Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Bethlehem Township's Manager Report
PennEast Pipeline: The Township is proposing a $15,000 entry fee on all Township-owned property and a $5,000 professional services escrow. .
North Forty (Bulldogs) Bathrooms: The Township is seeking a $250,000 grant application, and is exploring ways to reduce costs with fewer fixtures while still maintaining required handicap accessibility.
Chetwin Terrace Stormwaters: Public Works will increase the size of the swale on the Chetwin Playground side of the Bike Path to allow for more water to flow behind the path. Additionally, money has been budgeted for 2016 to repave that portion of the bike path from Sheridan Drive to the bridge over Freemansburg Avenue. This will add approximately 4” of paving material which will also aid in keeping stormwater off the residential properties on Chetwin Terrace.
Stormwaters: The Township has applied for two grants that would match each other and fund a Multi-Municipal Stormwater Improvement Plan with Freemansburg Borough.
Energy: The Township opted to purchase energy through a reverse auction this year, and was able to lock in both electric and natural gas for four and three years respectively with an anticipated savings of over $35,000 per year.
Insurance: Thanks to an improved safety record, workers’ compensation insurance should be $100,000 cheaper in 2016.