Pool rate increase 'punishing residents'
Christine Bauer approached Hellertown Borough Council Aug. 6 regarding its recent decision to increase pool admission rates. "Something needs to be done other than just raising the rates for everybody," said Bauer. "You're punishing Hellertown residents with that decision."Council increased daily rates from $5 to $10 for adults and from $4 to $8 for children last month due to the borough receiving numerous complaints ranging from lewd language being used and thefts and smoking on the grounds to individuals transporting coolers into the pool area without proper authorization from staff. Council Vice President John Bate said the changes were necessary. "We had to fix it to get it under control," he said. In addition to the admission rate increases, large coolers are now prohibited at the pool and the borough will no longer offer free swimming after 6 p.m. or discounted swimming after 4 p.m. and rain checks will no longer be provided to patrons. The lower side gate of the pool is also closed to everyone except visitors with strollers and handicapped individuals. The changes took effect June 21. The borough will re-evaluate the pool rates for the 2013 season after this season concludes. In other business, council agreed to apply for a $100,000 casino grant from Monroe County. The money will be set aside for the Dimmick Park stage. Hellertown has set aside $170,000 for the project and the Hellertown Enhancement Project has raised $30,000 to date.
Also during the meeting, Police Chief Robert Shupp indicated a speed sign placed on Main Street has deterred speeding motorists. The sign has been moved to Easton Road, where Shupp said speeds average 45 to 47 mph. The sign will next be placed on Constitution Avenue.