November 11, 2011
Bethlehem Town Hall
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Swearing in of town officials, appointing committee members, much to do when Bethlehem’s Town Board meets next week
Updates to police tech, improvements to Delaware Avenue and more are planned for 2016 as the Town Board holds its organizational meeting next week.
Town, planning and zoning boards each have vacancies that need to be filled
Open positions are left on all three major boards – town, zoning and planning – in the aftermath of an unpredictable election season.
Following little feedback from residents, the Bethlehem Town Board passed its annual budget last week with few changes to the draft presented in September.
For the third year in a row, Supervisor John Clarkson has released a preliminary budget showing the town is in a financially stable condition.
IDA vote on Monolith Solar expected in February
A proposal to give tax breaks to the first tech company within Slingerlands’ Vista Technology Campus was met with encouragement last week by residents and town officials.
Supervisor Clarkson addresses what’s ahead
The Town of Bethlehem’s 2015 agenda will be familiar to most residents, as Supervisor John Clarkson pledges to focus his efforts on projects carried over from last year.
Bethlehem receives $200,000 economic development grant from state
The Town of Bethlehem won a $200,000 microenterprize grant from the state earlier this month as economic development officials continue to seek-out new avenues to promote growth.
Plan sparks little feedback, stays under state tax cap
The Bethlehem Town Board unanimously passed its 2015 budget last week.
Some concerned about Van Dyke site’s proximity to schools
The public hearing for a proposed National Grid substation in Delmar will be extended as the utility prepares more information for the town’s Zoning Board of Appeals.
Answers will help with preparation of recreation master plan
The results from a community survey have come at an opportune time as the town’s Parks and Recreation Department begins the process of developing a new master plan.
Efficiency grant would fund the purchase of items that would save time and money townwide
The town may soon be receiving long-awaited technology upgrades in almost every department through the use of grant funds.
Supervisor Clarkson proposes $39.7M spending plan that includes cost of living raises for town employees
In presenting the preliminary town budget, Supervisor John Clarkson said the Town of Bethlehem remains in good financial condition, and he has proposed a slight spending increase for the coming year.
Bethlehem supervisor floats possibility of combining resources with Guilderland
Guilderland and Bethlehem may soon be in talks to merge their telecommunications operations.
‘Bare bones’ version allows tax breaks to preserve open space
After Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation into law allowing conservation easement exemptions for Bethlehem landowners, the town board took action on its local law last week.
Town works on power purchase agreement for solar energy
The Town of Bethlehem is continuing to work toward a power purchase agreement that would save on energy costs through the use of solar panels.
Director Nan Lanahan says replacements needed by the first of the year
New automated external defibrillators are needed for the Bethlehem Parks and Recreation Department.
Bethlehem officials cite pedestrian usage as primary concern
A road in Bethlehem with a unique speed limit may have it reduced following a request from the town’s highway superintendent.
Construction of pathway along Feura Bush Road to begin at end of month
Construction on new sidewalk along Feura Bush Road in Glenmont is set to begin this month after the Bethlehem Town Board opted to bond for a portion of the project’s costs.
Keystone Builders says change in designation could mean quicker build-out
A housing development in the Town of Bethlehem is seeking permission to revert from the project’s approved townhomes to condominiums to entice potential buyers with lower taxes.
Bethlehem will no longer count extra hours worked for outside vendors
A new policy in the Town of Bethlehem will limit the amount of overtime employees work with outside vendors.
Judge says jury trial warranted in Hughes’ lawsuit against Bethlehem and police chief
Former Bethlehem police officer Christopher Hughes will finally get his day in court.
Standard and Poor’s upgrades town’s rating to AA+
The Town of Bethlehem has seen an upgrade to its credit rating after Standard and Poor’s Financial Services cited the town’s superb financial status and recent budgetary decisions.
Town board also drops longevity payments for elected positions
The Bethlehem Town Board made changes to a local law that would establish residency requirements for certain town officials.
After tough 2013, next year’s plan contains few cuts
"Good news" budget for 2014 touted by Bethlehem Supervisor John Clarkson. Others not so sure.
Election officials expect one candidate to be disqualified
The Bethlehem local elections are shaping up, as candidates have submitted their petitions of resident signatures in order to get their names on the ballot.
Bethlehem receives $776k grant from state efficiency program
The Town of Bethlehem was the only municipality in the Capital District to receive a share of efficiency grants handed out by the state last week.
Bethlehem board sets referendum to remove highway superintendent job
On Wednesday, March 13, board members passed a resolution setting up the procedures for a referendum on the abolishment of the superintendent of highways position. The vote will take place on Tuesday, April 30, at Town Hall from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Proposed Legends Preserve has been before town for eight years
Several Glenmont residents who went before the Bethlehem Planning Board on Tuesday, Feb. 5, disapproved of a plan to build a new housing subdivision off of Jolley Road.
8 percent tax hike, golf course prove to be sticking points
After weeks of discussions and public meetings, the Bethlehem Town Board passed unchanged a 2013 budget proposed by Supervisor John Clarkson.
No changes made as Nov. 14 adoption date approaches
Few residents offered up suggestions regarding Bethlehem’s preliminary spending plan for 2013 at a recent public hearing.
Plan includes loss of 16 positions and 8 percent tax hike
The supervisor's tentative budget would close a $3.5 million gap with no layoffs or major service cuts, but would end funding to Colonial Acres Golf Course.
Starting Feb. 22, Town, Planning Zoning boards to be streamed and archived
Bethlehem residents will be able to view town meetings live online starting Wednesday, Feb. 22 via the town’s new webcasting system.
With a Bethlehem Town Board seat set to be vacated at the start of 2012, the four known members of the board are meeting with a lengthy list of candidates interested in an appointment to the body, and for the first time, a list of names has been revealed.
Over the course of the past month, Bethlehem Town Hall has been relatively busy early in the morning.
The Town of Bethlehem could achieve substantial savings through a reworking of contracts with providers of emergency medical services.
In a year when municipalities have struggled to stay within the parameters of a 2 percent property tax cap, the Town of Bethlehem fared relatively well. Moving forward, however, the task may not be as easy.
The financial picture may seem clear now, but things get fuzzy for the Town of Bethlehem when considering the year 2012 and beyond.
Months after pieces of Bethlehem Town Hall crumbled onto cars parked below, town officials said the work to repair the building is nearly complete.
Major changes are on the way to the Bethlehem Town Board, as new faces will be in place at a time when many believe the town is ready to make a name for itself in the Capital District and statewide.
After nearly six weeks of meetings and public comment, and a day after an election that reshaped town government for the next two years, the Bethlehem Town Board adopted a $38.6 million budget for 2012 at its meeting Wednesday, Nov. 9.