Concerns of the mother of a Lehigh County Jail inmate about how the Lehigh County Corrections Department is handling the coronavirus crisis may have resuscitated the long-dead idea of establishing a regional health bureau.
Lehigh County Commissioner Dr. Percy Dougherty suggested toward the end of the Lehigh County Commissioners meeting March 11 this might be a good time to revisit the plan that gained momentum among local Lehigh Valley governments and various stakeholders around 2008.
Early arriving Salisbury Middle School students shivered in the evening chill as they waited for the winter semiformal dance to begin Feb. 21. Others stayed warm waiting with their parents in the line of SUVs and cars in a curbside convoy of headlights and exhaust smoke.
When the staff opened the doors and let students in, they were welcomed with festive balloons, confetti and dimmed lights.
Whether they were dancing to the music, queued up to the photo booth or giggling in scattered groups, they enjoyed a mid-winter dance at the school’s cafeteria.
In a packed lecture room at Lafayette College in Easton Jan. 28, area residents listened as U.S. Rep. Susan Wild, D-7th, explained what she is trying to do and what she has accomplished in Washington.
Her commitment to communicating with her constituents
“I feel very strongly about representing every single person that lives in this district,” Wild said. The 7th Congressional District includes all of Lehigh County and Northampton County as well as parts of Monroe County. “We are trying to do town halls in every corner of the district.”
The Lehigh County Commissioners meeting had a rocky start Jan. 22 when, immediately after Commissioners Chair Amy Zanelli led the Pledge of Allegiance, former county commissioner candidate Mathew Schutter began interrupting the proceedings with a call for “a point of order.”
The newly reorganized Lehigh County Board of Commissioners led by Commissioner President Amy Zanelli quickly went through a short agenda Jan. 8.
One of its first acts was to start a rollback of the method the previous Republican led board adopted which put part-time commissioners in the negotiating room with the professional staffers as they negotiated labor contracts.
Lehigh County Commissioners voted Oct. 11 to appeal U.S. District Judge Edward Smith’s ruling in favor of the Freedom From Religion Foundation in their suit against Lehigh County’s continued use of a Christian cross in the county seal.
The 6-3 vote came after an executive session when commissioners discussed the case.
In the public session, three commissioners voted against appealing the decision: David Jones, Geoff Brace and Dan Hartzell.