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Perkasie plans to rename street for late police chief


Early next year a portion of Pine Street in Perkasie Borough could be renamed Hillias Way.

Perkasie Borough Council voted at a regular business meeting Dec. 16 to advertise an ordinance to rename the portion of Pine Street, in front of the Perkasie Police Department, in honor of its late chief, Steve Hillias.

The Lehigh County coroner ruled Hillias died suddenly of natural causes on Father’s Day, June 16. He was 49.

“The staff came up with the idea of renaming the street as we were going through the process for hiring our next chief of police,” said Perkasie Borough Manager Andrea Coaxum.

Coaxum said four finalists were interviewed from a pool of about 49 applicants during the September process.

Because employment agreements and background checks have not been finalized, she was unable to name the finalist with whom Perkasie has signed a contract.

“All the paperwork isn’t competed yet, but we did make an offer and it was accepted,” Coaxum said.

She expects the ordinance to pass in January. If approved, a public ceremony and new street sign would be unveiled in early spring.

Coaxum said the sign is blue and includes the Perkasie Police Department badge with a black band across it.

The Mourning Band Protocol calls for officers to honor a fallen comrade by wearing a black band across their badges for a period of 30 days after the death of a fellow officer, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page Inc. website.

In other news: Council voted 7-0 to approve permanent stop signs at two four-way intersections. A permanent stop sign replaces a temporary one at South 9th Street and Park Avenue; and at 5th Street and Park Avenue, according to Coaxum.