Borough of
New Bethlehem

210 Lafayette Street
New Bethlehem, PA. 16242
Phone: (814) 275-2003
Fax: (814) 275-4269
[email protected]

Borough Goals & Objectives


  • Promote, support and retain businesses in New Bethlehem
  • Improve job opportunities throughout the community
  • Identify and market New Bethlehem’s assets
    • work w/ Chamber, Trail, Redbank Ren & other community organizations
  • Work toward a fiscally sound Borough organization while avoiding unnecessary tax increases
  • Monitor employee performance
  • Enforce collection of taxes, fees and solid waste bills
  • Promote use of automatic bill pay for solid waste
  • Update reserve schedule for equipment, buildings and vehicles
  • Monitor finances and work with accounting and insurance professionals
  • Negotiate contracts (Comcast, Lighting, Utilities, etc.)
  • Maintain vehicle fleet and equipment
  • Begin budget work in August
  • Promote and support events that showcase the community
    • work w/ Chamber & other community organizations
  • Work to increase the number of owner occupied homes
  • Lobby and seek state and county assistance to deal with blight
  • Lobby state to increase prevailing wage threshold above 1967 level to lower contract costs
  • Seek and apply for grants as available
  • Continue work on updating ordinances and zoning


  • Continue work to eliminate drug trafficking
  • Improve police visibility and effectiveness
  • Develop standards for public safety services
  • Improve traffic safety, replace signs and reduce congestion
  • Maintain streets, plan for maintenance and repaving
  • Improve proactive code enforcement efforts including sidewalk repairs
  • Work to promote a safe community environment
  • Lobby state to allow radar use by local police to control speeding
  • Coordinate law enforcement with local communities
  • Be prepared to deal with accidents, natural and man-made disasters
  • Work with engineer, insurance, police on damaged traffic, light poles and signs
  • Coordinate with gas line and other utility replacements


  • Improve gateways to the borough
  • Improve signage and promote wayfinding
  • Improve proactive code enforcement
  • Improve building and grounds maintenance throughout the community
  • Improve the appearance of the cemetery
    • Fundraise for stone repair and resetting
  • Improve the image of the borough
  • Improve customer service


  • Begin work on Decennial census
  • Update County Emergency Management Plan
  • Review and comment on proposed County legislation
  • Take required classes and tests (FEMA/PEMA)
  • Review and comment on Penn Dot plans and actions


  • Enhance communication with public, organizations and businesses
  • Respond promptly to citizen requests
  • Promote, coordinate, and support events that showcase the community
    • work w/ Chamber & other community organizations
  • Measure and improve citizen satisfaction
  • Sponsor opportunities for public participation
  • Update and digitize records
  • Maintain communication with local municipalities, County, State and Federal Representatives

Upcoming Events

6:30 pm Hopebuilders Cancer Support Group
Hopebuilders Cancer Support Group
Oct 15 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Hopebuilders meets 3rd Tuesdays at the Oakland Church of God. The group is for folks with cancer and survivors, caregivers, and ones who are wanting to know how to help family and friends who have cancer. Contact person is Susan Hepler, 814-275-2541, [email protected]
7:00 pm NB Borough Council Meeting
NB Borough Council Meeting
Oct 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
New Bethlehem Borough Council Meeting at the Alltel building (next to the Municipal Building) at 212 Lafayette Street every 3rd Tuesday.
all-day Martial Arts Classes
Martial Arts Classes
Oct 17 all-day
A variety of classes are offered by the American Karate Academy at the First Baptist Church in Distant including martial arts classes on Thursday evenings. See or call 724-868-2771.