending the Lehigh County Authority's charter at its March 13 meeting.
The Lehigh County Authority was seeking an extension on its current charter so it could put in a bid for Allentown's proposed 50-year water and sewage system lease. The city is in need of $150 to 200 million to help pay for its underfunded employee pension program. LCA's current charter expires in 36 years.
Chairwoman Lisa Scheller called the vote the most important the current board has had to make and likely will remain so.