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Travel on Green Pond Road between Farmersville Road and Country Club Road will be reduced to a single lane under a manned flagging control. A paving operation will begin at 7:00 AM and continue through until 5:00 PM. Travelers should expect some delays. Advise seeking alternate routes. The expected project duration is from Wednesday, September 8th through Friday, September 10th. Any concerns call 610-814-6476 (24/7/365).

Bethlehem Township has established a steering committee to evaluate and consider how the municipality should pay for its stormwater management program costs, including necessary improvements created by unfunded mandates in addition to short- and long-term maintenance needs. For more information please click HERE

As a result of continued utility construction on Oakland Road between Hecktown Road and Princeton Place (just west of the Northampton Community College South entrance) a revised traffic detour and closure will take effect on Monday, August 30, 2021 at 8:00 AM.

- At 8:30 AM Oakland Road will become an "ACTIVE WORK ZONE", commuters will be subject to potential long delays as a result of flagging control to a single lane.

- Oakland Road will close to through traffic at 9:00 AM, and remain open to only emergency vehicles and residents residing on Oakland Road.

- The road will reopen at 2:30 PM and again close at 3:30 PM. During this time it will be an “ACTIVE WORK ZONE”, commuters will be subject to potential long delays as a result of flagging control to a single lane.

- Oakland Road will again close at 3:30 PM, remaining open to emergency vehicles and residents residing on Oakland Road until 6:00 PM.

- Saturday work may begin on September 13th 2021, details to follow at a later date.

- Dartmouth Drive will remain an active detour route, posted by the Bethlehem Township Police. Active Zone Schedule is: Monday through Friday 8:00 AM through 5:00 PM.

On Monday, August 30, 2021 at 7:00 p.m., the Bethlehem Township Planning Commission will hold a special public meeting at the Bethlehem Township Municipal Building, 4225 Easton Avenue, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania to entertain the Mill Creek Business Center land development plan.

Interested parties can attend in person, or via Zoom:
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Dial in: 1(267)831-0333
Zoom Meeting #: 827 2913 0920.

All interested persons are invited to attend.

Amanda L. Raudenbush, AICP
Planning Director

The Bethlehem Township Municipal Authority meeting scheduled for Wednesday, August 11, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. has been rescheduled for Wednesday, August 18, 2021 commencing at 6:30 p.m. in the Austin Wismer Room located in the Physical Plant Building, 3535 Orth Street, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 18020. Members of the public may also join the meeting by phone or computer, using the following directions:

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.

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Steven J. Hunsberger
Municipal Authority Director

The next Zoning Hearing Board meeting is Wednesday, July 28, 2021, at 6:30 p.m., with both in-person and virtual attendance options. As there are no additional hearings for the July 28 ZHB meeting, and the date for the continuance of the Mill Creek hearing was announced publicly at the June 30 meeting, there is no new Public Notice. Please find below the Zoom meeting information for the upcoming Zoning Hearing Board.

The meeting will be held at the municipal building, 4225 Easton Avenue, Bethlehem, PA 18020, and will be open to the public; however, MASKS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING WILL BE REQUIRED of all individuals attending in person.

In addition, and due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 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. Zoom Meeting #876 1183 4641 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87685337416

The Bethlehem Township Municipal Authority (BTMA) will be closing Oakland Road from Hecktown Road to Princeton Place for construction Monday through Friday starting Friday, July 9th 2021 for the next five (5) weeks between the hours of 7:00 AM and 5:00 PM for underground utility construction. The roadway will remain open to emergency vehicles (only) and accommodations will be made for residents within the construction area. Residents; please plan your routes daily (entering and departing the work zone), since construction is a moving operation.

An approved Bethlehem Township DETOUR plan will take effect at 7:00 AM July 9th 2021 and remain active through the duration of the project. The traffic detour will be posted in accordance with PADOT and Bethlehem Township detour standards. Traffic rerouting will affect Oakland Road and the residential housing subdivision’s known as College View Estates and College View Estates West.

