A year in review: Part 1

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

• After a group of Bethlehem commuters aired their concerns last month about changes to a bus route, officials from the Capital District Transportation Authority opted to increase bus frequency during evening hours. The change has been made to Bus Route 18, which travels along Delaware Avenue.

• The Town of Bethlehem received a federal grant of $500,000 to fund the installation of sidewalks throughout portions of the town where students lacked a safe place to walk to and from school.

• As of the beginning of the year, Bethlehem’s two volunteer ambulance agencies have become one. Delmar EMS and Bethlehem EMS have combined into Delmar-Bethlehem EMS.

• At his State of the Town address given at Town Hall on Jan. 24, Bethlehem Supervisor John Clarkson laid out his plans for 2013 while outlining accomplishments made over the past year. The first-term supervisor cited as victories a budget below the property tax cap, a new capital spending plan, the use of citizen advisory committees and ethics reform. Clarkson also touted consolidation of services and a knowledgeable work force.

• Bethlehem Central school board members unanimously voted Jan. 23 to allow two propositions to go before the public in March on bonding for facilities upgrades and a new turf athletic field.

• The Bethlehem Town Board is seeking candidates for an open position on the bench following the death of Town Justice Mark Jordan to serve as town justice for the remainder of the year. Jordan, 50, died Jan. 25 at Albany Medical Center after suffering a sudden brain aneurysm several days earlier.

• The first meeting in what is to be a series of community forums with Supervisor John Clarkson was held Jan. 29 at Selkirk Fire Station No. 1 on Maple Avenue. Topics ranged from the installation and repair of sidewalks, creation of the Clapper Road/Thruway Interchange Concept Plan or “the Selkirk Bypass project” and what could be done about abandoned buildings in the area.

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