Catasauqua Press

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Board gives first approval of capital plan

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

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.

Bridge work not starting this year

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

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.

Gaming funds at work

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Local News

N. Catty OKs borough hall, fire station

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.

School district steps up safety measures

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON AND PAUL CMIL ; in Local News

Catty council approves full-time resource officer position

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.

Nothstein denies sexual misconduct allegations

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Campaign manager says daily newspaper rejected evidence clearing his name

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.

Hanover mulls radar for sinkhole searches

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Technology designed to locate subsurface issues carries $28,000 price tag

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.

Night at the Races fundraiser at American Legion a success

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

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.

Rap of the gavel

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 by The Press in Local News

AUGUST

MONDAY 20

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.

TUESDAY 21

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.