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N. Catty approves relief for sewer bill

North Catasauqua Borough Council met May 15 for a regular monthly meeting to discuss new matters and business.

Treasurer Christina Czonstka was absent from the meeting and borough Secretary Tasha Jandrisovits spoke on her behalf.

Council voted to provide sewer relief to Porter Lodge No. 284 at 1103 Sixth St. due to a broken water pipe that caused a flood. The water was cleaned and removed from the property and was not emptied into the sewer drains; however, the lodge’s monthly bill rose about $600 from its average payment. Since the water was removed from the premises through a cleanup operation, council agreed to the sewer relief request.

During her office report, Jandrisovits discussed a Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission hearing she and public works Supervisor Travis Brett attended for the purpose of an appeal on behalf of the borough.

Jandrisovits explained the borough was fined and cited for violations after a gas line was hit during a project that utilized a soft-dig method to locate the line. Brett discussed the matter with Keystone Consulting, which advised the borough should attempt to fight the three violations.

Their attempt was successful, as two of the violations had been removed and brought the violation fee down from $1,500 to just $500. Keystone Consulting further suggested the borough appeal the third violation that was not granted during the hearing. They will return in front of the state PUC board to try and appeal the remaining violation. More information is to come.

In other business, fire Chief Roger Scheirer provided a brief update on the North Catasauqua and Catasauqua fire departments, stating the two entities have been working together and response times have been cut by one minute and 45 seconds. The crew members have also been training more.

Police Chief Chris Wolfer discussed the May 11 Community Night Out event during his report. He stated it was very successful, and members of the council also shared their positive feedback on the event.

He also reported there was a hit-and-run incident and a DUI at the end of the night; however, those were the only calls of service at the event.

Residents can continue to look forward to events all throughout the summer. During the recreation committee report, Michele Hazzard mentioned the carnival is coming up, which is scheduled for 6 p.m. Aug. 9.

Hazard also mentioned the summer park program may be canceled due to a personnel issue, as a program supervisor position was left unfilled. The park summer program is anticipated to start June 19, continuing through Aug. 4, as long as all summer program employment positions can be filled. If interested, call 610-264-1504.

Outside of the council meeting, Susan Paone, recreation committee chairperson, discussed some upcoming summer events for North Catasauqua Borough.

The snack stand on Grove Street will open May 30, and the first summer concert will feature Steel Creek July 13. Shark Sandwich will follow July 27, with a rain date of Aug. 3, and the final act of the summer will be The Clap Aug. 11.

Council will next meet 7 p.m. June 5 in the basement meeting room at the municipal building, 1066 Fourth St. To view the agenda ahead of time, visit northcatasauqua.org and select the news tab.