The Catasauqua Borough Council workshop meeting Nov. 25 began with budget talks. A planned discussion of upcoming ordinances quickly jumped to the 2020 budget.
Borough Manager Steven Travers reported he has the final 2020 budget prepared and ready for distribution to council. Council President Vincent Smith asked that the final budget be distributed as soon as possible as he expects a vote on the budget at the Dec. 2 council meeting.
Travers noted the current tax hike is 0.5 mill. For a home assessed at $100,000, this is a $50 tax increase.
In the days of yore when people went shopping downtown, Black Friday was an industry term for the period when retailers made enough money to pay all the bills. The rest of the year’s sales were profit. That day usually occurred at Thanksgiving. After Thanksgiving, the goal was to bring in shoppers to bump up the profits.
With changes in shopping habits, Black Friday now means time to get deals for Christmas. The goal is still the same, but there is no guarantee the store will be open after Christmas.
Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church held its monthly community luncheon Oct. 26 and honored local first responders with an elegant buffet, highlighted by Pastor Brian Riedy’s special recipe for duck and mushroom ravioli.
The meal was held in the training room at Catasauqua Fire Department, 90 Bridge St., and guests were served by members of the congregation. There were approximately 30 guests for lunch.
The next luncheon is scheduled for 11-12:30 p.m. Nov. 30 at the church, 604 Fourth St., Catasauqua.
Catasauqua Borough community leaders met at Blocker’s Coffeehouse, 309 Front St., for their semiannual meeting Oct. 7.
Melissa Brown, Suburban North Family YMCA director, discussed plans the YMCA has for community gardens. The idea is to get the community involved in raising food crops.
Brown is looking to open a fresh produce market at a vacant property owned by Vincent Smith on Front Street. The plan is to have the farm stand outdoors in the summer and have pop-up shops in the building during the growing season.
With the winter season approaching, Revolution Church opened its doors for a new ministry.
The new initiative, dubbed the GeneroCity Love Outreach, is under the direction of Joshua and Laurel Roeber.
They collected coats and assembled hygiene kits for the inner-city homeless.
The Roebers collected coats over the past few weeks and drove to a homeless shelter in Allentown Nov. 16.
Revolution Church, located on Race and Lehigh streets, is headed by Jim and Mary McIver, senior pastors.
At Hanover Township’s regular meeting Nov. 20, Chairman Bruce Paulus asked council to reconsider a resolution correcting a zoning error.
The Goodmac property was purchased years ago as a way for the developers of Airport Center to expand the mall. The mall never generated the retail coattails the developers expected. Over the years, Goodmac has proposed various projects, none of which were met with favor by the township.
The property straddles Allentown and Hanover Township. Both municipalities need to agree for any project to move forward.
Catasauqua Borough Recreation Committee meets 6 p.m. in the municipal complex, 90 Bridge St.
Catasauqua Borough Council 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.
Hanover Township (Lehigh County) Council meets 7:30 p.m. in the township building, 2202 Grove Road.
Catasauqua Borough Public Utilities Committee meets 9 a.m. in the municipal complex, 90 Bridge St.
Catasauqua Borough General Government committee meets 6 p.m. in the municipal complex, 90 Bridge St.
Catasauqua Borough Council holds a workshop meeting 7 p.m. in the municipal complex, 90 Bridge St.
Catasauqua Borough Shade Tree Commission meets 7 p.m. in the municipal complex, 90 Bridge St.
Whitehall Mall’s Sears store is expected to close in early 2020, according to a Nov. 7 news release from Transformco, which purchased the store’s assets in February.
This location, at 1259 Whitehall Mall, is one of seven Sears or Kmart stores in Pennsylvania set to close.