Council approved an ordinance at a recent meeting to remove three handicapped parking spaces from Senecca St., Bishothorpe St. and Senca St. Council President Larry Rapp reported that the acquisition of the new building for the firehouse is moving along. Council Vice President Normam Blatt said the tax collection committee is thinking of renewing services with Keystone Collections for local taxes. They will review it with the committee.
The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners appointed and reappointed five individuals to serve on boards and authorities at the Jan. 25 meeting.
Lynne Hanna was appointed to aging and adult services and Dilia Coppedge was appointed to serve on the county children and youth advisory board.
Additionally, Dean Browning and John Hayes were reappointed to serve on the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority and Sally Schoffstall received a reappointment to the aging and adult services board.
LV Winter Classic - Growing tournament supports a LV special needs hockey program but organizer is concerned about future of the fundraiser
Sixteen hockey teams from Pennsylvania and New Jersey braved some flurries and brisk 30 degree temperatures to converge at the Bethlehem Municipal Ice Rink on Illick’s Mill Road Jan. 28 for the fourth annual Lehigh Valley Winter Classic. The Winter Classic is a hockey tournament, played outside in the elements, which helps support the Lehigh Valley Polar Bears, a local, special hockey team, part of the American Special Hockey Association.
One of Bethlehem Township’s most heavily traveled roads may soon be getting even more traffic. Truck traffic, too.
Bethlehem Historic Conservation Commission re-elected Philip Roeder to serve as chair at their first meeting for 2017 held Jan. 23 at the Banana Factory. Gary Lader was elected to serve as vice chair. Christine Ussler handles secretarial duties as historic officer.
Small enough to creep under fences. Tall enough and strong enough to damage fences and foundations. Dangerous enough to pose a threat to the city’s infrastructure. It’s bamboo, which can quickly grow and spread. City officials are discussing how to handle this invasive species.
The Master Site Development Plan for the William H. Laubach Memorial Park and Franko Farm Recreation Area that calls for an estimated $5 million in improvements is being lauded to upgrade recreation on the east side of Salisbury Township.
“What we tried to do was take a little bit of the overcrowding from Laubach and shift it to Franko,” said Leonard J. Policelli, landscape architect, project manager, Urban Research & Development Corp., Bethlehem, consultant for the Laubach-Franko Master Plan.
Wednesday, February 15
Bethlehem Township Municipal Authority, 6:30 p.m. Municipal building, 4225 Easton Ave.
(snow date) BASD Board Finance and Human Resources Committee and special board, 6 p.m. Edgeboro Room, Education Center, 1516 Sycamore St.
Fountain Hill Borough Council, 7 p.m. 941 Long St.
Thursday, February 16
Bethlehem Redevelopment, 4:30 p.m. city hall, 10 E. Church St.
Northampton Co. Council, 6:30 p.m. 669 Washington St., Easton.
Monday, February 20
Historic Conservation Commission, 6 p.m. Banana Factory, 25 E. Third St.
On Jan. 19, Executive John Brown told Northampton County Council that he expected Gracedale, the county-owned nursing home, to finish 2016 about $800,000 in the black. But at council’s Feb. 3 meeting, as the picture becomes clearer, Brown now says the net profit will only be about $200,000. This would still be the first time since 2007 that the facility turned a profit.