|Karen Collis and Jay Finnigan|
At their September 26 meeting, the Board voted unanimously the remaining $476,000, with $188,000 going for impact grants and $289,000 in awards for communities with no need to show impact. .
The impact grants went to Bethlehem Tp ($50,915 for a police vehicle); Hanover Tp ($11,675 for body armor); Hellertown ($43,626 for police SUV); Lower Saucon Tp ($24,981 for unmarked police car);and Freemansburg ($15,788 for body armor and $41,000 for license plate reader).
The $289,000 in uncommitted funds were awarded as follows:
Nazareth - $25,000 for police patrol and safety enhancements.Twenty municipalities were unsuccessful. Only $289,000 was available for $764,000 in grant requests. These were ranked by gaming board members in advance of the meeting, and only the highest-ranked proposals were approved. So Bethlehem lost out on body armor for first responders, while Easton failed to get funds for pedestrian improvements on Northampton Street. So did smaller municipalities like West Easton .
Palmer Tp.- $25,000 for body armor. This is an upgrade and includes plates for front and back kill zones.
Stockertown - $25,000 for police vehicle.
Forks Tp. - $25,000 for AWD police intereceptor
Bangor - $25,000 for K-9 vehicle.
Walnutport - $25,000 for new police unit. (This funds only a portion of the cost).
Lower Mt. Bethel Tp - $24,420 for speed radar message boards. These are solar-powered, with a battery back-up.
North Catasauqua - $25,000 for equipment upgrade.
Tatamy - $11,342 for emergency services.
Glendon - $25,000 for town hall improvements
Bath - $20,231 emergency services equipment upgrade
Wilson - $24,630 self-contained breathing apparatus
Hanover Tp. - $8,100 for speed message boards for Macada Rd, Southland Dr and Highland Ave.
The nine-person Board includes Joe Kelly (Bethlehem), Tom Nolan (Bethlehem Tp), Gerald Yob (Freemansburg), Jay Finnigan (Hanover), Dave Heintzelman (Hellertown), Dave Willard (Lower Saucon), Tony Pristash (Northampton), John Dally (Pen Argyl) and James Pennington (Lower Nazareth). Karen Collis is the Executive Director.
At the end of the meeting, Collis was thanked for her work in putting together all the applications.
"Did you get the flowers we sent?" asked Tony Pristash. "I think Mr. Heintzelman has the flowers," joked James Pennington.
Heintzelman is a funeral director.