Boards and Commissions

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Various boards and commissions support Council and help serve the community.  These boards include the Board of Health, Catasauqua Borough Authority, Civil Service Commission, Code Hearing Board, Planning Commission, Police Pension Committee, Shade Tree Commission, Taxpayer Appeals Board, Vacancy Board, and the Zoning Hearing Board.
 
At this time there is vacancy on:
  • Borough Planning Commission
  • Shade Tree Commission
  • Catasauqua Borough (Sewer) Authority
  • Alternate to the Zoning Hearing Board
  • Alternate to the Civil Service Commission
 
If anyone is interested in filling a vacancy, learning more about any board or serving on them, please contact the Borough Manager during business hours at (610) 264-0571.  What you do for the Borough by serving on one of these boards or commissions will be reflected in a Borough of which we can all be proud of. 
 

BOARD OF HEALTH

FIVE MEMBERS, 5 YEAR TERM
 
The Catasauqua Board of Health is established pursuant to the Borough Code and its duties are to enforce the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the regulations of the State Department of Health, and ordinances adopted by the Borough to prevent the introduction and spread of infectious contagious disease. They may abate and remove all nuisances which the Board shall deem prejudicial to the public health, mark infected houses or places, and other rules and regulations as deemed necessary to preserve the public health. The Board of Health through the Health Inspector makes annual inspections of public eating and drinking places in the Borough to determine their cleanliness and for the purposes of issuing a license to operate for the succeeding year. Most of the other statutory duties of the Board of Health are handled by the Code Enforcement Office or Police Department, unless or until they rise to a level where they become a threat to the public health, at which time the Board of Health and the Health Officer become more actively involved. The Board of Health meets infrequently, as needed.
 
 
 

CATASAUQUA BOROUGH AUTHORITY

FIVE MEMBERS, 5 YEAR TERM
 
The Borough Authority was established in 1952 for the initial purpose of acquiring, constructing, maintaining, and operating the sewer system and sewage treatment plant in and for the Borough of Catasauqua and surrounding municipalities as they send their waste to the plant. The essential function of the Authority is to investigate and undertake financing for the treatment plant and necessary upgrades and/or expansions to the plant as may be dictated by Governmental Agencies or user needs. Currently, the system encompasses four municipalities, including Catasauqua, North Catasauqua, Hanover Township/Lehigh County, and Hanover Township/Northampton County. The operation of the plant and the system is under the direction of the Borough. The ownership of the plant and financing for its construction and updates is under the purview of the Authority. The Authority meets on the second Tuesday of the month, when meetings are called by the Chairman.
 
 

CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION

THREE MEMBERS, 6 YEAR TERM
 
The Civil Service Commission is provided for the Borough Code. Its primary responsibilities are to develop qualifications and testing for eligibility for appointment to and promotion of the Police Force of the Borough of Catasauqua, prepare rules and regulations (which must be approved by Borough Council) for the functioning of the Commission, and create procedures for testing and examining applicants. This is for investigating and hearing appeals of officers who are suspended, removed or reduced in rank. The Civil Service Commission meets as needed on call of the Chairman.
 
 

CODE HEARING BOARD

FIVE MEMBERS, 5 YEAR TERM
 
The Code Hearing Board is provided for the Building Codes and Borough Ordinance. The Board hears appeals from actions of the Code Enforcement Officer and requests for modifications and variances from the requirements of the various building codes of the Borough. The Board meets when called, upon notice of an appeal.
 
 

PLANNING COMMISSION

FIVE MEMBERS, 4 YEAR TERM
 
The Planning Commission is established by the Borough under authority of Pennsylvania Act 247 as amended, the Municipalities Planning Code. The primary duties of the Planning Commission are to prepare a comprehensive plan, make recommendations to Council concerning the adoption of an official map of the Borough, prepare and present to Council a Zoning Ordinance and amendments, prepare and administer a subdivision and land development ordinance, review the various building codes and recommend on their adoption or amendment, review subdivision applications for compliance with the ordinances of the Borough, review certain zoning applications and make recommendations to the Zoning Hearing Board, and other such duties as provided in the Municipalities Planning Code. In the recent past, the primary task of the Planning Commission has been to review applications for special use zoning permits and make recommendations on them to the Zoning Hearing Board. The Board has also reviewed a few subdivision request, mostly involving two or three lots subdivided out of a larger single lot. The Planning Commission meets regularly on the third Wednesday of the month.
 
 

POLICE PENSION COMMITTEE

FIVE MEMBERS - ONE A RESIDENT
NO SET TERM
 
The Police Pension Committee reviews the performance of the fund. It also reviews and makes recommendations concerning proposed benefit or actuarial assumption changes to the pension plan. Two members are from Council, two represent the police officers, and the fifth member is a resident of the Borough.
 

SHADE TREE COMMISSION

THREE MEMBERS, 5 YEAR TERM
 
The Shade Tree Commission is established under authority of the Borough Code and by Borough Ordinance to have exclusive custody and control of shade trees in the Borough and is authorized to plant, remove, maintain, and protect shade trees in the streets and highways of the Borough. In Catasauqua, the Shade Tree Commission develops a planting plan for the various streets, and works with the property owners to carry out that plan. Historically, the Shade Tree Commission has not required anyone to plant a tree who does not want one, but try to explain the need and value for the trees to such owners.  When necessary, the Shade Tree Commission requires trees to be trimmed, pruned or removed and no such activity is permitted in the Borough without first obtaining a permit from the Shade Tree Commission. The Shade Tree Commission meets on a regular basis, on the fourthTuesday of the month.
 
 

TAXPAYER APPEALS BOARD

THREE MEMBERS - ONE A RESIDENT
3 YEAR TERM
 
Act 50 of 1998 established a taxpayer's bill of rights. One provision of the law was to require a Taxpayer Appeals Board. The board convenes as needed to hear appeals from resident taxpayers who believe that a determination by the Earned Income or Per Capita Tax collector has been incorrect or unfair. One member is the Chairman of the General Government Commmittee of Council, one is the Borough Treasurer, and another is a resident of the Borough.
 
 

VACANCY BOARD

ONE MEMBER, 1 YEAR TERM
 
The Vacancy Board is established under the Borough Code. It is called to function when there is a vacancy on the Borough Council which can not be filled by the remaining members. Under the Borough Code, Council is charged with filling all of its vacancies. If Council cannot fill the vacancy, the Vacancy Board is called into session. The Vacancy Board consists of the Council plus one member who serves as the Chair. If the Vacancy Board still cannot agree on an appointment to Council, the vacant position is turned over to the Court of Common Pleas for filling.
 
 

ZONING HEARING BOARD

THREE MEMBERS, 3 YEAR TERM
 
The Zoning Hearing Board is established pursuant to the Municipalities Planning Code, Act 247 as amended, and Borough Ordinance. The Board hears appeals from decisions of the Zoning Officer, applications for variances and special uses as provided for in the Zoning Ordinance and interpretations of the Ordinance. The Zoning Hearing Board follows both the Municipalities planning Code and requirements set forth in the Zoning Ordinance of the Borough in the conduct of its meetings. The Board meets regularly on the third Tuesday of every month, when appeals have been filed. In addition to the three sitting members, the Board is allowed to have up to two alternates.