Northampton County Council voted 8-0 at its March 17 meeting to spend $101,240 with Timothy Haahs and Associates for architectural and engineering services at the courthouse parking deck. Cost of the actual renovations, once the work starts, is unknown.
Northampton County’s parking deck, first built in 1975, is already well beyond its projected 30-40 year lifespan. In 2008, former Executive John Stoffa proposed a new parking facility, but scrapped that idea in favor of renovations when bids for a facelift came in lower than expected.
On April 5, at the Steelworkers’ Hall in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania Department of Aging Secretary Teresa Osborne conducted the third of seven “listening” forums planned across the state to gather ideas for the 2016-20 State Plan on Aging. About 30 people attended, and the big surprise was just how little older Pennsylvanians know about what services are available to them.
Two Traditions of America (TOA) communities for active seniors are located in Hanover Township. Only four homes are left in its newest development on Bridle Path Road. Its 241-home Jaindl Boulevard project has been complete for several years. About 10 of these Jaindl residents massed before Hanover Township Supervisors at their March 22 meeting to complain about the warehouses across the street.
Bethlehem resident Doug Lander spoke at the March 21 Bethlehem Township commissioner’s meeting concerning “more and more vandalism” that he and his wife have noticed during the past two months at Housenick Park. Although the mansion has been boarded up, he said that gives it an “abandoned and neglected look.” He added that there are huge sinkholes near a parking lot that was just completed for the park, and suggested that security cameras need to be installed.
Lander and his wife noticed vandalism while walking at the park the previous weekend.
Preserving a historic landmark - Zoners approve plans for South Bethlehem’s Wilbur Mansion, apartment building
Following a lengthy hearing attended by about 30 people March 23, Bethlehem’s Zoning Hearing Board voted 4-0 to approve a series of dimensional variances that will allow developers John Noble and Bob Ashford, with no government assistance of any kind, to preserve and rejuvenate the historic Wilbur Mansion that serves as a gateway to South Bethlehem.
According to Kannah Dew’s obituary, her “infectious smile” lit up everyone. But at just 17 months of age, her life was snuffed out.
On Feb. 24, 2015, she was rushed from a trailer at the Mountainview Mobile Home Court in Lehigh Township to Palmerton Hospital. But by the time she arrived, she was unresponsive and had no pulse. She was pronounced dead at 8:29 p.m.
Northampton County’s Home Rule Charter has established an Elections Commission, a five-member volunteer board that oversees elections, including the ballot. Members are first selected by the two parties receiving the most votes in the most recent election. Names are forwarded to the executive, who then passes them on to council for confirmation. They serve for two years. No more than three members may belong to the same party. Historically, whichever party is in power gets the three-person majority.
Hanover Township resident Royce Atkins, 22, was arraigned March 17 on criminal charges filed as a result of a Nov. 6, 2015, hit-and-run accident that left a 9-year-old boy dead.
Darious Condash, along with a 14-year-old cousin and 15-year-old friend, had just left a WaWa store on Schoenersville Road, Hanover Township, at about 6:30 p.m. The store is located about a quarter mile from Condash’s home, which was in Hanover Township, Lehigh County.
Following a lengthy hearing March 10, attended by about 20 people, Bethlehem’s Planning Commission voted 4-1 to approve plans for Attorney Dennis Benner’s six-story Greenway Park Building, located along the 300 block of South New Street, along with an 626-space parking garage next door, to be owned and operated by the Bethlehem Parking Authority. The parking garage will be connected to Benner’s building by a pedestrian bridge located 19’ above ground level. This bridge will cross the Greenway between Third and Fourth Streets.