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Bethlehem Twp. shoots down old bird feeder law

BETHLEHEM TWP., Pa. - Bethlehem's decades-old bird feeder ordinance has gone the way of the dodo.

Township commissioners voted Monday night to eliminate the ordinance which dates back to the 1960s.

Thomas Nolan, Bethlehem Township's board of commissioners president, said the issue came up last month when a couple reported that they were in violation of the ordinance due to the bird feeder on their property.

Nolan said the township will now look to the International Property  Maintenance Code to govern rules for rodents and pest control.

In other business, the commissioners recommended that the state pick Angela Kelly as the township's emergency management coordinator. Kelly was hired by the township in January to serve as its assistant commercial construction official/fire inspector.

Also Monday, commissioners said they would seek a grant from Northampton County to help repair the township's fitness trail. The grant should cover half of the $35,000 project.

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