After much deliberation and many questions, Fountain Hill Zoning Board unanimously approved plans for a new daycare at its Feb. 19 meeting.
Applicant Sonia Bourgeois may continue renovations and planning for her childcare establishment. Bourgeois currently owns a family daycare located at 626 West Tilghman St., Allentown, but would like to expand her existing services.
For the first time this year members of the Fountain Hill Borough Council had to call to order an executive session. The executive session was held in private before the council meeting, and outcomes were made public after the session was over. On Feb. 4, Mayor Jose Rosado announced that during the executive meeting all members of the council had come to a unanimous decision. The mayor, on behalf of the council, decided to terminate officer Grady Cunningham for conduct unbecoming of an officer.
Bethlehem is facing a major financial deficit for 2013. In order to bridge any gaps associated with the deficit, more costs relating to the Bethlehem Public Library are being passed on to member municipalities.
According to the Rick Prill, Fountain Hill borough administrator, the library board has recommended that the per capita rate/charge for 2013 be increased from $17.03 to $17.25.
Fountain Hill is now able to allocate additional funds to its parks after a donation by the Bacchanalia Committee. Nine years ago the Bacchanalia Committee formed to raise funds for local parks and local needs. To raise money, the committee offers a full day experience of wine and food tastings annually. The event offers fun with friends, showcasing local artists and local shopping.
Although in recent meetings it has been a working idea for the Northampton County Gaming Revenue and Economic Redevelopment Authority to offer funds for additional police officers to each of the five municipalities potentially affected by the Sands Casino, commission members recently changed their minds.
The Oct. 22 meeting of the Northampton Gaming Revenue and Economic Redevelopment Authority could impact five contiguous municipalities, including Bethlehem Township, Freemansburg and Lower Saucon Township.
When Fountain Hill Council met Nov. 5, the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy was still very much on the minds of many local residents. The primary agenda item was thanking the police, fire and the public works departments of Fountain Hill. Their ongoing efforts during the crippling Hurricane Sandy are greatly appreciated by council.
Council member Carolee Gifford thanked the fire department.
Dennis Scholl started several years ago creating a curriculum, putting together a website and developing field trips for what he thought would be just a dream. But recently that dream became a reality when the Freemansburg canal lock was designated a one-of-a-kind classroom.
At the monthly meeting of the Mayor's South Side Task Force Sept. 25, the future of Bethlehem was key. The meeting was held at Bethlehem's new welcome center cattycorner from Arts Quest SteelStacks. The building maintains the historic feel of a past generation steel town. The city tried to maintain the integrity by changing the building as little as possible. Upon walking through the entrance, visitors see a large mural on the wall of a map of the once booming Bethlehem steel industry.
The Northampton County Gaming Revenue and Economic Redevelopment Authority is a good place for local boroughs in the Lehigh Valley to ask for financial support in meeting their growing need. On Sept. 24, at Northampton County Courthouse the authority met with several representatives from boroughs that are in the process of applying for grants. Typically the grant process consists of several municipalities asking for a grant for a specific need. The 14-15 Gaming Authority members then have an opportunity to ask questions and voice their concerns.