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The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection will be holding a Local Municipality Involvement Process (LMIP) meeting on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Se-Wy-Co Fire Company Hall located at 3621 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bethlehem, PA 18015 to inform municipal officials and residents of the application received from the IESI Bethlehem Landfill for their proposed Southeast Realignment which would add approximately six acres of new lined disposal area and overtop current disposal areas within the existing permit area. The meeting is open to the public.

For more on information on the meeting, please click HERE .

To view the questions that will be presented from Council, please click HERE.

A portion of Route 412 in Bethlehem will be subject to multiple 10-minute closures at least three days in March, officials said.

Please click HERE to read the article.

There will be 15 minute closures on Route 412 on Saturday, March 7, 2015.

Please click HERE to read the release from PennDOT.

The ability to text 9-1-1 is now available throughout Northampton County (including Lower Saucon Township), the City of Bethlehem, and the City of Allentown. It is not available in most other areas, although it will become more prevalent over the coming years. Phoning 9-1-1 in an emergency is always preferred, but if you can't, texting is now an option.

Please click HERE to read some tips on texting 9-1-1.

Water Street Park, located along Water Street in the Borough of Hellertown, will be closed to the public beginning April 1, 2015 through the end of 2015 with a grand re-opening in Spring 2016.

Please click HERE to read the press release from Hellertown Borough.

REMINDER - Today, Friday, February 27, 2015, is the deadline to file your comments to FERC.

The scoping comments on the PennEast Pipeline project have been filed. Please click HERE to see the scoping comments and click HERE to see the appendices to the comments.

Residents can submit comments and documents to FERC at through their eComment or their eFiling.

Lower Saucon Township Council approved Resolution No. 32-2015 at their January 21, 2015 Council meeting opposing the construction of the proposed PennEast Pipeline through Lower Saucon Township. Please click HERE to read the resolution

PennEast Pipeline continues to evaluate route options throughout FERC's review process. The interactive mapping tool was updated and reflects the survey corridor associated with the current preferred alternative route. Please click HERE to read the article and see the link to direct you to the revised interactive mapping tool.

Please click HERE to see PennEast Pipeline's revised pipeline map showing the Hellertown 12-02-14:
Please click HERE to see PennEast Pipeline's project overview of their project.

PennEast Pipeline provided various maps for Lower Saucon Township regarding the proposed pipeline. Click HERE to see the map of the Township showing the new route on the east side of SR33 and Lehigh River crossing. Click HERE to see the map of the Township with environmental features overlaid. Click HERE to see the map of the area showing any geological faults.

PennEast Pipeline Company has developed an interactive mapping tool to assist landowners, neighbors and community leaders. Click HERE to read the letter from Alisa Harris from PennEast Pipeline Company.

PennEast Pipeline Company invites you to their open houses to provide you with accurate information on the proposed pipeline. Click HERE to find out the date and where the open houses will take place.

Information on PennEast Pipeline Project pertaining to Lower Saucon Township. There are four sections to ther PowerPoint document. Click on each section. Section 1; Section 2; Section 3; Section 4.

On October 10th, PennEast provided the attached map of the proposed route through Lower Saucon Township. Click HERE to view the map.

Here are frequently asked questions about the PennEast Pipeline Project. Click HERE to view the FAQ's.

Included in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) filing were more specific maps showing the proposed route. Click HERE to view USGS Topographic Quadrangle Map of Lower Saucon Township.

The following message was received from the PennEast Pipe project representatives on October 8, 2014:

Dear Community Leader,
On October 7, 2014, PennEast Pipeline Company, LLC, submitted its formal request to initiate pre-filing review by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The application is the first step in requesting FERC certificate approval for the proposed pipeline. PennEast Pipeline is not required to use the comprehensive, multi-step FERC pre-filing review process; however, PennEast chose to request pre-filing in order to work cooperatively with the FERC staff on the technical engineering and environmental aspects of the project before a formal application is submitted.

The pre-filing process creates the framework for the environmental analysis required of the location, design and permitting for construction of the proposed natural gas pipeline. Pre-filing also includes a formal structure for stakeholders along the proposed route to provide input and opinions regarding the proposed PennEast Pipeline.

If approved for the pre-filing process, FERC will assign the PennEast Pipeline Project a docket number (Note: FERC Docket Number: Click HERE and then click on "File List" to view documents submitted with filing) and PennEast will share the docket number through its website and news release. Once a docket number is assigned, FERC will accept public comment regarding the proposal. PennEast anticipates beginning the process of submitting project documents to FERC by the end of October and plans to complete pre-filing and file a formal application in spring 2015.

Alisa E. Harris
PennEast Pipeline
Government and Community Affairs.

The Joint Yard Waste Recycling Committee announced the 2015 opening date and operating schedule for the Saucon Valley Compost Center which can be viewed HERE .

