John Brew's first attempt to establish his community bank consulting business in Historic Bethlehem ended in failure. After a lengthy hearing, zoners denied his request in a close, 2-2, vote.
But it was a different story Aug. 28, thanks to a new zoning ordinance that permits some commercial use of corner properties in residential districts, even those located at the corner of North New and East Market streets.
By a 4-0 vote, zoners agreed to allow Brew to locate his business at a Bed and Breakfast known as The Bethlehem Inn.
Their decision followed a lengthy hearing.
Wednesday, September 12
Lehigh Co. Commissioners, 7:30 p.m., public hearing room, Lehigh County Gov. Center, 17 S. Seventh St., Allentown.
Thursday, September 13
Bethlehem Water Authority, 3 p.m., 85 W. North St.
Monday, September 17
Bethlehem Housing Authority, 4:30 p.m., Monacacy Tower, 645 Main St.
BASD Finance and Human Resources committees, 6 p.m., Education Center dining room, 1516 Sycamore St.
Bethlehem Twp. Commissioners, 7 p.m., municipal building, 4225 Easton Ave.
Fountain Hill Zoning Board, 7 p.m., 941 Long St.
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MILLER-KEYSTONE BLOOD CENTER, Bethlehem, is now open Sundays for blood donors at the Bethlehem site and needs volunteers to serve as canteen attendants. Contact Naomi Pratt, 610-691-5850, firstname.lastname@example.org.
My Boys Baking, along with its 20 different favors of biscotti, has received a green light from Hanover Supervisors for its baked goods empire at 310 Stoke Park Road. The unanimous endorsement followed an Aug. 28 hearing in which Attorney Joe Piperato clearly established that no one is offended by cookies.
Owner Cindy Levine was busy baking, so she sent husband Robert to testify.
Even though the summer has unofficially come to end and most people celebrated their final barbeque over the Labor Day holiday, open flames and grilling was the largest issue at the Sept. 4 Fountain Hill Council meeting.
Several Fountain Hill residents voiced their concerns about allowing the use of outdoor fire pits. While this topic was already on the agenda for Tuesday night's meeting under the topic "Amending Chapter 7 to specifically allow the use of outdoor grills, Ordinance #779," it was brought up in the beginning of the meeting during the open floor forum.
DUring an Aug. 30 hearing, Lamar Advertising's Meg Kyle was unable to persuade Bethlehem zoners to allow a digital billboard near Route 22, at 2224 Industrial Drive. Despite her promises to run the FBI's Most Wanted list and other public announcements, a unanimous board refused to see the light.
Testimony during the hearing established that the proposed billboard would be approximately 500 feet away from another digital display, in violation of a zoning ordinance that requires a separation of 1,000 feet.
The Northampton County Prison and Courthouse will reap the benefits of energy-saving improvements and the county will see a $200,000 reduction in these expenses, according to County Executive John Stoffa.
As the Stoffa administration prepares its 2013 budget for Northampton County Council's approval, Stoffa reported that the county's $6 million Guaranteed Energy Savings Agreement (GESA) with the McClure Company, a Harrisburg-based company which is a subsidiary of PPL, is 99 percent completed.
Lehigh Valley Commissioners augmented funding to the offices of public defender, district attorney, and county coroner at its Aug. 22 meeting. According to Commissioner Percy Dougherty, crimes, including homicide, are up in the Lehigh Valley.
"The number of cases the public defender handles has increased drastically," he said. "It's almost guaranteed that the public defender is going to be back to us for more funding by the end of the year."