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The Bethlehem Township yard-waste drop-off center (located adjacent to the Public Works facility at 4450 Falmer Drive, Bethlehem, PA 18020) will reopen Monday, May 4, 2020, with the following schedule and regulations:

Hours of Operation

Monday - Noon to 4 PM
Wednesday - Noon to 4 PM
Friday - Noon to 4 PM
Saturday - 10 AM to 3 PM
No Sunday Hours

All visitors must wear a mask or face covering to enter site. If you do not have a mask or face covering you will be directed to leave.

Visitors will be asked to provide their address.

No commercial vehicles allowed. (landscapers, etc.)

The number of vehicles allowed to enter the site at any one time will be limited by staff as necessary to maintain social distance rules.

All persons entering site must follow social distancing rules and keep at least 6 feet separation from all persons.

Yard Waste Accepted

Tree trimmings
Shrubbery trimmings
Clean stumps
Flower plants
Christmas trees
Logs up to 12 inch diameter (All waste must be 4 foot lengths or shorter) Potted plants (no dirt) Vegetable plants

Material NOT permitted

Grass clippings
Seed pods
Weeds
Thistle
Stumps with dirt
Pine cones & needles
Leaves
Mulch
Plastic bags or containers
Dirt
No yard rakings
Lumber


These rules will be in effect until further notice, subject to change.

Please check back frequently for updated information.

Please be advised, if you are calling to see if your check has been received by the Township, the Finance Staff are getting caught up with mail processing of sewer and real estate tax payments. You will receive full credit for a timely payment.

Public sewer deduction meter rentals are now available. To schedule a pick-up appointment or to reserve a meter call 610-814-6424. No security required. Details will be provided at time of rental scheduling.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Bethlehem Township Planning Commission will conduct a regular public meeting Monday, April 27, 2020, 7:00 p.m., in virtual format.

The municipal building will not be open for this meeting; members of the public are encouraged to join the virtual meeting by phone or computer, using the following directions:

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If calling in by telephone only, use one of the provided telephone numbers, and the meeting ID when prompted. Telephone calls are not toll free, we recommend using 267-831-0333 (Philadelphia). Be aware that data and calling charges are applicable, and to verify with your telephone carrier before calling.

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Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Bethlehem Township Board of Commissioners will conduct a regular public meeting Monday, April 20, 2020, 7:00 p.m., in virtual format.

The municipal building will not be open for this meeting; members of the public are encouraged to join the virtual meeting by phone or computer, using the following directions:

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Bethlehem Township is now able to accept permit applications online! Please use our Permit Portal to submit and manage permit applications. If you have any questions, please contact
Matt Lubitz, mlubitz@bethlehemtwp.com

Effective immediately, Bethlehem Township will begin accepting building permit applications for all projects. No permits will be issued until construction is allowed in the Commonwealth by the Governor. However, permit applications will be reviewed and prepared for issuance in advance of that day.

Any permit submission packets can submitted in the following ways: - Mailed to: Permits, Bethlehem Township, 4225 Easton Avenue, Bethlehem, PA 18020

- Drop off: drop box next to the front doors of the municipal building at 4225 Easton Avenue, in an envelope clearly marked “Permits”

- Drop off: Permits Drop Box in the Police Department lobby at 4225 Easton Avenue, only between 8:00 a.m. and noon, Monday - Friday.

An online option is being finalized. Notice will be given when it is functional.

Please contact Amanda Raudenbush (araudenbush@bethlehemtownship.org) with any questions."

THE "RAGS" WON'T PASS, BUT THE COSTS WILL

When it comes to “rags” and the sewer system, they don’t mix! They are small, but mighty, and can cause very costly damage to wastewater equipment. The consequences of the damages and repairs will be reflected in your sewer rates.

In the wastewater industry the term “rags” is used to describe wipes, towels, shop rags, industrial rags, cleaning wipes, etc.; basically, materials tougher than toilet paper, that are not able to break down in the sewer system.

