Wilkes-Barre, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has released results of surveillance for Aedes mosquitoes, which have been found to be vectors of the Zika virus. At this time, there have not been any cases of Zika transmitted locally in Pennsylvania, nor have mosquitoes tested positive for the virus.
Twenty-six counties in Pennsylvania have active surveillance sites for albopictus mosquitoes, commonly known as Asian Tiger mosquitoes. The mosquitoes are predominantly found in southern and eastern counties. There have not been any specimens of Aedes aegypti collected, which are the primary carrier of Zika in South America. Aedes aegypti have not been found in Pennsylvania since 2002.
Counties conducting surveillance and approximate locations can be found beginning on page 15 of the DEP/PA Department of Health Zika Response Plan. Surveillance statistics for the week ending July 30, 2016 are below.
In addition, in early August, DEP and the Philadelphia Health Department and the Chester County Health Department responded to two imported clusters of travel associated Zika virus cases per the protocols outlined in the Zika Response Plan. Mosquitoes collected in the Philadelphia cluster response activities were tested for Zika and all samples came back negative. Mosquito trapping in Chester County did not find significant populations of the Asian tiger mosquito and samples were not tested.
“The surveillance and cluster response by DEP and county governments has gone exactly to the Zika response plan, and I am pleased to note that there is no evidence of the Zika virus being carried by mosquitoes in Pennsylvania,” said acting DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “I want to continue to encourage residents to take common-sense actions like wearing insect repellant and eliminating standing water to cut down on mosquito activity.”
In northeast PA, surveillance in Lehigh County has found pest levels of Aedes albopictus during the last week of July (Pest levels are defined as greater than 24 female Aedes albopictus per trapping event). Aedes albopictus has been found in Northampton County, but the pest levels haven’t been observed. Surveillance in Lackawanna, Luzerne, and Monroe counties began on August 8, 2016.
DEP recommends that residents do simple activities to reduce mosquito activity in their areas:
• Dispose of cans, buckets, plastic containers, ceramic pots, or similar containers that hold water.
• Properly dispose of discarded tires that can collect water. Stagnant water is where most mosquitoes breed.
• Drill holes in the bottom of outdoor recycling containers.
• Have clogged roof gutters cleaned every year as the leaves from surrounding trees have a tendency to plug drains.
• Turn over wheelbarrows and plastic wading pools when not in use and don't let water stagnate in birdbaths.
• Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish.
• Clean and chlorinate swimming pools not in use and remove any water that may collect on pool covers.
• Wear insect repellant during times of mosquito activity. Aedes mosquitoes are active during daylight hours
• Keep doors and windows tightly closed, or ensure that screens do not have holes or tears that can allow mosquitoes to get inside the house
“These mosquitoes are weak fliers, so if you see them, they are likely breeding nearby,” said Matt Helwig, program specialist in DEP’s Vector Management program. “Simple precautions to eliminate potential habitat and avoid contact can lead to a safe and itch-free summer.”
The Bethlehem Township Planning Commission WILL NOT be reviewing or deliberating on plans for the proposed Traditions of America at Green Pond PRGCC/PRD Development tonight, 8/22/16 at 7PM.
The applicant has requested to remain tabled and under administrative review at this time, therefore the Board will take no action on the proposed project.
The public, as always, may still speak on this matter during Courtesy of the Floor.
Please call Township Planning Director Nathan Jones at 610-814-6441 with any questions.
Recently, the people who work hard in the field to repair and improve our electric grid got some well-deserved honors.
On June 22, the Pennsylvania Legislature declared the day Lineworker Appreciation Day, praising the work that utility field workers do in all weather conditions to make sure service stays reliable.
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the Edison Electric Institute trade group joined forces July 10 to declare that day National Lineworker Appreciation Day.
We agree that our skilled, hard-working people in the field deserve recognition for the jobs they do, and we appreciate these official tributes – as well as the words of praise that came in from customers.
While our people in the field are working to keep reliability strong, some cool new technology is giving them a hand.
An automated switching system, now in place across PPL Electric Utilities’ electric grid, is cutting the lengths of outages to minutes for many customers. Here’s how it works:
• Sensors atop poles detect outages and send the info to a central computer, which analyzes the problem.
• The computer uses remote-controlled switches to reroute power to other circuits, quickly and automatically restoring some customers to service.
