Priorities & Accomplishments

Accomplishments

2016

  1. Met with Local, State, and Federal officials to discuss City issues and projects.
  2. New 25M office building on Southside Bethlehem with St. Luke’s/Lehigh University as anchors.
  3. Improved the City’s Bond Rating two steps from BBB to A.
  4. Satellite office for CareerLink in the Hispanic Center.
  5. Completed overlay on Main Street, between Church Street and New Street, repaired/replaced sidewalks, installed underground wiring and installed music speakers.
  6. Unveiled/updated City webpage in English and Spanish.
  7. Instituted an administrative gift policy to be followed by all Department Heads and City Employees.
  8. Met with Sen Browne/Boscola regarding Bethlehem’s 911 Center, Casino host fees, and CRIZ legislation.
  9. Initiated Vision Zero – Nationwide vision to eliminate all traffic fatalities and severe injuries while increasing safe travel for all.
  10. Amended Parks Ordinance and implemented a new policy for Saucon Park/Monocacy Park, including increased police patrols on weekends at the parks.
  11. Initiated a new Anti-Graffiti Policy.
  12. Initiated a free Bike Share Program for City residents.
  13. Held monthly open door days, second Monday of each month.
  14. Held 3 Dare to Care community walks, and town meetings
  15. Distributed over 1800 fire/smoke detectors through nine Dare to Care community walks.
  16. Strong code enforcement/oversight through community walks.
  17. Annual visit to block watch groups and community organizations.
  18. Implemented a zoned hauling waste management plan for South Bethlehem.
  19. Worked with Business Administrator and Financial Advisory Committee to develop an updated 5 year financial plan.
  20. Met with the DBA, LVEDC, LVPC, LVIP, LV Chamber, LV Partnership to discuss the City’s focus as it relates to the business community.
  21. Partnered with Lehigh University – Moravian College and the Friends of the Bethlehem Police Mounted Unit to purchase new mounts (Asa & Gray) for the Bethlehem Mounted Unit
  22. K-9 Blaze (anonymous)
  23. K-9 Rico Dr. Caesar DePaco and Mrs. Deanna Padovani-DePaco
  24. Met regularly with Colleges, Hospitals, Non-Profits to aid their mission and have them advance the City’s mission.
  25. Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg Campus Expansion: a 6-story, $60 million obstetrics and rehabilitation unit that will create jobs and provide additional medical services to the residents of Bethlehem and the Lehigh Valley.
  26. Ribbon Cuttings for new businesses:  Ecopax, AM Lux Clothing, Tailgaters Pub & Grill, McCarthy’s Red Stag Pub, Bonn Place Brewing Co., Peoples Kitchen, Buddy V’s Ristorante, Emeril’s Fish House, George’s Light Lunch, Domaci Furniture, Lustig’s Hot Dogs.
  27. Investments/development in Bethlehem – Greenway Commons Development, Silk Mill, Armory Development, Benner, St. Luke’s/Lehigh University Development, Wilbur Mansion Project, Chelsea Commons, Kirkland Village expansion, Ecopax, and REEB Millwork.
  28. Listed by Huffington Post as one of the 10 most Beautiful U.S. towns to visit in the Fall.
  29. Partnered with the Chamber in celebrating the City’s 275th Anniversary.
  30. Promoted the pothole and graffiti hotlines.
  31. Participated in Community forums on heroin; race relations.
  32. Put into service a new, $1.25 million aerial ladder fire truck to serve Bethlehem.
  33. New Walmart Super Center on RT 412.
  34. New Policy on blighted properties.
  35. New parking garage in South Bethlehem – $17.7M.
  36. Supported efforts to end Homelessness for Veterans.
  37. City received recognition from National League of cities for completion of Health & Wellness goals for Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Countries.
  38. Supported new facility for the City’s Mounted Unit.
  39. Wells Fargo – $70,000 contribution for a new Southside Park, Lopes International Park at 4th and Hayes Street.
  40. Supported Promise Neighborhoods of Lehigh Valley to locate in two areas of Bethlehem – Southside and Marvine Development.
  41. Opening of the new St. Luke’s/Moravian College facility for sports medicine & physical therapy.
  42. New Trailer for the Mounted Unit with donations from Wells Fargo Bank and the Lehigh County District Attorney’s Office.
  43. $20,000 contribution from TD Bank – TD Green Streets – planting 100 trees in area parks.
  44. $20M expansion Ecopax in LVIP VII – 170 jobs
  45. Implemented Ban the Box
  46. 24/7 Wall Street listed Bethlehem as one of the best cities to live in.
  47. Supported Mayor’s Against Illegal Guns
  48. Proclamations – Autism Awareness, Pediatric Cancer Foundation, Earth Day, Arbor Day, Small Business Saturday, National Gun Violence Awareness Day, National Day of Prayer, Extra Mile, National Kids to Parks Day.
  49. Donation from Jason Shiffer, Esq. for Police Bike Unit
  50. Bethlehem named best place to retire in the Northeast by Money Magazine

