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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Each Fountain Hill Council meeting starts with the Pledge of Allegiance, and council members were honored to have Gavin Strelecki, a local Boy Scout working to earn his Communication Merit Badge, led them at their July 17 meeting.
Gavin currently attends Lehigh Valley Regional Academy.
The council meeting of July 3 reported cleanup days around Fountain Hill Borough are progressing. Each Saturday brings more people topitch in and help clean up. The next cleanup Saturday is scheduled for August 2 at 9am at the park at Stanley Ave. Mayor Jose Rosado said that the “playground and pool are looking quite good.” They put one basketball hoop back up and the park has
been quiet. The playground coordinator has things under control.
Fountain Hill has obtained a DEP grant in the
amount of $100,000 for repairs at the Lechauwecki Springs Park.
The Public Works building in Fountain Hill is finally getting an addition and renovation. Ground breaking was held June 21.
This project has been talked about for over 12 years with plans being made the last five. The project adds a 40-foot-by-70-foot building, a salt shed and a wall and renovates the existing building.
All council members were present at the ground breaking. Council Preisdnet Larry Rapp spoke a few words before initiating the ground breaking. He expressed his thankfulness that the project was finally going to happen.
Members of the Bacchanalia XIV Committee of Fountain Hill were present at the May 24 council meeting to share news of another successful fundraiser. Angela Sinkler, chair of the Bacchanalia committee, presented council with a check for $12,000.
This money will help support Fountain Hill parks, pool and recreation activities. Themembers present at the meeting were Angela Sinkler, Lisa Gangewere, Jeff Ferry, Maurita Augello and Sandy Calon. The Bacchanalia is dedicated to raising money for Fountain Hill programs.
Next year’s Bacchanalia is scheduled for April 7.