Now maybe you are thinking, what happens when I flush “rags” down the toilet? They disappear from my house and/or place of work to never be seen again. Well…that’s not the case for those of us that work in the wastewater industry. “Rags” can clog sewer lines, get caught in pumps and wastewater equipment, causing them to malfunction and need to be repaired, or worse, replaced. Tens of thousands of dollars are spent at the wastewater treatment plant alone repairing damage caused by these “rags.”

These repairs not only are costly but may also lead to dangerous confined space maintenance done by our staff. The EAJSA Wastewater staff takes great pride in the wastewater treatment quality. Please do your part by throwing away “rags” so sewer rate payer’s money can be put to better use in upgrading and improving equipment to continue our environmental stewardship of high-quality discharge to the Delaware River, instead of costly repairs.

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Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Bethlehem Township Board of Commissioners will conduct a regular public meeting Monday, April 6, 2020, 7:00 p.m., in virtual format.

The municipal building will not be open for this meeting; members of the public are encouraged to join the virtual meeting by phone or computer, using the following directions:

When joining by computer or compatible video enabled video/audio devise; Select Computer Audio.

If calling in by telephone only; use one of the provided telephone numbers, and the meeting ID when prompted. Telephone calls are not toll free, we recommend using 267-831-0333 (Philadelphia). Be aware that data and calling charges are applicable, and to verify with your telephone carrier before calling.

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Due to the Governor's recent stay-at-home order for Northampton County, effective until April 6th 2020, Bethlehem Township has extended the discount payment due date on Real Estate Taxes to April 30th 2020. Base payments will now be accepted until June 30th 2020. Please check back for any future updates. Thank you and be safe.

Please note that effective immediately no permit applications will be accepted or reviewed while under Governor Wolf’s emergency order. If you are a healthcare facility or have an emergency repair, please contact Amanda Raudenbush at araudenbush@bethlehemtwp.com for further instruction.

Keystone Collections has extended the 2019 annual EIT filing deadline from April 15th to July 15th to align with the federal and state filing deadline extension. Penalties and interest will not be applied until after July 15th.

In response to the continuing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, Bethlehem Township will be closing many of its park facilities effective immediately until further notice. Please note this includes basketball courts, tennis courts, ball fields, and playgrounds. The purpose of these closures is to follow federal and state directives to limit public gatherings and promote social distancing. Please feel free to continue to walk, run, or bike on the township’s recreation trails.

Additionally, also due to the coronavirus pandemic, the township’s yard-waste recycling center on Falmer Drive will be closed effective Friday, March 20, until further notice.

In response to the COVID-19 coronavirus situation, all permit, planning, and zoning applications are required to include the extension form as provided HERE

In response to the COVID-19 coronavirus situation, the Bethlehem Township Board of Commissioners has declared a “local disaster emergency” per Pennsylvania law. The township will be temporarily changing some of its business practices and operations.

To maintain essential municipal operations and protect the health and safety of township employees, the township will be closing the municipal building to the public, effective at 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 16, 2020, until further notice.

Township staff will be available during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., by phone or email to conduct routine business. A complete staff directory is available at: http://bethlehemtownship.org/generalinfo.html. The township’s general phone number is 610 814 6400.

All payments (taxes, sewer bills, and other) must be made electronically, by mail, or via the drop box in front of the municipal building. Due to the extraordinary circumstances, the township will be reviewing all payment deadlines, penalties, and fees.

Permit forms are available online and may be submitted via email, mail, or the drop box. If you are awaiting a permit issuance or Certificate of Occupancy, please contact the planning department at 610 814 6430 to arrange for issuance.

If township staff is required to enter a residence or business (for a resale or construction inspection, for example), the staff reserves the right to ask questions regarding the health status of individuals in the building before scheduling an appointment.

Public works, physical plant, and sewer system operations will continue as normal.

The Bethlehem Township Police Department remains on duty and fully operational at all times.

The township’s yard-waste drop-off center will remain open during its normal business hours: M-W-F – Noon to 4PM; Saturday – 10AM to 3PM; Sunday – 1PM to 4PM.

