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On Friday, September 2, 2016, summer hours will end for the Public Works Department. Their schedule will be Monday to Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 3, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to noon, a recyclable latex paint collection event will take place at Hanover Township, 3640 Jacksonville Road, Bethlehem. This event is free to all Northampton County residents. The next event, the last of the year, will take place in Tatamy on November 5, 2016.

On Saturday, September 10, 2016, a Northampton County supported e-cycling event will take place in Bethlehem from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the Municipal Pool/Skating Rink at 345 Illicks Mill Road, Bethlehem. Another event will take place on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at Easton at 500 Bushkill Drive from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Please click HERE to see more information and the price list.

The Administrative Offices and the Public Works Department will be closed on Monday, September 5, 2016 for the Labor Day holiday. They will both open at their regular times on Tuesday, September 6, 2016.

The Seidersville Hall Roof bid has been cancelled and will be re-advertised in the future.

A necklace was found by our Public Works crew up at Town Hall Park. If you lost a necklace, please call the Township office at (610) 865-3291 to claim.

Beginning on Monday, August 29, 2016 through Thursday, September 1, 2016, travel lanes on Route 412 will be open with intermittent stoppages. Please click HERE to read more.

The Steel City Park Project is moving forward. Bid documents have been prepared for fencing and landscaping which will be presented to Council for authorization to advertise at their September 7th meeting. We have contacted the contractor responsible for re-installing the tot lot and requested this work be scheduled. The new pavilion has been ordered and will be installed when received. The Public Works crew is currently working on the installation of the basketball court and parking lot. Check back for more updates as the work progresses.

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.

The deadline for applications for the Police Administrative Clerk was Wednesday, July 27, 2016.

For those who submitted applications, thank you for your interest in this position at Lower Saucon Township Police Department. Due to the excessive amount of applicants (over 400), please do not expect a personal response to your application; however, your application and resume will be maintained.

Again, thank you for your interest and time spent in completing your application and resume.

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 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.

The Lower Saucon Township Police Department has established an area within our public parking lot that can be used as a safe location for making internet purchase exchanges, child custody exchanges, etc.

Like other police departments in the nation, the Police Department saw a need to offer citizens a safe place to make these type of exchanges. The area is located on the west side of the Police Department in the designated parking spaces. The area is well lit and available for use 24 hours a day. The area is covered by surveillance cameras that are recorded; however, the area is not monitored or staffed by officers and we encourage everyone to still be cautious when meeting any person that they do not know.

If a person is unwilling to meet you at the Police Department to conduct a transaction, that should make you highly suspicious of their intentions.

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.

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

The updated law for child car seats states that children under two years of age should be in a rear facing seat as long as the child hasn't outgrown the weight limits of the seat. The carrier should also be placed in the rear seat. If you have any questions, please call our Police Department at (610) 317-6110.

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.

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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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