Article By: TRACY RICE Special to the Bethlehem Press
Fountain Hill is taking action on delinquent accounts for garbage collection. The borough is in arrears of over $200,000.
Executive Administrator Anthony Branco a ta recent meeting asked for a motion to be able to send properties to sheriff sale if their garbage bill exceeds $4,000 and they are not actively engaged in a payment plan.
Council discussed this heatedly with protests and agreements for the motion. Ultimately, the delinquent accounts affect the entire borough and the motion passed.
Mayor Jose Rosado swore in officer Richmon Penn as a full time Fountain Hill Police Officer. Penn was sworn in as a part time office in September 2016 and had previously worked for Lehigh County since 2009. Sheriff Joe Hanna of Lehigh County was present to give his support and congratulations. Sheriff Hanna said, “Richmon was an asset to our office, displaying a professionalism and personality which has reflected positively upon his fellow deputies and the community as a whole. I will personally miss his presence as part of my staff. On behalf of everyone at the Lehigh County sheriff’s office, we wish Richmon Godspeed and a safe and prosperous career with the Fountain Hill Police Department.”
The borough will continue the year with it’s clean up efforts. The next clean up will be Saturday (Sept.) 2) at 9 a.m., meeting at borough hall. The area that constantly needs cleaning up is the borough park. If you have suggestions or would like to show your support please contact the borough office to find out how you can support the borough. The borough will also be having an Electronic Recycling event on
Sept. 23 from 9 to noon at the Dodson Street ball field parking lot. You can find what they are accepting on their website: http://www.fountainhill.org/ or the sign is posted on the borough front door. The only item that you must pay to recycle is televisions, and there is a limit of hree per household at $10 each. You must show picture ID to prove your residency.
Representative Dan McNeill’s office, 133rd Legislative District of Lehigh County, recognized members of council for their years of service. The following members all received the Cecil Leberknight Award for 10 years of service: Helen Halleman, Larry Rapp, Doug Trotter Jr., Carolee Gifford and Norm Blatt. Blatt was also recognized for over 20 years of service.
Council received a letter from Trisha Lang, who was interested in serving on either the Planning Commission or Zoning Hearing Board. Lang was present at the meeting and had the opportunity to speak with members of council regarding the position. Lang said, “I went to school for urban and regional planning, so that is where my expertise lies.” She is the current Director of Community Development for Upper Saucon Township. Council members were excited to welcome someone to the Planning Commission that has so much experience with it. She was unanimously approved.
Coming soon will be more changes to prohibited parking on Cherokee street in the near future, the no-parking area will extend to North Cherokee Street, beginning at 86 feet east of the intersection of North Clewell and going east 255 feet.
The next council meeting is scheduled for Sept. 5 at 7 p.m.