As previously announced, the community center is closed through March 30, 2020, pending further notice.

The Board of Commissioners meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. tonight, Monday, March 16, 2020, has been canceled.

Due to a lack of agenda items, the Monday, November 25, 2019 Planning Commission meeting has been cancelled.

Recreation Commission Regular Public Meeting
Monday, November 11, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

Archibald Johnston Mansion Update

SCF Architecture and their team has been working on their recommendation report for utilization of the Archibald Johnston Mansion for Bethlehem Township. Samantha Falcone, AIA, LEED AP, will be doing a short presentation on their work on the project and possible recommendations for use of the facility. The team is interested in gaining feedback from the residents of Bethlehem Township, as this park is part of the public park and recreation space. The team has focused their efforts in determining a financially, environmentally and socially sustainable plan that will be an asset to the community. All are invited to attend to learn more and add input.

The 2020 Budget Hearing Meetings will be held at the municipal building at 4225 Easton Avenue in the main meeting room on:
Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019 9 a.m. -11 a.m.

All are welcome to attend!



On Saturday, September 21st, patrons at our Coolidge location celebrated Peace Day with a Family Storytime Event that kicked off with a tree-planting ceremony at the satellite library in Bethlehem Township. The tree was generously donated by the Bethlehem Township Municipal Authority, a financing authority which Director Steve Hunsberger says "is all about community." For an exceptionally hot September day, there were smiles and shovels all around, as the BTMA's Chairman David Thomsen dug in right beside the families to help plant a beautiful American Dogwood on the library's front lawn.
Since this year's Peace Day theme draws attention to the importance of combatting climate change as a way to protect and promote peace throughout the world, planting a native species was important to both BAPL and the BTMA. Outreach Librarian Regina Kochmaruk was thrilled when she learned that an American Dogwood, an indigenous species, would grace the property. The ceremony was followed up by the story of Wangari Maathai, a woman who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 for her work in helping to plant millions of indigenous trees in her native Kenya to combat deforestation. "I loved being able to point out the connection between Wangari's story and the children's simple action of planting a tree," said Kochmaruk. And Thomsen smiled as he added "just think about how those kids will return some day and say 'I helped to plant that tree.'"

BTCC


Bethlehem Township Community Center is looking for referees for our Fall/Winter Volleyball Leagues. The volleyball referee is making calls, interacting with players, and managing games. You bring the energy, enthusiasm, and knowledge of volleyball.

Responsibilities Include:

• Keeping and reporting scores during and after each game
• Watching for net touches, double hits, lifts and starts each game with a whistle blow
• Keeping and reporting scores during and after each game

Requirements Include:

• Excellent communication skills
• Quick, effective decision making skills
• Experience playing or refereeing volleyball a plus!
• Great people skills!
• Available nights, after 6:30 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday evenings.

If interested please email btcenter2900@gmail.com or call 610-332-1505

New Community-Embedded Satellite Library opens Tuesday, July 16th at 10 a.m. We invite you to donate a book as part of the opening. Please see flyer for details. Hope to see you there!

Please click HERE for the proposed Bethlehem Township master parks site plan. The plan was developed by Gilmore & Associates, funded by a $75,000 grant, and prepared with community input and participation.

The plan includes proposed improvements, upgrades, and renovations for 14 township-owned parks and public properties.

The Township's Board of Commissioners received the plan at its April 15 meeting and will consider it for adoption at a future public meeting.

Bethlehem Township Community Days June 19 – 22, 2019
Hosted by the Bethlehem Township Volunteer Fire Company

Click HERE for the latest details!

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.

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Welcome To Bethlehem Township

It is the mission of Bethlehem Township to promote community vitality, quality of life, and economic prosperity. Bethlehem Township will provide services which are responsive to the health, safety and general welfare needs of the community. The township government is dedicated to providing these services through the efficient and effective use of the community's available resources in an honest, open and caring manner.

It is the vision of Bethlehem Township to foster a community that residents and businesses are proud to call "home."


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