2015

  1.  Met with Local, State and Federal officials to discuss issued and projects.
  2.  Completion of the Hoover Mason Trestle on the Steel Stacks Campus
  3. Added additional pull-in angle parking on Main Street
  4. Completed overlay on Main Street plus new sidewalks and underground wiring
  5. Unveiled the City’s updated Webpage.
  6. Press conference on the sustainability initiatives implemented by the City.
  7. Instituted an administrative gift policy to be followed by all Department Heads and all City employees.
  8. Lobbied Harrisburg/Sen Browne/Boscola to get funding for Bethlehem’s 911 Center.
  9. Implemented 911 text messaging between Northampton County and the City of Bethlehem
  10. Initiated new policy for Saucon Park/increased police patrols on weekends at the park.
  11. Held monthly open door days, second Monday of each month.
  12. Held 3 Dare to Dare community walks, and town meetings.
  13. Distributed over 200 fire/smoke detectors through Dare to Care community walks.
  14. Strong code enforcement oversight through community walks
  15. Annual visit to block watch groups.
  16. Implemented a zoned hauling waste management plan for South Bethlehem
  17. Worked with Business Administrator and Financial Advisory Committee to develop 5 year financial plan.
  18. Received check from Merchants Bank ($5,000) for the KIZ.
  19. LVIP Projects announces Primark, Walmart.com, Walmart Distribution Center and Curtis Wright
  20. Met with our partners the DBA, LVEDC, LVPC, LVIP, LV Chamber, LV Partnership to discuss the City’s Focus as it relates to the business community.
  21. Partnered with Lehigh University and the Friends of the Bethlehem Police Mounted Unit to purchase a new mount (Asa) for the Bethlehem Police Mounted Unit.
  22. Arranged with Lehigh University the purchase of 30 large flowering planters and 13 new garbage cans.
  23. Launched joint police bike patrols with Lehigh University Police and the Sands in the City with a focus in South Bethlehem.
  24. Met regularly with Colleges, Hospitals, Non-Profits, to aid their mission and have them advance the City’s mission.
  25. Groundbreaking for LVHN-Muhlenberg, a 6 story $60 million expansion, obstetrics and rehabilitation unit that will create jobs and provide additional medical services to the residents of Bethlehem and the Lehigh Valley
  26. Ribbon cuttings: Primark, Retro Fitness, Hatch House, Greenway Patio, Colony Meadery; expansion of SkatePark; Renovation of Flat Iron Building.
  27. Listed by Huffington Post as one of the 10 most Beautiful U.S. towns to visit in the Fall.
  28. Supported, with Mayor’s Panto and Pawlowski, a study to restart passenger rail service to Philadelphia/New York.
  29. Negotiated terms for a new tenant at Illick’s Mill, the Appalachian Mountain Club.
  30. Partnered with the Chamber to launch the 275th committee.
  31. Promoted the pothole and graffiti hotlines.

2014

  1. Planned and held events for the 50th anniversary of our first Sister City in Tondabayashi, Japan
  2. Met quarterly with Lehigh Valley local, state, federal delegation to discuss issues and projects.
  3. Held monthly Open Door Days; Second Monday of each month.
  4. Held Quarterly Dare to Care community walks; and town hall meetings.
  5. Quarterly visited block watches.
  6. Planning internal overhaul of City Website to be more consumer/constituent friendly.
  7. Appointed a Volunteer Financial Advisory Committee to review City’s finances.
  8. Asked all Department Heads for a 10% deduction in the budget proposals.
  9. Limited use of outside consultants.
  10. Worked with groups who propose city events to begin process of compensating the City for Services
  11. Worked with BA to develop 5 Year Financial Plan along with the
  12. Police Chief Mark DiLuzio appointed to post and retained Deputy Chief Todd Repsher.
  13. Reinstituted beat cop/bike/mounted patrols in Main Street and South Side Business Districts.
  14. Purchase of new Haz-Mat Response vehicle.
  15. Filled all vacancies to capacity in Public Safety.
  16. SRO’s placed on BASD campuses.
  17. First CRIZ project announced
  18. Ribbon cut at 10 plus small businesses.
  19. LVIP projects announced (Wal-Mart.com, Zulily, CTSK).
  20. To date, the City has issued 191 CO’s (certificates of occupancy) for companies locating or significantly expanding in the City.
  21. Engaging with Lehigh University; Ambassadors Program, city wide cameras, code enforcement officer.
  22. Worked with Lehigh Students to relocate community garden.
  23. Met Quarterly with Colleges, Hospitals, Non-Profits to aid their mission and have them advance the city’s mission.
  24. Partnered and met with DBA, LVEDC, LVPC, LVIP, LV Chamber, LV Partnership to represent city’s focus,
  25. Appointed a volunteer Business Advisory Committee to gain feedback from City’s small businesses.
  26. Reversed back in parking on Main Street.
  27. Restoration of the Hoover-Mason Trestle.
  28. Ground Breaking for Skate Park Pavilion.
  29. Handed out over a hundred plus free smoke detectors from the FD.
  30. Strong code enforcement oversight through community walks.
  31. Began dialogue with haulers on addressing city’s trash complaints.