North Catasauqua police now have clear guidelines on how to handle domestic animals that have strayed from their owners’ homes.
The borough council voted unanimously Feb. 14 to institute a policy for officers in the borough police department that outlines the approach an officer should take when confronted with a pet on the loose that is injured or acting aggressively.
A number of positions were approved by the Catasauqua school board during the Feb. 14 meeting.
The board unanimously approved Trajano Bastida as the Catasauqua Middle School soccer coach with a stipend of $2,671; James Schaffer and Erin DeBoer as Catasauqua High School Brown and White co-advisers with stipends of $1,772; Erika Proctor as the CHS assistant softball coach volunteer; Randy Gillespie as CMS assistant soccer coach volunteer; and Richard Clancy as CHS assistant softball coach with a stipend of $2,671.
Catasauqua officials are hoping PennDOT will pick up some of the cost to relocate water and sewer lines for a bridge replacement project on Race Street.
The borough council voted Feb. 6 to approve a resolution asking PennDOT to pick up 75 percent of the cost to relocate the lines.
PennDOT confirmed it is replacing the bridge over Catasauqua Creek as part of its fast track program. The original plan had a start date of April with a finish date in October, but the start has now been delayed until September.
Catasauqua resident Don Hunter arrived at the Feb. 6 Catasauqua Borough Council meeting ready for a fight. After years of trouble with the tenants of a neighboring property, Hunter opened the discussion at the meeting with some incendiary remarks.
He was quickly cut off by borough Solicitor Thomas Dinkelacker.
Hunter restarted and explained his situation.
“This has been going on for 14 years,” he said. “The latest is the tenant’s dog in that building attacked my service dog,” he said.
Five bidders have submitted proposals to take over trash collection in Hanover Township.
At the township council meeting Feb. 15, the bids were opened.
The low bidder in this round was County Waste of PA, with a winning bid of $89,936.64. The company has a large number of customers in counties in the Pocono region. They are not as well known in this area as some of the other bidders.
Advanced Waste Disposal was the second lowest bidder.
The existing contract is held by JP Mascaro & Sons.
This is the second round of bidding for the contract.
The 2017 4-H Potato Grading and Identification Contest was held at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Jan. 11.
Sixteen teams with 73 4-H members from Bradford, Dauphin, Indiana, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton and Union counties participated.
Catasauqua resident Sophia Vargas was among the 4-H members who participated in the contest for the first time.
Competing with her on the third-place Lehigh County basic “A” team were Jonas Geiger, of Schnecksville; Marisa Berger, of Kutztown; and Alaina Muller, of Orefield.
Pennsylvania State Rep. Zach Mako, R-183rd, has been serving the constituents of Northampton and Lehigh counties for nearly two months.
Mako, who was sworn in Jan. 3, said he initially decided to run for the open legislative seat due to the current condition of state, national and international politics.
“I was concerned and wanted to give back,” Mako told The Press.
On Feb. 6, Catherine McCullough made an impassioned plea to keep her company, Feline Finish Line, operating in Catasauqua. She spoke at a Catasauqua Borough Council meeting.
McCullough talked about the history of the company, a nonprofit, and the 1,000 cats that have been adopted out during its seven years in existence.
In late 2015, someone reported her to Catasauqua Zoning Officer Eugene Goldfeder for operating a business out of her home in an area zoned residential. The situation escalated because McCullough ignored Goldfeder’s request for an explanation.
The Catasauqua Area School Board has welcomed two new board members, Jason Bashaw, of North Catasauqua, and Dale Hein, of Catasauqua.
Bashaw and Hein were approved at the board’s Jan. 17 meeting.
The new appointees replace former board member Dawn Berrigan, who resigned in December, and Carol McCarthy, whose letter of resignation was approved in January. Both terms run until Dec. 31.