HELLERTOWN - Lott leaves for NORCO Council
At the Nov. 5 Hellertown Borough Council meeting, the board announced the resignation of council member Kevin Lott with regret. Lott is leaving council after 10 months to become a member of Northampton County Council. Lott will be representing the 1st district of Bethlehem, Hellertown and Freemansburg. Although Lott is leaving Hellertown Council, he plans to stay on with the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission, which he has been a member of for five years. Lott was not present during the meeting. Council President Thomas Rieger said of Lott, “we wish Kevin the best in his endeavors at the county; he will do some good up there.”
According to council, their two choices were to re-advertise the opening and do more interviews or to appoint based on recent interviews completed after Herb Payung’s resignation about two and a half months ago. Council chose to forgo more interviews and voted unanimously to appoint Andrew Hughes to Lott’s vacant seat. Hughes is a member of the Hellertown Zoning Hearing Board and his departure will create a vacancy there. Hughes will be officially sworn in at the next Hellertown meeting.
Also on the agenda for council was to continue to address PennDOT’s new requirement calling for an engineering study before a municipality can place a sign prohibiting trucks. Hellertown often experiences diverted trucks from I-78 after accidents. Several roads in the borough are not appropriate for large tractor trailer trucks due to size and weight issues. Some of those roads are Clauser Street, Kichline Avenue and Kiernan Avenue. Borough considered signage on all three roads, but as a cost savings they decided only to address Kichline and Kiernan because Clauser wouldn’t be in play because trucks would have to go through either Kichline or Kiernan just to get to Clauser. Council unanimously approved the studies and signage for the two streets at a cost not to exceed $5,000.
In other news, Hellertown has hired Lauren Sufleta as the new Hellertown Borough Authority Administrator, responsible for overseeing the borough’s water and sewer departments. Sufleta is replacing Glenn Higbie, who recently retired from the position. Sufleta has moved to the area from Virginia. She is a civil engineer, has an MBA and has worked in the water and sewer industry for 17 years. Sufleta is a Pennsylvania native and grew up in the Pittsburgh area.