Jaindl Properties LLC will lease the first floor of the Hamilton Financial Center Building 640 Hamilton St. in Allentown. Lehigh County Commissioners gave first reading approval for the lease deal July 10.
The vote was passed 8–0; Commissioner Brad Osborne was absent from the meeting.
Unscheduled business dominated city council’s July 16 meeting, when citizen-speakers took the floor and expressed concerns ranging from plastic bags to cunbridled development ruining neighborhoods in South Bethlehem through construction of “luxury” student housing.
Bethlehem City Councilwoman Olga Negrón and other leaders in the state’s Latino community joined Norman Bristol Colón July 8 as he announced that the Pennsylvania Latino Convention will hold its annual gathering Oct. 29 – 31 at the Hotel Bethlehem.
Colón and Latino leaders from around and outside the Lehigh Valley made the announcement to a group of supporters in the lobby of the main street hotel.
Bruce Haines, managing director of the Hotel Bethlehem, welcomed the group.
“We’re thrilled to have you here,” he said.
“We’re here because of Elmer’s leadership,” said Katie Walter, executive director of the SkillsUSA Council.
She was speaking to a ballroom full of red-jacketed students who have honed useful skills applicable to the modern demands of the work place. The breakfast ceremony May 23 was held the Homewood Suites and Conference Center in Center Valley.
Walter was presiding over the Elmer Gates Enterprise Awards ceremonies where local students were being recognized for their scholastic achievement, their positive work ethic, their community service and their entrepreneurial spirit.
People from all over the Lehigh Valley converged on SteelStacks’ PPL parking lot in South Bethlehem to watch the United States woman’s soccer team win the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup July 7. The U.S. team won the game 2-0, defeating The Netherland’s team as local soccer enthusiasts and fans sweltered on the sun-baked pavement in front of a huge, trailer-mounted television screen. Beer and food vendors kept the crowd happy between goals by star athlete Megan Rapinoe and tournament first-timer Rose Lavelle, who clinched the victory.
Even though it was not an agenda item, Mayor Robert Donchez invited the Bethlehem Parking Authority (BPA) to brief the Bethlehem City Council June 3 on its plans to build a parking garage on a lot near the intersection of East Third and Polk streets.
“This is a project that has been a priority of mine for several years,” said Donchez in preamble to asking BPA Director Livingston to take the floor. “It is critical to support the parking needs of Northampton Community College and other business in the eastern corridor on [East] Third Street.”
President and CEO of the Lehigh Valley Zoo Melissa Borland sounded excited and happy as she reported a series of good news milestones to the Lehigh County Commissioners at the June 26 meeting.
She reported revenue increased from $1 million in 2014 to $4.1 million in 2018.
Recertification by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums is expected. This indicates the zoo would be rated among the top 10 percent of zoos in the country.
Plus, the zoo has begun a new initiative to reduce consumption of one-use plastics. There were 230,000 visitors in 2018.
Lehigh Valley Zoo President and CEO Melissa Borland sounded excited and happy as she reported a series of milestones to the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners June 26; revenue up from $1 million in 2014 to $4.1 million in 2018; expected recertification by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, which indicates that the Lehigh Valley Zoo is rated among the top 10 percent of zoos in the country; plus a new initiative to reduce consumption of one-use plastics. She also reported the zoo had 230,000 visitors in 2018.
Lehigh County Authority (LCA) will get its requested 43-year lease extension. In a preliminary first reading, county commissioners approved amending the Articles of Incorporation of the LCA to extend its term of existence from the date the deal is approved by the Pa. Department of State.
Lehigh County Commissioners June 12 approved the bill 9-0.
The move allows LCA to negotiate long-term financing at the best rates for “capital improvements for its many water and wastewater systems serving fourteen municipalities” as stated in the bill.
City plans for a rebuilt Memorial Pool dominated the Bethlehem City Council meeting June 4. The pool is currently closed.
Public Works Director Michael Alkhal asked for an additional $700,000 for rebuilding the pool on Illick’s Mill Road near the ice rink. He said he envisions the result to be a “destination” pool.
According to Business Manager Eric Evans, the existing pool has several fatal flaws, which means extensive rebuilding is needed.
Councilman Bryan Callahan thought it important to “do it right; make it last another 60 years.”