Following a months-long delay, Bethlehem City Council will consider a rezoning request for a proposed senior-living development along Creek Road in September. The Bethlehem Planning Commission voted against the developer’s request to rezone the land at their March 12 meeting.
A college professor, novelist and former journalist, Hellertown resident Bill Broun announced Monday that he is seeking a seat on Borough Council. He will run as a Democrat in the May 21 primary election.
For the second time in less than three months Hellertown Borough Council has a new member. Andrew Hughes was appointed Monday night to fill a vacancy created by the recent resignation of councilman Kevin Lott.
Hellertown Borough Council held public interviews of three candidates Monday night to fill the vacancy recently created by councilman Herb Payung’s resignation earlier this month, and at the end of the night it was the candidate with prior experience as a council member who got the appointment.
The former captain of Dewey EMS, who has also served as a member of Hellertown Borough Council for several terms, has been charged with felony theft for allegedly stealing funds from the fire company over several years, borough police announced Thursday. It remains unclear if John Bate is still a member of council.
Since being appointed to Hellertown Borough Council in July, I am running to retain my seat to continue to advocate for a strong quality of life not only for the borough’s residents, but also for its small businesses and community organizations. As a 2007 graduate of Saucon Valley High School and a life-long resident of Hellertown, I have had the unique opportunity of getting to know many great people and groups within the borough. I have come to know that they are the fabric which makes Hellertown such a desirable place in which to live. Hellertown is in the unique position in that it already has a high quality park system, numerous public facilities such as the rail trail and public library, and many successful, locally-owned businesses. The question for growth then becomes: How can all factions of the community work together to create an identity for the town that will allow it to prosper more than it already has?
Hellertown Borough Council’s junior council representatives–Richard Weddigen and Nicole Payung–were recognized for their service at council’s April 6 meeting. Deputy Executive Vice President for the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs Christopher Cap attended the meeting to present Payung and Weddigen with PSAB’s Distinguished Junior Council Person award, and to personally thank them for taking an interest in local government. PSAB staff try to visit municipalities to personally present the honors “to give them a little pat on the back, if you will,” he said. He also confirmed that “Hellertown is very special” because it has two junior council members, whereas most municipalities typically have just one. Both Weddigen and Payung are Saucon Valley High School seniors who have been named to the school’s Highest Honor Roll in the past.