Davis will be facing incumbent Marty Zawarski, a Republican, in November's election.
Phil Barnard, another incumbent Republican, is facing a challenge by Democrat Kim Jenkins in Ward 3. Tom Nolan managed to capture both the Democrat and Republican nomination in Ward 1 despite having two Republican opponents in the primary. Absent a write-in campaign, his re-election is assured.
Davis has been using the bully pulpit during Courtesy of the Floor to explain her position on various issues. At the September 21 meeting, she registered her concerns about the PennEast Pipeline, which is currently configured to go right through the Township. She indicated that she worked in the industry. Though she acknowledged that the risk of an incident is "very remote," it "could be catastrophic." She alluded to a case in which a gas tanker exploded and 20 people died. "It can happen to the best and smartest people in the world because they are people." She asked Township officials to keep the pipeline away from populated areas.
Earlier this year, the Township hired a consultant for a pipeline study, and just two weeks ago, directed the engineers to spell out in more detail how to minimize the impact.
Ben Hedrick questioned Commissioners about a report that there will be a tax hike next year. Tom Nolan called it a "false rumor," noting that Commissioners have yet to see a budget.
By a 3-1 vote, Commissioners called in streetscape deferrals that had been granted to CVS Drugstore and St. Luke's Hospital along Freemansburg Avenue. These include sidewalks, landscaping, lights, and fences that will promote walkability. Marty Zawarski voted against this measure because he opposes the fences. CVS and St. Luke's will have one year in which to complete these enhancements.
In other business, Commissioners voted 4-0 to send Canine Hugo and his partner, Officer Bryan Tollinger, for K-9 certification training at a cost of $4,250. The police department reported a prostitution sting resulting in several arrests. During August, Township police were dispatched to 80 accidents involving 155 vehicles and nine injuries. The department issues 198 traffic citations, 260 written warnings and 24 parking tickets. There were 34 felony and misdemeanor arrests, seven summary citations and four DUIs.
Manager Melissa Shafer reminded everyone of Bethlehem Township Community Day, which will be held at the Community Center on Saturday, October 3rd from Noon until 5:00pm. Over 20 businesses are participating. There will be hayrides, indoor pool fun, a moon bounce, a pumpkin patch and live entertainment.
Michael Hudak was absent from the meeting.