In a retrospective look at 2013, [The Press, Jan. 16] Catasauqua Borough Executive Eugene Goldfeder discussed the acquisition of the FL Smidth property and the next steps the borough council will need to take in its development. In this continuing interview, he discusses other council business.
Interestingly Goldfeder felt the second most important trend started in 2013 was starting the grant cycle for the borough's historic George Taylor House.
Patrick Corrocher of Catasauqua received an unexpected surprise Dec. 25, 2013.
On his Christmas wish list was a new bicycle. Ben Ferenchak of Catasauqua turned Patrick's wish into a reality by personally delivering a refurbished bike – a 1995 Cannondale Six.
According to Patrick's mother Arlana, Patrick previously used his father John's bike until the bike became inoperable. At that point, Arlana utilized Facebook, asking her friends if they were aware of any used bikes for sale.
The Catasauqua High School cell phone policy will undergo a major change next academic year.
At last month's Catasauqua Area School School Board meeting, the board discussed changing the current policy. At issue was the school keeping a student's device for more than one day after a first infraction. During the November 2013 meeting, Cindy Weiss of Catasauqua, the mother of a high school student, cited safety concerns as a reason for returning a student's device the same day.
Following a long trial challenging Pennsylvania's voter ID law, Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard L. McGinley ruled Jan. 17 to permanently enjoin the measure.
At the reorganizational meeting Monday, Jan. 6, Catasauqua Borough Council elected Vincent Smith as new council president.
During the meeting, Mayor Barbara Schlegel then asked for nominations.
The president's position is often negotiated behind the scenes, with prospective candidates testing their levels of support with other members of council.
Prior to the meeting there were rumors that more than one candidate would be nominated, but from the results, Smith had the number of votes needed to be elected.
The final vote was 4 to 3 in favor of his candidacy.
State Rep. Julie Harhart, R-183rd, wants to inform organizations conducting small games of chance the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue has extended the Feb. 1 reporting deadline until next year.
Harhart also said nonprofit organizations that do not hold liquor licenses will not have to submit to any reporting requirements due to further updates to the act.
In November, Catasauqua along with Coplay and Whitehall, submitted an application to the state requesting permission to designate certain projects as tax-incentivized zones, formally known as the Community Revitalization and Improvement Zone.
Howard Lieberman, executive director of the Whitehall Township Industrial & Commercial Development Authority, spearheaded the effort and prepared the applications under an informal intermunicipal agreement. In January, the state formally declined the authority's application.
Hanover Township (Lehigh County) Zoning Commission meets 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 2202 Grove Road.
Catasauqua Borough Council holds a workshop meeting 7 p.m. in the municipal complex, 118 Bridge St.
The Catasauqua Borough General Government committee meets 6:30 p.m. in the municipal complex, 118 Bridge St.
North Catasauqua Borough Council meets 7 p.m. in the borough building, 1066 Fourth St.
· Woman's Club of Catasauqua meeting – noon, Olive Garden Restaurant, Grape Street, Allentown.
· Catasauqua Area Lions meeting – 7 p.m., Jednota Club, Fifth and Grove streets, North Catasauqua.
· Delaware, Lehigh & Susquehanna Model Railroad Club meeting – 7-9 p.m., Coplay Borough Hall, Fourth and Center streets. Open to all model railroaders ages 14 and older. Information: Dick Lobach at 610-965-2598.
Bob Minnich of Minnich Metals, Awards and More on Pine Street reported that a bench he had donated to the borough was recently damaged by a Catasauqua Borough public works snowplow vehicle.
Minnich said one of the adjacent business owners on Pine Street told him they saw the plow strike the bench.
"We have witnesses that saw the snowplow hit it," he said. "They [borough snowplow driver] knew it was there. I had to get the borough involved when I set it on the sidewalk."