Lower Saucon Township Council voted unanimously at their meeting Sept. 5 to approve a resolution recognizing the efforts of local firefighters and rescue personnel during flash flooding that hit the township hard last month.
Mother Nature dropped up to eight inches of rain on Aug. 11 that caused flash flooding and the closure of a metal grate bridge on Easton Road, as well as a water rescue at The Meadows banquet hall on Meadows Road. More than 40 people attending a wedding reception there were taken to Dewey Fire Co. in Hellertown after the Saucon Creek began to inundate the parking lot, forcing rescuers to use boats and even a school bus.
Besides enjoying a buffet thank-you luncheon at Dewey Fire Company organized by Hellertown mayor David Heintzelman, council members put together a resolution to formally commend the local first responders–many of whom are volunteers–for their “willingness and dedication” to help with the response.
Lower Saucon Fire Rescue Chief Ty Johnson also recognized first responders from Springtown, Bethlehem Township and Eastern Salisbury, who all pitched in and offered support during this particular event.
At the meeting, council also approved the junior council members for the 2018-19 school year.
Matthew Wagner and George French will serve the township council; Ethan Kennedy will serve the planning commission; Madeline Lohr, Katie French, Sydney Oskin and Maclaine Oskin will serve the environmental advisory council (EAC); and Thomas Spirk, Nicholas Snead and Ferris Abu-Ghosh will serve the parks & recreation board.
Council also discussed adopting a fireworks ordinance in the future.
Councilwoman Donna Louder said some fireworks that were exploded had hit her roof.
She suggested adopting a time limit that would allow fireworks only to be set off from dusk until 10 p.m.
The next Lower Saucon Township Council meeting will be held Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. at Lower Saucon Town Hall, 3700 Old Philadelphia Pike. Meetings are open to the public and meeting agendas can be found online, in advance, on the township’s website.