Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

BETHLEHEM Council done in five minutes

Monday, August 7, 2017 by Nate Jastrzemski njastrzemski@tnonline.com in Local News

It was a lightning-fast meeting Aug. 1, three-fourths of which were innocuous public comments. In only 20 minutes city council adjourned, having mostly set a handful of minor agenda items for an Aug. 15 vote.

Bill Sheier philosophized about the pending construction of high rises on the Southside, in particular a seven-story building on West Morton Street. “Is this a good thing,” he asked rhetorically. He said the Southside would lose something of its character if it continues to replace classic period buildings with modern ones. He urged council to hold to the values of historic preservation.

Daniel Krasnick did a magic card trick while speaking randomly about economics.

Five minutes from Stephen Antalics took the meeting to 15 minutes.

The final five minutes were used to approve budget amendments. Bryan Callahan’s signature amendment to restrict gifts to city officers and employees, and those granting permit agreements for upcoming Celtic Classic events, will be up for final vote Aug. 15.