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Lower Saucon Township News
Until further notices, all Township parks and fields including the Polk Valley Dog Park will be closed due to the weather..

There were revisions made to Exhibit C for the Steel City Park - Amenities bid package. Please click HERE to go to the Purchasing page to get more information.

Beginning on Monday, September 26, 2016 through October 1, 2016, travel lanes will be open with intermittent stoppages from the intersection of Route 412 and Cherry Lane to the intersection of Route 412 and Commerce Center Boulevard. Click HERE to read more.

Beginning on Monday, September 26, 2016 through Saturday, October 1, 2016, travel lanes will be open with intermittent stoppages from the intersection of Route 412 and Commerce Center Boulevard to the intersection of Route 412 and Daly Avenue. Click HERE to read more.

09-29-2016: Monday, October 3 and Tuesday, October 4th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., intermittent stoppages at I78 and SR412 interchange will occur for median work to continue..

09-29-2016: Beginning on Monday, October 3, 2016 through Saturday, October 8, 2016, there will be a single lane in effect 24 hours a day throughout the project excluding the interchange area. The contractor will be paving, line painting and conducting landscaping work during this time. Click HERE to read more.

The Parks and Recreation Board meeting which is scheduled for Monday, October 3, 2016 will take place at Kingston Park starting at 6:00 p.m.

The Environmental Advisory Council meeting scheduled for Tuesday, October 11, 2016 is being changed to Tuesday, October 4, 2016 starting at 7:00 p.m. at Town Hall located at 3700 Old Philadlephia Pike, Bethlehem, PA.

There will be a Household Hazardous Waste Event being held on Saturday, October 8, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Northampton Community College. This is open to Northampton County residents ONLY. Click HERE to see the flyer.

This is a reminder of the upcoming Runner's World Events, set to kick off on Friday, October 14th through Sunday, October 16th in the City of Bethlehem. Road closures will occur on Saturday and Sunday with a majority of the closures occurring on Sunday for the Half Marathon. Please be aware that some closures will fall longer than the tail runner, for cleanup and safety. More informaiton will be posted on the City's website, as well as Runner's World. Click HERE to see Runner's World website to see times and the routes.

09-27-16: PennDOT spokesman Ron Young reported that Riverside Drive is slated to open by the end of Friday, September 30, 2016. PennDOT thanks you all for your patience while Riverside Drive, AKA the Narrows, was restored to a safe condition for motor vehicles.

06-20-16: PennDOT spokesman Ron Young reported to Lower Saucon Township officials that "The Narrows" portion of Riverside Drive, Steel City, may not open to traffic until mid-to-late August. Weather and design issues caused the delay. The worst section, where there was a hole in the road, and roadway was undermined, has been repaired with a large steel beam and plate. Young reported it was then topped with a reinforced concrete slab. One other site has been repaired with a reinforced concrete slab.

03-18-16: In September 2015 PennDOT notified the Township that they would be making repairs to eight locations on Riverside Drive due to washed out areas of roadway and slopes. The work was scheduled to be completed in the Spring of 2016. Ron Young informed the Township that the worst area where the road was undermined by a large hole in the roadway has been repaired with a steel beam and plate. The district bridge unit is working on the design and material needed for the remainder of repair locations and expect the work to be completed and the road to be opened by the end of spring.

9-10-15: This is the latest update for Riverside Drive in Lower Saucon Township. PennDOT completed a constructability review this week. Please click HERE to read more.

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.

09-27-16: Email from Lauren Brown regarding the PennEast Route update for September. Click HERE to see more.

09-22-16: Comments from PA DEP dated September 19, 2016 on PennEast Pipeline Project Incompleteness Review No. 2. Click HERE to view the comments.

09-13-16: PennEast Pipeline Project - Lower Saucon Township comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the PennEast Pipeline. Click HERE to view comments submitted to FERC.

