Five possible cases of rabid skunks were recently reported in Hellertown. In similar cases, do you think municipalities should notify residents of suspected rabies cases via a phone/email alert system?
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Hellertown resident Lee Weidner says the public's help is needed to apprehend the people who continue to illegally ride motorized dirt bikes and ATVs on the Saucon Rail Trail.
To the Editor: As a public safety concern, walkers and bike riders on the northern end of Hellertown's portion of Saucon Rails to Trails, beware of speeding motorized dirt bikes and ATVs. During the last several months, there have been many close calls of adults, children and dogs nearly run over by unconcerned law breakers reaching speeds of 40mph on both the new trail and the old trail leading to the Cinderbanks. Anyone who observes or hears these vehicles should immediately phone the Northampton County non-emergency dispatcher at 610-759-2200 to request Hellertown Police assistance. Hellertown Police Chief Robert Shupp has been working hard to apprehend offenders of the law in this area. Citizens' help is needed to quickly notify the …
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Hellertown Police Chief Robert Shupp told Borough Council the reconfigured school zone "makes sense."
A reconfigured school safety zone surrounding St. Theresa's School near Easton Road is now in place, Hellertown Police Chief Robert Shupp told Borough Council Sept. 4. The reduced speed zone includes Wilson Avenue and "people are pretty happy about it," he said. "Hopefully people stay safe." Shupp also updated council on the hiring status of a crossing guard who could serve as a back-up guard for the busy intersection of Constitution Avenue, Panther Way and East Walnut Street, which is adjacent to the Saucon Valley School District campus. Background checks on the applicant are currently being completed, he said, calling them "a formality." One of the borough's regular crossing guards remains on sick leave, and another guard recently …
Monday, June 18, 2012
In light of the recent fatal accident and fire at the Leithsville Fire Company, do you think the Leithsville section of Lower Saucon Township should have municipal water services provided? If so, who should pay for the infrastructure, and how?
When the Leithsville Fire Company caught fire after a dump truck crashed into it May 24, volunteer firefighters in tanker trucks responded from throughout the Lehigh Valley and beyond. The tanker trucks were needed to fight the intense blaze because the Leithsville section of Lower Saucon Township is without fire hydrants. Although the extension of public water lines to Leithsville would likely be costly, should public safety concerns merit a conversation about the issue? Do you think the village's proximity to Hellertown and the amount of traffic on Route 412 should be factors in any future conversations by elected officials? If you support the idea of extending public water and sewer lines to Leithsville, how should the cost be covered…
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Hellertown Borough Council members and borough officials discussed the installation of security cameras in five borough parks at council's June 4 meeting.
Hellertown's public parks and playgrounds will be safer if security cameras are installed in or near them, officials seem to think. At Borough Council's June 4 meeting, the idea for video surveillance in parks was introduced by Police Chief Robert Shupp, who recommended that council consider making the borough's next casino grant application an application for a $50,000 camera system that would be set up in Dimmick Park, Water Street Park, Gregory Park (Third Avenue Park) and High Street Park. Shupp said incidents ranging in nature from vandalism to sexual assault have occurred in Hellertown's parks in recent years. Park bathrooms have been set on fire, public property has been defaced with graffiti, bikes are being ridden across park …