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.
Twenty-seven re-enactors, camped on the Greenway on Bethlehem's Southside Sept. 7-9, and joined with a traveling state museum to help visitors understand details of life and conflict during America's divisive Civil War. Dressed in authentic period costumes and Northern Army uniforms, participants performed Victorian-era dances, sang popular songs and explained the realities of life for soldiers in the field.
Lehigh County Executive Bill Hansell issued a line-item veto on Lehigh County's proposed budget Nov. 1, effectively enacting a $3.5 million cut in spending to accompany proposed tax credits.
"I am using the veto surgically to correct a problem rather than using it as a blunt instrument to simply say 'no' and force an arbitrary choice. While this veto will be somewhat complicated, its objectives are simple and clear," Hansell said at a press conference Nov. 1 announcing the line-item veto.
Oct. 29 - 10:30 a.m., city announces state of emergency, calling for evacuations from flood-prone areas and preparations by residents for a period without electricity.
Oct. 29 - Noon, American Red Cross of the Lehigh Valley, in conjunction with Lehigh and Northampton county emergency services, opens shelter on City Line Road, ready to provide heat, bedding, pet care, medications and food and water to residents who may lose power.