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There have been numerous reports of bear sightings in the Township. Bears love to eat, so remove the food source. Bird feeders should be taken down and garbage secured until garbage pick-up day. Bears will not frequent or stay in an area if they cannot get enough to eat. Please click HERE to read more from the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

The Hellertown Area Library Board of Trustees has awarded a contract to CMG of Easton, PA for work on interior improvements to the library facility on Constitution Avenue in Hellertown. Please click HERE to read more.

On Wednesday, September 23rd from 7:30 am to 9:00 am, at the Hellertown Area Library, the Hellertown-Lower Saucon Chamber of Commerce is returning to its roots and hoping to become a real working partner of - and advocate for - local businesses.

Whether or not you're currently a member of the Chamber, we'd like to see you join us at the first of what we hope will become regular business roundtables hosted by the Hellertown-Lower Saucon Chamber. No cost to you. Your voice - your opinion - brainstorming session for HLS region. Coffee and donuts to be provided.

Contact Jessica O'Donnell with questions at (610) 573-4010.

On August 20, 2015, a group of incoming freshmen from Penn State Lehigh Valley Campus helped weed and prepare planting beds at the Township's Heller Homestead. Please click HERE to read more.

The Lehigh Valley Watershed is holding it's sixth conference on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 on Freshwater Ecology. Click HERE to find out more information.

PennEast Pipeline route change through Lower Saucon Township July 2015. Please click HERE to read more.

Memo from Charles Elliott, regarding a brief update on the PennEast Pipeline project activities over the last sixty days. Please click HERE to read more.

Letter sent from Lower Saucon Township to FERC regarding the impact of the proposed PennEast Pipeline route on Bethlehem Authority Water Supply in Carbon County, PA. Please click HERE to read more.

08-12-2015: A coalition of concerned citizens against the pipeline and numerous other non-profit organizations are presenting "Stop PennEast Pipeline" march across the river. Click HERE for more information.

PennEast Pipeline Project Updated Route. Please click HERE to read more. Click HERE for the latest information on the PennEast Pipeline project.

There will be surveyors from Hatch Mott McDonald in the area of I-78 and Easton Road on Saturday, June 27, 2015 surveying the corridor along the highway and road only for the PennEast Pipeline project.

Supplemental comments to FERC from Lower Saucon Township regarding deficiencies and errors in PennEast Pipeline's response to scoping comments. Please click HERE to read more.

The latest PennEast Pipeline Project update from PennEast officials. Please click HERE to read more.

At the request of the Lower Saucon Township Council, Solicitor Charles Elliott was directed to send a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Please click HERE to read the letter.

Penn State Extension will be holding a workshop on June 10, 2015 "Making Sense of Natural Gas Pipelines and Right-of-Way Agreements". Please click HERE to read more.

Lower Saucon Township's submission to the U.S. Inspector General regarding selection of Tetra-Tech as 3rd party general contractor. Please click HERE to read more.

PennEast engineers have revised and refined portions of the proposed route based on additional feedback from numerous stakeholders. Please click HERE to read more.

PennEast has filed a response to FERC regarding the scoping comments. Click HERE to view the document.

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.

Public Works will be beginning their summer road maintenance projects this week with surface treatments scheduled for the roads listed on the Public Works Road Maintenance Schedule page.

The 2015/16 Gypsy Moth Suppression plan for Northampton County is in full swing. The County is partnering with DCNR to identify at risk areas that will be eligible for treatment in 2016. Please click HERE to read the release.

Applications for the 2016 suppression program will be accepted until August 31, 2015. Please click HERE for a copy of the application.

The PA DEP is accepting public comment on a proposed settlement for natural resource damages with Talen Generation, LLC, formerly known as PPL Generation, LLC, and Martins Creek, LLC, formerly known as PPL Martins Creek, LLC. The settlement is associated with the August 2005 ash spill at the Martins Creek Steam Electric Station in Lower Mount Bethel Township. Please click HERE to read the release.

The Semi-Annual Financial Report has been prepared and presented to Council outlining the mid-year financial status of the Township.

Please click HERE to view the report.

Comments have been submitted to DEP regarding the IESI Bethlehem Landfill's proposed Southeastern Realignment application. Please click HERE to view the Township Consultant's comments.

7-01-15: Chris Taylor from Hanover Engineering, in accordance with direction from Lower Saucon Township, completed an investigation of a section of Riverside Drive, in the area known locally as the Narrows. Please click HERE to see the entire report.

6-25-15: A site meeting was conducted yesterday at State Route 2014/Riverside Drive (AKA Narrows) to discuss plans to excavate the roadway to see what is underneath to be able to come up with options for repairs. Please click HERE to read more.

06-12-15: Temporary Road Closure in Steel City - PennDOT annnounced the temporary closure of Riverside Drive in Steel City. Please click HERE to read the immediate release.

In December 2014, the Township Council authorized the formation of a Citizen’s Committee comprised of former Economic Development Task Force members and new volunteers. The Committee was charged to work with Township staff on reviewing Township policy and permitting procedures. The Committee began its work in February and will meet at least four (4) times during the year, and will produce a report with recommendations for the Council by the end of 2015.

The goals of the Citizens Committee are to ensure that Township policy and permitting procedures are user-friendly to residents and, to encourage economic development.

The Citizen’s Committee has prepared a survey to obtain information from residents and developers about their experience with the Township’s policies and permitting procedures which can be accessed HERE. Please take a few moments to complete the survey, which will be helpful to the Committee in formulating their recommendations to the Township Council. The data collected will be anonymous.

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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