Published on February 23, 2022 at 10:19 am
North Catasauqua Borough of Police Chief Chris Wolfer told council at its Feb. 21 meeting that the early stages of the truck traffic enforcement order are in progress. Classes. The police department has obtained a state-certified tape measure that can be used to measure the length of tractor-trailers.
Using the new tape measure and the upcoming ordinance, the department can tag vehicles of a certain length that do not make local deliveries.
Residents and borough officials hope this will help curb tractor-trailer traffic in the borough.
The police department is also looking to hire a new part-time officer to replace Constable Quentin Knecht, who will leave the part-time position at NCPD to become full-time in another municipality.
The borough council has approved that the police department spend $320 on eight shooting range memberships at the Tri-Boro Sportsmen Club, Northampton.
Councilman Mike Macsisak told Wolfer that he and several neighbors had seen numerous instances of drivers driving the wrong way on the one-way section of Third Street. Wolfer said it was the first he had heard of it. He suggested residents call 911 immediately when they see someone driving the wrong way one way.
Even if the police can’t arrive in time to catch someone, Wolfer said, it’s important to file it as a formal complaint so the department knows how to handle the problem and has an idea of how common it is.
Borough Treasurer Annette Englert presented council with a revised 2022 maintenance proposal from ANS HVAC for $1,600, down $479 from the first proposal. Englert said Public Works Supervisor Travis Brett reviewed the required maintenance with the contractor and agreed with the cost of the proposal, so the borough council voted to accept.
Borough Secretary Tasha Jandrisovitz announced the date for a public zoning hearing regarding the property at 1021 Fifth St., the former Holy Trinity Orthodox Church. The hearing will be held March 22 at 5:30 p.m. at Borough Hall, 1066 Fourth St.
The property developer is looking to rent four one-bedroom apartments in the building. The initial proposal was for four two-bedroom apartments.
Council continued the ongoing discussion about what to do with the property at 408 Buttonwood Street, which the Borough currently owns and has invested approximately $90,000 in in the years since the first problems with the property. The council unanimously agreed to sell the property so that the borough would no longer absorb the costs of maintaining or repairing it.
Borough officials will begin looking for a real estate agent to help sell the property.
Council Chairman Peter Paone provided an update on the storm sewer project on and around Main Street.
Residents and borough officials have complained about major bumps along Main Street where trenches have been dug to install new storm sewers. Paone said the contractor, Barasso Construction, will be asked to fill those holes again.
The borough plans to completely repave the roadway at the end of the work.
Deputy Fire Chief Dan Dougherty came to council with an update on repairs to one of the fire department’s engines. The newly repaired pump was damaged during its first use, which means the borough will have to spend an additional $6,000 on new spare parts to fix it.
Dougherty said the borough would not be charged for the additional labor. This will bring the total cost of the complete engine repair to approximately $35,000, but this cost is necessary if the borough hopes to be able to sell the entire vehicle for a reasonable price in the future.
With a pump that doesn’t work, the fire truck can only be sold for its scrap value, but Dougherty said if it’s fully functional, the borough could sell the vehicle for $150,000 to $200,000. down the line once it’s ready to upgrade.
The council passed a motion authorizing the fire department to spend up to $35,500 to pay for repairs to the fire truck.
The borough is still looking for a third volunteer to become a member of the urban planning commission. Currently, Paone and Brian Cope are the only members.
Mayor William Molchany announces that the J4 committee will hold a meeting at 7 p.m. on February 24 at Borough Hall.