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    Annual Spring Field Trip

    There will be no regularly scheduled Recreation Committee meeting this month (Monday, May 13th). Instead, we will host our annual spring field trip starting with the new playground at Municipal park, followed by a walkthrough of the completed Housenick Phase 3 trail extension. Please meet at the BTCC parking lot adjoining the playground at 5:45 p.m. and be sure the wear suitable shoes for walking.

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    Snow Emergency Declaration

    The Township of Bethlehem has declared a Snow Emergency beginning at 6pm Monday, February 12, 2024 until 9pm Tuesday, February 13, 2024.

    Parking on designated Snow Emergency routes and all cul-de-sacs is prohibited during the snow emergency period. Snow tires or chains are required for travel on designated roadways during a declared emergency. Vehicles may be towed from emergency routes at owner’s expense if not removed.

    A list of designated Snow Emergency Routes can be found on the Township website HERE

    Residents are encouraged to remove parked vehicles from all township roadways to aid Public Works in their snow removal efforts.

    Citizens are encouraged to stay off the roadways and avoid travel unless absolutely necessary so that Public Works can safely clear roadways.

    Property Owners - Please clear snow from school bus stops and around neighborhood fire hydrants. Snow should be cleared a minimum of 3 feet around the hydrant.

    Twp. Ordinance - Sidewalks shall be cleared of snow & ice within 24 hours after precipitation has ceased to fall. Snow blowers – Blowing snow, shoveling snow or depositing snow or ice onto Township roadways is illegal.

    By Order of the Chief of Police
    Gregory J. Gottschall

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    Public Notice

    ZONING HEARING BOARD OF BETHLEHEM TOWNSHIP, NORTHAMPTON COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA
    JANUARY 31, 2024 PUBLIC NOTICE

    NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE BETHLEHEM TOWNSHIP ZONING HEARING BOARD, AT 6:30PM ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2024 AT THE TOWNSHIP MUNICIPAL BUILDING, 4225 EASTON AVENUE, BETHLEHEM, PA 18020 WILL HOLD PUBLIC HEARINGS, AMONG OTHER ISSUES, CONCERNING THE FOLLOWING:

    Appeal #01-2024 of G Stephen & Teresa Fogt seeks relief concerning real estate located at 3399 Darien Road, Bethlehem Township, Pennsylvania. The remedy requested is interpretive relief regarding Sections 275-171.B(6) and 275-42.E(1) of the Bethlehem Township Zoning Ordinance. The applicants seek an interpretation that “the property is subject to the 25-foot setback… not the 35-foot setback” applicable to front yards. In the alternative the applicants request a 10-foot front yard setback variance pursuant to the same Sections. The real estate is located in the Low Density Residential (LDR) Zoning District, maintains Northampton County Tax Parcel Identification Number M7NW2 3 16 0205 and is described at Northampton County Deed Book Volume 2023-1, Page 061406. All interested parties are invited to attend and be heard. Supporting documents are available at www.bethlehemtownship.org or for review by appointment with Zoning Officer Samantha Smith (ssmith@bethlehemtwp.com / 610-814-6464)

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    Snow Emergency Declared January 15, 2024

    The Township of Bethlehem has declared a Snow Emergency beginning at 8pm Monday, January 15, 2024 until 12pm Tuesday, January 16, 2024..

    Parking on designated Snow Emergency routes and all cul-de-sacs is prohibited. Snow tires or chains are required for travel on designated roadways during a declared emergency. Vehicles may be towed at owner’s expense if not removed.

    A list of designated Snow Emergency Routes can be found on the Township website: https://www.bethlehemtownship.org/pworks_snow.html

    Residents are encouraged to remove parked vehicles from all township roadways to aid Public Works in their snow removal efforts.

    Citizens are encouraged to stay off the roadways and avoid travel unless absolutely necessary so that Public Works can safely clear roadways.