For more information click HERE or call: 610-814-6420

Pursuant to current orders issued by the Governor of Pennsylvania and guidelines issued by the Pennsylvania Legislature known as Act 15 of 2020, the Zoning Hearing Board of Bethlehem Township, Pennsylvania will be conducting Zoning Appeal Hearings by utilization of “Zoom” Video Conferencing, which Hearing Conference date is scheduled forWednesday, June 30, 2021, commencing at 6:30 P.M. As a result, no public hearing will take place at the Township Municipal Office. Instead, Zoning Appeal Hearings by video conferencing will occur, and members of the public are invited and encouraged to participate. Interested parties may do so through the use of “Zoom” Video Conferencing, the procedure for which is outlined below.

Zoom Meeting # 839 1986 1987
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Dial in: 1 (267) 831-0333

If an interested participant is unable either to comply with or take part in the above "Zoom" Video Conferencing procedure, such a participant should contact the Bethlehem Township Zoning Administrator via email at mlubitz@bethlehemtownship.org at least five (5) business days prior to the June 30, 2021, hearing, to establish an alternate means by which participation at time of the hearing may take place.

Appeal # 08-2021 of Harvest of Northeast PA, LLC - Please click HERE to view all supporting documents for the hearing.

Appeal # 09-2021 of PC Land, LLC - Please click HERE to view all supporting documents for the hearing.
The Bethlehem Township Municipal Authority (BTMA) will be closing Church Road to through traffic, 500’ north of William Penn Highway (NDHS Church Road entrance) to Country Club Road for construction Monday through Friday starting Wednesday, June 16th 2021 for the next six (6) weeks between the hours of 7:00 AM and 5:00 PM for underground utility construction. The roadway will remain open to emergency vehicles (only) and accommodations will be made for residents within the construction area. Residents; please plan your routes daily (entering and departing the work zone), since construction is a moving operation.

An approved Bethlehem Township DETOUR plan will take effect at 7:00 AM June 16th 2021 and remain active through the duration of the project. The traffic detour will be posted in accordance with PADOT and Bethlehem Township detour standards. Traffic rerouting will affect Country Club Road (State Route), Church Road (State Route section), William Penn Highway (State Route) and Chipman Road (Township Street) as the defined detour route.

For more information call: 610-814-6476
View the Church Road Closure and Detour Map HERE

In September 2020, the Bethlehem Township Board of Commissioners voted to enact Ordinance No. 04-20 governing consumer fireworks.

Please note the following highlights of this ordinance:

SECTION 2. Section 132-2. Definitions

CONSUMER FIREWORKS shall mean:

(1) Any combustible or explosive composition or any substance or combination of substances which is intended to produce visible or audible effects by combustion, is suitable for use by the public, complies with the construction, performance, composition and labeling requirements promulgated by the Consumer Products Safety Commission in 16 CFR (relating to commercial practices) or any successor regulation and complies with the provisions for "consumer fireworks" as defined in APA 87-1 or any successor standard, the sale, possession and use of which shall be permitted throughout this Commonwealth.

(2) The term does not include devices as "ground and hand-held sparkling devices," "novelties" or "toy caps" in APA 87-1 or any successor standard, the sale, possession and use of which shall be permitted at all times throughout this Commonwealth.

SECTION 3. Section 132-3. Conditions of Use A. Any ignition, discharge, or use of Consumer Fireworks must be by a person who is at least 18 years of age and meet the requirements of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania statute, including but not limited to the Act, to purchase, possess, and use Consumer Fireworks.

B. The ignition or discharge of Consumer Fireworks is strictly prohibited except during the following dates and times.

1. Memorial Day 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM
2. July 3rd 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM
3. July 4th 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM
4. July 5th 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM
5. Labor Day 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM
6. December 31st 7:00 PM to 11:59 PM
7. January 1st 12:00 AM to 12:30 AM


C. Prohibition. A person may not ignite or discharge:

1. Consumer Fireworks on public or private property without the express written permission of the owner; 2. Consumer Fireworks or sparkling devices within, or throw Consumer Fireworks from a motor vehicle or building; 3. Consumer Fireworks or sparkling devices into or at a motor vehicle or building or another person; 4. Consumer Fireworks or sparkling devices while the person is under the influence of alcohol, a controlled substance or another drug; and 5. Consumer Fireworks within 150 feet of an Occupied Structure.

