Bethlehem Press

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Martin Tower Residents hear about asbestos removal at site

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 by MICHELLE MEEH in Local News

Concerned residents had an opportunity to have questions answered about the process of asbestos removal from Martin Tower at a public meeting at Nitschmann MS March 27.

Representatives from RCD Group (Renovation, Construction, Demolition) of Center Valley gave a brief history of the use of asbestos from 1900-1980, when its use was discontinued due to health concerns. The naturally occurring mineral was used in fireproofing, insulation and in acoustic tiles.

Bethlehem Council: LERTA zone may expand

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 by MICHELLE MEEH in Local News

City Council members are considering expanding the Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance Act (LERTA) zone in the city. At their March 7 meeting, they discussed the possibility of expanding the zone, but wanted more opportunity to discuss the matter, which will be done at a Committee of the Whole meeting yet to be scheduled.

The LERTA, proposed in 2016 by Mayor Bob Donchez, allows property owners to invest in their properties and phase in real estate taxes on building improvements and new construction over a decade.

PBS hosts homelessness workshop

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 by MICHELLE MEEH in Local News

The bitter cold weather and sharp wind March 11 reminded the meeting attendees, 10 women and five men, gathered at the PBS 39 Community Room, that the needs of the homeless were critical. “I can’t imagine what it would be like to be homeless and outside today,” one participant said.

The workshop on Homelessness and Housing, sponsored by the Bethlehem chapter of the NAACP, featured discussion with Eugene Gonzalez, executive director of the Bethlehem Housing Authority, and Allyson Lysaght, City Housing and Development planner.

‘Answers lie outside city hall’ -- Two new working groups add transparency, resources

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 by MICHELLE MEEH in Local News

Two new working groups are combining the talents of local citizens with information from city officials to find creative solutions to local issues.

At their meeting Feb. 21, city council members approved the two groups, one for social media and one for open data, as part of an initiative, Engaging Bethlehem, from Council President J. William Reynolds.

Bethlehem--Council targets bamboo--The invasive plant can damage foundations and other structures

Monday, February 13, 2017 by MICHELLE MEEH in Local News

Small enough to creep under fences. Tall enough and strong enough to damage fences and foundations. Dangerous enough to pose a threat to the city’s infrastructure. It’s bamboo, which can quickly grow and spread. City officials are discussing how to handle this invasive species.

Bethelehem--‘This is about good government’

Monday, January 9, 2017 by MICHELLE MEEH in Local News

Part of being ethical means keeping promises, and Council member Olga Negron-Dipini delivered on a promise made to city residents by introducing an ethics ordinance. She was joined by Council member Michael Colon, who co-sponsored the proposal.

During the Jan. 3 council meeting, Council President J. William Reynolds said the proposed ordinance would go to the city and city council solicitors for legal review, as part of standard procedure for all new ordinances.