09-07-16: DEP will be taking additional comments for the PennEast Pipeline until September 26, 2016. Click HERE to share your comments via the FERC e-comment process.

07-27-16: Feds set six public meetings on the pipeline report so the public can comment on the PennEast project's impact. There will be a meeting in Bethlehem on August 15, 2016 at Best Western Lehigh Valley Conference Center at 300 Gateway Drive from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. to collect verbal comments on the draft document. No presentation will be given by FERC. Verbal comments will be recorded by stenographers in one-on-one settings and transcriptions will be placed into the docket for the project. Click HERE to share your comments via the FERC e-comment process or click HERE to go to the PennEast pipeline website. Click HERE to read the newspaper article.

07-26-16: PennEast Pipeline Project - Draft Environmental Impact Statement. Click HERE to go to the FERC website to view the draft impact statement.

06-14-16: Letter from Attorney Charles Elliott dated June 10, 2016 regarding the Federal Clean Water Act for the PennEast Pipeline project. Click HERE to read more.

06-03-16: Please read the May 2016 PennEast Pipeline Update newsletter. Click HERE to read more.

05-12-16: Please read the letter written by Manager, Leslie Huhn, to Kimberly Bose at FERC regarding the Incompleteness Review Letters from different townships. Click HERE to read more.

05-04-16: Please read the letter from PA DEP regarding the Incompletedness Review on the PennEast Pipeline Project. Click HERE to see more.

03-30-16: Please read the update for landowners on the pipeline route. Click HERE to see more.

03-14-16: Please read the email from PennEast Pipeline regarding Cathodic Testing and the Township's response to their email. Click HERE to read the email.

03-08-16: The Township requested PennEast to deliver a presentation at a Township Council meeting on the proposed pipeline. PennEast said they are unavailable to participate in the Township's meeting. Please click HERE to read the letter.

02-25-15: The DEP presented the final report of the Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force to Governor Wolf, which identified a dozen top recommendations, along with a broader set of 184 suggestions, to help PA achieve responsible development of natural gas pipeline infrastructure in the Commonwealth. Click HERE to see more.

02-18-16: Response letters to AECOM regarding the PennEast Pipeline project. Please click HERE to read the letter regarding the request for land use. Click HERE to read the letter regarding the municipal stormwater management consistency review and click HERE to read the letter regarding the project municipal notification.

02-10-16: Here is the latest proposed alignment for the PennEast pipeline. Please click HERE to see the map.

02-08-16: PennEast Pipeline Municipal Notification. Please click HERE to read more.

02-08-16: PennEast Request for Land Use Response. Please click HERE to read more.

02-08-16: PennEast Pipeline Municipal Stormwater Management Consistency Review. Please click HERE to read more.

12-22-15: PennEast Pipeline has a route update as of December 2015. Please click HERE to see the letter.

11-09-15: Regarding the PennEast Pipeline, the motion to FERC to intervene has been accepted for filing. Please click HERE to read more.

10-19-15: PennEast Pipeline Project Certificate Application Filing Notice with FERC to construct, install, own, operate and maintain approximately 118-miles of the pipeline. Please click HERE to read more.

10-15-15: On October 15 and October 19, hear from impacted landowners and come and learn more about how the PennEast Pipeline could impact you. Please click HERE to see the flyer. Read the article on coalitions launching a campaign to educate and unite the PA Communities impacted by the PennEast Pipeline. Please click HERE to read the article.

10-12-15: PennEast Pipeline provided an updated map for the entire route on September 30, 2015 and indicated that the overall alignment of the route has been adjusted within the 400 foot survey corridor to avoid and/or minimize impacts to wetlands and water bodies, cultural resources, agricultural lands and other sensitive habitats. In addition, they indicated that there have also been adjustments to the project route due to the finalization of valve locations. To view this map, please click HERE.

10-01-15: PennEast Pipeline project update for September 2015. Please click HERE to read more. Click HERE to see the updated maps.

