Bethlehem Press

Thursday, June 21, 2018

NORCO: Bethlehem officials want tax break for northern neighborhood

Monday, August 7, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Though Bethlehem officials are unsure why the quality of housing stock is beginning to deteriorate in some north Bethlehem neighborhoods, they are hopeful that a real estate tax incentive will lead to a revitalization. Housing and Community Planner Allyson Lehr pitched this program, called a LERTA, to Northampton County Council Aug. 3.

Judge Dally on problem-solving courts

Tuesday, August 1, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Pennsylvania’s incarceration rate was the highest among Northeast states in 2014. But housing someone in a county jail costs money. It costs $40,000 a year in a county jail, according to the County Commissioner Association. Statewide, 65 percent of these inmates are there for a substance abuse disorder. Another 10-30 percent suffer from mental illness. For these people, there are community-based alternatives to incarceration that cost less than half what it does to jail someone And that in turn has led to the creation of problem-solving courts.

Norco gets $1.5M for lead remediation

Thursday, July 20, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Northampton County is getting the lead out. It just received a $1.5 million grant from Housing and Urban Development to help residents with lead remediation in owner-occupied housing rehabilitation projects.

Frank Brooks and Mike Brett of Northampton County’s Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), under the leadership of Director Tim Herrlinger, deserve the credit for lobbying federal officials for these funds. This money is provided to help the county’s neediest homeowners, and more importantly, their children.

Council passes on greater contract oversight

Monday, July 10, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

In the wake of a federal investigation of political corruption in Allentown that has already resulted in nine guilty pleas, local governments are taking notice. Bethlehem, Allentown and Lehigh County have all taken at least some steps to improve transparency and impose greater oversight with government contracts.

But Northampton County Council passed at such an opportunity at their July 6 meeting. To be specific, they rejected an ordinance giving them more authority over county contract approvals.

Commissioners take aim at ATV use

Monday, July 3, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

After a rash of complaints about the noise and dust caused by all-terrain vehicles, Bethlehem Township Commissioners are on the brink of strictly regulating their use. A proposed ordinance, debated at JUne 19 meeting, would ban their use between dusk and dawn. They would also be required to stay at least 100 feet away from the property line of any adjacent owner.

Officer recieves nathan Ogden award

Monday, July 3, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

In 1771, Northampton County Deputy Sheriff Nathan Ogden was killed while attempting to execute an arrest warrant. He is the first known law enforcement officer to make the ultimate sacrifice for his community in America. Unfortunately, many others have followed. Last year alone, 134 police officers died in the line of duty. In memory of Nathan Ogden and his fallen comrades, the Northampton County Chiefs of Police Association established an annual award in 2002 for a police officer who distinguishes himself and his profession.

Bethlehem Township Commissioners take aim at ATV use

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

After a rash of complaints about the noise and dust caused by all-terrain vehicles, Bethlehem Township Commissioners are on the brink of strictly regulating their use. A proposed ordinance, debated at Monday night’s meeting, would ban their use between dusk and dawn. They would also be required to stay at least 100 feet away from the property line of any adjacent owner.