• Field crews come in, repair the damage, and restore service to those customers that the computer can’t help. (They’re often the customers closest to the site of the network problem.)
A significant number of customers can have their power back in five minutes or so, before crews reach the scene of the work.
It’s part of a larger commitment by PPL Electric Utilities to improve reliability.
We’ll be installing more sensors and smart grid equipment on our system in coming years, to make it even more flexible. We’re also making lines and equipment more stormproof, installing guards to keep squirrels and other animals from causing outages, and expanding tree trimming, because trees are the major cause of outages during storms.
Keeping your power on – safely, reliably and affordably – will most likely always require skilled, committed field workers. When you add the benefits of smart technology to the mix, you get the best of both worlds.
Reporting a power outage is just a click away! Click HERE
to report power outages or to check on the status of an outage.
Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced today the availability of up to $1,000,000 of grant funding in the 13th year of the Commonwealth’s Small Business Advantage Grant Program for small businesses that adopt or acquire equipment or processes that promote pollution prevention and/or energy efficiency projects.
With more than 900,000 small businesses in this Commonwealth, a well-designed energy efficiency or pollution prevention project can help small businesses cut operating costs and complement the economy, while simultaneously protecting the environment.
The grants provide funding to projects that include auxiliary power units deployed as anti-idling technology for trucks, HVAC and boiler upgrades, high-efficiency lighting, solvent recovery systems and waste recycling systems.
Applicants must be a for-profit corporation, limited liability corporation, partnership, sole proprietorship or other legal entity with 100 or fewer full-time employees. The grant-supported project must be located in Pennsylvania. Eligible projects must save the business a minimum of $500 and 25 percent annually in energy consumption or pollution related expenses.
Businesses can apply for 50 percent matching funds of up to $9,500 to adopt or acquire energy-efficient or pollution-prevention equipment or procedures. Funding is eligible for those costs incurred between July 25, 2016 and June 30, 2017.
Last year, DEP awarded 151 grants totaling nearly $1 million to Pennsylvania businesses to support pollution prevention and energy efficient upgrades, spurring more than $2.9 million in private investment.
The grant program is funded by the Hazardous Sites Cleanup Act, which is financed by the PA Capital Stock and Franchise Tax and Act 13 Impact Fee as well as the hazardous waste transportation and management fees, and hazardous sites cost recovery.
Applicants will be considered on a first come, first served basis. Applications will be accepted until fiscal year 2016-17 funds are exhausted or April 14, 2017, whichever occurs first.
Applications are available by visiting the DEP Small Business Ombudsman’s Office Site. Applicants are advised to carefully review the guidance document, which has been updated and is also available on the DEP eLibrary.
Applications must be mailed to DEP’s Grants Center, P.O. Box 8776, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8776 or hand delivered to the center, 15th Floor, Rachel Carson State Office Building, 400 Market St., Harrisburg. Faxed or electronic submissions will not be accepted.
To contact the Small Business Ombudsman’s Office, call 717-772-5160 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MEDIA CONTACT: Neil Shader, DEP, 717-787-1323
The Planning Commissioner Meeting of Monday, July 25, 2016 has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled.
The next Planning Commission Meeting will be Monday, August 22, 2016 at 7 p.m.
At the August 1, 2016 Board of Commissioners Meeting, Spillman Farmer will be presenting the Archibald Johnston Mansion Stabilization Study. The draft report and summary document can be found HERE
September 10, 2016
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Bethlehem Recycling Center
345 Illick's Mill Rd, Bethlehem, 18107
Event is open to Bethlehem City residents and Northampton County residents only, proof of residency required.
for more info or contact
City of Bethlehem, Recycling Bureau at 610-865-7082
The Bethlehem Township Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee will convene
Thursday July 14, 2016 at 6:30PM at the Bethlehem Township Municipal Building.
All member of the public are invited to attend and participate!
for the agenda
Bethlehem Township has engaged in a contract with Entech Engineering for the purpose of renovating certain areas of the Bethlehem Township Community Center. At the July 18, 2016 Board of Commissioners Meeting, Entech will be presenting their recommendations to the Township and the Commissioners will be considering how to best move forward with these renovations. Their report can be viewed HERE
. Any questions, please contact Melissa Shafer, Township Manager, at email@example.com
The Tuesday, July 5, 2016 Board of Commissioners Meeting has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled. The next Board of Commissioners meeting will be Monday, July 18, 2016 at 7 p.m.
