Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Commissioners aim at intersection

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

At their June 3 meeting, all five Bethlehem Township commissioners gave Engineer Brian Dillman a green light to study how best to straighten the busy Freemansburg Avenue/Farmersville Road intersection. Funding for the design alone is estimated at $110,000-120,000, but can be paid out of transportation impact fees imposed on developers.

“There’s been way too many deaths and accidents at that intersection,” said Board President Michael Hudak, who supports a study. “It’s the worst intersection in the township,” echoed Commissioner John Merhotten.

New county deputy a trained tracker

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Northampton County Sheriff Rich Johnston advised county council recently that he’s adding a new deputy to his staff. This one is costing only $1,700 a year. That’s because this new hire is a dog.

His name, appropriately enough, is Boomer, because he can detect explosives. According to the sheriff, suspicious packages are sometimes left at the courthouse’s loading dock. People also sometimes leave briefcases in a hallway or the parking lot. Rather than risking a deputy’s life to check these items, that task will fall to the K-9.

Council approves new voting system

Thursday, May 23, 2019 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

At a meeting attended by about 50 supporters of dueling voting systems, Northampton County Council voted 8-1 May 16 to approve the purchase of a new, $2.9 million voting system with a voter-verified paper trail. It’s called the Express Vote XL, a 32” touch screen similar to the system currently in use. The sole dissenting vote came from council member Bob Werner.

NORCO-Is Gracedale home understaffed?

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Is Gracedale understaffed? That was a major point of discussion at Northampton County council’s April 4 meeting.

According to statistics maintained by Medicare and published online, the staffing at Gracedale is considered “average” in a nursing home that otherwise has below average grades. The nurses who work there, however, insist the facility needs more workers. They’ve been pretty vocal about it in recent NorCo Council meetings.