Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, November 20, 2018
press photo by tracy riceMayor Jose Rosado, right, and Chief Ed Bachert welcoming a new police officer to the department last year. press photo by tracy riceMayor Jose Rosado, right, and Chief Ed Bachert welcoming a new police officer to the department last year.

Mayor Rosado to leave office

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 by Tracy Rice Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

Before the hiring of Police Chief Ed Bachert, grievances were made several times a week, Rosado said. The police department has hired four new officers since 2012, new computers, a new fleet of vehicles, new weapons and good communication with the Lehigh County task force and the district attorney’s office have improved public service. Rosado said he feels confident Bachert will continue to keep the department in good standing with the community, and he is looking forward to attending future council meetings as a resident of the community.

Meanwhile borough council has passed an ordinance prohibiting parking on parts of Warren Street from Nov. 1 through March 31. Signs have been put up on Warren Street’s west side beginning at the intersection of Moravia Street and extending 500 feet south. The original plan restricted parking on both sides of the street. This restricted parking will help borough employees from public works and the fire and police departments travel that road more safely during inclement weather.

Council also announced vacancies on both the Planning Commission and Zoning Board. To learn more about these committees visit the newly re-designed website at and click on Administration. You will see descriptions of the Planning Commission and Zoning Board.

While you are there take a look around the new website. It has taken months of painstaking efforts of the board to work with the web design company, 3 Seed Marketing, but be patient as it is still a work in progress. Residents can sign up to receive alerts, emergency information, traffic issues, and snow emergencies from the police department.

Other local items include the police department holding another prescription drug disposal event April 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at police headquarters and council granting permission to the Shade Tree Commission to replace the current Christmas tree at Tinsley-Jeter triangle. The current tree has become too large to maintain for Public Works. It will be replaced with another tree that is more manageable.

Finally, the borough is preparing for the annual Fountain Hill Bacchanalia March 25 from 2-4:30 p.m. at the Comfort Suites in Bethlehem.

Tickets are $40 for unlimited wine and food tasting. There are also $25 “Designated Driver” tickets available for food tasting only. Profits benefit borough playgrounds and other recreational facilities used by the public. For information, contact Angela Sinkler at 484-241-5488 or