Borough hires new part-time officer
After Hellertown council authorized the hire of a new part-time police officer, Kyle Bartholomew was sworn in by Mayor Richard Fluck Nov. 20.
In addition to the authorization, council voted to waive 300 hours of training based on Hellertown Police Chief Robert Shupp’s recommendation.
Borough Manager Cathy Hantraft later addressed maintenance issues, saying ongoing repairs to the Front Street bridge will be complete this year, with final paving scheduled for the spring. She also said the borough received two grants for community improvement. The first is a $35,000 grant that will be utilized for the lit crosswalks between Hampton Avenue and Main Street. The grant was provided by the Northampton County Community Investment Partnership Program. The second is a $155,000 grant for an updated play area located at Morris J. Dimmick Park. The grant was awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development for the Greenway Trails Program. Dimmick Park is an 18.5-acre recreational park located at 570 Durham St.
Council received a special events request by Steve LaBrake of Saucon Valley Bikes for “Laps in the Cinders Fun Ride” Dec. 10. The ride is an invitation only event consisting of 20 to 30 cyclists for some laps around the Cinder Banks area. Adult beverages will be brought to the event. Council gave its approval to proceed with the event. The Cinders is a local term used to describe some off-shoot trails of the Saucon Valley Rail Trail. Saucon Valley Bikes is a cycling store located on 824 Main St. in Hellertown.
Council member Earl Hill said the Hellertown Historical Society will be conducting an open house Dec. 1, from 6 to 9 p.m. at 150 W. Walnut St. Hill is on the board of directors for the HHS and a former president of the organization. HHS was formed in 1984 and it’s dedicated to preserving the history and heritage of the Borough of Hellertown and its people.