Hoping that wearing a purple shirt would predispose Lehigh County Commissioners into thinking that his 2020 proposed $514.6 million budget is bipartisan, County Executive Phillips Armstrong unveiled his fiscal plan Aug. 30 to department heads, staffers, four attending commissioners and the public.
Lehigh County Commissioners Aug. 14 suspended “rules of the board” and added the long-delayed and much-belabored Human Service’s union contract to its agenda. Even that simple act was not without drama as commissioners voted 8–1 to authorize the exception to regular order which allowed the contract to be added to the already published agenda. Commissioner Geoff Brace objected suspending the rules to add the contract to the agenda in such an irregular fashion.
Human Services workers have been working without an agreement since Dec. 31, 2018.
Jaindl Properties LLC will lease the first floor of the Hamilton Financial Center building, 640 Hamilton St., Allentown. Lehigh County Commissioners gave first reading approval for the lease deal at its July 10 meeting.
The vote was passed 8–0; Commissioner Brad Osborne was absent from the meeting.
Editor’s Note: This is an edited version with corrections to the article printed in the July 10 edition of The Press.
President and CEO of the Lehigh Valley Zoo Melissa Borland sounded excited and happy as she reported a series of good news milestones to the Lehigh County Commissioners at the June 26 meeting.
She reported revenue increased from $1 million in 2014 to $4.1 million in 2018.
Recertification by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums is expected. This indicates the zoo would be rated among the top 10 percent of zoos in the country.
Lehigh County Authority will get its requested 43-year lease extension.
In a first reading June 12, the Lehigh County Commissioners approved amending the Articles of Incorporation for LCA to extend its term of existence 43 years from the date that the deal is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of State.
Commissioners approved the bill 9-0.
The move allows LCA to negotiate long-term financing at the best rates for “capital improvements for its many water and wastewater systems serving 14 municipalities” as stated in the bill.
Cedarbrook Senior Care and Rehabilitation is celebrating its 175th anniversary — that is the nursing home’s “dodransbicentennial” for those readers who love obscure facts.
That word had Lehigh County Commissioners a bit stumped as they approved a resolution honoring the occasion at their May 22 meeting.
In other matters, commissioners also had a first reading for a bill to authorize a lease for The Seed Farm, also known as Lehigh County’s Agricultural Incubator Program. to the Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley for $1 per year.
Lehigh County Commissioners defeated, by a vote of 4–5, a major step in getting the renovation of the Cedarbrook Senior Care and Rehabilitation facility started at its May 8 meeting. Commissioners gave a first reading to a resolution that “indicates [commissioner’s] support for a facility plan which meets the facility standards set forth by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.”
With team names like “Chapter Raptors” and the “Novel Nifflers,” 253 area middle school students organized into 21 teams competed recently at Lower Macungie Middle School for top honors in reading comprehension at the Reading Olympics.
Organizers gave each team a list of 45 books to read.
Team “Columbian Book Weasels” from Orefield Middle School placed second. Each member of the team received a copy of “Refugee” by Alan Gratz. English Language Arts Teacher Robin Roberts sponsored the team.
Members of Lehigh County’s Human Services office again made a strong showing at the Lehigh County Commissioner’s meeting April 24. They have been making regular appearances at the commissioner’s meetings arguing for more staff.
“We have a wholesale system breakdown,” Tony Lupo said. He was referring to the ability of existing staff to properly care for children referred to Human Services for care and intervention. “Caseworkers are not able to protect the children of Lehigh County.”
“We can’t keep people,” Lupo said. “They run out the door.”
Former Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim will be remembered long after he has left office because Lehigh County Commissioners April 10 voted on a resolution to name the conference room in the Lehigh County Coroner’s Office and Forensic Center in his honor.