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Red Hill Neighborhood a "War Zone" on July 4th
Written by Candace Perry, Correspondent

            A Red Hill resident described his neighborhood as a "war zone" over the Fourth of July.

            The Red Hill Borough Council heard a report at their July 8 Zoom meeting on the illegal fireworks in the Stonehaven Drive vicinity during the holiday.

            Fire Marshal John Lehr inspected the neighborhood to view the aftermath and reported that the fireworks used were indeed illegal and had "put a hole, the size of a bowling ball in the backyard." He also stated that fireworks debris was strewn around the yards.

            Lehr said that a neighbor took photos but doesn't want to release them for fear of starting controversy in the neighborhood.

            Lehr stated he had 14 different issues involving fireworks after the Fourth, including individuals setting them off in the high school parking lot. 

            "We have to catch the people in the act," he said, and reminded residents that they should contact him when the fireworks are being set off, not afterward. He also encouraged residents to call Montgomery County 911 and request an investigation, as that would bring out the fire marshal and fire company officers but without trucks and sirens.

            "If you set a building on fire you're going to be charged with arson," Lehr stated.

            Lehr further noted that setting off fireworks while intoxicated would result in the equivalent of a DUI for the culprits.

            In other news, a Main Street resident asked the council what could be done about sidewalks that were compromised many years ago when gas lines were installed. The resident is now facing repairs to his sidewalk, which, he said, was not installed correctly following the work. He also said that the snowplows have been damaging the curb and believes that will continue to happen after it is replaced.

            The council encouraged him to file a Right-to-Know request to find out more about the work done in the past. Since Main Street is a state road and plowed by PennDOT, the borough has no control over what happens during plowing.

            In traffic-related news, the council approved advertising for an ordinance to prohibit right turns on Bitting Alley when traveling east on 4th Street.

            The council's second monthly meeting on July 28 and the August 12 meeting will be held via Zoom.

            The planning commission meeting on August 20 will be held at the fire company's social hall and via Zoom.





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