Bethlehem Township Commissioners gave their blessing to a permanent helipad at the St. Luke’s Hospital Anderson campus Sep. 17. By a 4-0 vote, they approved both the helipad and anticipated flight take-off and landing patterns. This vote came after a hearing attended by about 30 people, some of whom were there for other matters. Voting Yes were Malissa Davis, John Gallagher, Michael Hudak and John Merhotten. Tom Nolan was absent.
Northampton Area School District and Colonial Intermediate Unit 20 face a federal lawsuit based on the alleged sexual assault of a 15-year-old female student with special needs.
The complaint, filed Sept. 11 by Philadelphia Attorney Michael D. Shaffer, is based on incidents that allegedly occurred in December of 2017.
The student is identified in the complaint only by her initials. She and her parents, also identified only by their initials, are seeking more than $150,000 in damages.
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.
Northampton County’s Centralized Human Services Building is located at 2801 Emrick Boulevard in Bethlehem Township. It was dedicated a little over four years ago, in April 2014. It was a dream come true for former Executive John Stoffa. He devoted his career to human services. Throughout two terms, he argued for a centralized location for the 80,000 clients who often need services from several departments. The county leases this building from Polaris Emrick Development at a rate of $1.05 million per year. Is it time to buy?
Joan Rosenthal has been a Northampton County Elections Commissioner, Hanover Township Supervisor, Planning Commissioner and Zoning Hearing Board member. “You name it, I was on it,” she laughs. Over the past few years, she’s been trying to scale back so that others can serve. On Aug, 28, she informed township supervisors that she’s stepping down from the Neighborhood Block Watch, another organization she managed for many years.
On July 18, Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli met with Northampton County’s four college presidents to see what could be done to curb college drinking. “Alcohol is still the drug of choice,” he said. He wants to avoid tragedies like last year’s death of a Lafayette College freshman, who fractured his skull in an apparent fall during a weekend of drinking.
Northampton County Executive Lamont McClure informed county council Aug. 16 that he expects West Nile virus, which has been detected in area mosquitoes, will infect county residents. To that end, he reports that spraying has begun.
Developer Traditions of America (TOA)’s plans for an active senior community at Green Pond Country Club have been approved. By a 4-0 vote, Bethlehem Township Commissioners approved a final plan at their Aug. 20 meeting. The approval incorporates conditions that would protect the wetlands and birds. They were set by attorney David J. Brooman, an independent hearing officer, to render a decision. Commissioner Tom Nolan was absent.
A Bethlehem Magisterial District Judge who assessed court costs against an innocent defendant has been ordered to make a refund.
On Aug. 10, Judge Roy Manwaring II dismissed a expired meter violation filed against Ryan Woodmansee of Nazareth after photographic evidence was presented that the meter had malfunctioned. Though Woodmansee was exonerated, Judge Manwaring nevertheless ordered him to pay the court costs of $57.25, and directed that he do so before leaving his courtroom.
Lehigh Valley congressional candidate Marty Nothstein announced in an Aug. 24 news conference that he has been cleared of undefined sexual misconduct allegations dating back to the year 2000. He has been exonerated by SafeSport, an independent nonprofit committed to ending all forms of abuse in sports. It generally only reports on its investigations when disciplinary action has been taken.