The wedding cake fountain at the center of Hellertown’s leafy Borough Authority Park has become an increasingly popular place for couples to say “I do,” which is why Hellertown Borough Council voted Monday to adopt rules and a fee for its use by wedding parties.
In addition to limiting the size of wedding ceremonies held at the fountain to a maximum of 25 people, council voted to add the use of the park for weddings to its fee schedule, meaning couples will now have to pay a $25 fee if they wish to get married there.
Any party that plans to exchange vows at the fountain will also be required to sign a hold harmless agreement with the borough.
The exception will be for parties that are holding wedding receptions at the Dewey Fire Co. banquet hall across the street, borough manager Cathy Hartranft said.
In those cases, if a couple wishes to get married at the fountain the fee won’t be charged.
Hartranft said borough staff determined that 25 people is the maximum number the circular area around the fountain can accommodate.
The park is adjacent to the Hellertown Pool, and on the other sides is bordered by New York Avenue, Rentzheimer Drive and Durham Street.
In other business, borough business owner June Rose told council there was a problem with the sliding board in the new playground at Dimmick Park.
Instead of being flush, two pieces of the slide’s surface were uneven, creating a lip on which clothing was becoming caught as children slid down the slide, Rose said.
Council president Tom Rieger said the playground is under warranty.
He encouraged residents to report any similar issues they may encounter with borough-owned equipment to Hartranft.
The motion to adopt the changes passed 6-0, with councilman James Hill absent.
The next Hellertown Borough Council meeting will be held Monday, Aug. 19 at 7 p.m. at Borough Hall, 685 Main St., Hellertown, Pa. Meetings are open to the public and meeting agendas can be viewed in advance at HellertownBorough.org.