SECTION 4. Section 132-4. Enforcement; Violations and Penalties

A. This Ordinance shall be enforced by the Bethlehem Township Police Department.

B. Any person using Consumer Fireworks in violation of the provisions of this Chapter commits a summary offense and, upon conviction before any Magisterial District Judge, shall be punished by a fine of not less than $50.00 nor more than $1,000.00, together with costs.

C. Any owner or tenant of real property within the Township of Bethlehem who permits use of Consumer Fireworks in violation of the provisions of this Chapter commits a summary offense and, upon conviction before any Magisterial District Judge, shall be punished by a fine of not less than $50.00 nor more than $1,000.00, together with costs.

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 (www.bethlehemtownship.org).

This position is governed by the Civil Service Rules and Regulations of Bethlehem Township. Starting salary is contractually set at approximately $70,607.

The applicant, at a minimum:

(1) EITHER-OR REQUIREMENT: Must show proof of EITHER valid Act 120 certification (Municipal Police Officers' Education and Training Act), OR successful completion of sixty (60) college credits received from an accredited institution of higher learning acceptable to the Township Civil Service Commission:

(2) Must have reached his/her twenty-first (21st) birthday before the deadline for submission of completed applications;

(3) Must be a resident of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or become such within thirty (30) days of appointment;

(4) Must possess a high school or general equivalency diploma;

(5) Must possess a valid motor vehicle operator’s license and must obtain a valid Pennsylvania motor vehicle operator’s license at time of employment;

(6) Must be a United States citizen;

(7) Must be physically and mentally fit to perform the full duties of a police officer;

(8) Must be able to speak, write, and read the English language;

(9) Must complete an application form, which must include a check or money order (no cash accepted) for $50.00 to cover processing costs. Check should be made payable to “Bethlehem Township.”

Applicants who pass all Civil Service tests may be subject to a complete background investigation and polygraph examination by the Bethlehem Township Police Department. Such investigation will cover personal and professional qualifications, to include credit history, driver’s license status, drug use, prior arrests, and academic/employment record.

Completed application materials must be received, by mail or in person, in the office of the Township Manager (listed above) not later than the filing deadline of Noon (12 p.m.), Friday, June 25, 2021. Applications received after the filing deadline, or those applications found to be incomplete, will be rejected.

If a candidate’s application is filed before the deadline and is determined to be complete, the candidate will be notified by Bethlehem Township of his/her eligibility to take the written examination portion of the application process.

The written examination will be conducted Saturday, July 10, 2021, at a site and time to be determined. A candidate is eligible to take this examination ONLY if he/she has been notified by Bethlehem Township that his/her application has been determined to be complete.

Click HERE to read/print the instructions
Click HERE for the Police Application for Employment

Pursuant to current orders issued by the Governor of Pennsylvania and guidelines issued by the Pennsylvania Legislature known as Act 15 of 2020, the Zoning Hearing Board of Bethlehem Township, Pennsylvania will be conducting Zoning Appeal Hearings by utilization of “Zoom” Video Conferencing, which Hearing Conference date is scheduled for Wednesday, May 26, 2021, commencing at 6:30 P.M. As a result, no public hearing will take place at the Township Municipal Office. Instead, Zoning Appeal Hearings by video conferencing will occur, and members of the public are invited and encouraged to participate. Interested parties may do so through the use of “Zoom” Video Conferencing, the procedure for which is outlined below.

Zoom Meeting # 823 6679 6300
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Dial in: 1 (267) 831-0333

If an interested participant is unable either to comply with or take part in the above "Zoom" Video Conferencing procedure, such a participant should contact the Bethlehem Township Zoning Administrator via email at mlubitz@bethlehemtownship.org at least five (5) business days prior to the May 26, 2021, hearing, to establish an alternate means by which participation at time of the hearing may take place.

Appeal # 03-2021 of Steven J. Inc - Please click HERE to view all supporting documents for the hearing.

Appeal # 07-2021 of Jeffery Barber - Please click HERE to view all supporting documents for the hearing.
Pursuant to current orders issued by the Governor of Pennsylvania and guidelines issued by the Pennsylvania Legislature known as Act 15 of 2020, the Zoning Hearing Board of Bethlehem Township, Pennsylvania will be conducting Zoning Appeal Hearings by utilization of “Zoom” Video Conferencing, which Hearing Conference date is scheduled for Wednesday, April 28, 2021, commencing at 6:30 P.M. As a result, no public hearing will take place at the Township Municipal Office. Instead, Zoning Appeal Hearings by video conferencing will occur, and members of the public are invited and encouraged to participate. Interested parties may do so through the use of “Zoom” Video Conferencing, the procedure for which is outlined below.

