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Hellertown Borough Planning Commission Vacancy
 
The Borough of Hellertown is seeking an interested resident to serve on its Planning Commission. This is to fill a vacancy until 12/21 due to a resignation. Thereafter, the term of a Planner is four years.
 
The Planning Commission helps manage development in Hellertown Borough. The commission reviews subdivision and land development plans, then makes recommendations to Borough Council.
 
Interested parties should submit a letter of interest to Cathy Hartranft, Borough Manager at c.hartranft@hellertownborough.org by July 28.
 
 

HELLERTOWN BOROUGH COUNCIL VACANCY

Due to a vacancy on Hellertown Borough Council, the Borough Council of Hellertown Borough is seeking registered electors of the borough to fill a Borough Council seat.  This person will be appointed to fill the vacancy until December 31, 2021.  Because the term does not end until 2023, the remaining two years will be placed on the November ballot. 

Interested persons should submit a letter of interest and resume outlining qualifications to Cathy Hartranft, Borough Manager by email at c.hartranft@hellertownborough.org by the close of business July 28th.  All interested parties will be asked to attend the August 2nd regular meeting of Hellertown Borough Council to be introduced and interviewed by Council.

Borough of Hellertown

Zoning Hearing Board

Notice is hereby given that the Zoning Hearing Board of Hellertown Borough will meet in Council Chambers of the Municipal Building at 685 Main St., Hellertown, PA  18055 on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at 6:30 pm for the purpose of hearing the following appeals. 

ANYONE INTRESTED MAY ALSO CLICK THE FOLLOWING LINK TO ATTEND:

 Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/92670655549?pwd=amwydVhVc0N0d0p4U2tzSUV4NG9GZz09

Meeting ID: 926 7065 5549
Passcode: 2021

ZHB-21-03(continued):  The appeal of James O’Brien 2158 Morning Star Rd. Hellertown, PA 18055, Andrea and John Goshen 1549 Easton Rd. Hellertown PA 18055, David Heffelfinger 400 Morning Star Rd. Hellertown, PA 18055 and Alan Kunsman 1615 Easton Rd. Hellertown, PA 18055.  Appellants seek to challenge the substantive validity of Zoning Ordinance 834 and Zoning Map change from R-1 to R-2 for the property known as 1527 Easton Road. 

 The above listed appeal may be reviewed by contacting the Zoning officer at 610-838-7041  

Kris Russo Zoning Officer

Borough of Hellertown

Zoning Hearing Board

Notice is hereby given that the Zoning Hearing Board of Hellertown Borough will meet in Council Chambers of the Municipal Building at 685 Main St., Hellertown, PA  18055 on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at 6:30 pm for the purpose of hearing the following appeals. 

ANYONE INTRESTED MAY ALSO CLICK THE FOLLOWING LINK TO ATTEND:

Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/95763642470?pwd=SW5oYXB5Y0dTZTFFaEtYeE13QkJ2UT09

Meeting ID: 957 6364 2470

Passcode: 2021

ZHB-21-03(continued):  The appeal of James O’Brien 2158 Morning Star Rd. Hellertown, PA 18055, Andrea and John Goshen 1549 Easton Rd. Hellertown PA 18055, David Heffelfinger 400 Morning Star Rd. Hellertown, PA 18055 and Alan Kunsman 1615 Easton Rd. Hellertown, PA 18055.  Appellants seek to challenge the substantive validity of Zoning Ordinance 834 and Zoning Map change from R-1 to R-2 for the property known as 1527 Easton Road. 

The above listed appeal may be reviewed by contacting the Zoning officer at

610-838-7041 

Kris Russo Zoning Officer

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On behalf of the Borough of Hellertown, the Township of Lower Saucon, and the Saucon Valley School District, please find a link https://arcg.is/9iDe5 to the public review draft of the Saucon Valley 2020 Comprehensive Plan Update upon which the partners have worked to update this year.  The partners have hosted a successful, well received joint public meeting in October 2020 and, in accordance with the PA Municipalities Planning Code (MPC), are in the process of scheduling a future Public Hearing.  Information associated with the Public Hearing will be advertised at a later date in accordance with the MPC.

Through the Saucon Valley 2020 Comprehensive Plan Update, the partners aim to expand possibilities of how their past, current and future joint planning can best serve their residents, businesses, leaders and stakeholders.  As implementation of actions continues to progress through the coming decade, the partners will keep their Plan continuously relevant through their StoryMap platform. This platform, evolving from their 2009 document, is interactive, respects social distancing, and mobile-friendly.  Thank you for the opportunity to forward the information.  In upholding the work’s 45-day public review period, please submit any comments to carolynyagle@epd-pgh.com on or prior to January 9, 2021.

As we enter a season of thankfulness, we extend our thanks to you.

NEW ROUND OF FACADE GRANTS AVAILABLE

What it is:  This program is designed to assist downtown businesses in making exterior renovations to their front facades.  It will provide for matching 1 to 1 reimbursement grants for façade improvements in the Borough of Hellertown up to a maximum amount of $10,000 per property. 

Up to $3,000 of the $10,000 maximum in grant funding can be used for Streetscape-level improvements to your property, whereby you can receive one dollar in façade grant money for every two dollars you invest into these types of improvements.

Why invest:  The Façade Program is intended to stimulate private investment in the preservation of historic downtown architecture and to foster image-making improvements to properties.

  • Benefits to property owners include: Higher rents, more stable leases, increased occupancy rates, improved marketability and higher property values.
  • Benefits to business owner include: Increased sales, improve image and visibility of your business, increases exposure, creates an inviting atmosphere and reduce overhead.
  • Benefits to the community include: Help create a sense of place, enhance safety and cleanliness, recruit better employees, develop a more stable tax base and reduce pressure for sprawl development.

Eligible properties:  Any business or business property owner (excluding government or non-profit entities) within the following map are eligible:

Project Boundaries:     On Main Street: from Walnut Street through Kichline Avenue

On Water Street: from Front Street to Delaware Avenue

All of Front Street: from E. Thomas Avenue to Walnut Street

  • Eligible Facade Level Activities

(Require a $1 match for every grant $1 – maximum of a $10,000 grant allocation)

Brick and Stone Masonry, Architectural Metals, Doors, Windows, Exterior Woodwork, Storefronts, Signage, Painting, Awnings, Lighting, Shutters, Power Washing, Roofing , Gutters, Design Assistance (see “Eligible Activities” Section in the Policies and Procedures document for more detailed information)

  • Eligible Streetscape Level Activities

(Require a $2 match for every grant $1 – up to a $3,000 grant allocation, which counts towards the $10,000 maximum per property)

Sidewalks, street trees, fences, retaining walls, other site improvements (as approved on a case by case basis)

  • Ineligible Activities

Landscaping (with the exception of street trees), benches, trash cans, paving, parking lots, and sandblasting are not eligible activities.

Schedule:

  1. Review guidelines
  2. File Notice of Intent to Apply form (complete); await word on eligibility
  3. Pursue Design Assistance (not required – but encouraged)
  4. Fill out a formal application for a Façade Grant
  5. Façade Grants are awarded by the Hellertown Planning Commission; await word on the status of your application
  6. Complete a reimbursement agreement (if project is approved)
  7. Begin construction (please note – any work completed before the reimbursement agreement is signed will not be eligible for reimbursement)
  8. Complete construction, obtain all necessary materials and submit for a reimbursement check
  9. Receive reimbursement check

For more information:  Please note that this is only a general overview of this program. For a full copy of the policies and procedures, please contact Cathy Hartranft at 610-838-7041.