Even then, alcoholic beverage use is limited to malt or brewed beverages: beer, ale and malt liquor.

Dolan believes people should be allowed to take bottles of wine into parks.

She also said the city is losing a steady source of rental income to hold events, such as wedding receptions, by not allowing alcoholic beverages in the Ice House on Sand Island.

"The only reason they're not happening is because when they go to sign a contract, they're told they can have no alcoholic beverages."

She challenged park rules prohibiting gambling or games of chance; forbidding people from sleeping or lounging on seats, benches and other park areas, and not allowing loud or boisterous conduct.

"People come to the parks during the day time specifically to take naps and rest," said Dolan. "And when kids are going down the creek in tubes, it's loud and it's boisterous - it's good."

She said the rules state park attendants have the authority to regulate activities, but the parks don't have attendants.

Dolan said the definition of "parks" in the ordinance should include trails and greenways and that more emphasis should be placed on recycling in regard to park trash rules.

Council member Cathy Reuscher, who is not on Dolan's committee but attended the meeting, told her: "I agree wholeheartedly with all of your suggestions."

More money from Musikfest

In other business, Dolan's committee recommended new permit agreements with organizers of Musikfest, the city's annual summer music festival, for 2014 through 2016.

Atty. William Leeson, Bethlehem's city solicitor, said one of the major changes in the new agreements is a gradually increasing contribution by Musikfest for non-uniformed services provided by the city for the festival.

Leeson said that figure was $110,000 for each of the last three years.

Under the new agreements, it will be $110,000 in 2014, $115,000 in 2015 and $120,000 in 2016.

Those non-uniformed services include garbage pickup, street cleaning, sign erection and removal, electrical labor, water and sewage treatment costs and installation of temporary fencing.

Leeson said another new feature in the permits is that the festival's organizers will pay Bethlehem an ambulance and EMS crew to provide services, rather than paying for private EMS services.

The solicitor said Musikfest operators are amenable to the changes, as is the city's administrative staff and controller.

Dolan's three-member committee unanimously recommended that the full council adopt the Musikfest permit agreements but council did not take action on them when it met an hour later Wednesday.

Attending the committee meeting were Jeffrey Parks, president of ArtsQuest, which does Musikfest, and Kassie Hilgert, ArtsQuest's senior vice president of marketing and advancement.

Council member Bryan Callahan told them: "People can look back at the beginning of Musikfest as a renewal and revival in the city of Bethlehem. A lot of things changed when you guys started that festival. I congratulate you and thank you for all the work you've done over the years."

The first Musikfest was in August 1984. This year's festival will be Aug. 1-10.

Parks expressed concern that construction work on Route 412, a major entranceway into the city, still isn't finished. "Hopefully that will be rectified --- soon?" he said.

"I wish I could make promises to you along those lines," replied Dolan.

She said a much better relationship exists between ArtsQuest and the city than in years past and thanked Parks for keeping Musikfest in Bethlehem, rather than moving it "to some field out in Saucon Valley as you once threatened."