Northwestern Press

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Term limits to be discussed at future county board meeting

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County commissioners discussed the ramifications of a proposed referendum amending the Home Rule Charter contained in a motion by Commissioner Amy Zanelli to limit commissioners to three terms.

Commissioner Nathan Brown speaking during the governance committee, before the regular Feb. 27 meeting, said he does not see a need for term limits in local government, which he defined as county government and below.

Chairman Marty Nothstein said he supports term limits for higher government levels.

State of county address offers changes, praises accomplishments

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong has proposed limiting a commissioner’s term to three terms or 12 years; creating an independent ethics oversight committee; and getting commissioners out of negotiating collective bargaining agreements.

Armstrong addressed a crowded room Feb. 21 at Coca-Cola Park, Allentown, to report the state of the county and to tell the public what his administration has done over the past year and what the future holds.

State of county address offers changes, praises accomplishments

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong has proposed limiting a commissioner’s term to three terms or 12 years; creating an independent ethics oversight committee; and getting commissioners out of negotiating collective bargaining agreements.

Armstrong addressed a crowded room Feb. 21 at Coca-Cola Park, Allentown, to report the state of the county and to tell the public what his administration has done over the past year and what the future holds.

Board creates director position for Cedarbrook

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County commissioners have approved an amendment to modify the 2019 budget authorizing creation of a new job position — Director of Cedarbrook Senior Care and Rehabilitation.

They needed the new slot so they can pay for a director to replace Good Shepherd Rehabilitation, which gave up the contract to manage the facility in South Whitehall. The annual salary for the position is $123,136.

In other business, commissioners commemorated the long service of Deputy Controller John A. Falk, who is retiring after almost 31 years.

Board creates director position for Cedarbrook

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County commissioners have approved an amendment to modify the 2019 budget authorizing creation of a new job position — Director of Cedarbrook Senior Care and Rehabilitation.

They needed the new slot so they can pay for a director to replace Good Shepherd Rehabilitation, which gave up the contract to manage the facility in South Whitehall. The annual salary for the position is $123,136.

In other business, commissioners commemorated the long service of Deputy Controller John A. Falk, who is retiring after almost 31 years.

Dennis Nemes named to election board

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County commissioners have appointed Dennis Nemes to serve on the county board of elections.

Nemes, a former principal at Northwestern Lehigh High School, was later principal at Allentown Central Catholic High School.

He replaces Gail Coffin on the election board.

Commissioner Percy Dougherty was back in his seat after a hospital stay resulting from a fall at his home.

He had missed at least two meetings due to his accident and subsequent recovery time.

Article By: DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to The Press

Thursday, December 27, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County Commissioners set salaries for row officers at their Dec. 18 meeting.

Row officers are elected county officials such as the controller, clerk of judicial records, sheriff and coroner.

The new salary schedule provides for annual increases for each office of about $1,000 per year through 2023.

Commissioners also approved a lease by Adams Outdoor Advertising for an outdoor sign at 101-119 E. Hamilton St., Allentown.

L.C. board OKs land leases

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County commissioners approved leases of agricultural land to three farms during their Dec. 12 meeting.

Approval included a 10-acre plot east of Leaser Lake, Lynn Township, leased to LET Farms Inc., also known as Turner Farms, Mantz Road, Germansville. LET Farms will pay $650 per year for the lease.

Also leased were seven acres at the intersection of Broadway and Cedarbrook roads, South Whitehall Township, to Weinhofer Farms LLC of Whitehall.

Benefit for The Literacy Center at Muhlenberg

Thursday, November 22, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

“This evening represents what America has always stood for,” Dr. Nichola Gutgold said, as she opened the Oct. 4 program, Faces of Literacy at Muhlenberg College, Allentown.

“A nation built on the strength of immigrants, slaves, seekers, adventurers, hard workers and those willing to do what needs to be done to support their families, get ahead and to realize the American dream.