Hughes is council’s new member
For the second time in only three months, Hellertown Borough Council has gained a new member.
At the Nov. 19 meeting, Mayor David Heintzelman swore in newly appointed council member Andrew Hughes. Hughes took his council seat immediately after being sworn in. Council unanimously voted Hughes in at the Nov. 5 meeting.
Hughes is filling the recent seat left vacant by Kevin Lott who departed council to join the Northampton County Council. Hughes is also leaving the Hellertown Zoning Hearing Board to join council after being appointed there in September. Payung’s departure has created a new opening on the board. Hughes originally applied for council when Herb Payung resigned in August. His seat was ultimately filled by current council member Mike McKenna. At that time, Hughes was considered a serious candidate. This time around council chose Hughes instead of advertising and interviewing new candidates.
Hughes moved to Hellertown nearly two years ago from Berks County. He currently works for New York Life Insurance Company in New Jersey as a vulnerability management engineering lead.
In other news, council accepted a proposal from lawn and tree service company Joshua Tree to maintain lawns on a yearly basis around Dimmick Park, Dimmick Pool and borough hall for $10,688. In addition, Joshua Tree will provide tree treatments at Dimmick Pool, Third Avenue Playground, Water Street Park, Dimmick Park and Borough Hall for $3,893.