Currently all motorized vehicles are prohibited on the Saucon Rail Trail, but Steve Labrake, owner of Saucon Valley Bikes in Hellertown, made an appearance before council to ask for the approval to use Class 1 e-bikes on the trail.
The Saucon Valley School Board accepted the resignation of Linda Leewright during its Jan. 22 meeting. Board President Susan Baxter made the announcement “with regret.” Leewright was not present during the meeting and a reason for the resignation was not given. Leewright has been on the board since December 2015.
Saucon Valley Schools are working on a district comprehensive plan to be updated in 2019. The previous plan was for the years 2015 through 2018. The comprehensive plan outlines goals for each school (elementary, middle and high school) including an overall mission, vision and shared values for the entire district.
The Saucon Valley School Board unanimously approved the hiring of new Assistant Superintendent Dr. Kristine Rosenberger for a term of three years at $120,000 per year. Rosenberger will be replacing Dr. Susan Mowrer-Benda, who recently resigned to take over as director of curriculum and instruction at the Pleasant Valley School District.
In a nearly unanimous vote of 5 to 1, Hellertown Council passed an increase in property taxes by .75 mills in the 2019 budget. The .75 mill increase is equivalent to approximately $75 a year for properties assessed at $100,000. The only no vote came from brand new council member Andrew Hughes, who is in the process of getting up to speed. Council member James Hill was not present at the meeting.
The comments during the meeting evolved from concerns by citizens about a rumor of laying off two police officers, to dispelling the rumor and how it relates to funding and taxes.
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.
Bethlehem Township held its Veterans Day Ceremony at the Community Center Nov. 12, moved indoors due to cool temperatures. The event was attended by local dignitaries such as Pa. State representatives Marcia Hahn and Steve Samuelson, Bethlehem Township Commissioner John Merhottein and many local citizens, including several veterans.
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.
Boys Scouts of America Minsi Trail Council held its annual South Mountain Fall Cub event at the Hellertown Sportsman’s Association Oct. 20. This year’s event was rain-free on a cool day with temperatures hovering in the 50s and partly cloudy skies. The event consisted of a full day of fun activities such archery, BB gun, fire building, fire hose, darts, bottle rockets, cornhole and a knock over the buckets game. In addition, some of the scouts stayed for a bonfire, night hike and overnight campout.
Saucon Valley held its annual Spirit Parade in Hellertown Oct. 31. Large crowds came out and lined the streets of Hellertown despite the cool brisk conditions. Although the skies were sunny, the day had breezy conditions with highs only in the 40s. The parade participants congregated at the Saucon Valley School District campus and started the parade route on Walnut Street, then on to Main Street, Water Street, Rentzheimer Street, Durham Street and finally to Constitution Avenue.