Members of the community were in attendance at the Sept. 19 meeting to voice their outrage about Ordinance 844, which would prohibit the feeding of feral cats in Fountain Hill Borough and recognize the right of residents to remove feral cats from their property and penalties for violations thereof.
Members of the community were in attendance at the Sept. 19 meeting to voice their outrage about Ordinance 844, which would prohibit the feeding of feral cats in Fountain Hill Borough and recognize the right of residents to remove feral cats from their property and penalties for violations thereof. Martha Kahan, president of No Nonsense Neutering, gave a presentation to the council. Kahan said that No Nonsense Neutering is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.
During an Aug. 29 press conference, Governor Tom Wolf announced that Fountain Hill was approved for the RCAP grant in the amount of $750,000. RCAP is the Rural Community Assistance Partnership and it is a nonprofit network in all 50 states to improve quality of life to advocate and generate economic opportunities for rural areas and small communities.
Fountain Hill Borough Council promoted eight-year Officer Jose Vazquez to a full time police position June 20. This promotion comes with the recommendation of Chief Ed Bachert.
“Office Vazquez is well liked by the community,” said Mayor Carolee Gifford.
At the May 7 meeting council received five bids for the second phase of the Jeter Avenue reconstruction project. The bids that came in were: Bracalente Construction Inc, for $99,413; New Enterprise Stone Lime for $141,330; Lehigh Asphalt Paving Construction for $142,390; Graver Industries DBA Barker Barker for $147,948; and Lehigh Valley Site Contractors for $153,896. The bid was awarded to Bracalente Construction Inc.
April was a busy month for Fountain Hill Borough Council. At the April 3 meeting, council received an update on the MS4 project from Jason Smith, of Hanover Engineering. Hanover had submitted the suggested proposal to the DEP and received the comments back. There were approximately five comments to address from the DEP.
First order of business for the Feb. 21 council meeting was discussion from the floor. A resident of Stanley Avenue and a Fountain Hill park employee, Justin wanted to inquire about the basketball rims being reinstated at the park. “I have kids coming up to me daily, asking me when the rims will be put up. I have to tell the kids I don’t know, and that’s why I’m here tonight.”
“There is lots to do with being mayor and if something needs to get done, I have to make it happen,” said new Mayor Carolee Gifford at the Feb. 5 borough council meeting. Gifford made her first official proclamation by designating April 2018 the Pa. 811 Safe Digging Month. It is the “Dial before you dig!” nonprofit for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
The meeting on Nov. 22 welcomed council President Larry Rapp back from a long absence. He was happy to announce that Carolee Gifford will be the next Fountain Hill mayor and her term will start in January 2018. There will also be a new council member, Leo Atkinson, and his term will also start in January.
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.