Concerns voiced by visiting citizens brought fresh wariness to board members at the April 14 meeting, primarily as those concerns regard rumors of changes to the proposed PennEast Pipeline’s diameter and accompanying enlargement of at least one pump station.
Linda Christman of Carbon County cited swirling rumors and the perceived leverage the authority possesses in the pipeline deal – being the single largest landowner involved in the project – as reason enough for her appearance in the city.
For years borough council has tried to stress to residents the importance of catching up on outstanding taxes and bills, and now a coordinated effort with the city is approaching to collect on lapsed water and sewer bills.
Borough Manager Judith Danko said at the April 5 council meeting the final notice is on its way – a real final notice declaring literal cut-off deadlines for people to pay or have their water or sewer services halted.
For the better part of a month there was no word from PennEast Company regarding the proposed natural gas transmission pipeline in contentious discussion through several Pennsylvania counties. And as soon as he remarked about such, authority Executive Director Steve Repasch was inundated with calls and emails from the company to reestablish momentum.
Community Action Development Corporation of Bethlehem announced a pair of new partnerships in its successful Southside Vision 20/20 community improvement project March 10.
CADC and local officials, and residents involved in the community welcomed Provident Bank CEO Chris Martin and Peoples Security & Trust Bank Regional President Neal Koplin as they offered the project $600,000 in new funding through 2022, split evenly between the two banks.
Bethlehem is now in the midst of its 275th year since its Christmas Eve birth in 1741. But how will this milestone be celebrated when it’s already a popular destination for big events year-round?
Mayor Bob Donchez announced March 2 the plan to supplement the city’s busy calendar with a pair of daylong anniversary events, the first of which being a gala fundraiser April 16. Anniversary Committee chair Lynn Cunningham said the black-tie-optional gala will be held at Hotel Bethlehem and range throughout all its historic ballrooms.
Borough Police Chief Todd Pantuso, who took the reins from retired Chief George Bruneio in 2012, submitted a letter of resignation to borough council Feb. 18.
Mayor Gerald Yob read the letter aloud during the March 1 meeting, and its contents were respectful, yet indicting. Pantuso said, “After some thought, I put my heart and soul into the police department and bringing it into the 21st century,” but continuous interference in the day-to-day workings of police affairs had made it increasingly difficult to perform his duty to provide protection and service to Freemansburg.
You have a busy day ahead of you, even if your plans are fluid. With a brisk walk you pass through several neighborhoods, chatting with acquaintances and stopping at small shops and public parks as you make your way to a public event. An entertainer is visiting, but you still take a few minutes at the library before you get to the venue and find your seat.
The Lehigh Valley mayors panel luncheon Feb. 10 lacked half the invited members and took a sour turn in its second hour. Held at Lehigh University’s Iacocca Hall, the topic was municipal sustainability, but after presentations the discussion ranged widely.
Fountain Hill Borough Council was quick with its very few official items at its Feb. 17 workshop meeting, with the balance of the evening spent on a presentation from bidding municipal insurance company WSA Insurance.
Company official Timothy Schrantz, a managing general agent, provided in-depth packets to board members, carefully developed with help from borough Executive Administrator Tony Branco.
Bethlehem city officials unveiled the plans for the long-awaited Fahy Bridge rehabilitation prior to the council meeting in the Rotunda Feb. 16.
Photos, computer renderings and schematics were on display for public viewing and those involved with the project were on hand to explain details and respond to questions.