Bethlehem Press

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Lehigh County making new parks, rec plan

Monday, February 20, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Lehigh County is in the process of writing a new county livable landscapes plan.

According to Lehigh Valley Planning Commission Executive Director Becky Bradley, 18 individuals were present at the Feb. 7 meeting in which the planning commission was provided feedback on issues, while discussing the county’s future vision.

She said one of the primary, universal concerns was not enough people in and around the county know about the wide variety of parks, recreational facilities and open spaces available.

BASD officials highly critical of proposed property tax elimination act

Monday, February 20, 2017 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Sen. Lisa Boscola has proposed eliminating property taxes statewide, citing a desire to release senior citizens from the burden. HB/SB 76 has been introduced before and almost succeeded, said Boscola representative Joe Kelly, but it will likely be on the agenda for further discussion at a special session in the near future.

Lehigh County - Commissioners approve bond refinancing

Monday, February 20, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Lehigh County Board of Commissioners approved an ordinance at the Feb. 8 meeting that will net a savings to the county of $4 million.

The measure authorizes the refinancing of county general obligation bonds, series 2017.

“This is basically an attempt to save some money by refinancing our bond issues,” Commissioner Percy Dougherty, sponsor of the bill, said.

According to Dougherty, with the refinancing the county’s payment will drop from roughly 5 percent interest to 1.2 to 2.25 percent.

Staffing change should not affect Classic

Monday, February 20, 2017 by THOMAS BROAS in Local News

The Lehigh Valley Winter Classic raised over $26,000 for the Lehigh Valley Polar Bears Special Hockey team last month, but with some staff restructuring within the City of Bethlehem’s Parks and Public Property Department, the organizet is concerned about the evernt’s future.

there will be some change at the Bethlehem Municipal Ice Rink and this change has some organizers of the event nervous the Classic and the ice quality may be in jeopardy.