It’s probably not something for which most municipalities would prefer to be known as trailblazers, but in the case of Fountain Hill borough, economics and timing are dictating that officials be proactive in introducing a new stormwater management fee system.
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 for its use by wedding parties.
The state’s EPA has given Fountain Hill a two-and-a-half-year timeframe to meet the obligations of its MS4 stormwater program. Council is considering creating a local authority that would levy a fee on all borough property owners in order to pay for the improvements.
Pennsylvania senators lauded one another Tuesday as they passed a bill updating the 911 emergency communications law, but they sidestepped a key detail. They’re raising your phone bill to pay for it. The legislation—the aptly named House Bill 911—raises the surcharge that funds county 911 call centers across the state to a uniform $1.65 per month. Everyone will pay more, whether they have a landline, wireless, Voice over Internet Protocol or prepaid wireless services. Pennsylvania already has a relatively high surcharge.