In our Oct. 3 edition, we incorrectly reported that Fountain Hill residents no longer have to worry about their excess tree branches and lawn clippings. Residents will be able to use a new chipper for a yearly fee.
Council member Carollee Gifford favored the new chipper while others still have some questions. Helen Halleman is opposed of the chipper. She is concerned about the budget and the price of the new device. Council member Fred Capuano suggested that the chipper will be paid for out of the 2013 budget. It has been made clear by the council that this program is not mandatory, but instead voluntary.
Residents do not have to pay the fee unless they feel the chipper would be beneficial to their needs. In fact, council secretary Rick Prill clarified, "A majority of Borough Council did approve the purchase of a new brush chipper. The chipper will be used by the Public Works Department to chip up branches that will be collected by the PW department once a month starting in January next year as well as Christmas trees that the residents put on the curb in during January and February.
Council also approved the establishment of a $15 per year fee which will allow a resident residents to use the City of Bethlehem recycling facility to dispose of yard waste, but not including grass clippings, sod, tree stumps, and hay.
The fee is not associated with the collection of branches by the PW Department and the new chipper that will be purchased.
We apologize for our error and any inconvenience it may have caused.