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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.

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Bethlehem seeks board members

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.

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Bethlehem Town Board passes stable budget

Following little feedback from residents, the Bethlehem Town Board passed its annual budget last week with few changes to the draft presented in September.

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Bethlehem in stable financial condition for third year

For the third year in a row, Supervisor John Clarkson has released a preliminary budget showing the town is in a financially stable condition.

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Residents voice tech support

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.

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State of the Town

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.

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A boost for 2015

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.

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Bethlehem passes nearly $40 million budget

Plan sparks little feedback, stays under state tax cap

The Bethlehem Town Board unanimously passed its 2015 budget last week.

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Utility substation proposed

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.

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Bethlehem parks survey complete

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.

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Bethlehem likely to see tech upgrades

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.

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Bethlehem's preliminary budget unveiled

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.

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Telecommunications merger possible

Bethlehem supervisor floats possibility of combining resources with Guilderland

Guilderland and Bethlehem may soon be in talks to merge their telecommunications operations.

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Bethlehem passes conservation easement law

‘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.

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Bethlehem looks to the sun

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.

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Bethlehem Parks and Recreation seeks new AEDs

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.

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Lower speed limit proposed on Hudson Avenue

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.

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Glenmont sidewalks set to be installed

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.

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The Gables developer seeks switch to condos

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.

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New policy affects town employee pensions

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.

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Ex-cop’s First Amendment case moves ahead

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.

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Bethlehem's finances get high marks

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.

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Bethlehem clarifies residency requirements

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.

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Bethlehem budget calls for 1.23% tax hike

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.

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Bethlehem sets candidate slate

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.

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Changes bring rewards

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.

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Single polling place for vote

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.

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Neighbors question subdivision

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.

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Budget passes in split vote

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.

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Few weigh in on town budget

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.

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Bethlehem budget calls for tax increase

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.

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Bethlehem meetings head online

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.

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Long list for Bethlehem board seat

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.

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A transition in government

Over the course of the past month, Bethlehem Town Hall has been relatively busy early in the morning.

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Town reviewing soaring costs for ambulance services

The Town of Bethlehem could achieve substantial savings through a reworking of contracts with providers of emergency medical services.

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Bethlehem's fair financial footing

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.

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Taking stock of town's finances

The financial picture may seem clear now, but things get fuzzy for the Town of Bethlehem when considering the year 2012 and beyond.

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Town Hall work coming to an end

Months after pieces of Bethlehem Town Hall crumbled onto cars parked below, town officials said the work to repair the building is nearly complete.

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New faces in powerful positions

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.

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Bethlehem budget adopted

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.


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