Please come out and meet the commissioners on Sunday, June 26th from 12 pm – 3pm at the Community Center.
There are two meetings being held on Wednesday June 29th. The afternoon session will be held 2:30-3:30 and the evening session will be held 6:00-7:00 for the Archibald Johnston Preserve Stewardship and Trail Plan. You can view the agenda HERE
The Board of Commissioners will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 5:00 p.m., at the Bethlehem Township Municipal Building, 4225 Easton Avenue, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania to discuss the construction of the water quality basin currently underway at the end of Gloucester Drive.
The yard waste recycling center will be closed on Monday May 30th for Memorial Day
The Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee of Bethlehem Township will hold a series of special public meetings for the purpose of updating its Comprehensive Plan. The revised meeting schedule is as follows:
Thursday, June 2nd
Thursday, July 14th
Thursday, September 1st
Meeting s will be held at the Bethlehem Township Municipal Building at 630. All interested persons are invited to attend.
for more info
May 21 & October 8, 2016. 8:30-2:00
for more info
Bethlehem Township is seeking a qualified engineering firm to serve as Township Stormwater Engineer.
Request for Qualifications for Township Stormwater Engineer received until 4:00 p.m., local time, May 9, 2016
Bethlehem Township currently has two internship positions available. Please check our employment section
for more information.
No Zoning Hearing Board appeal applications were received by the April 6, 2016 deadline. Therefore, the meeting originally scheduled for April 27th at 6:30 p.m. has been cancelled. The next regularly scheduled Zoning Hearing Board meeting will be held Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
High fire danger means all fine dead fuels ignite readily and fires start easily from most causes. Unattended brush and camp fires are likely to escape. Fires spread rapidly and short distance spotting is common. Fires may become serious and their control difficult unless they are attacked successfully while small. Outdoor burning should be restricted to early morning and late evening hours.
FBTAA Baseball Signups 5 to 18 year olds
Online Registration starts 1/1/2016
Details at WWW.FBTAA.COM
Due to population changes in the 2010 Census, Bethlehem Township is proposing a redistricting of the four wards. According to the Northampton County Board of Elections, this ward redistricting will go into effect AFTER the November 2015 election.
As you can see from the maps, the 2003 Map
shows the population variance of the wards from 5,135 people in Ward 2 to 6,816 people in Ward 4. This is a 30% population variance. In December of 2014, a meeting was held with the Township Solicitor, Township Manager, Township Physical Plant and Information Systems Director, and Township GIS Consultant. The purpose of this meeting was to more evenly distribute the population among the four wards, making as few changes as possible. The data points that we had available were the population counts per census block and the homes of the current Commissioners, as we did not want to move a sitting Commissioner out of his ward.
The Proposed Map
that the staff presented to the Commissioners in January 2015 has a new population variance in the wards ranging now from 5,891 in Ward 4 to 5,961 in Ward 3. This is a 1% population variance. An Ordinance adopting the new ward map is being prepared by the solicitor's office and will be presented for the Board's review and advertisement at an upcoming Board meeting. Check the Board of Commissioners Meeting Agenda
for the exact date.
Please note that there will be no changes to the ward map for any of the 2015 elections.
If you have any comments or questions about the ward map, please email Melissa Shafer
, Township Manager, or call 610-814-6400.
The 2016 General Fund Budget with 2015 and September 2015 YTD Actual reports are now available HERE
Residents of Bethlehem Township will be able to view the type of offense, date, time, and location (to a 100 block). It will be access to real-time crime data for where you live or work in the Township. You can even subscribe to alerts based upon a circumference around an important place (ie-home, child’s school, work place), to be notified of the crime.
Navigate to: www.crimemapping.com/map/pa/bethlehemtownship
for more info
Northampton County is cooperating with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Bureau of Forestry and the USDA Forest Service in a joint effort to control gypsy moth caterpillars in Spring 2016 in certain residential and public high use areas within the county.
A public meeting concerning GYPSY MOTH CONTROL
will be held at
The Bushkill Fire Company
155 Firehouse Dr, Nazareth PA
August 4th from 7:00-9:00 PM.
All interested property owners are encouraged to attend this meeting.
will be available and eligibility requirements discussed.