Zoom Meeting # 879 8346 7204
HTTPS: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86093022876
Dial in: 1 (267) 831-0333

If an interested participant is unable either to comply with or take part in the above "Zoom" Video Conferencing procedure, such a participant should contact the Bethlehem Township Zoning Administrator via email at mlubitz@bethlehemtownship.org at least five (5) business days prior to the April 28, 2021, hearing, to establish an alternate means by which participation at time of the hearing may take place.

Appeal # 03-2021 of Steven J. Inc - Please click HERE to view all supporting documents for the hearing.

Appeal # 05-2021 of Viotia, LLC - Please click HERE to view all supporting documents for the hearing.

Appeal # 06-2021 of Elizabeth Kaspern and Thomas Herrity - Please click HERE to view all supporting documents for the hearing.

Church Road will again be closed for construction from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday, December 14, and Tuesday December 15th.

The Bethlehem Township Municipal Authority (BTMA) in cooperation with Traditions of America (TOA) and the B. Blair Corporation will be closing Church Road to through traffic on Thursday, December 10th, and Friday, December 11th 2020 between the hours of 7:00 AM and 5:00 PM for an underground utility crossing. The roadway will remain open to emergency vehicles (only) at the point of construction located 1,600’ south of Country Club Road on Church Road (The proposed Church Road (east-side) TOA development entrance). All other traffic will not be permitted to pass through the point of construction within the work zone. All residents of Church Road will have access to their homes by either entering Church Road north of the construction area from Country Club Road or south of the construction area from William Penn Highway depending on their property location.

An approved PADOT and Bethlehem Township DETOUR plan will go into effect on December 10th 2020 and will remain active through the duration of the project. The traffic detour has been posted. Traffic rerouting will affect Chipman Road as the alternate access to detour Church Road to Country Club and Green Pond Road.

For more information call: 610-814-6476

church road


You can view the 2021 Bethlehem Township Budget Documents by clicking HERE

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 4, 2020, reorganization meeting:

Planning Commission
(4 year term expiring December 31st of designated year) Two terms beginning December 31, 2020

Recreation Commission
(5 year term expiring December 31st of designated year) One term beginning December 31, 2020

Zoning Hearing Board
(5 year term expiring December 31st of designated year) One term beginning December 31, 2020

Vacancy Board
(Appointed Annually and Serves as Chairman) One term for 2021

Bethlehem Area Public Library Advisory Board
(3 year term expiring on December 31st of designated year) One term beginning December 31, 2020

Board of Appeals
One current vacancy

Please note: There are incumbents in many of these positions who will also be considered for reappointment by the Board of Commissioners. 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 18, 2020: dbruce@bethlehemtownship.org

Bethlehem Township, a first-class township in Northampton County, Pennsylvania, is requesting proposals from experienced qualified consultants to develop and implement a stormwater authority/fee structure. The proposal should include a cost estimate covering all expected expenses to research, develop, and implement a stormwater authority/fee structure. For more information please select the links below

View the Consultant for stormwater authority/fee structure and implementation RFP


Bethlehem Township has conducted a 2020 Stormwater Study. For more information please select the links below

Flooding Assesment and Mitigation Alternatives Report
Executive Summary

The Bethlehem Coolidge Satellite Library has new hours:

Tuesday 11-5
Wednesday 11-7
Thursday 11-5
2nd Saturday 10-2

Bethlehem Township has conducted a 2020 Stormwater Study. For more information please select the links below

Flooding Assesment and Mitigation Alternatives Report
Executive Summary

For more information on RCN's cable franchise status in Bethlehem Township please select the links below.

Ordinance

Agreement

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
Sunday - 1 PM - 4 PM

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:

When joining by computer or compatible video enabled video/audio device, 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 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:

When joining by computer or compatible video enabled video/audio device, 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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To view our Current Agenda click HERE

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.

Easton Area Joint Sewer Authority

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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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.

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.'"

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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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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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