    Property Owners - Please clear snow from school bus stops and around neighborhood fire hydrants. Snow should be cleared a minimum of 3 feet around the hydrant.

    Twp. Ordinance - Sidewalks shall be cleared of snow & ice within 24 hours after same has ceased to fall. Snow blowers - Depositing snow or ice onto Township roadways is illegal.

    By Order of the Chief of Police
    Gregory J. Gottschall
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    Recreation Committee Meeting Canceled

    Due to lack of a quorum, the Monday, December 11, 2023 Recreation Committee meeting is canceled.

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    Planning Commission Meeting Canceled

    Due to a lack of agenda items, the Tuesday, December 19 , 2023 Planning Commission meeting is canceled.

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    Environmental Advisory Council Meeting Canceled

    The Environmental Advisory Council meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. tonight has been canceled due to a lack of a quorum.

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    A Chance To Serve Your Community

    November 6, 2023
    Bethlehem Township is seeking township residents interested in serving on municipal authorities, boards, and commissions.

    The Board of Commissioners is scheduled to make the following appointments at its January 2, 2024, reorganization meeting:

    Planning Commission
    One four-year term expiring December 31, 2027

    Recreation Commission
    One five-year term expiring December 31, 2028
    Remainder of a five-year term expiring December 31, 2025

    Zoning Hearing Board
    One five-year term expiring December 31, 2028

    Vacancy Board
    One one-year term expiring December 31, 2024 (serves as board chair)

    Bethlehem Area Public Library Advisory Board
    One three-year term expiring December 31, 2026
    Remainder of a three-year term expiring December 31, 2024
    One three-year term as alternate member expiring December 31, 2026

    Municipal Authority
    One five-year term expiring January 2029

    Environmental Advisory Council
    Two three-year terms expiring January 2027

    Township Treasurer
    One two-year term expiring January 2026

    Please note: There are incumbents in many of these positions who will also be considered for reappointment by the Board of Commissioners.

    Most authorities, boards, and commissions meet monthly; some positions include a modest per-meeting stipend, some are unpaid.

    If you are interested in serving in any of these positions, please send an e-mail (specifying position(s) of interest), with resume attached, to the following address by December 20, 2023: dbruce@bethlehemtownship.org

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    Stormwater Concerns Reporting

    Bethlehem Township has launched an online reporting system for stormwater concerns. This form is for Bethlehem Township residents only.

    Concerns can include: flooding from creek/stream/waterbody or stormwater system limitations, etc. To report your stormwater concern please click HERE.

    To view the Township's process for addressing reported concerns, please click HERE.

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    Zoning Hearing Board - Special Meeting

    September 26, 2023
    Due to an emergency, this meeting scheduled for October 4th was cancelled. Please check back for future date.

    The Bethlehem Township Zoning Hearing Board will meet at 6:30PM on Wednesday, October 4, 2023 at the township municipal building, 4225 Easton Avenue, Bethlehem, PA 18020. All interested parties are invited to attend and be heard. The hearing will be held in-person only.

    VIEW agenda and supporting documentation

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    Planning Commission Meeting Cancelled

    September 24, 2023
    Due to a lack of agenda items, the Planning Commission meeting for September 25 is cancelled.

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    Special Stormwater Meeting

    September 13, 2023
    Bethlehem Township is in the process of refining its flood mitigation strategy to increase the resiliency of the township during flooding events. Please join us at 7 p.m., Tuesday, September 26 at our public meeting to provide your input on stormwater and flooding issues and learn about the near- and long-term stormwater/flood mitigation projects currently in progress.

    Kaitlin Mills and Jonathan Robinson of Herbert, Rowland & Grubic , the Township's stormwater engineer, will be presenting information and receiving public comments at the meeting.

    In addition, this meeting will also be held electronically through Zoom or call-in by phone.

    When joining by computer or compatible video enabled video/audio device, Select Computer Audio.

    If calling in by telephone only, use the provided telephone number, 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.

