After an absence of nine years, Northampton County residents can now access the county's extensive collection of documents and records at its new home.
An April 5 dedication ceremony opened the new 9,750-square-foot Archives Building to the public. The new location at 999 Conroy Place in Forks Township is handicapped-accessible and has a parking lot close to the building.
The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners held the second reading of a bill that would ask voters if they would like to give final approval before the county incurs certain types of debt at its April 10 meeting.
If the bill passes, Lehigh County voters will be asked in November if they would like to make the final decision before the county issues debt to support private sector activities, such as building a pro football stadium.
Northampton County Executive John Stoffa says it is the right thing to do to seek sealed bids for the medical transportation contract at Gracedale Nursing Home. Feeling its power challenged, NC Council will consider its options to sue the Stoffa administration.
Last month, by a 3-6 vote, council members refused to award a contract to LifeStar Response for medical transport services at Gracedale, the county-owned nursing facility in Upper Nazareth Township.
Although Hellertown Police Chief Robert Shupp believes the borough should purchase new bicycles for patrol officers, council Vice President John Bate wants the borough to invest its money wisely.
"I think we need to be more responsible," Bate said of Shupp's request.
Bethlehem Area School District board members heard news on Nitschmann MS and talked more about pre-k education during their facilities and curriculum meetings April 8.
Chief Academic Officer Dr. Jack Silva introduced a 45-day plan for increased early childcare within the district.
The availability, cost and importance of pre-k learning is often stressed by Aurea Ortiz and was also mentioned during public comment by resident Stephen Antalics.
Bethlehem City Council removed two buildings from a demolition protection ordinance at its April 2 meeting.
Council member Michael Recchiuti made a motion to remove Martin Tower and Lehigh and New England Rail Road Freight Warehouse at 15th Avenue and Gary Street, which was approved unanimously by the council.
Recchiuti said several council members were contacted by representatives of Martin Tower's owner, who said he would like the building taken off the list. Recchiuti added that he was told that the owner has no plans to tear the building down.