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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.

Recent News & Updates

New Leaf Collection Schedule

We are approaching another leaf collection season. As you probably know, each area typically gets at least one scheduled and one unscheduled pick-up between late October/early November through mid December. For the full schedule, please click here. In order to help you find your leaf collection zone, please view the map online.

Christmas Tree Pickup Schedule

View calendar here.

2016 Proposed Budget

Download PDF here.

Budget Meeting Dates

  • November 11 @ 7:00 in Town Hall – First Budget Hearing
  • November 12 @ 6:00 in Town Hall – Second Budget Hearing
  • November 17 @ 7:00 in Town Hall – First Reading of 2016 Budge Ordinances
  • November 19 @ 6:00 in Town Hall – Third Budget Hearing
  • November 23 @ 6:00 in Town Hall – Fourth Budget Hearing
  • December 3 @ 6:00 in Town Hall – Final Budget Meeting
  • December 15 @ 7:00 in Town Hall – Final Reading of 2016 Budget Ordinances

Vehicle Towing Contracts

The City of Bethlehem Police Department is accepting applications for Vehicle Towing Contracts.

Applications are available online or by contacting Lt. Paul Feliceangeli, (610) 865-7155 between 8:00 A.M. and 2:00 P.M. Monday thru Friday.

Applications will only be accepted until Friday, November 13, 2015. Previous and existing tow operators must reapply.

Information from the City's Water Department

This is to inform you that the water leaving the Filtration Plant has a yellow tinge to it, much like the color of a manila folder. This is due to elevated levels of dissolved Manganese in the raw water entering the Filtration Plant due to the start of the fall turnover of the Wild Creek Reservoir. This is a completely natural occurrence. The City has adjusted treatment at the Water Treatment Plant in an attempt to minimize the problem. Manganese is only an aesthetic concern in drinking water and the water is safe to drink.

A word of caution concerning laundry, manganese may stain white clothing.

Please note that if your water is a darker brown, dirty, or if there is low pressure or other conditions involved which would indicate a potential water main leak or water main break please call Water Control at 610-865-7077.

For further information during regular business hours, you can contact either:

Jeffrey A. Andrews
Superintendent, Water Supply & Treatment
610-865-7072 Office
Jody Schnalzer
Water Quality Manager

Citizens' Christmas City Committee Seeking Donation of Large Christmas Trees

The Citizens' Christmas City Committee is seeking donations of tall trees for the Christmas holiday season. The trees need to be nicely shaped, 40-50 feet in height, must be accessible to the roadway, and within no more than 10 miles of center city. City Electrician Greg Cryder, will come out to the location and inspect the tree for acceptability.

Donation of these trees will be recognized at the annual Christmas City Tree Lighting Ceremony, which will take place on Friday, November 27, 2015, at 4:30PM on Payrow Plaza.

Anyone wishing to donate a tree should call Greg Cryder or Chris Lenhart at 610-865-7108.

Solid Waste Pilot Program

Over the course of the last year, the City of Bethlehem has had open dialogue with the city's independent waste haulers and residence to collaboratively find solutions to the city's garbage collection system. This dialogue has led the City to test a zoned pick up system, starting in South Bethlehem, where the majority of trash related complaints have being received. The City of Bethlehem truly feels that this is a step in the right direction to address this quality of life issue in our city.

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The next Mayor's Open Door will be Monday, November 9, 2015

City of Bethlehem Administrative Gift Policy

Click here for more information.

Request for Qualifications for The City of Bethlehem's Housing Rehabilitation Program

Download PDF here

Community Development Block Grant Program and Home Investment Partnership Program

Request for proposal for community, housing and economic development services.

Download RFP

Community Development Block Grant and Home Investment Partnerships Program Application

This application package includes all the materials needed to either recommend a project or request funding for a project from the City of Bethlehem's FY 2016 Community Development Block Grant and/or FY 2016 HOME Investment Partnerships Programs.

Download Application

Job Opportunites

  • Senior Programmer
  • City Center Monitor
  • Deputy Director of Community & Economic Development
  • Crossing Guard (PT)
  • Community Health Nurse

More Info...

Special Activity Meetings S.A.M

The City of Bethlehem is excited to announce we are now conducting Special Activity Meetings in Town Hall the second Wednesday of each month from 2pm to 4pm. A representative from each department will be present to answer questions or address any issues you may have about your Special event (parades, walks/runs, festivals, etc.).

Anyone may attend but we do ask that if your event is new, you must attend at least one of these meetings.

We want your event to be a success and attendance at one of these meetings ensures you will receive the necessary information.

If possible, please RSVP with Judith Stiles at 610-865-7079.

Fire Hydrant Flushing Schedule

The Fire Hydrant Flushing Schedule is available online.