Bethlehem Metropolis Council votes to revitalize public areas, exchange lead service strains

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Bethlehem Metropolis Council members made it clear they’re on board for the well being and revitalization of the town and its neighborhood members.

Councilmembers accepted numerous contracts and resolutions, starting from lead remediation to park and path enhancements, at Tuesday night time’s assembly.

Councilwoman Paige Van Wirt highlighted these approvals, saying it is a pleasure to vote on “strong progress, in addition to the issues that preserve the town operating.”

“Typically the work of council is boring as mud with threat administration, compliance plans … and price range changes,” Van Wirt mentioned, “however it’s so good to be voting on issues which are going to have a direct influence on the standard of life for our residents.”

South New Road streetscape venture

After Bethlehem obtained two electrical bids and three normal website bids, the town awarded a contract to Semmel Excavation LLC of Allentown and Telco Inc. of Studying to work on the South New Road streetscape venture.

Town labored with each corporations previously and mentioned they’ve expertise in related initiatives. The vote to approve the contract was 7-0.

The South New Road streetscape venture includes enhancements on South New Road, between Third and Morton streets.

The work will embrace paver sidewalks, landscaping, elimination and set up of timber, a future bus shelter, benches, foundations for future lighting enhancements, and the relocation of the greenway between Adams and New streets and the greenway crossing South New Road. Nonetheless, the town mentioned enhancements should not restricted to only these areas.

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The venture is estimated at simply over $1,650,000, with cash coming from non-public funding, the Northampton County Group Funding Partnership Program, the Metropolis Revitalization and Enchancment Zone program, the Pennsylvania Division of Transportation Turnback Program, the Bethlehem Tree Developer’s Fund, Lehigh College, and largely, PennDOT’s Multimodal Transportation Fund.

Fairview Park revitalization

Metropolis Council accepted a decision with a 7-0 vote to just accept Pennsylvania Division of Conservation and Pure Assets funds for the revitalization of Fairview Park on Fourth Avenue.

The venture goals to enhance the present park with toddler-appropriate play gear. It additionally consists of resurfacing the asphalt space to take away impervious protection and create extra flexible-use areas.

Monocacy Approach Path growth

Director of Planning and Zoning Darlene Heller addressed council on the growth of the Monocacy Approach Path from Schoenersville Street to the D&L Path.

Heller referred to a feasibility examine accomplished just a few years in the past, which outlined vital path gaps and easy methods to create a community for trails within the metropolis.

Whereas public works is at present on observe to finish the northern finish of the Monocacy Approach Path from Schoenersville Street north to Illick’s Mill within the spring, the purpose is to attach all trails to the D&L path system, as it’s “the backbone of the path system,” in line with Heller.

After Heller addressed council, its members accepted a decision, 7-0, for the town to use for funds from each the Northampton County Livable Landscapes Grant Program and the DCNR to assist fund the growth of the Monocacy path, which might in the end take it all the way down to Union Boulevard and proceed to the D&L Path at Sand Island.

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Council President Michael Colon counseled Heller and her division, noting the time and vitality it takes to proceed rolling the ball ahead on initiatives like this.

The estimated price for this venture is about $882,951, and the town is requesting $442,000 from the Livable Landscapes Program and from the DCNR.

Lead service line substitute venture

Council voted 7-0 to approve the contract award to Michael F. Ronca & Sons Inc., Bethlehem, for the substitute of as much as 350 lead service strains within the metropolis.

Metropolis Director of Water and Sewer Assets Edward J. Boscola mentioned this venture goes to require “a whole lot of exploratory digging and excavation” with a purpose to discover all of the lead service strains to get replaced within the metropolis.

Boscola estimates the variety of lead service strains within the metropolis to be within the low 1000’s or as little as a number of hundred. The goal quantity to get replaced below this venture is round 300-350 lead service strains, with the purpose to remediate any lead within the metropolis’s water programs.

“That is simply the beginning,” Boscola mentioned. “We have now to do what we’ve to do to seek out the lead.”

The venture is estimated to price round $2,587,000.