Tuesday, January 08, 2013
DUI Center Coming To Bethlehem Tp's Old Meeting Hall
At their January 7 meeting, Commissioners unanimously approved a 5-year lease with Northampton County's District Attorney for a new DUI Center. This will replace one currently in once at Bethlehem's Police Department.
A privacy wall and other minor will be erected, at Township expense, to separate DUI processing from other functions at the building, from Boy Scouts for the youth to the Autumn Club for seniors.
The County will pay $1,000 per month during its initial 5-year lease. That rental will increase $50 per month every year, topping off at $1,450 per month, according to Solicitor Jim Broughal.
Commissioner Michael Hudak complained about the rent, stating it "doesn't seem like a lot." But President Paul Weiss countered that it's more than the Township is getting now. "Currently, we're not getting anything for that building," he reasoned.
Commissioner Tom Nolan added that it's an opportunity for the Township to work with the County. "The County has a need, and fortunately, we have an ability to fulfill that need," Nolan observed.
Northampton County is also eyeing Bethlehem Township as a site for a centralized Human Services Building at 2801 Emrick Boulevard.