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.
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.