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Council targets nuisances

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 by CAROLE GORNEY Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

Smokers, litter and oversized vehicle parking were identified as nuisances that the Fountain Hill Council agreed it needs to tackle in the upcoming months. At its monthly meeting Aug. 6, the members also voted unanimously to table a shopping cart enforcement ordinance until the September meeting.

In his report to the council, Mayor Jose Rosado called for a no-smoking policy to prevent employees at St. Luke's Hospital from going off hospital grounds to smoke in groups in nearby residential neighborhoods. St. Luke's forbids smoking anywhere on its campus.

"The congregation of smokers is one issue; the butts left behind is another," Rosado commented.

Assistant Vice President Bob Erland, the St. Luke's representative to council, said he would bring the issue back to the hospital.

Rosado also renewed his call for a borough clean-up day.

"We need to take a more aggressive approach on litter and weeds," he said.

Councilwoman Carolee Gifford repeated her concern expressed at an earlier meeting that there are not enough trash receptacles in the borough, especially near the schools. Commenting on yet another nuisance that she said was also a safety concern, Councilwoman Helen Halleman asked for an ordinance to prevent extended parking of oversized vehicles, such as travel trailers and campers, in residential areas.

"We need an ordinance similar to the one in Allentown to give the police the right to issue citations according to law," she said.

Police Chief Ed Bachert, seated in the audience, said he agreed.

During committee reports, Chief Bachert said he needed two part-time officers, and he asked the council to consider hiring a full-time policeman.

In other business, council approved a 30-day extension of a rental agreement on borough property at 815 Dodson St.