Bethlehem Press

Friday, May 26, 2017

Hellertown borough has a new council member

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 by Mark Reccek Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

Borough council unanimously voted to appoint Jonathan Lentz to fill a vacant seat at the March 6 meeting. Lentz’s term expires Dec. 31, 2017.

Lentz, a resident who works in the borough, said he decided to apply for the vacant seat because he wants to engage himself in the community.

“I decided to apply for the position because I have wanted to participate in local government for several years,” he said. “Until recently I have not had enough time to properly dedicate myself to a position like borough council. Recently, I saw the posting for applications and decided to take a chance.”

Lentz moved to Hellertown with his family in 2013. He said the inviting atmosphere of Hellertown and its park system were the reasons for his relocating from Emmaus. Lentz said Hellertown has much to offer for young and old alike.

“I hope that my time on the council will help to continue the great work the council has been doing,” he said. “I want to keep the parks and rail trail family-friendly and up to date, continue to promote Main Street as a destination for great new restaurants and small businesses and make sensible decisions that benefit all residents of Hellertown.”

He currently works as a physical therapist for Lehigh Valley Health Network. Lentz holds a doctorate in physical therapy from Temple University and a bachelor’s degree in religion from Dickinson College.

Council will officially swear Lentz in at the March 20 meeting.

Lentz fills the council position left open by former Councilman John Bate, who submitted his resignation last month.