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Bethlehem is a city of 75,000 people in eastern Pennsylvania - a city known for its rich colonial and industrial history. Today Bethlehem is experiencing an economic and cultural renaissance promising a future as bright as the city's past.

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The Recreation Department is currently hiring for summer seasonal positions.

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Mayor Donchez's 2017 State of the City Address


Legal Assistant Job Opportunity

City of Bethlehem Law Bureau seeks full time paralegal with broad experience, capabilities and organizational skills to provide support to solicitor staff. Primary task is answering Right to Know Law requests. Tasks also include clerical duties, correspondence, contracts preparation, insurance claims processing and special projects as assigned. Experience with municipal government law and PA Right to Know Law preferred. Send resumes to City of Bethlehem Law Bureau, 10 East Church Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018 or email to Submission deadline April 14, 2017.

ArtsQuest and City of Bethlehem Seeking Artists for New Bike Rack Project on City’s SouthSide


Application to Create a Parklet in Bethlehem

Today Mayor Robert J. Donchez announced an opportunity to create more activity on the streets and improve the quality of life in Bethlehem’s commercial corridors by unveiling a parklet request for proposals. Bethlehem will be offering the opportunity to create small curbside extensions, referred to as parklets, in commercial areas so that outdoor seating can be installed in areas where the existing sidewalks or public right of way is too narrow to allow for outdoor seating.

Bethlehem continues to look at new and innovative ways to maintain and grow vibrant street life in downtown and commercial areas. Parklets are installed on parking lanes and convert several parking spaces to allow for streetscape seating that contributes to active and vibrant community space.

Bethlehem will be accepting applications for proposed parklets in 2017 as a pilot program for the new year. Applications are available on the city website, Applications will be accepted until 10:00 AM Wednesday, February 15. The applications will be reviewed by an internal committee to select a few parklet locations throughout the downtowns.

We invite all interested business owners or property owners in the core areas of the City to submit an application if they are interested.

Mayor Donchez said, “This is an innovative way for the City of Bethlehem to encourage more activity on our downtown streets. We look forward to working with downtown property and business owners on this pilot program."

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Parklet Preliminary Application

2017 Recycling Schedule

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2017 City Council Meeting Dates

January 3 January 17 February 7
February 21 March 7 March 21
April 4 April 18 May 2
May 17* June 6 June 20
July 5* July 18 August 1
August 15 September 5 September 19
October 3 October 17 November 8*
November 21 December 5 December 19

* Note: Wednesday, May 17 – Rescheduled from May 16 (Primary Election Day)

Wednesday, July 5 – Rescheduled from July 4 (Independence Day)

Wednesday, November 8 – Rescheduled from November 7 (General Election Day)

Each of the above meetings will be held on the first and third Tuesday of each month, except for the meetings marked with an (*).

Each meeting will begin at 7:00PM.

Mayor Donchez's 2017 Budget Address


List of 2017 Mayor's Open Door Dates

  • January 9, 2017
  • February 13, 2017
  • March 13, 2017
  • April 10, 2017
  • May 8, 2017
  • June 12, 2017
  • July 10, 2017
  • August 14, 2017
  • September 11, 2017
  • October 9, 2017
  • November 13, 2017
  • December 11, 2017

Winter 2016/17 Yardwaste Facility Schedule


Close December 1st and remain closed for the month of December.
Open January 6th and remain open the month of January.

Close February 1st and remain closed for February and March.
Open April 1st Open for the season.

While compost center is open the hours are:
Monday – Saturday: 9am – 3 pm
Sunday: 10am – 2pm

Unauthorized Individuals Posing As City Utility Workers

From time to time the Water and Sewer Resources Department receives complaints from residents about individuals coming to their homes posing as City of Bethlehem employees. We are posting this advisory for the benefit of our customers.

Employees working for the City are required to carry photo identification cards. Residents should demand to see this card from anyone claiming to be from the Water and Sewer Resources Department. If the person cannot produce a City ID, the resident should ask them to leave and report the incident to the police.

Water and Sewer Resources Department employees drive city-owned vehicles while on duty. These vehicles have prominent city lettering, logos, and vehicle numbers. Residents should be suspicious if anyone claiming to be from the Water and Sewer Resources Department does not have a city vehicle.

It is unusual for Water and Sewer Resources Department employees to need to enter a property unless they are replacing a water meter. Furthermore, it is extremely rare for employees to show up unannounced at a residential property. Normally, if a property must be entered, arrangements will be made in advance by phone with the property owner.

If residents have any doubts about someone claiming to be an employee of the Water and Sewer Resources Department, they should notify their local police. Bethlehem Water and Sewer customers with questions about this issue are encouraged to call Customer Service at 610-865-7070 Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, or the 24 hour control desk at 610-865-7077.

Job Opportunites

  • Crossing Guard (PT)
  • Legal Assistant

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