09-03-15: PennEast Pipeline project update for August 2015. Please click HERE to read more.

08-20-15: PennEast Pipeline route change through Lower Saucon Township July 2015. Please click HERE to read more.

08-20-15: 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.

08-13-15: 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.

07-24-15: PennEast Pipeline Project Updated Route. Please click HERE to read more. Click HERE for the latest information on the PennEast Pipeline project.

06-25-15: 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.

06-24-15: 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.

06-23-15: The latest PennEast Pipeline Project update from PennEast officials. Please click HERE to read more.

06-09-15: 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.

06-01-15: 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.

04-21-15: 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.

04-01-15: PennEast engineers have revised and refined portions of the proposed route based on additional feedback from numerous stakeholders. Please click HERE to read more.

03-17-15: PennEast has filed a response to FERC regarding the scoping comments. Click HERE to view the document.

02-27-15: REMINDER - Today, Friday, February 27, 2015, is the deadline to file your comments to FERC.

02-26-15: 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.

02-18-15: Residents can submit comments and documents to FERC at www.ferc.gov through their eComment or their eFiling.

01-22-15: 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

01-16-15: 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.

12-03-14: 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.

11-26-14: 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.

11-05-14: 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.

10-24-14: 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.

10-17-14: 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.

10-13-14: On October 10th, PennEast provided the attached map of the proposed route through Lower Saucon Township. Click HERE to view the map.

10-10-14: Here are frequently asked questions about the PennEast Pipeline Project. Click HERE to view the FAQ's.

10-09-14: 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.

10-09-14: 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.

At the September 21, 2016 Council meeting, four students from Saucon Valley High School were appointed as Jr. Council representatives to various boards. Click HERE to read more.

Sealed proposals will be received by Lower Saucon Township for roof replacement for the Seidersville Hall Building until Friday, October 7, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. Please click HERE to see the bid documents and specifications.

Sealed proposals will be received by Lower Saucon Township for Steel City Park - Landscaping until Friday, October 7, 2016 at 11:15 a.m. and for Amenities until Friday, October 7, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. Please click HERE to see the bid documents and specifications.

Lower Saucon Police Department along with Buckle-Up PA will hold a child safety seat and seat belt enforcement activities as part of a statewide enforcement mobilization, September 18 through 30, 2016. The Mobilization corresponds with the National Child Passenger Safety Week, September 18 through 24 and National Seat Check Saturday, September 24.

The seat belt enforcement activities will be conducted at Saucon Valley School District Campus, other locations in Lower Saucon Township and throughout the Lehigh Valley.

WHAT: Lower Saucon Police Department will hold safety event to help prevent and reduce child injuries and fatalities by promoting the use of age-and size-appropriate restraints.

WHEN: Thursday, September 22, 2016, 7:00 AM- 11:00 AM

LOCATION: Saucon Valley School District Campus, 2097 Polk Valley Road Hellertown PA 18055 (event will be held at entrance to the elementary school).

MEDIA CONTACT: Sean A. Brown, sebrown@pa.gov,610-871-4556

Robin Rivera,610-248-5437

Lower Saucon Township Police Department is announcing the Got Drugs program taking place on October 22, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Click HERE to see the flyer.

Hellertown-Lower Saucon Chamber presents Saucon Harvest Festival on October 29, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 P.M. At 10:00 a.m. there is a 5K. Click HERE to see the flyer. Click HERE to see sponsorship opportunities.

The Lower Saucon Township Police Department is accepting applications for a Part-Time Police Officer. Click HERE to read more.

IESI Bethlehem Landfill has announced it now has a Community Hotline for residents. If you have any complaints or odor issues, you can call them after hours and weekends at (610) 317-3200, Option #4. You will then receive a call back from Landfill Management.

At the Council meeting on Wednesday, July 20, 2016, Council approved trick-or-treat night for Sunday, October 30, 2016 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. It conincides with Hellertown's trick-or-treat night.


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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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