At the Oct. 7 Catasauqua Borough Council meeting, Councilman Brian Bartholomew successfully pushed through a motion to spend $200,000 earmarked for street repairs.
The motion passed unanimously, despite some mild resistance. Before the vote, Bartholomew voiced frustration about UGI work in the borough delaying needed street repairs.
Police Officer Antonio Tramonte gave a presentation at the North Catasauqua Borough Council meeting Oct. 7 about the department’s increase in DUI arrests since 2017.
He cited numerous officer training programs that he and acting Chief Chris Wolfer have taken, as well as his background in drug enforcement, as the primary cause. He noted he became a full-time officer in 2017.
DUI arrests in North Catasauqua — which include the influence of both drugs and alcohol — numbered in the single digits until 2017. They have numbered in the dozens every year since then.
Every year, Historic Catasauqua Preservation Association puts on its fundraiser, Fest O’ Fall, on the first Saturday of October. This year’s outing Oct. 5 welcomed a perfect fall day and crowds that gathered for the festivities.
Blondies set up a craft fair in conjunction with the event, and the Catasauqua Fire Department held an open house.
Under Pennsylvania’s Election Code, 10 or more citizens have the right to challenge the Department of State’s certification of a voting system. That’s exactly what happened to the ExpressVote XL voting system in Northampton County, a hybrid combining a voter-verified paper trail with the simplicity of a touch screen.
This system was certified by both the federal and state governments in November 2018. Eight months later, a challenge was filed. This triggered an automatic re-examination, which was conducted off-site in August.
The time has come for North Catasauqua Betterment Committee’s 13th annual Best of North Catasauqua Autumnfest and car show.
The event is scheduled for 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 13 at North Catasauqua William J. Albert Memorial Park, 701 Grove St. Grove Street from Arch Street to Sixth Street alongside the park will be closed the day of the festival.
There will be a car show, food, live music, a raffle, craft and flea market and kids’ activities.
Registration for the car show is 9 a.m.-noon. Bring your classic car out to be appreciated by fellow car lovers.
On Sept. 19, Catasauqua Police Department held its monthly community outreach event. This time, Catasauqua residents were invited to enjoy hot dogs at Blondies, 333 Front St., Catasauqua, for Dogs with the Defenders.
For the past year and a half, the police department has been organizing these gatherings at local restaurants or other venues, with the hope of making a stronger bond with the community it serves.
Events like this provide a friendly environment where everyone can come together without the stress that usually accompanies a visit from the police.
The League of Women Voters of Lehigh County focused on the county’s new voting machines at its Sept. 9 Hot Topics luncheon. Speakers Timothy A. Benyo, chief clerk to the Lehigh County Elections Board, and Terri Harkins, deputy chief clerk, provided a clear explanation of the new voting process.
To promote election security, Gov. Tom Wolf ordered that all counties must have new, secure voting machines by 2020.
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.
Catasauqua Borough Planning and Zoning Committee meets 9:30 a.m. in the municipal complex, 90 Bridge St.
Catasauqua Borough Planning Commission meets 6:30 p.m. in the municipal complex, 90 Bridge St.