In his park and recreation committee report, Catasauqua Borough Councilman Gene Schlegel requested a meeting with his committee and borough Manager Steve Travers to discuss summer activities at the parks. There are thoughts to close the swimming pool at Catasauqua Park and Playground. Schlegel said he and his committee will keep council aware of any suggestions.
Travers said the parks will be closed until Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf lifts his parks utilization ban. He said he expects the pool will be closed.
On April 16, more than 200 people lined up on Pine Street to pick up necessities at Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church.
This marks the second massive turnout for Holy Trinity’s community dinners.
The church generally sponsors a community lunch the last Saturday of every month with a small crowd.
However, since COVID-19 has quarantined many, the church stepped up its efforts. Food donations have poured in, and the church has used its own funds to provide pizza and local meals from borough businesses.
Gov. Tom Wolf is encouraging Pennsylvanians to apply for a mail-in ballot for the upcoming presidential primary election June 2.
Just last year, Wolf signed Act 77 of 2019 into the law, giving Pennsylvanians the option to mail in their ballots without the need for any excuse. The act also extended deadlines for voter registration and returning mail-in and absentee ballots.
The deadline to register to vote is May 18.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported, as of May 5, the statewide total of COVID-19 cases is 50,957.
There are 199,925 patients who have tested negative to date. The statewide number of deaths is 3,012.
In Lehigh County, 2,999 positive cases, 7,828 negative cases and 94 deaths have been reported.
In Northampton County, 2,279 positive cases, 6,853 negative cases and 117 deaths have been reported.
In an April 28 news release, Northampton County Executive Lamont McClure and the Northampton County Department of Parks and Recreation announced the May 1 reopening of the county’s parks.
The parks closed April 7 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
North Catasauqua Borough Council held another virtual meeting May 4, which began with a presentation from Enterprise Fleet Services about its police vehicle rental program.
One of the North Catasauqua Police Department vehicles has had engine issues for the past several months. Just as the department made the decision to discontinue further repair work and retire the cruiser, similar issues have appeared in another vehicle.
(Please note that, as many municipal buildings are closed to the public at this time, these meetings may be available via teleconference.)
Catasauqua Area School Board meets 7 p.m. in the administration office board room, 251 N. 14th St.
Lehigh County Board of Commissioners meets 7:30 p.m. in the public hearing room of the Lehigh County Government Center, 17 S. Seventh St., Allentown.