Democrat Jeanne McNeill will retain her seat representing the 133rd Legislative District.
The incumbent won a 2017 special election, replacing her late husband, Daniel, who had held the office since 2012.
The district includes Catasauqua, Coplay and Fountain Hill boroughs and the Lehigh County portions of the city of Bethlehem, Hanover Township and parts of Salisbury and Whitehall townships.
The winner of this race will serve until Jan. 3, 2019, finishing the term of U.S. Congressman Charlie Dent, who represented the current 15th Congressional District.
The candidates — Democrat Susan Wild, Republican Marty Nothstein and Libertarian Tim Silfies — are the same as those running to represent the new 7th Congressional District for two years in the next Congress.
Northampton County voters will be asked to answer a referendum question that could amend the Home Rule Charter.
This question will appear on the ballot: Shall the electorate of Northampton County approve a change in the Northampton County Home Rule charter to Article IV titled “Controller,” 2nd Paragraph of Section 401, commencing with the Controller’s term of office which begins January 2020, so as to provide for the following amendment: “During his term in office, the County Controller shall devote full time to the office.”
Northampton County Executive Lamont McClure has proposed an ambitious $455 million spending plan for 2019 that does not include a tax hike. If approved, the tax rate will stay at 11.8 mills.
This means homes assessed at $75,000 will have a tax bill of $880.
The Catasauqua Area School District family gained an important new member for the 2018-19 school year. Officer Jenna Dumansky-Potak has joined the district as the School Resource Officer (SRO).
Superintendent of Schools Robert Spengler and Police Chief Douglas Kish were both excited about the partnership.
“It is a win-win for both the school district and the borough,” Kish said.
“Chief Kish has been a pleasure to work with on this project, and I look forward to continuing and expanding our relationship,” Spengler said.
At Catasauqua Borough Council’s workshop session Oct. 29, council reviewed an ordinance calling for the appointment of a fire inspector. Ray Anthony has been nominated to fill the position. He is not only qualified as a firefighter, but also is a part-time police officer. The new position will allow local authorities to investigate fires.
Council reviewed the hazard mitigation plan and is expected to pass the measure at its next session, set for Nov. 5. Councilwoman Christine Weaver indicated the borough has 44 projects that could receive funding once the plan is passed.
The Presbyterian Church of Catasauqua, 210 Pine St., held its first-ever sock hop event Sept. 29.
Guy Edwards, the event’s deejay, brought out his collection of ’50s and ’60s music for the party.
“This was just a fun event that we put on. It wasn’t a fundraiser. We wanted to open the doors of the church to anyone who wandered in,” Edwards said.
The tables were stocked with turkey barbecues and hot dogs, as well as homemade desserts.
Catasauqua Borough Council meets 7 p.m. at the municipal complex, 90 Bridge St.
North Catasauqua Borough Council meets 7 p.m. at the borough building, 1066 Fourth St.
Hanover Township (Lehigh County) Council meets 7:30 p.m. at the township building, 2202 Grove Road.
Branden M. Bilheimer, of Catasauqua, received his Eagle Scout badge Oct. 27 at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 417 Howertown Road, Catasauqua.
He is the son of Christopher M. Bilheimer and Kimberly Smith. The recent Catasauqua High School graduate is attending Kutztown University, where he is majoring in secondary education and physics.