    Topic: Bethlehem Township public stormwater meeting
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89634227953?pwd=UmpsRHlpN0dmcUZuV3RRaXozVi9RQT09
    Meeting ID: 896 3422 7953
    Passcode: 781521

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    Roof replacement work at Municipal Building

    July 12, 2023
    Roof replacement work at Bethlehem Township Municipal Building Please note roofing construction work is scheduled for Thursday and Friday, July 13 and 14, at the municipal building. This work will replace original 1998 roofing in areas that have not already been renovated during earlier projects. The municipal building will be open Thursday and Friday as normal (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) during the project. Outside areas affected include the employee entrance and the police station entrance. Both will be tented and open for use while construction is going on. The front walkway and main entrance should not be affected during this project.
    We apologize for any temporary inconvenience due to the construction.

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    Entry-Level Police Patrol Officer for the Township of Bethlehem

    July 7, 2023
    Bethlehem Township is now accepting applications for Entry-Level Police Patrol Officer.

    To view application requirements please CLICK HERE

    For this application period, the Township of Bethlehem is waiving the $50.00 application fee, the 60 college credit requirement, and the Act 120 (Municipal Police Officer Training Act) requirement.

    To download the police application please CLICK HERE

    Please note: Application acceptance starts Friday, July 7, 2023 and is open until Friday, August 11, 2023.

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    Planning Commission Meeting Updates

    June 26, 2023
    The Chrin V7 sketch plan has also been pulled from tonight's planning commission agenda at the developer's request.

    the Fields of Farmersville (Miller Farm) PRD plan has been removed from the agenda at the developer's request.

    The next Planning Commission meeting will be held Monday, June 26, 2023 at 7 p.m., with both in-person and virtual attendance. The meeting will be held at the municipal building, 4225 Easton Avenue, Bethlehem, PA 18020, and is open to the public. The revised agenda can be reviewed HERE

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    Tennis Courts at Municipal Park Closed

    May 31, 2023
    The tennis courts at Bethlehem Township Municipal Park will be closed today and tomorrow (May 31 and June 1) for renovations. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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    Active Transportation Plan Meeting

    May 26, 2023
    Bethlehem Township is developing an Active Transportation Network to help improve walking, biking, wheeling, and riding transit in the Township. Come share your input on what connections are important to you!

    Community Open House will be on Monday, June 5th, 2023 from 6:00pm-7:30pm at the Municipal Building on 4225 Easton Avenue.

    You can visit our Active Transportation Plan Page HERE

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    Community Clean-Up

    April 28, 2023
    This event is now scheduled for Saturday, May 6, 2023, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., starting on the north end of Fritch Drive.

    Please note: Trash bags, gloves, and water will be provided. Please wear comfortable sneakers or boots (no open-toed shoes, sandals, crocs, etc.) All participants must sign township liability waivers. For more information, please contact Brian Hillard at bshillard@outlook.com The "Community Clean-Up," sponsored by the Bethlehem Township Environmental Advisory Council and scheduled for Saturday, April 29, 2023, has been postponed due to the forecast of inclement weather. The clean-up was scheduled for 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Fritch Drive (north of Brodhead Road) and the intersection of Highland Avenue and Mowrer Road. A rescheduled date and time will be determined and posted later.

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    Community Clean-Up - Postponed

    April 28, 2023
    The "Community Clean-Up," sponsored by the Bethlehem Township Environmental Advisory Council and scheduled for Saturday, April 29, 2023, has been postponed due to the forecast of inclement weather. The clean-up was scheduled for 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Fritch Drive (north of Brodhead Road) and the intersection of Highland Avenue and Mowrer Road. A rescheduled date and time will be determined and posted later.

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    ZHB Special Meeting

    March 10, 2023
    The Zoning Hearing Board will be having a special meeting on March 15, 2023 at 6:00pm. To view the agenda for this meeting, please click HERE.

