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Friday, December 15, 2017

FOUNTAIN HILL - Council passes budget

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by TRACY RICE in Local News

Following a month of open, public budget discussions, council heard some unhappy voices Nov. 6. The proposed 2018 budget includes a tax increase.

“I am on a fixed income and can’t afford an increase in taxes. If I have to be on a budget, so should Fountain Hill,” said a concerned resident from Tumbler Street. Council asked for suggestions on where they could cut expenses or where they could get the extra money needed to support the borough.

Fountain Hill-Borough Little League gets big grant

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 by TRACY RICE in Local News

The Fountain Hill Little League will be getting some much needed renovations. They received a grant from The Iron Pigs for $3500 for field renovations. The newly appointed Little League President, Mike Yurasek and Vice President, Robert Brandt are super excited to get the field in playable condition. They will be working with Public Works Supervisor, Jason Quarry, to get quotes for clearing the overgrowth. The grant has $500 for updating/repairing the scoreboard, $500 for brush removal near 1st base and the scoreboard, $2500 for overall field renovation.

Sewer, garbage fees remain unchanged for 2018

Thursday, October 19, 2017 by TRACY RICE in Local News

The 2018 budget was discussed at Fountain Hill Council’s Oct. 18 meeting. Bethany Sebesta, assistant to the executive administrator, gave the presentation.

She was able to confirm that there will be no increase to the sewer and garbage fees for the 2018 year, which is something residents of Fountain Hill can be happy about.

“These are only the preliminary numbers and are not final,” Sebesta warned.

Article By: Tracy Rice Special to the Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 by TRACY RICE in Local News

The Fountain Hill Little League will be getting some much needed renovations. They received a grant from The Iron Pigs for $3500 for field renovations. The newly appointed Little League President, Mike Yurasek and Vice President, Robert Brandt are super excited to get the field in playable condition. They will be working with Public Works Supervisor, Jason Quarry, to get quotes for clearing the overgrowth. The grant has $500 for updating/repairing the scoreboard, $500 for brush removal near 1st base and the scoreboard, $2500 for overall field renovation.

DEP-directed cleanup may cost residents

Monday, September 25, 2017 by TRACY RICE in Local News

Fountain Hill recently received $106,084.00 from the Sands Casino grant, which it will use to purchase a new police patrol vehicle, provide training for officers and purchase four in-car cameras. The fire department will be purchasing new breathing apparatus, face masks and turn out gear. The remaining balance will be used at the discretion of each department to purchase what they need for each department.

DEP says borough must help clean river

Monday, September 11, 2017 by TRACY RICE in Local News

The borough has learned of a huge undertaking it must tackle and has no choice but to comply. The Department of Environmental Protection was handed a federal mandate to reduce pollution to the Lehigh River, which is listed as impaired waters. Jason Smith from Hanover Engineering gave council members a presentation of what they have proposed. Though the MS4 program they have been working on ways to to reduce sediments by 10 percent within 5 years to comply with the DEP. There is no choice but to comply.

Article By: TRACY RICE Special to the Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 by TRACY RICE in Local News

Fountain Hill is taking action on delinquent accounts for garbage collection. The borough is in arrears of over $200,000.

Executive Administrator Anthony Branco a ta recent meeting asked for a motion to be able to send properties to sheriff sale if their garbage bill exceeds $4,000 and they are not actively engaged in a payment plan.

Council discussed this heatedly with protests and agreements for the motion. Ultimately, the delinquent accounts affect the entire borough and the motion passed.

Fountain Hill-Fire, police thanked for blaze response

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 by TRACY RICE in Local News

Fountain Hill cleanups continue in the borough. Carolee Gifford, chair of the cleanup committee, is optimistic that people will continue to show support, even though there has been less than enthusiastic support so far. The effort will focus on cleaning up the playground. This is a constant source of problem. Anyone interested should arrive atFountain Hill Borough Hall Sept. 2 at 9 a.m.