At the Hanover Township Council meeting last Wednesday, Councilman Michael Woolley proposed legislation to limit the term of a council chairman to four years.
The ordinance was rebutted by Councilman Bruce Paulus, who had earlier held the position of chairman for 10 years.
"What benefit is it to the township?" he asked at the beginning of his argument.
"Council elects a new chairman every year in January," he said. If council is not satisfied with the chairman's performance, they can nominate someone new."
Attorney Joseph Piperato, representing Frederick H. Silver, appeared before the Catasauqua Zoning Hearing Board Sept. 17 to respond to a letter he received from Eugene Goldfeder, Catasauqua borough manager and zoning officer.
Silver is president of Medical Device Development Inc., and owner of Silver Manor Adult Living Apartments, a fire-damaged property at the corner of Race and Front streets in Catasauqua.
When asked by zoning board Chairman Todd Richards to present his case, Piperato set off a series of legal arguments involving the attorneys in attendance.
Catasauqua police officers were recently publicly commended for their lifesaving efforts and for their years of service.
At the Sept. 4 meeting of the Catasauqua Borough Council, borough Police Chief Douglas Kish presented two Life Saving Awards.
North Catasauqua's Charotin Hose Company responded to the following calls in July.
July 1, 4:19 p.m.
Engine 4311 responded with the Northampton Fire Department and Northampton Regional EMS for an apartment building fire at the 1700 block of Main Street in Northampton Borough. Northampton County 9-1-1 initially dispatched a fire alarm but upgraded the assignment with reports of smoke in the building.
Firefighters arrived on location and determine the cause to burned food.
July 5, 10:08 a.m.
The Catasauqua Area School Board will be discussing and planning for the possibility of implementing all day kindergarten and moving fifth grade classes down to Sheckler Elementary School within the next two to three months.
The board voted Sept. 9 to begin working on both plans.
"We're just asking for approval to start planning," said CASD Superintendent Robert Spengler. "These have a lot of issues. We have a lot to plan for."
Sheckler Principal Eric Dauberman expressed support for offering all day kindergarten.
Hanover Township's Zoning Hearing Board reviewed two requests at an Aug. 23 hearing.
In the first appeal, the local subsidiary of Anthony Properties, AP Allentown, asked for approval for a directional sign at the Carmike Theater property near the Valley View Mall at 1700 Catasauqua Road.
AP Allentown owns the building and leases it to Carmike.
"This is not a billboard sign, but only a sign that would assist movie patrons in locating the theater," said Brian Shiu, the company's local leasing representative.
Lehigh County Aging and Adult Services has the following open enollment sites for residents who need assistance with Medicare Part D between Oct. 15 through Dec. 7.
·Slatington Public Library, 650 Main St. Slatington. Call 610-767-6461 for an appointment.
·Lehigh County Government Center, 17 S. 7th St., Allentown. Call 610-782-3200 for an appointment.
·Lehigh County Senior Center, 1633 Elm St. Allentown. Call 610-437-3700 for an appointment.
·State Rep. Mike Schlossberg's office, 2030 W. Tilghman St. Suite 100, Allentown. Call 610-821-5577 for an appointment.
PRESS PHOTOS BY LINDA ROTHROCK
Lehigh Valley clean air advocates came out in full force to the Sept. 11 Lehigh County Board of Commissioners meeting, urging the commissioners to repeal a recent Lehigh County Board of Elections decision.
The advocates have been pursuing a ballot initiative that would impose more stringent emissions monitoring of a waste-to-energy plant being constructed in the city.
The question, however, will not appear on the ballot because the election board rejected the initiative last month.
The front of the Hanover Township municipal building will soon take on a slightly different look.
Kevin Klase of Klase Landscape Contractors, New Tripoli, appeared at the Sept. 4 Hanover Township Supervisors meeting to present his proposal for landscaping work to be done on the outside perimeter of the building.
Klase's two proposals include removing all planting, adding topsoil, doing a proper grade and applying sod or saving what planting and soil can be saved. The first proposal would cost the township $22,650.
"I designed this so it's not overplanted," Klase said.