A warm welcome to our new Commissioners, John Merhottein (Ward 4) and John Gallagher (Ward 3). While we are working on getting their photos and bios up on the website, feel free to reach out to them via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
respectively. And a congratulations to Mike Hudak (Ward 2) on his re-election!
Survey postcards have been mailed out to 1,500 residents across the Township with the first wave of the survey to follow soon. The link to the online version of the survey will be posted on the Township Website and social media on February 1st for all residents. The Board of Commissioners is especially interested in whether or not Township residents wish to continue our membership to the Bethlehem Area Public Library (Question 16).
Bethlehem Township has opted to work with the National Research Center, and have used their flagship survey, The National Citizen Survey, with a few additional custom questions. The mail surveys were sent out using address based sampling to ensure the most inclusive kind of list. This will guarantee that the list is a true representation of the Township’s population.
The NCS uses scientific survey methods and best practices of the modern day to guarantee valid findings and puts results into meaningful context. Drawing from the largest resident opinion database of its kind, representing well over 30 million Americans, The NCS compares local results with benchmarks compiled from surveys conducted across the U.S. This benchmarking, community survey provides a comprehensive and accurate picture of community quality and resident perspectives about local government services, policies and management.
The 2018 Budget was passed with no tax increase.
The Brodhead Road Project is complete, on time and under budget, thanks to the excellent project management of The Pidcock Company. Thanks to Senator Boscola and her staff, the DCED awarded the Township $400,000 for the Brodhead Road Project under the Multi-Modal Transportation Program. We are using 2017 and 2018 Liquid Fuels funding to fund part of this project.
The renovation project is 99% complete. There are a few punch list items that are being addressed, but the indoor pool is open! The renovation project includes all items that were identified by the architect as “High Priority – Deficiency” as well as the two “High Priority” items that weren’t marked as deficient: installation of a dehumidification system and a new UV system for the indoor pool. We also were able to replaster the indoor pool during this project as well. We hope everyone enjoys our “new” indoor pool!
A December 5 meeting was scheduled by PennEast in order to meet with the nearby residents, but then it was cancelled without explanation.
The latest map for the PennEast Pipeline shows the pipeline going around the PennDOT Maintenance Yard to the east instead of hugging Route 33. We have elicited the support of our legislators and PennDOT for support with this issue.
Additionally, PennEast has now sent Bethlehem Township easement agreements for all of the properties (Hope Road and all the bike path crossings). The Township Solicitor is currently reviewing these documents.
Final inspections are being held on Phase A (the area in front of Madison Farm and St. Luke’s Hospital) and punchlist items are being addressed by the contractor.
Construction on Phase B (the Bridge Project) is also underway. The Township is the Local Project Sponsor on this Phase because of the Federal and State earmarks. We continue to work closely with St. Luke’s on the Project Management of this corridor to make sure that there are as few disruptions to commuters and neighbors as possible. The new official date for the bridge completion is June of 2018.
Exterior Stabilization Project
RFP has been advertised, pre-bid meeting was held last week. Bids are due January 16th.
Park and Trail Project Phase 1
This project – driveway, parking area, sidewalk, stormwater facilities - is now complete.
Park and Trail Project Phase 2
The Township was just awarded $73,000, the remainder of the 2017 County Open Space Funds, which will go toward this project and be matched by the Township’s Recreation Funds. The Township has another $200,000 awarded from the County for this project, and has been awarded a DCNR Grant for another $200,000.
Thanks to Senator Boscola, the Township was awarded $75,000 from the Keystone Communities Grant for the Parks Master Site Plan. After an extensive search and interview process, Gilmore Engineers has been hired to conduct the Parks Master Site Plan with the Township Recreation Commission. Any resident interested in participating in this process may wish to attend the monthly Recreation Commission Meetings, held on the second Monday of every month at 6 pm, here at the Township Building, 4225 Easton Avenue, Bethlehem, PA 18020.
From the Construction Department, Please Note:
Effective Immediately, the deadline/ cut-off for Commercial Building Inspections shall be 1:00 PM for the next business day.
We apologize for the inconvenience with respect to this matter.
If you have questions or concerns regarding this new, temporary policy please call Nathan Jones, Planning Director at 610-814-6441.
Nathan D. Jones, AICP, BCO
Director of Planning and Economic Development
Bethlehem Township, PA
Planning Clerk: 610-814-6440
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that formal applications required to be completed in order to apply for the entry-level position of Patrol Officer in the Bethlehem Township Police Department are now available in the office of the Township Manager at the Bethlehem Township Municipal Building, 4225 Easton Avenue, Bethlehem, PA 18020-1496. The applications are also available for download on-line at Bethlehem Township’s website
For a complete job description click HERE
For the Patrol Officer Application click HERE