Animals are available for adoption at the Center for Animal Health & Welfare no-kill shelter, 1165 Island Park Road, Easton. The shelter is working to end pet overpopulation by running a clinic so animals can be spayed or neutered before they go home. For more information, call 610-252-7722 or visit www.healthyanimalcenter.org.
Wednesday, October 17
Fountain Hill Council work session, 7 p.m., 941 Long St.
Thursday, October 18
Northampton Co. Council, 6:30 p.m., Northampton Co. Courthouse, 669 Washington St., Easton.
Tuesday, October 23
Mayor's South Side Task Force, 4 p.m., Welcome Center, Stock House, SteelStacks, 101 E. Founders Way. Call 610-865-4695.
Freemansburg Council, 7 p.m., finance meeting if needed at 6 p.m., 600 Monroe St.
Hanover Twp. Supervisors, 7 p.m., municipal building, 3630 Jacksonville Road.
The Northampton County Gaming Revenue and Economic Redevelopment Authority is a good place for local boroughs in the Lehigh Valley to ask for financial support in meeting their growing need. On Sept. 24, at Northampton County Courthouse the authority met with several representatives from boroughs that are in the process of applying for grants. Typically the grant process consists of several municipalities asking for a grant for a specific need. The 14-15 Gaming Authority members then have an opportunity to ask questions and voice their concerns.
Hellertown resident Anne Henshaw, wife of borough Public Works Director Tom Henshaw, publicly spoke in support of the public works department Oct. 1.
Her appearance was prompted by a short exchange between Tom Henshaw and councilpersons Gail Nolf and Tom Rieger during the Sept. 17 meeting.
During that meeting, Nolf informed Henshaw the Dimmick Park bathrooms were dirty and asked him if they are cleaned each morning.
If you own a smartphone or an iPad, you can now download a Hanover Township app that puts Residential Waste and Recycling, special waste collection details and more at your fingertips, anytime you want them.
"We've just launched a mobile app that contains all of the information people need to know, tailored specifically to their neighborhoods, about our residential waste and recycling services," said Township Manager Jay Finnigan.
When Bethlehem City Council adopted a new, 168-page zoning ordinance in August, council members warned they would fine tune it. Their first set of changes was reviewed at the Planning Commission's Oct. 11 meeting, with mixed results.
Planners first considered changes that would tighten the parking of recreational and commercial vehicles in residential districts to include any vehicle that weighs more than 10,000 pounds, as well as box trucks, cargo trucks and container trucks.
An amendment to the zoning code that would create more restrictions on what is allowed to occupy a corner store was unanimously approved to be sent to the planning committee at the Oct. 2 Bethlehem City Council meeting.
The zoning code that was passed in early August allowed use corner homes in residential neighborhoods to be used as businesses. The proposed amendment would exempt tattoo parlors and pawn shops from operating out of these corner stores.
The amendment comes after city residents such as Bruce Haines voiced complaints about the new zoning codes.
Before a standing-room only crowd of more than 70 residents, Hanover Township's Zoning Hearing Board has paved the way for two "flex" buildings on the north side of Jaindl Boulevard.
Following a Sept. 27 hearing, zoners unanimously decided to grant dimensional variances for this $25 million project. They did so despite complaints about truck traffic and noise from members of a Traditions of America residential community for older, active adults, located directly across the street.