Water Plant Honored for 5th Consecutive Year

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The City of Allentown Water Filtration Plant is the recipient of a national award for maintaining the Directors Award of recognition from the Partnership for Safe Water.  The Partnership is a national volunteer initiative developed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other water organizations representing water suppliers striving to provide their communities with drinking water quality that surpasses the required federal standards.

“The employees of the water plant are to be commended,” Mayor Ed Pawlowski said.  “They should be very proud that their work is being noticed for the fifth straight year.  The city’s water users are assured that we are continuing to meet high standards.”

Awards were presented on Monday, June 11, at the Partnership Award Luncheon held during the American Water Works Association’s Annual Conference & Exposition in Dallas, Texas.

Ground Broken For Butz Phase II

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Groundbreaking ceremonies were held recently on Phase II of the Butz Corporate Center project. The 50,000 SF, Class-A Office and Retail Expansion is located at 824 and 830 Hamilton Street. The expansion is expected to bring another 150 jobs to downtown Allentown. The Phase I, 74,000 SF Butz Corporate Center has already brought approximately 200 jobs to the city since it opened six years ago.

“This day is very significant to our company’s future. We see a great opportunity here for other companies looking to do business in Pennsylvania,” says Greg L. Butz, president and CEO. “We look forward to filling our expanded building with high quality businesses that can reap the rewards of being located in downtown Allentown.”

Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski couldn’t be happier. “When phase one of the Butz Corporate Center opened six years ago, I said, We have begun a new era in Allentown, an era that will be marked by positive progress, by the revival of our downtown business district, and by the renewal of the pride in our city triggered by people like the Butz family and their desire to help us turn things around,” Pawlowski said. “And, now the Butz family is doing even more. Greg, on behalf of the people of the City of Allentown, I thank you again for your support and for your investment.”

Allentown Adds Four New Police Officers

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ImageFour new City of Allentown police officers were introduced late this morning during a swearing-in ceremony in City Council chambers.

Mayor Ed Pawlowski administered the oath of office to officers Maurice Flowers-Williams of Philadelphia, Andrew Holveck of Allentown, John Leonard III of Havertown and Scott Snyder of Emmaus.

Flowers-Williams will be attending the next Allentown Police Academy class beginning next month. Holveck, Leonard and Snyder are already Act 120 certified and are undergoing in-house training.

Pawlowski urged the officers to pay strict attention to their instructors. “Being a member of law enforcement is a dangerous job, but it is also very rewarding. The people of this city admire your bravery and your courage. I want you to know that we appreciate your efforts every single minute of every single day.”

The four additions increase the department compliment to 207 officers. Retirements at the end of 2005 had reduced the police force to 164 officers.  Over the next few months the city plans to hire nine additional officers thanks to two federal COPS Program grants.