Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Fountain Hill-Fire, police thanked for blaze response

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 by Tracy Rice Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

Fountain Hill cleanups continue in the borough. Carolee Gifford, chair of the cleanup committee, is optimistic that people will continue to show support, even though there has been less than enthusiastic support so far. The effort will focus on cleaning up the playground. This is a constant source of problem. Anyone interested should arrive atFountain Hill Borough Hall Sept. 2 at 9 a.m.

On behalf of the Fountain Hill Council, President Larry Rapp gave his sincere thanks to Joe Patanella, St. Luke’s Hospital representative, for its generous donation of the new generator at the pump house. St. Luke’s donated the generator and footed the bill to install it.

Council voted to support Senate Bill 745, which establishes the electronic publication of legal notices act. In 2016 Fountain Hill spent $5,429 on public notices placed in local print media.

They request the Pa. General Assembly to consider and support and move SB 745 to the governor’s desk during the 2017-18 legislative session.

AnnaMarie Jordan, public works committee, has the recommendation of thecommittee to promote Michael Valdez from a seasonal employee to a full-time public works employee, based on passing the necessary pre-employment requirements and a six-month probation period. Council passed this motion unanimously. The same committee has also recommended hiring Kathleen DiRico and Carol DeStasio as part-time office staff at the rate of $15 per hour. They will each work 20 hours a week.

Council approved the recommendation. They will start immediately.

The borough has also changed some streetside no-parking locations. Removed is: Cherokee Street North, 58 feet from the west driveway east to the next driveway and added is Cherokee Street North, beginning at 86 feet east of the intersection of North Clewell, and Cherokee Street going east 255 feet (no parking, stopping, standing).

Mayor Jose Rosado thanked Police Chief Ed Bachert and Fire Chief Dave Boehrer and the fire department, as well as the public works department for their quick response to a fire in the borough July 16. The coordination between the departments was excellent and the response of fire department was to be commended, he said. This was an all-night fire that had 37 departments, 48 fire trucks, including, EMS, Hazmat (all the way from Bucks County), and fire departments battling all night long.

Council member Philip Trabel also wanted to offer his thanks to the fire department for arriving within two minutes of smoke being spotted. The first fire hydrant to be tapped was dry and they had to rely on the tanker trucks until the next hydrant could be opened and utilized. The main issue was the fire hydrant not working.

Fountain Hill Borough rents the fire hydrants from Bethlehem for $1,000 a month. The city is responsible for all the water services, connections, hydrants and repairs to any and all parts of the water system. Present at the meeting was a concerned resident of South Benner Avenue inquiring what was to be done with the malfunctioning hydrant. Chief Boehrer said “the city did some repairs on Broadway and Itaska streets, but I’m not quite sure what had been done.” President Rapp has called for a meeting between the City of Bethlehem and Fountain Hill to discuss the problem.

Then next meeting is Aug. 23 at 7 p.m. at Borough Hall.