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"It provided a clear direction for growth and a vision for our town," Cunningham said. "The comprehensive zoning plan that followed will direct how and where Bethlehem will grow, and become the pre-eminent community in Tech Valley. '

Cunningham touched on a number of future plans, among them open space preservation, enhanced pedestrian connections, farmland protection, and looking to reduce the cost of government.

He said that in the coming month, "Bethlehem 2020" will be announced, which will involve the formation of a committee to examine how town government must evolve to meet the needs of the community.

Both Cunningham and town board member Sam Messina, who served as master of ceremonies, paid tribute to those who ran and lost.

"There are many ways to serve," Messina said. "Our community is stronger because of your involvement.

"We are 54 square miles and about 34,000 people," Messina said. "We're small, but we have a chance to set an example. If we listen to our conscience, Bethlehem will be a wonderful place to be."

Elected after being appointed to the town board, Joann Dawson was away on vacation. ""

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