City Council


TUESDAY, JULY 1, 2014 – 7:00 PM

Invocation – Pastor Jim Lowe, Graceway Community Church

Pledge to the Flag.

1.       Roll Call.


Prior to the consideration of the regular Agenda items, City Council will conduct two Public Hearings, as follows:

          Public Hearing No. 1

          Public Hearing to review and accept public comment on the proposed use of funds to be received under the 2014 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) in the amount of $34,437, of which up to $23,193 is allocated to the City of Bethlehem. The remaining $11,244 is allocated to the City of Easton for whom the City of Bethlehem serves as fiscal agent as required by federal guidelines.  For serving as fiscal agent, the City of Bethlehem will receive an administrative fee of $1,124.
          Public Hearing No. 2

Public Hearing to consider Amendments to the Zoning Ordinance to replace Article 1317, Floodway and Flood Fringe Districts, with new Article 1317.  Summary of the proposed amendment is as follows:  The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is finalizing the update of the Flood Insurance Study (FIS) and Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) for Northampton County.  Based on these updates, the current Floodplain Ordinance needs to be updated in accordance with FEMA’s newly adopted guidelines.

          Communication 5 A:

Lehigh Valley Planning Commission – Zoning Ordinance Amendment - Floodplain Management
2.       Approval of Minutes – June 17, 2014

3.       Public Comment. (for public comment on Ordinances and Resolutions to be voted on by Council this evening – 5 Minute Time Limit)

4.       Old Business.

          A.      Old Business – Members of Council

          B.      Tabled Items

  1. Unfinished Business

1.   Article 112 – Campaign Finance Reports

5.       Communications.

          B.      Blighted Property Review Committee – Amending Article 149
          C.      Fire Department – Proposed Amendment – Article 1701.02
          D.      Assistant City Solicitor – SoccerFest Use Permit Agreement – Amendments
          E.      City Solicitor – Musikfest Use Permit Agreement – Amendment

6.       Reports.

A.      President of Council

          B.      Mayor

7.       Ordinances for Final Passage.

          A.      Bill No. 16 – 2014 – Amending Non-Utility Capital Budget – Northampton County
                   Gaming Grant – Ambulance and Signage
          B.      Bill No. 17 – 2014 – Amending Community Development Budget – Final 2014
                   CDBG and HOME Allocations

8.       New Ordinances.

          A.      Bill No. 18 – 2014 – PennVest Loan
          B.      Bill No. 19 – 2014 – Zoning Ordinance – Replacing Article 1317 – Floodway and
                   Flood Fringe Districts

9.       Resolutions.

          A.      Authorizing Execution of Tower Lease Agreement First Amendment – T-Mobile
                   USA Tower LLC – Clearview Park
          B.      Authorizing Execution of Tower Lease Agreement First Amendment – T-Mobile
                   USA Tower LLC – Monocacy Park
          C.      Authorizing Execution of Tower Lease Agreement First Amendment – T-Mobile
                   USA Tower LLC – William Street
          D.      Transfer of Funds – Non-Utility Capital Budget – City Center Improvements and Ice
          E.      Certificate of Appropriateness – 401 East Fourth Street
          F.      Certificate of Appropriateness – 925 West Market Street
          G.      Certificate of Appropriateness – 738 East Fourth Street
          H.      Authorizing Amendments - Use Permit Agreement - SoccerFest

          Postponed at the June 17, 2014 City Council Meeting:
          I.       Approval of Open Position – Director of Recycling

10.     New Business.
11.     Public Comment.  (for public comment on any subject – 5 Minute Time Limit)

12.     Adjournment