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A year in review: Part 1

A snapshot of 2013 happenings in Bethlehem, New Scotland and Guilderland

January

• Bethlehem Town Board member Jeffrey Kuhn was nominated as the new chairman of the Bethlehem Democratic Committee in October.

• A grant from the state will help Albany County open the largest portion of the Rail Trail yet and make needed repairs to that section. As part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council Awards, $500,000 was given to Albany County in order to open the trail between the City of Albany and the Town of Bethlehem.

• The proposed sale of Bethlehem Central’s former administration building to School’s Out, Inc. was met with opposition by some neighbors of the building at a public meeting held on Thursday, Jan. 3. Concerns ranged from children being too noisy to increased traffic and a lack of parking.

• The Bethlehem Central School District Board of Education n Jan. 2 elected to split the proposal for facilities upgrades and a new athletic turf into two bond resolutions to go before the public. The facilities bond would include all priority one and half of the district’s priority two projects, and the field portion would include a new track with two additional lanes.

• The Town of Bethlehem and its telecommunicators union agreed on a three-year contract after going a full year without a contract in place. The contract includes a 2 percent salary increase beginning in January for 2014, but the town’s emergency dispatchers will not receive a cost of living increase for the two years prior. In return, the town agreed to increase tuition reimbursement from a maximum of $2,000 a year to a maximum of $4,000 a year and supply four uniforms per year instead of two.

• The driver who ran down three people outside of Voorheesville church in 2011 was sentenced in an Albany County court on Jan. 11. LuAnn Burgess, 55, was given five years of probation with 600 hours of community service. As per a plea deal reached in November, she will not serve any jail time. As a condition of the plea, she cannot operate a motor vehicle for the rest of her life.

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