Bethlehem Landfill, Steel City residents meet to discuss Property Guaranty Agreement
Officials from Bethlehem Landfill met Thursday, November 13 with homeowners in the Steel City neighborhood to discuss a Property Guaranty Agreement (PGA) aimed at addressing neighbors’ concerns about property values.
The meeting, which was held at the Best Western Lehigh Valley Hotel & Conference Center near Routes 512 and 22, was open to more than 200 homeowners in the neighborhood of Steel City, which is in Lower Saucon Township. About 125 people attended the two-and-a-half-hour discussion.
Homeowners were invited to ask questions of landfill officials and learn more about the PGA, which would guaranty that property values will not decrease while Bethlehem Landfill continues to accept waste for disposal. If homeowners sign the agreement and the sales price of the home is less than the appraised value, the PGA calls for Bethlehem Landfill to either pay the difference or purchase the home.
“We’ve had the opportunity over the last several months to meet with residents in the community and hear their specific concerns about property values and landfill operations,” said John Lamanna, Region Vice President. “We listened and, as a result, developed the PGA that is being offered to homeowners in close proximity to the landfill.”
Landfill officials also provided meeting attendees with updates on operational improvements taking place at the landfill, as well as enhancements to their website to improve communication with the Lower Saucon community.
A revised PGA will be posted on the landfill’s website, with a follow-up meeting tentatively scheduled for sometime in January 2015. Stay tuned for details.
Matthew Brannon – (484) 264-3979