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Over $10,000 in fines given to tractor trailer drivers

Alburtis Borough Council met June 8 with only a few items in administration on the agenda.

Alburtis Police Chief Tony Alsleben was in attendance for the police report. He reported over $10,000 in fines were given to tractor trailer drivers illegally driving on Alburtis roads. A goal of the department is to tackle truck traffic in the area. Property damage and accidents have been a common occurrence for some time now. The tractor trailers aren’t suited to be on the tight back roads in the borough.

Online resources are also in development for the police department. The tool is estimated to cost $3,700. There was an objection about the police being over budget; however, the cost was viewed as appropriate for what was deemed a necessary update to the station.

The previous meeting minutes and bills for payment were quickly approved. The treasurer’s report, fiscal consultant’s report and administration report were approved as well. There was no discussion on any of these reports.

In administration, it was announced someone has applied for the fiscal consultant position now open in the borough. Council decided to set up an interview and have the candidate come to the building.

Next was project timelines. The Chestnut Circle road work is estimated to begin July 5. The goal for Franklin Street is to have it done this year, but council is still waiting on the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for a set time. The Bicentennial Village work will start in 2023.

The bird sanctuary was the last item. There were some concerns about dead or dying trees that could fall and do some damage to the property or to someone walking by. There was a discussion on police lines or warning signs before they can get to work on the trees.

In a closing note, Borough Manager Sharon Trexler said she was in contact with a representative from the Lehigh Valley Phantoms about holding a youth program for the Alburtis hockey program. This is still in the early stages, but the excitement was clear among all the council members.

The meeting was then adjourned. The next Alburtis Borough Council meeting will take place 7 p.m. June 29. The meetings are held at 260 Franklin St., Alburtis.