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Catty teachers get new contract, pay increases

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Catasauqua Area School District teachers are now working under a new five-year contract.

The Catasauqua Area School Board approved the new contract by a vote of 7-0 at their Jan. 17 meeting. The new contract runs from July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2022. Newly appointed board members Jason Bashaw and Dale Hein abstained from the vote.

Highlights of the new contract include all salary schedules increasing by $1,000 in the first and second years, $1,100 in the third and fourth years and $1,200 in the fifth year.

Appointments approved

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Lehigh County Board of Commissioners appointed and reappointed five individuals to serve on boards and authorities at its Jan. 25 meeting.

Lynne Hanna was appointed to aging and adult services, and Dilia Coppedge was appointed to serve on the county’s children and youth advisory board.

Additionally, Dean Browning and John Hayes were reappointed to serve on the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority, and Sally Schoffstall received a reappointment to the aging and adult services board.

Board votes to keep taxes below index

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

The Catasauqua Area School Board has again committed itself to not raising taxes beyond the Act 1 state tax index.

The board unanimously approved a resolution at the Jan. 17 meeting to not exceed the 2017-18 state tax index of 3.2 percent. Last year’s index was 3.1 percent.

The index is based on relative wealth, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Rap of the gavel

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 by The Press in Local News

JANUARY

THURSDAY 26

Hanover Township (Lehigh County) Zoning Commission meets 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 2202 Grove Road, if needed.

MONDAY 30

Catasauqua Borough Council holds a workshop meeting 7 p.m. in the municipal complex, 118 Bridge St.

Catasauqua Borough General Government Committee meets 6:30 p.m. in the municipal complex, 118 Bridge St.

FEBRUARY

WEDNESDAY 1

Hanover Township (Lehigh County) Council meets 7:30 p.m. in the township building, 2202 Grove Road.

Extend two-way Front Street traffic flow?

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 by LINDA WOJCIECHOWSKI in Local News

North Catasauqua council members are not interested in the idea

An unnamed Catasauqua Borough Council member has approached a North Catasauqua official about the possibility of converting a portion of Front Street in North Catasauqua to two-way traffic.

North Catasauqua council President Peter Paone told his council members Jan. 10 the block or so of two-way traffic would extend from Pine Street to Arch Street.

Front Street is currently one way in both boroughs, but Catasauqua is planning to convert a portion of it to two-way traffic in conjunction with the development of its Iron Works project.

Commissioners OK $500,000 grant to Treatment Trends

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners held its first meeting of the new year Jan. 11, under the helm of newly appointed chairman Marty Nothstein.

During the meeting, the board unanimously voted to approve a subrecipient grant in the amount of $500,000 to Treatment Trends Inc., Allentown. The funding specifically comes from the state office of mental health and substance abuse services.

Commissioner Geoff Brace, sponsor of the bill, explained the purpose of the grant.

According to Brace, the grant is part of Gov. Tom Wolf’s Centers for Public Excellence initiative.

Zoners give Catty pharmacy green light for added use

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

The owner of Hartzell’s Pharmacy presented an appeal for a zoning ordinance variance before the Catasauqua Zoning Hearing Board Jan. 18. Robert Hartzell Jr.’s request for approval was for the addition of a specimen collection facility to his pharmacy, located at 300 American St.

“This is not anything unusual in the (independently owned) pharmacy business,” he said. “This is a well-established plan to keep local pharmacies viable and able to serve the community.”