Last month, Bethlehem Township Commissioners changed the zoning ordinance to provide for prisons in the agricultural district. They had little choice.
Unsure whether the measure will create jobs in the Lehigh Valley, the Saucon Valley School Board postponed extending a property tax relief program at its Oct. 9 meeting.
The vote was tabled because school board members Edward Inghrim and Sandra Miller were absent.
The Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance (LERTA) program applies to 440 acres owned by Majestic Reality Company, along with areas of the Lehigh Valley Industrial Park VII land that currently sits undeveloped.
Bethlehem Area School Board members talked priorities at the Nov. 5 facilities meeting, establishing a list of proposed projects for consideration in the near future.
Director of Facilities and Operations Mark Stein summarized the 25-item list and the estimated finances.
"We're doing all right but there are a lot of ongoing needs," he said. "There's many needs in the district."
Hellertown resident Joe Delfoe is not satisfied with Act 73.
"What you have here is not the authority," Delfoe told borough council Oct. 15
Delfoe wants to "sit down and get things settled."
Act 73 specifically prohibits any loans, grants or expenditures of an authority to be used for purposes outside the mission of the authority. Examples include expenditures unrelated to the infrastructure customers are paying for, as well as the transfer of monies to the incorporating municipality.