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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

Notice is hereby given that the Bethlehem City Council has changed the location of three City Council Meetings as follows. City Council Meetings begin at 7:00PM.


Lead Testing Program

The City of Bethlehem Water and Sewer Resources Department will be collecting drinking water samples this summer from a select group of residential customers in order to comply with the “Lead and Copper Rule” sampling plan which is part of EPA and PaDEP regulations.


City of Bethlehem Park Rules

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2016 Governor’s Award awarded to Darlene Heller


City of Bethlehem Earth Day Proclamation

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2016 Spring Yard Waste Collection

May 9-13 & May 16-20

Recycling Date Yard Waste Date
May 9 May 16
May 10 May 17
May 11 May 18
May 12 May 19
May 13 May 20
May 16 May 9
May 17 May 10
May 18 May 11
May 19 May 12
May 20 May 13

City of Bethlehem Spring Newsletter

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2016 Street Sweeping Program

The posted City of Bethlehem Street Sweeping Program is in effect from April 1st through October 31st. The program has been designed to facilitate the removal of dirt/debris/refuse from all roadways within the City. The regularly scheduled street sweeping routes that are main thoroughfares in the City are posted with “No Parking” signs alerting motorists of parking restrictions for a given day and times. Vehicles must be kept off these posted streets to allow for affective street cleaning. Please be aware of these restrictions to avoid receiving a parking violation/fine.

Outside the posted streets, the City is divided into sweeping districts that are not posted and are typically swept at least two (2) times a season as resources and weather allow. During typical planned street sweeping activities, the sweepers will operate on a Tuesday through Friday schedule between 7:30 am and 2:00 pm, with operations on posted streets generally occurring between 7:30 am and 10:00 am/2:00 pm. Three (3) sweepers are typically deployed with two (2) assigned to completing the posted streets within the indicated posted times. Upon completion of all posted streets for each day’s operation, the sweepers allocated to those streets will join the third active sweeper in completing assigned sweeping districts designated for that particular day. There are currently 90 districts for street sweeping. The map is located on the City website, here. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the Department of Public Works at (610) 865-7053.

2016 Fire Hydrant Flushing Schedule

The Fire Hydrant Flushing Schedule is available online.

Beth Connects: A Trail Study

Bethlehem recently completed a Trail Study, “Beth Connect: A Trail Study”, to outline a program to build on the existing trail network in and around Bethlehem by closing trail gaps, and by connecting Bethlehem’s trails to destinations outside of the City and to larger trail networks. The study suggests ways to promote recreation and cultural amenities through the trail network and to enhance the vibrancy of neighborhoods and businesses in and around the trail network. Goals of the Study include:

  • Developing safe alternative transportation routes within the City
  • Making Bethlehem a trails hub by connecting the trails to parks, historic sites and neighboring communities
  • Providing better connection to Bethlehem’s north and south side downtowns
  • Increasing viability of businesses that cater to trail users
  • Increase public awareness of existing trails
  • Engage many partners, in and out of City Hall, to ensure the sustainability of the trail network for future generations
The full report can be accessed here.

Mayor Donchez’ State of the City Address


Information from the Water and Sewer Resources Department

In light of recent events in Flint Michigan regarding elevated lead levels in their drinking water, we believe it is important to inform Bethlehem’s water customers of our Lead and Copper monitoring program.


2016 Final Budget

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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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List of 2016 Mayor's Open Door Dates

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

City of Bethlehem Administrative Gift Policy

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

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Job Opportunites

  • City Center Monitor (PT)
  • Crossing Guard (PT)

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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.