Allentown council designates target enforcement zones for 2020

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ALLENTOWN – Members of the Borough Council have voted 6-0 to designate five target enforcement zones in Allentown beginning on Jan. 1.

Officials said the goal of the initiative to put the brakes on drivers who speed through town.

Council members passed a resolution designating the target enforcement zones on Oct. 8 after discussing the new initiative during a meeting two weeks earlier.

The target enforcement zones during 2020 will be Church Street, Waker Avenue, High Street, North Main Street and South Main Street.

In the resolution, the council members said “the safety of residents and visitors is of the utmost importance” and that the council and the Allentown Police Department “have agreed to designate specific target enforcement zones throughout the borough to ensure the safety of all of our residents and visitors.”

Signs will be placed along the five roads to let drivers know these areas have been designated as target enforcement zones and that their speed will be monitored by the police department.

Council members told residents who live in the designated zones that “their safety is
important and traffic flow throughout their neighborhoods will be closely monitored.”

A traffic violation that is issued in a target enforcement zone will require a mandatory court appearance, according to the resolution.

In other business, the council adopted an ordinance that creates a Green Team Advisory Committee. The committee members will study and advise the borough on issues of environmental and energy sustainability, and meeting the goals of the Sustainable Jersey program.

The Green Team members will be appointed in January. The advisory committee will consist of 11 people, all of whom must be either a resident of Allentown, or the owner or operator of a business in Allentown, or an employee, official or contractor of the borough.

The Green Team will be comprised of the borough clerk, the borough recycling coordinator, the mayor, one member of the Borough Council, two members of the Environmental Commission, two members of the Shade Tree Commission, one member of the Economic Development Commission, one member of the Board of Recreation Commissioners and one member of the Planning Board, according to the ordinance.