Thursday, July 06, 2006
Hellertown Limits Public Comment Because Councilmen Don't Like Long Meetings
Bethlehem gets it. Hellertown does not. They both impose five minute limitations on public comment. Bethlehem does it so everyone can be heard. Hellertown does it so its borough council members can go to bed early.
I'm pretty tough on local officials, but must confess Bethlehem's city council is an impressive bunch. On Wednesday night, they faced a full house of west end residents who were justifiably angry about their fourth sewer backup in just two years, especially since the Mayor promised ten months ago that he would take care of the problem. They had some serious brownfields, baby! Council then heard two citizens accuse the administration of blocking email access. Finally, they heard from two members of Lehigh Valley Beyond Oil concerning the local steps we must take to deal with our impending energy crisis.