Lehigh County Board of Commissioners gave preliminary approval for the 2019-20 capital plan July 25. In gross numbers, the plan calls for a five-year grand total expenditure of $129,107,334.
The first reading of the plan passed 8-0. Commissioner Brad Osborne was absent.
Some big-ticket expenses being funded in 2019 include replacement of the voting system — $3.5 million; the Coplay-Northampton Bridge — $5 million; and courthouse upgrades — $1.06 million.
In a disappointing development, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation delayed the reconstruction of the Race Street bridge over Catasauqua Creek until some undetermined time next year. The note says spring of 2019. The formal announcement was made at Catasauqua Borough Council’s regular meeting Aug. 13.
The project was originally scheduled in 2016 and has been delayed several times. It is part of a program designed to get questionable bridges updated to meet safety standards.
Mayor Barbara Schlegel is in contact with state Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-18th.
Hanover Township (Lehigh County) Zoning Commission meets 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 2202 Grove Road.
Catasauqua Borough General Government Committee meets 6:30 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.
North Catasauqua Borough Council is using funds received from Northampton County and the Sands Casino to make enhancements to borough hall.
At the Aug. 20 meeting, council approved a $4,855 renovation to the fire house to fit a new cascade air system. The fire department purchased the unit, which fills the emergency responders’ air cylinders, for $38,250 after its 24-year-old unit stopped working two weeks ago. However, modifications need to be completed to the fire house in order to get the unit in place.
The Catasauqua Area School District is focusing on security and updating security measures for the 2018-19 school year.
Catasauqua Area School District Superintendent Robert Spengler attended the Catasauqua Borough Council meeting Aug. 13 to voice his support for a dedicated resource officer for the district.
“In light of all that we saw at Parkland (Florida), this is particularly important,” he said.
It’s that bittersweet time of year when many parents see their college-bound children leave home for the first time. That includes Lehigh Valley Congressional candidate Marty Nothstein and his wife, Christi. Their daughter left for Penn State Aug. 17.
Before that happened, the family awoke to a Morning Call story placing Nothstein at the center of a supposed sexual misconduct investigation.
“It was a tough day to send my daughter to school,” Nothstein would say later that day as he took his case to the public.
Homeowners on Troxell Street have labored with burst water lines, sinkholes and ragged pavement for years. Most of the problems are in a two-block area.
Earlier in the year, Councilmen Robert Heimbecker and Curtis Wegfahrt asked council to consider looking at the substructure with ground-penetrating radar to determine where problems exist. The problems seem to be repeating, and there is not a defined source that anyone can find.
American Legion Post 215, 330 Second St., Catasauqua, opened its doors Aug. 4 for a first-time event from the recently founded Please and Thank You Foundation.
“We just started this group, and this is our first fundraiser,” said Colleen Brooks, who heads the organization.
Brooks is a senior care nurse with decades of experience in the community.
She developed Williams Manor, a senior living home in Bushkill Township.
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 Utilities Committee meets 6 p.m. in the municipal complex, 90 Bridge St.
Catasauqua Borough Public Works Committee meets 7 p.m. in the municipal complex, 90 Bridge St.
Catasauqua Borough Zoning Hearing Board meets 7:30 p.m. in the municipal complex, 90 Bridge St.