Focus on community members, efforts
The Aug. 5 Hellertown meeting began with Mayor David Heintzelman recognizing Jeff Kleibscheidel for his 29 years as a postal worker. Jeff said he looks forward to moving to South Carolina to be closer to his children. Borough council and community members expressed their gratitude to Kleibscheidel for his dedication and service to Saucon Valley for nearly three decades.
Salon Mia is hosting a school supply drive to ensure all students have what they need to succeed this school year. Items like backpacks, erasers, glue, binders, and folders are most needed at this time. “A lot of teachers today are helping out and buying things because of limited budget,” Mayor David Heintzelman said, explaining the importance of the supply donations. Donations can be made in-person at Salon Mia, located at 401 Main St. in Hellertown. The salon is accepting donations until Sept 15.
Junior council member Noah Kates is spearheading a campaign to beautify the I-78 entrance/exit for Hellertown. The Hellertown I-78 Tree Project will enhance the appearance of this currently vacant space by planting trees and shrubs. Additionally, a plaque displaying the names of all contributors will be placed in this space located directly across from Wendy’s in Hellertown. Donors have the opportunity to be “part of Hellertown history,” according to their Gofundme page.
Heintzelman also discussed several community topics during the council meeting. There will be a crimewatch meeting Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. This will be held at 950 Front St. All community members are invited and encouraged to attend.
The 2019 Saucon Valley Spirit Parade is scheduled for Oct. 20. Sponsorship opportunities are available for $500. Donations of any type will be accepted and appreciated. Applications for participation in the parade are available on the Saucon Valley Spirit Parade Facebook page.
The Water Street bridge project is still in progress. PennDOT plans to add to the existing project by repairing a damaged retaining wall. This additional work will be conducted during the month of September or October. Local businesses at W. Water Street are still open throughout the project.
Existing road work at Main Street and Walnut Street is likely to cause traffic delays once the school year begins. The project was initially expected to be completed by Aug. 15, but is now scheduled to continue into the school year. To reduce delays, the Police Department requested funding from PennDOT to have an officer present at the intersection to control the light. This
The request for additional funding was denied by PennDOT. “We as council and staff have tried to reach out to them to make a better transition.” said Police Chief Robert Shupp.
Shupp also reminds residents to lock their vehicles to prevent theft. Several vehicle thefts and break-ins were reported recently in the Lower Saucon area. “Don’t leave keys in the ignition overnight, don’t leave your keys in the console. Make sure you lock your doors.” Regarding the previous vehicle break-ins and thefts, he said, “They were not forcibly opened if the doors were locked, it was just more of an opportunity.’’