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Saturday, November 17, 2018
PRESS PHOTO BY BERNIE O’HAREBethlehem Township Board of Commissioners President Michael Hudak delivered newspapers to Frank Petho as a boy, and delivered a proclamation honoring the centenarian just in time for his 100th birthday party. PRESS PHOTO BY BERNIE O’HAREBethlehem Township Board of Commissioners President Michael Hudak delivered newspapers to Frank Petho as a boy, and delivered a proclamation honoring the centenarian just in time for his 100th birthday party.

Bethlehem Twp. gets clean bill of financial health

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 by Bernie O’Hare Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

Bethlehem Township has received a clean bill of financial health. Melissa Grube, a CPA with Allentown accounting firm Campbell, Rappold and Yurasits, presented commissioners Aug. 4 with a positive outlook for the year 2017. There were no material weaknesses or problems with internal controls.

According to the report, the township finished 2017 with a fund balance of $6.9 million, and $2.3 million was unassigned. Unassigned money is available to be spent for emergencies or unforeseen projects. The township received $2.5 million more than was budgeted. This is the result of grant reimbursements and state pension aid.

Unfortunately, the township spent about $1 million more than was expected, due to unforeseen expenses in public works and with public safety personnel.

Long-term debt is $13.4 million.

After receiving this positive financial report, commissioners adopted a policy to allow 20 young girls to practice soccer, twice a week, at a pocket park located at Anthony Court. This has been a bone of contention with Anthony Court residents in the past. But there were no complaints. Practice starts late September.

Commissioners also adopted a resolution honoring Frank Petho on his 100th birthday. Petho, who is still rather spry for his advanced age, fondly remembers the trolley car where he would meet his father after work. Petho worked at Bethlehem Steel Corp. for 40 years, both as a crane operator and then as a research assistant. He is also the sole surviving founding member of the Freemansburg - Bethlehem Township Little League. He helped build the baseball diamonds in 1944 with machinery from Bethlehem Steel and stone donated from the quarry.

Recently, Hudak brought Petho the proclamation honoring him on his 100th birthday. Freemansbug Mayor Donald Lasso also provided Petho with a proclamation.