BIA has served as the Municipal Engineer for the Borough of Hellertown since 2003, and has provided a range of services to the community from assisting with zoning updates to providing design and construction services for municipal improvements. A number of projects were completed this year.
The Borough of Hellertown held a grand celebration in October to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Dimmick Park in conjunction with Saucon Valley Spirit weekend and the annual Four-County Fireman’s Parade. The park ceremony marked the dedication of a number of improvements.
The large covered grandstand at the ball fields was sandblasted and painted; the wood seats and metal roof were replaced. Updates included new stairs, center railings and a perimeter fence as well as a more transparent nylon backstop to enhance spectator views of the game.
The band shell was outfitted with a new laminated wood wave-beam performance shelter, new LED lighting, and upgraded electrical service, in addition to a stair and handicap ramp access. The concrete stage was repaired, expanded, and waterproofed. A new roof was put on the pool pavilion, which also benefited from paint, repairs to the concrete deck, and the installation of a new ornamental fence and gates.
Morris Dimmick, who was the chief burgess of Hellertown from 1926 to 1945, acquired the 18 acres that are now the park and the home of Dewey Fire Company #1 through his connections with Bethlehem Steel. A highlight of this year’s celebration was a ribbon cutting ceremony that featured the 99-year-old daughter of the burgess,Marcella Dimmick.
The area around Borough Hall is more pedestrian-friendly thanks to improvements funded by a PennDOT Transportation Enhancement Grant. As recommended during the planning phase of a Borough-wide walkable communities study BIA conducted previously, Easton Road was narrowed as it connects to Main Street, reducing the pedestrian crosswalk from 102 feet to 24 feet. The newly created space outside of Borough Hall features a plaza, a rain garden, bicycle racks, and ornamental LED street lighting. Other improvements include new curbs and sidewalk, installation of a stamped crosswalk, color pervious concrete, and a cedar pergola. Below grade are a number of stormwater improvements to facilitate the pre-treatment and conveyance of rainwater runoff, in this previously flood prone area.