The newly reorganized Board of Commissioners led by President Amy Zanelli (Democrat) quickly went through a short agenda Jan. 8.
One of its first acts was to start a roll back of the method that the previous Republican led Board had adopted which put part-time Commissioners in the negotiating room with the professional staffers as they negotiated contract for labor contracts.
On Jan. 13, Chief Facilities Officer Mark Stein presented the BASD school board with a proposal by LPG Group to install capacitors at two middle schools and two elementary schools to improve energy efficiency.
At Bethlehem City Council’s reorganization meeting Jan. 7, incumbent President Adam Waldron was reconfirmed 4–3 for a second term as president of the seven-member council. He defeated the other nominee for the office, Councilwoman Olga Negrón.
Negron’s candidacy for the position was encouraged by over 20 speakers who unsuccessfully urged council members to vote for Negron. Each speaker in support of Negrón got a smattering of applause at the conclusion of their remarks.
The Dr. Martin Luther King Civil Rights Movement March will be held rain or shine on Jan. 20. The procession will begin at 11:30 a.m. in front of the St. Bernard’s Beneficial Society, 333 Brodhead Ave., and proceed to the memorials to both Dr. King and his wife Coretta Scott King at Martin Luther King Park, Carlton Avenue.
Two new members were sworn in to borough council during the years’ first meeting Jan. 6.
Existing members Douglas Trotter Jr. and Annamarie Jordan recommitted to the oath of office while Jamie Johnson and Wilbert Rufe began their first term. Introducing themselves to the handful of resident witnesses, Johnson said she is originally from the borough and upon returning in 2013 moved into the house next door to her childhood home. Rufe has lived in the borough since 1994 and said he wished to be a conduit for the things his fellow residents want to get done on behalf of the borough.
The Historical and Architectural Review Board re-elected Chairman Fred Bonsall and Vice Chairman Philip Roeder to their respective posts at the Jan. 2 meeting before getting back to business at the new start time of 5 p.m. for 2020. Bonsall reflected that he had served on the board for 42 years.
The hearings previously started at 4 p.m. with access through the city hall entrance, and Roeder reminds the public to now use the Rotunda entrance.