He noted it also is illegal to hire those people.

“I do not make the laws, but only enforce them” wrote the DA. “Granting benefits to those who are illegally in this country only encourages more illegal entry.”

While council didn’t respond to the police chief or the D.A.’s letter he read, two city residents attending the meeting did.

Thomas Carroll told council that Morganelli “hit the nail on the head and I commend him for being proactive on that issue. I ask you to seriously consider the words he wrote in that letter.”

Resident Al Bernotas told council: “Mr. Morganelli was spot on with that – 100 percent. I hope the city sees it that way.”

Soccerfest

On another issue, council member Eric Evans asked the police chief about traffic and crowd behavior at the FIFA World Cup Soccerfest & Viewing Party events held at SteelStacks in south Bethlehem.

“Behavior has been good overall,” said DiLuzio. “That’s what we like to see, people enjoying themselves, not acting up.”

He estimated there were only about four arrests and two were not directly related to Soccerfest.

“One was somebody who showed up drunk, was turned away by security, said ‘I still want to go in,’ and got himself arrested. The other was a retail theft nearby.

“Today we had maybe one drunkenness and one under-age drinking arrest.
That was it.”

DiLuzio said 8,000 people watched Sunday’s game on a giant screen at Soccerfest, adding a previous game that started at noon drew about 4,000 to south Bethlehem. It was close to 3,000 to 4,000 today.”

Considering the numbers of attendees, he indicated the number of arrests was very low.

He said city police and ArtsQuest personnel directed traffic, acknowledging there were delays because of road construction. He indicated it took about 30 minutes for traffic to get back to normal.

Scott Hough of ArtsQuest thanked the city for its assistance with the soccer festival.

He reported that because the U.S. lost early Tuesday evening, there will not be a televised game Saturday at SteelStacks.

But he said the final game of the competition will be shown on July 13.

Motorcycles on Main

Council member Bryan Callahan asked the police chief if anything can be done about the noise of motorcycles on Main Street in the heart of the city, where many people dine outdoors.

“Is there a noise ordinance for Main Street?” asked Callahan. “A large number of motorcycles come through there and they’re revving the engines really loud.”

The council member, who lives near Main Street, said he’s gotten complaints from businesses and residents about the motorcycle noise.

He doesn’t ride motorcycles, but said some of them seem to lack a noise suppression system.

DiLuzio said he has observed what Callahan is talking about and agreed it is a problem, adding: “A lot of cities have similar problems with it.”

The chief promised to look into the matter and get back to Callahan.

He indicated police might be able to cite someone on an inspection code violation, if equipment on the motorcycle has been altered to make it louder.