Northampton County's new Human Services building is on target for its March 2014 completion date.
At its April 18 meeting, Northampton County Council received a project update on the 66,375-square-foot, three-story building at 2801 Emrick Blvd. between Freemansburg Avenue and William Penn Highway, soon to be the new home for 225 Human Services county employees.
Earth Day on South Bethlehem's Greenway featured eco-friendly businesses and organizations hoping to educate the public about the importance of using our resources in environmentally sound ways. The two-day event, held April 20 and 21, filled South Bethlehem's rail trail with nine villages of fun and learning: Green Energy, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, Food and Farm, Health and Wellness, Environmental Advocacy, Community Action, Backyard Gardening, Conservation and Eco-Homestead.
The Bethlehem Steel's Hoover-Mason Trestle, analyzed and inspected for months in hope of refasioning it into a tourist path, will soon begin a yearlong refurbishment for that purpose.
At their April 15 meeting, Bethlehem Township commissioners unanimously gave a conditional use approval to a 48-unit apartment complex proposed by developer Robert Cahill on 2.68 acres located at the southwest corner of Falmer Drive and Meyer Lane. This was Cahill's final hurdle before he could start construction. His plan was previously approved by both commissioners and the planning commission.
School Board directors briefly discussed expenses they deemed surprising with Secretary Stacy Gober April 15.
Director Irene Follweiler was most surprised by the amounts the district may be about to spend on band essentials. For instance, they will soon vote to spend $52,445 on band uniforms for Broughal MS.
Follweiler said she was shocked at the price but recognized the sturdy outfits are made to last eight years.
Gober agreed they're not inexpensive, which is why they pose such a budget challenge.
In a direct response to the widespread, prolonged power outages following Hurricane Sandy and other major storms, PPL Electric Utilities will rebuild a key power line that serves tens of thousands of homes and businesses in Northampton, Lehigh and Bucks counties.
The project will make this power line much less likely to be knocked out by storm damage such as tree strikes, lightning and high winds.
Bethlehem Township Public Works Director Richard Grube has proposed a solution to a serious flooding problem along Knollcroft Avenue. Part of an older development that made no real provisions for drainage, the area has been plagued for years by eight to 10 feet of surface waters on the street during rainstorms. Township engineers have designed a fix, but it's cost is prohibitive. So Grube has suggested a remedial solution for the short term. It's a swale that will divert the storm waters down Country Club Road, and might require some easements.
The Saucon Valley School Board is no longer satisfied with the services of Berkheimer Tax Administrators Inc.
During the March 26 meeting, members of the board granted authorization to district Solicitor Mark Fitzgerald to submit termination papers that will end the contract the school district has set up with Berkheimer. The current contract expires June 30.
District Business Manager David Bonenberger told board members it has been difficult doing business with Berkheimer.