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    Active Transportation Plan

    March 9, 2023
    Bethlehem Township has released an Active Transportation Plan page to offer both information and input from our Township residents. Residents are encouraged to take our survey and also provide suggestions by using our Interactive Map.

    You can visit our Active Transportation Plan Page HERE

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    Zoning Hearing Board Continuation

    March 7, 2023
    The Bethlehem Township Zoning Hearing Board will meet to hear Appeal #02-2023, the continued hearing related to Harvey's Corner, on Thursday, March 9, 2023, at 6:00 p.m. at the Municipal Building.

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    POLICE EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION

    March 3, 2023
    Notice to applicants seeking employment as an entry-level police patrol officer for the Township of Bethlehem, Northampton County, Pennsylvania,

    Please click HERE for more information.

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    Board of Supervisors Open Appointment

    March 3, 2023
    Township commissioner Dale Sourbeck passed away February 26, 2023. Mr. Sourbeck served as a commissioner since 2020. The township's staff and commissioners extend sincere condolences to Mr. Sourbeck's family, friends, and colleagues.

    In turn, the Bethlehem Township Board of Commissioners must within 30 days appoint a commissioner for the first ward of the township. The appointment will run through the remainder of Mr. Sourbeck's term, ending in January 2024. Township residents of the first ward who would like to be considered for this appointment should send a letter of interest (resumes appreciated but not required) to the board via the email address dbruce@bethlehemtownship.org or by regular mail to: Board of Commissioners, Bethlehem Township, 4225 Easton Avenue, Bethlehem, PA 18020.

    The board will accept letters of interest through Friday, March 17, 2023.

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    Bethlehem Township Active Transportation Plan

    February 28, 2023
    What: Bethlehem Township Active Transportation Plan - Public Visioning Workshop
    When: Monday, March 6, 2023, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    Where: Bethlehem Township Municipal Building - 4225 Easton Ave, Bethlehem, PA

    Do wish you could comfortably walk, bike, wheel, and ride transit to more places in Bethlehem Township? With grant funding through the PA Department of Health WalkWorks Program, Bethlehem Township is developing a township-wide active transportation plan to identify capital projects, policies, and programs to improve safety, increase opportunities for walking/biking/wheeling, and expand transit access. The plan aims to improve community health and expand transportation options by creating safe connections to key destinations throughout the Township.

    The Township needs your input to make this effort a success and ensure that the plan represents the needs of your community. There are many ways to get involved and share your ideas, concerns, and priorities for walking and biking in Bethlehem Township:

    - Join the mailing list to received project updates and notifications
    - Attend a public open house
    - Use the interactive map to share highlight potential connections and existing barriers

    Open House

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    Zoning Hearing Board Meeting Cancelled

    February 20, 2023
    The scheduled Zoning Hearing Board meeting on February 22, 2023 (this Wednesday) has been canceled due to withdraws of Appeal #01-2023 (9th St) and Appeal #03-2023 (4063 Nazareth Pike).

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    ZHB Special Meeting

    February 08, 2023
    The Zoning Hearing Board will be having a special meeting on February 15, 2023 at 6:00pm. To view the agenda for this meeting, please click HERE.

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    Planning Commission Meeting Cancelled

    January 23, 2023
    The Planning Commission meeting of Monday, January 23, 2023 is cancelled.

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    NEW for 2023 - ONLINE Pavilion Rentals

    January 13, 2023
    Patrons can now make online reservations for Township pavilions starting Monday, January, 16 at 8am. Reservations will ONLY be taken through the Township website. Please visit our Pavilion Rentals page for more information.

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    Advisory: ROAD CLOSED TO THRU TRAFFIC

    January 4, 2023
    ROAD CLOSURE - Wednesday, January 4, 2023 7am until end of day - CHURCH ROAD between William Penn Hwy & Country Club Road. Church Road will be closed for a sewer line installation. Detours will be in place during the closure.

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