Fountain Hill Borough Council’s June 22 workshop meeting was short, but began with exciting news. A donation from the Bacchanalia event committee was presented in the form of a check for $11,000 to the help with special projects at the community pool.
The first topic of discussion at Fountain Hill council’s May 18 meeting was centered around the recommendation of a personnel member as the part time zoning/planning and code enforcement officer.
The Historical Architecture Review Board met on May 4 to vote on proposals from Bethlehem property owners. The first up for consideration was 228 E. Market St., the owners of which proposed an addition of a six-foot by six-foot porch and the moving a set of steps from one part of the porch to another. The board seemed pleased about the materials chosen and talked about the restoration of the foundation that happened in past years and the wonderful work that was done.
The audience of the Fountain Hill Borough Council meeting was likely disappointed that this month’s meeting was much more tame than last month’s. It was quite cut and dry May 2, with no new business to discuss, no resolutions to go over and not a single ordinance to review.
Six items were on the agenda for the April 6 meeting of the Historical and Architectural Review Board. Three were properties on East Wall Street, one on High Street, another on Old York Road and – possibly the most recognizable – Musselman’s Jewelry on Main Street. HARB reviews proposals before they are sent to zoners and Bethlehem City Council for final approval.
It was a quick meeting; most proposals were approved without complication.
The April 4 council meeting started with a heated discussion among members and only became more lively from there. An argument started early on during the review of the previous meeting’s minutes when council member Norman Blatt questioned the details of a “special meeting” that took place March 2. That meeting hadn’t included all of council and did not have its own minutes record.
The borough’s March 21 zoning hearing began with confusion and disappointment when the 902 Ostrum St. application - a hot-button issue regarding opening a daycare center in a zone where they’re not usually allowed - wasn’t discussed. Of the handful of residents in attendance, outspoken Borough Council member Helen Halleman could be heard the loudest from the middle of the chamber’s seating. “Attorney Ashley, you’re not going to hear the daycare issue?”