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.
The Fountain Hill Borough pool will open June 10. The pool was originally scheduled to open on Memorial Day, May 29, but it was delayed to save on some unnecessary spending.
A Memorial Day ceremony was scheduled for May 26 at 1 p.m. at the corner of Stanley Avenue and Spiegel Street in conjunction with the Legion, and Mayor Jose Rosado will speak.
Council President Larry Rapp thanked the police and public works departments for the successful Easter Egg hunt and Arbor Day events.. “It was a magical day in Fountain Hill,” said Rapp.
Fountain Hill Borough did not get any other interested parties for the position of the poll manager for the summer, so it went to the Bethlehem YMCA for help.
Vanessa Rex, the aquatic/youth coordinator at the YMCA, put together a proposal for the Borough council. The proposal would have the pool open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The YMCA would manage the lifeguards only. The borough would be responsible to hire people for the ticket booth for admissions and for supplying all the necessary chemicals for the pool maintenance.
The air was buzzing with lively chatter while guests waited for the doors to open for the 14th annual Fountain Hill Bacchanalia. The event was held at the Comfort Suites in Bethlehem March 25.
Members of the community from Tombler and neighboring streets wanted to know if St. Luke’s University Hospital was constructing a new helicopter pad at a recent coucil meeting. Joe Patanella, St. Luke’s Community liason to Fountain Hill, assured residents that they were not. “We removed three pine trees and will replace them with six smaller ones,” he said. The nursing school parking lot will be used in an emergency situation only as a backup for the helicopter pad. St.
The wait is finally over. After enduring years of continued disrepair at the Public Works building, which is located at 843 N. Clewell St. in Fountain Hill, council has finally approved the plans for a 40 by 70 foot addition and renovation of the current building. “I am super excited for the project to get underway,” said Jason Quarry, public works supervisor.
Before the hiring of Police Chief Ed Bachert, grievances were made several times a week, Rosado said. The police department has hired four new officers since 2012, new computers, a new fleet of vehicles, new weapons and good communication with the Lehigh County task force and the district attorney’s office have improved public service. Rosado said he feels confident Bachert will continue to keep the department in good standing with the community, and he is looking forward to attending future council meetings as a resident of the community.
Council approved an ordinance at a recent meeting to remove three handicapped parking spaces from Senecca St., Bishothorpe St. and Senca St. Council President Larry Rapp reported that the acquisition of the new building for the firehouse is moving along. Council Vice President Normam Blatt said the tax collection committee is thinking of renewing services with Keystone Collections for local taxes. They will review it with the committee.
Fountain Hill Borough board members had tabled the discussion regarding new pool rates for 2017 at their December meeting, but have since decided admission fees are going up $5 for season membership and $1 for individual fees.
Board member Philip Trable proposed raising the cost for individual admission $2 from last year instead of the proposed $1. Trable said expenses keep going up. They gave the lifeguards a raise last year, the cost of supplies increases and there are repairs that will need to be made soon.
The first meeting of the new year was held Jan. 3 and all members were present except for Helen Halleman, Health and Sanitation Committee chair.