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Council told of 'poo' problem

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 by MARK RECCEK Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

A portion of the Rails to Trails that runs through Hellertown is littered with dog feces.

Borough resident Lee Weidner, holding a dog scooper, informed council Jan. 7 he spent two hours before Christmas removing dog feces from the IRT section located between Water and Walnut streets.

"It's kind of disgusting," he told council. "People have complained to me about this one area that has been used."

Weidner said council should be tasked with determining the person and dog responsible for the problem.

"Hellertown borough council members need to investigate in doing some legwork," he said. "It's not a job for the mayor and for the police. Council members need to determine a solution so Hellertown is not recognized as the 'poo capital' of the Rails to Trails."

A concern of Weidner's is a large amount of dog feces which exists between two commemorative benches located along the trails.

Weidner produced photos for borough council of the trails from a distance and up close.

"It is a mess," commented Borough Manager Cathy Kichline in response to viewing the up close photos.

Councilman Richard Staffieri asked Weidner what solution he proposes to resolve the issue. In addition to discovering who is walking their dog and not cleaning up the dog droppings, Weidner stressed the importance of communication.

"The solution is to talk to neighbors and get involved," he said.

Council unanimously approved investigating the costs of purchasing and installing signs to place in the trouble areas warning dog owners to clean up their dog's mess.