Bethlehem Press

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Bethlehem Council discusses medical marijuana

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 by MICHELLE MEEH in Local News

City council held two public hearings during the June 6 meeting. The first was for input on a proposed ordinance allowing medical marijuana research, growth and distribution in the city. The second was for a proposed ordinance to define psychological and behavioral health facilities.

Director of Planning and Zoning Darlene Heller said the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission reviewed the ordinance on medical marijuana and actually found it more restrictive than the state legislation. The state medical marijuana act is “quite detailed legislation,” she said.

‘You are writing your story’

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 by MICHELLE MEEH in School

Living the dream and living for others: The Lehigh Valley Academy class of 2017 is prepared to do both.

At the May 30 commencement, CEO Susan Mauser told the 59 graduates, “You have what it takes to be what you dream of being.” She reminded them that making dreams come true will take grit, which she defined as “the ability to manage your fear of failure.” Failure is a part of the process, not the end, Mauser said. She quoted Eleanor Roosevelt, “Do something that scares you every day.”

Bethlehem City Council honors 3 property owners

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 by MICHELLE MEEH in Local News

Present and future redevelopment was on the minds of city council members at their meeting May 17, as they joined with members of the Southside Historic Conservation Commission (HCC) to present awards to three property owners. The awards cited two property owners for adaptive reuse of a building and one for scale of the renovation project.

Phil Roeder, chair of the HCC, said, “It’s easy to see the visual benefits of redevelopment. When you visit the neighborhoods you can feel the positive impact.”

Council approves state training ‘A good first step’ says Callahan

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 by MICHELLE MEEH in Local News

In a 6-1 vote, city council members approved mandatory state ethics training at their May 2 meeting, with council member Olga Negron voting nay.

Negron said ethics training should be part of a larger comprehensive ethics ordinance. She said Bethlehem can choose to make its ethics standards more stringent than those imposed by the state and the state training would be confusing because the standards would be different if council members adopt a city ethics ordinance.

CITY: Council approves state training -- ‘A good first step’ says Callahan

Thursday, May 4, 2017 by MICHELLE MEEH in Local News

In a 6-1 vote, city council members approved mandatory state ethics training at their May 2 meeting, with Council Member Olga Negron voting nay.

Negron said ethics training should be part of a larger comprehensive ethics ordinance. She said Bethlehem can choose to make its ethics standards more stringent than those imposed by the state and the state training would be confusing because the standards would be different if council members adopt a city ethics ordinance.

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.