Beginning this year, the schedule will be expanded to open the Center on four (4) evenings: April 29, 2015; May 13, 2015; June 10, 2015; and July 8, 2015 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. These expanded hours are for drop-off only. There will be no mulch pick-up permitted.

Lower Saucon Township is seeking volunteers to serve on a newly formed Budget Advisory Committee.

Please click HERE to read more.

It's that time of year again. Your local 2014 local earned income tax is due by April 15, 2015. Click HERE to read how you can file on-line or who to call if you have any tax questions.

Also, Keystone Collections Group has a new phone line dedicated exclusively for taxpayer inquiries. Click HERE to see this information.

Click HERE to see the winter 2014-2015 update for the Route 412 City of Bethlehem and Hellertown Borough Widening Project.

The Chamber is hosting another forum on Thursday, May 28, 2015 at Hellertown Borough, 685 Main Street, Hellertown, where project staff will provide a more detailed update. The forum will start at 7:30 am.

The Polk Valley Dog Park is closed until further notice.

03-02-15 - Mailbox Damage from Snow Plowing - Here is the Township Policy on mailbox damage. Please click HERE to read the rest of the article.

03-02-2015 - Message from Township Fire Marshal and Fire Chiefs - Please use extreme caution with the disposal of fireplace ashes. Click HERE to read more.

02-09-15 - Blackouts: Blackouts can happen anywhere, anytime, and to anyone, so being prepared is important. Click HERE read how you can prepare for a blackout.

02-02-15 - Caring for Your Pets During Emergency Situations: If you are like millions of animal owners nationwide, your pet is an important member of your household. Unfortunately, animals are also affected by emergencies where you have to leave your home. If you evacuate your home, do not leave your pets behind. Make a back-up emergency plan in case you can't care for your animals. Click HERE to read more.

01-29-15 - Be Safe During Winter Storms and Disasters: The first step in being prepared is to know about the hazards that can affect you where you live and work. Winter storms can occur anywhere in the United States. To learn more about what you should do to protect yourself, click HERE or register for America's Prepareathon by clicking HERE.

01-23-15 - Preparing for Winter Storms: Winter storms can range from a moderate snow over a few hours to a blizzard with blinding, wind-driven snow that lasts for several days. To prepare for a winter storm, please click HERE to see what you should do.

01-19-15 - Tips for Safe Snow Shoveling: Here are some tips from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry on safe snow shoveling. Please click HERE to read more.

01-12-15 - Tips for Driving in Inclement Weather: Here are some tips from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry for driving in bad weather. Please click HERE to read more.

01-05-15 - Tips for Working Outside in Cold Weather: Here are some tips from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry on working outside in cold weather. Anyone working in a cold environment may be at risk of cold stress. Some workers may be required to work outdoors in cold environments and for extended periods of time. Please click HERE to read more.

01-02-15 - Tips for Winter Survival Kits: Here are some tips from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry on how to make a winter survival kit for your vehicle. Please click HERE to read more.

12-22-14 - Winter Vehicle Tips from PennDOT: Here are some tips to make sure your vehicle is ready for the winter months ahead. Please click HERE to read more.

12-22-14 - Get Outdoors PA: Check out the great variety of events available on the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) calendar to help motivate you to take full advantage of all the beauty and fun that winter brings to your outdoor activities. Click HERE to see the calendar.

12-15-14 - Winter Snow Reminders for Residents: With several snow and ice events already occurring this year, the Township would like to remind residents to please keep a couple of important tips in mind during this winter season. Please click HERE to read more.

12-01-14 - Winter Driveway Tips from PennDOT: Click HERE to see PennDOT's suggestion for clearing snow from your driveway.

11-24-14 - Winter Driving Guide from PennDOT: If you must travel, PennDOT offers a Winter Driving Guide. Click HERE for more information.

Northampton County is holding two Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off events on Saturday, May 30, 2015 and Saturday, October 10, 2015 from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm.

Just added, no cost recycling of residential scrap metal includding piping, lawn furniture, lawn equipment, various applicances including washers, dryers, stoves, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, etc.

Please click HERE to see the flyer.

The Saucon Rail Trail Oversight Commission has announced that they are soliciting funds to underwrite the cost of refurbishing and restoring the color light railroad signal located along the Saucon Rail Trail in Hellertown Borough. Please click HERE to read the rest of the article.

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Saucon Township was originally established in 1742 as part of Bucks County. In 1752, county lines were changed, and the large township became part of Northampton County. It was divided into Upper and Lower Saucon in 1753. Both townships were part of Northampton County until 1812, when Upper Saucon became part of Lehigh County. At that time, the new Lower Saucon Township boasted about 200 sturdy inhabitants. Today, it has over 10,772 people and remains the oldest township in present-day Northampton County.

The township covers an area of 23.3 square miles, through which run 100 miles of public roads. It is recognized for its pastoral farmlands, tranquil woodlands, and gently rolling hills.

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