Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong unveiled his 2020 proposed $514.6 million fiscal plan Aug. 30 to department heads, staffers, four attending commissioners and the public. Speaking in the public hearing room of the Lehigh County Administration’s Seventh Street headquarters in Allentown, Armstrong’s budget raises taxes to 5.5 percent.
September doesn’t just mark the first days of school for returning students; it’s also the beginning of the Lehigh County Citizens’ Academy.
Lehigh County will be officially unveiling its nine-day academy, open to local residents, 6 p.m. Sept. 12 in the public hearing room of the Lehigh County Government Center, 17 S. Seventh St., Allentown.
After a protest from neighbors in and around Lloyd Street, Hanover Township Council, during a Sept. 4 meeting, passed an ordinance restricting truck traffic to local deliveries only. Township Manager Christopher Garges promised to get signs up announcing the changes.
“The signs don’t mean much because the truck drivers just ignore them,” said Tom Hutterer, a resident. “Are we going to get police presence from the state police?”
Bill Nothstein, director of Catasauqua Area Showcase Theatre, came before the Catasauqua Area School District Board of Education Sept. 10 to request consideration for the organization.
Nothstein said during discussions he has had with Adam Schnug, Catasauqua High School principal, and Thomas Moll, CASD director of student activities, they noted the district is reworking its policy regarding the public use of school facilities. He said he was told to talk with Robert Spengler, CASD superintendent of schools, regarding CAST’s future in the district.
Wednesday, September 11, 2019 by ED PANY Curator, Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum in Local NewsGary Butko
Mr. Gary Butko was reared in Northampton, graduating from Northampton High School and vo-tech, specializing in masonry, in 1976.
Gary’s first job was with a bricklaying firm, earning $5 an hour. After a few years, he was employed by MCP, a metal company, for 18 years.
When the plant closed, he started his cement career at Lafarge, recalling, “I started on the tire dock, feeding tires into the plant’s kilns, later transferring to the labor gang and the pack house.”
At Catasauqua Borough Council’s regular meeting Sept. 3, borough Manager Stephen Travers indicated he would talk to business owners along two blocks of Front Street regarding the borough’s sidewalk project.
As background, the borough looked to improve the sidewalks across from the new municipal building. The sidewalks and curbing along Front Street are sinking. Anticipated road improvements would bring the roadway higher, rendering the curbs useless.
Senior citizens residing in the 183rd Legislative District are invited to the third annual free senior expo scheduled for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 13 at Bethany Wesleyan Church, 675 Blue Mountain Drive, Cherryville. The event is sponsored by state Rep. Zach Mako, R-183rd,
“This event is always very popular and provides valuable information,” Mako said. “Many times, seniors, family members or their caregivers are unsure of resources and opportunities available to assist older residents. This expo brings a variety of resources together all in one place.
The James Supra Blues Band made an appearance at Catasauqua’s amphitheater Aug. 30 for one of the borough’s summer concerts at Catasauqua Park and Playground, 501 American St.
“We try to get at least one concert every year with him,” Jeff Miller said. “He is much sought-after talent, and we are happy he always has a great show.”
Miller runs the parks and the pool and starts scheduling the bands in February. He noted Catasauqua’s venue is in high demand by local musicians.
Supra’s band is popular in the Lehigh Valley.
Catasauqua Borough Public Safety Committee meets 7 p.m. in the municipal complex, 90 Bridge St.
North Catasauqua Borough Council meets 7 p.m. in the borough building, 1066 Fourth St.
Catasauqua Borough Public Works Committee meets 6 p.m. in the municipal complex, 90 Bridge St.
Catasauqua Borough Zoning Hearing Board meets 7:30 p.m., as needed, in the municipal complex, 90 Bridge St.
Hanover Township (Lehigh County) Planning Commission meets 7:30 p.m. in the township building, 2202 Grove Road.