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Bethlehem Boating Club has a water problem

BETHLEHEM TWP., Pa. - For the second time in two months, township commissioners heard from residents dealing with water runoff.

This time, it was members of the Bethlehem Boating Club, who came to Monday's commissioners meeting to ask the township to investigate runoff they say has caused nearly $30,000 in damage to their property.

Allen Koszi, Jr. the yeoman for the club and a second generation member, said "numerous areas that indiscriminately dump water" have led to a three-foot trench being washed out in front of the club's gate.

Koszi said the water is coming from the St. Luke's property, as well as from a retention pond near Hodle Avenue.

Club members are expected to meet with the township manager to discuss their options.

Last month, the commissioners heard from residents of Chetwin Terrace, who said runoff from William Penn Highway was flooding their properties.

In other business, the commissioners voted to support legislation in the state senate that would allow local police to use radar to cite drivers for speeding.

Currently, only state troopers are allowed to use radar.

Commissioners' chairman Martin Zawarski said the law would be a "cleaner way" to allow township police to enforce traffic laws, but noted that the number of speeding tickets police write was minimal.

"I would think our department isn't ticket-happy," he said.

Also Monday, Commissioner Michael Hudak said the township needs to set up a policy governing use of its athletic fields.

He argued that private athletic groups have been allowed to use the fields -- which are public lands -- essentially for free, taking up the space for months at a time.

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