Although Hellertown Police Chief Robert Shupp believes the borough should purchase new bicycles for patrol officers, council Vice President John Bate wants the borough to invest its money wisely.
"I think we need to be more responsible," Bate said of Shupp's request.
Hellertown Borough Manager Cathy Kichline presented borough council with positive year-end report for 2012.
According to the report, the general fund income for 2012 was $3,862,002, which was 7 percent more than initially projected. The expenses were $3,724,446 or a 3.5 percent increase from last year. The revenue over expenses amounted to $137,556.
"One must take in to consideration the borough used $167,500 of its 2011 fund balance," the report stated in regard to the difference.
A report released last month by Hellertown Councilwoman Gail Nolf indicates pool rates will increase for the upcoming pool season.
Hellertown officials discussed improvements to Water Street Park during the Feb. 26 borough council meeting.
According to Borough Manager Cathy Kichline, the proposed project is the result of community need.
The first phase, Kichline said, will involve utility connections and interior fit for two new ADA accessible unisex bathrooms, construction of a new basketball court and ice skate rink, expanding parking and site landscaping.
A snow day taken Jan. 28 has impacted this year's Saucon Valley School District calendar.
Saucon Valley School Board members approved changing the district calendar. The board decided Feb. 12 to change June 10 to a full day of school and June 12 as an early dismissal.
In other business, the board decided to reserve its March 12 meeting for budget discussions.
The Hellertown police department will not merge with the Lower Saucon Township police force, Borough Manager Cathy Kichline announced during the Jan. 22 council meeting.
Kichline read a statement indicating the merging of the two police departments would not benefit the borough or the township.
Hellertown borough Police Chief Robert Shupp told borough council members recently that 2012 was a "pretty good" year.
During 2012, the police department received 4,927 calls for service or 14 calls on average per day, Shupp reported. The department also received 15 sexual assault, 56 theft, 82 domestic/assault, 28 fraud and 10 burglary calls. The department responded to 133 traffic collisions and issued 1,550 citations.
During the year, the department filed 564 charges including 84 for DUI and 187 for narcotics related offenses, Shupp said.
Saucon Valley School Board voted 6-3 during it's first meeting of the year to discontinue offering applied government and economics courses beginning 2013-14. Voting in opposition were board members Sandra Miller, Edward Inghrim and Lanita Lum.
Based on the high school's three-track system, applied courses are lower-level courses.
"We've found that students in applied classes have consistently not been meeting academic standards to graduate," Assistant Superintendent Carl Atkinson told the board.
A portion of the Rails to Trails that runs through Hellertown is littered with dog feces.
Borough resident Lee Weidner, holding a dog scooper, informed council Jan. 7 he spent two hours before Christmas removing dog feces from the IRT section located between Water and Walnut streets.
"It's kind of disgusting," he told council. "People have complained to me about this one area that has been used."
Weidner said council should be tasked with determining the person and dog responsible for the problem.
The borough of Hellertown will soon see improvements to some of its roads in town.
Council unanimously approved accepting a Streetscape grant during its Dec. 17 meeting.
The borough in 2010 was awarded Transportation Enhancement funding for improvements to the intersection of Main and Easton roads and for improvements to the outdoor space around the municipal building, said Borough Manager Cathy Kichline.