DCNR Staff will be present to explain the program and address any questions.
There have been recent complaints and possible sightings of coyotes in Bethlehem Township. Coyotes are becoming increasingly common in urban and suburban areas due to easy access and proximity to food sources.
Coyotes are rarely dangerous and prefer to avoid contact with people, however there are several actions you can take to help decrease their presence in the Township:
-Firmly secure your garbage so that a coyote would not be able to gain access and eat from garbage bins.
-Only feed your pets inside and never leave or store pet food outdoors.
-If you know of any rodent problem on your property, have the issue managed quickly, as rodents are a prime food source for coyotes.
-Do not leave any smaller dogs, cats or other pets outside unsupervised, especially between dusk and dawn.
-If you have a fence or gate to your back yard, make sure it is secured.
-Keep your grass well maintained and all shrubs, trees and bushes trimmed, doing so will remove shelter for coyotes.
-Remove any structures, equipment, piles, etc. that could provide shelter to coyotes.
If you see a coyote on your property, do not be alarmed, simply call the Bethlehem Township Police Department to report the sighting.
January 2015 Current Preferred Alternative Route (most recent detailed map
More hearings are scheduled and residents are encouraged to attend. For the full listing please click HERE
Scheduled Meeting is for February 10, 2015 @ 6:00pm at Northampton Community College on 3835 Green Pond Rd in Bethlehem, Pa 18020.
PennEast Pipeline Project, please call our toll-free line at (844) 347-7119 or visit the project web site at
To view the Hopewell Township Questions click here
Proposed Pipeline Route click here
Interactive Pipeline Map click here
Harrisburg – The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is urging residents in the Center Valley area of Lehigh County to have their homes tested for radon. This comes after recent tests by the department and a DEP-certified laboratory revealed that several homes in that area have record high levels.
Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas that occurs naturally through the breakdown of uranium in soil and rocks. It can enter a home through cracks in the foundation or other openings. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in Pennsylvania and causes about 20,000 lung-cancer deaths in the U.S. every year.
Several homes in the Center Valley area were found to have radon levels of over 1,000 picocuries per liter (pCi/L). One specific home tested at 2,750 pCi/L and is one of the highest radon values ever recorded in the state. These levels are hundreds of times more than the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) action level of 4 pCi/L; a level where a home should be remediated to lower the radon concentration.
"This community serves as an important reminder to all Pennsylvania residents to test their homes for radon," Acting DEP Secretary Dana Aunkst said. "Protect yourself and your family from this invisible, cancer-causing, radioactive gas."
Area residents are invited to an open house with DEP's radon professionals to learn more about this threat and how to mitigate it. The open house will be held from 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 4 at the Upper Saucon Township Municipal Building, 5500 Camp Meeting Rd., Center Valley. Residents will receive lists of area companies certified by DEP to perform radon testing, mitigation and laboratory analysis.
DEP has sent letters to more than 500 Center Valley area residents in the local area with very high radon levels urging them to test their homes. Pennsylvania law prohibits DEP from publicly identifying any private residences radon testing results. The department has, however reached out to the local school district to ensure that radon testing has occurred in the schools.
Testing for radon is the only way to know if a home, school, workplace or other structure has elevated levels of radon. The best time to test is during the cold-weather months when windows and doors are closed and the radon levels are often at their peak. Most test kits can be purchased at hardware or home improvement stores at an average cost of $15 to $25 per test.
While radon problems may be more common in certain regions of the state, the potential exists for any home in Pennsylvania to have high radon levels. Radon has been detected in all 67 counties, making Pennsylvania particularly prone to elevated radon levels. About 40 percent of homes in the state having radon levels above EPA's action level.
For this reason DEP certifies all radon testers, mitigators and laboratories doing business in the state. This ensures all radon tests performed provide quality results, and those who remediate radon problems do quality work.
For more information about radon, including information on interpreting test results and finding a Pennsylvania-certified radon contractor, visit www.dep.state.pa.us, keyword: Radon, or call 800-23-RADON.
Township residents looking for their polling locations can get the information here
Bethlehem Township Police Department announced that it has been awarded a grant from CVS/pharmacy to install a Drug Collection Unit at the township municipal building. The new Unit will be located at in the main lobby of the municipal building and will provide residents with a safe and environmentally responsible way to dispose of unwanted, unused or expired medication, including controlled substances.
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