Tuesday, October 06, 2015
Bethlehem Tp to Make Home Inspections "Easier"
An example of this was highlighted by both Zawarski and Tom Nolan. For years, the space between stairway railing balusters was six inches apart. But a few years ago, that was suddenly reduced to require that balusters be placed every four inches. This would require homeowners to rip out and install new balusters at considerable expense.
"We need to use a little more commonsense," observed Michael Hudak.
Planning Director Nathan Jones said his staff is currently reviewing inspection requirements to weed out code requirements that are regarded as burdensome.
Commissioners also agreed, by a 4-0 vote, to recognize the Freemansburg-Bethlehem Township Athletic Association as the Township's official Little league and Senior Legion sports organization. In June, the Board recognized the Bethlehem Township Athletic Association, also known as the Bulldogs, as an "official" Township youth sports group. Both of these organizations are nonprofits supported, in part, by public tax dollars.
According to Hudak, 98% of the baseball players come from the Township.
In the aftermath of Township police successfully tracking down and capturing a suspected burglar, Commissioners had no problem approving, by a 4-0 vote, a number of funding requests for the police department. These included a Toyota Scion ($24,623), radios for detective cars ($5,920.80) and polygraph exams for new recruits ($2550). Part of this money was awarded to the township by the County Gaming Authority in the form of grants.
Pat Breslin was absent from this meeting. Commissioners will meet again on Monday, October 19, at the Municipal Building.