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North Catty council considers roof repair

At the start of the June 17 North Catasauqua Borough Council meeting, there was a robust discussion about fixing the flat roof at the former schoolhouse that now houses the borough municipal building. The discussion indicated the roof needs to be repaired in a manner that will be successful for the next 20 years or more.

Reportedly, the last repair made to the roof was not successful and sprung a leak. Council’s sentiment is not to complete any renovations of the second floor or complete the possible installation of an elevator unless the roof is fixed properly.

After the meeting, borough Secretary Tasha Jandrisovits said there is a concern about repairing the flat roof, and council is seeking information about the possibility of replacing the flat roof with a pitched or raised roof.

Jandrisovits reported a bamboo ordinance draft will soon be ready for council review. The draft ordinance is reportedly in response to a resident who planted an invasive type of bamboo that spread into neighboring yards.

Bamboo and other invasive flora species are reportedly being regulated by governing bodies more often to avoid conflict between neighbors and address the costly containment and elimination of the invasive plants.

Jandrisovits noted there are applicants for the open borough treasurer position. Anyone interested in the role can visit the borough website at northcatasauqua.org or call the borough office.

She also noted 45 letters were sent out to residents for nonpayment of their water bills for six months or more. She expects many of these residents may have their water turned off for nonpayment.

It was reported in the fire/civil service/operations report that the fire department received state certification. Certification is important because it is seen as an indication of a well-trained department.

Jandrisovits noted the Pop Up and Play summer arts and crafts program has been successful, with the assistance of Suburban North Family YMCA.

The North Catasauqua Borough small Town USA Carnival, held at North Catasauqua William J. Albert Memorial Park, 701 Grove St., was a success. Other planned activities at the park include the summer concert series, a wiffleball competition and a summer cornhole league competition. Contact the borough office for more information about the park events.

Jandrisovits said the first meeting for the joint North Catasauqua-Catasauqua Halloween parade was scheduled for June 27. Residents who want to volunteer on the parade committee should contact the North Catasauqua office.

The next council meeting is set for 7 p.m. July 15 at the municipal building, 1066 Fourth St. It is a hybrid meeting, with both in-person and virtual options. Visit northcatsauqua.org for the access codes to view the meeting virtually.