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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Commissioners OK first reading of LCA lease extension

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

The Lehigh County Authority is expected to receive its requested 43-year lease extension.

In a preliminary first reading, Lehigh County commissioners approved, by a 9-0 vote, amending the LCA’s Articles of Incorporation to extend its term of existence 43 years from the date the agreement is approved by Pennsylvania’s Department of State.

The move allows the LCA to negotiate long-term financing at the best rates for capital improvements for its water and wastewater systems serving 14 municipalities in the county.

‘A Night to Shine’ sparkles at The Palace

Thursday, June 13, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Riverbend Community Church went all out to give some of the community’s most special people a chance to dress up, be feted and to have fun at a prom just for them.

The recent celebration at The Palace Center, Allentown gave 140 special needs guests the chance to dance, eat and socialize.

The lobby of the Palace Center was transformed to create the atmosphere of a grand hotel lobby complete with red carpet where arriving guests strutted their finery as they entered.

After passing through a tremendous arch of balloons, the guests registered and met their buddy.

Board honors Cedarbrook for its dodransbicentennial

Thursday, May 30, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Cedarbrook Senior Care and Rehabilitation is celebrating its 175th anniversary — that is the nursing homes’ “dodransbicentennial” for those Parkland Press 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.

County board votes on Cedarbrook’s upgrades

Thursday, May 16, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County Commissioners defeated by a 5-4 vote a major step in beginning the renovation of Cedarbrook Senior Care and Rehabilitation facility in South Whitehall.

Commissioners gave a first reading to a resolution indicating the board’s support for a facility plan that meets the facility standards set forth by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The resolution would have authorized county personnel to take further action, including the transfer of funds, and to executed additional documents to carry out the project.

Human service workers fear low-staff outcome

Friday, May 3, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Members of Lehigh County’s human services office again made a strong showing at the county commissioners’ April 24 meeting.

They have been making regular appearances recently at commissioners’ meetings arguing for more staff.

“We have a wholesale system breakdown,” Tony Lupo said, referring to the ability of staff to properly care for children referred to human services. “Caseworkers are not able to protect the children of Lehigh County. We can’t keep people. They run out the door.”

Lupo said he has 47 cases.

Commissioners name conference room for Scott Grim

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Former Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim will be remembered long after he has left office because county commissioners voted on a resolution April 10 to name the conference room in the Coroner’s Office and Forensic Center in his honor.

According to the resolution approved by the commissioners, Grim served in the coroner’s office for 26 years, 22 of which he was county coroner.

Under his leadership, the coroner’s office was nationally accredited by the International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners in 2005.

SEIU workers attend county commissioners’ meeting

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Several employees of Lehigh County’s Department of Human Services Department attended the county commissioners March 27 meeting voicing concern about lack of progress on a contract.

Security was increased around the room with additional deputies inside and outside.

The assembly, however, remained peaceful and respectful.

Their union contract expired Dec. 31, 2018, according to one of the representatives speaking to commissioners during the public comment portion of the regular meeting.

The employees have been working without a contract for almost three months.

Crowded Kitchen Players’ premiere addresses topic that’s ‘Unspeakable’

Friday, March 22, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Focus

“’Unspeakable’” describes a system that often finds itself inadequate to help the very individuals it has been created to serve,” says Ara Barlieb about the genesis of his new play.

The Crowded Kitchen Players’ “Unspeakable” has its world premiere March 22, Charles A. Brown Ice House, Bethlehem, where it continues March 23, 24, 29, 30 and 31.

Referendum idea for commissioner term limits fails

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

A motion to put a referendum on term limits before voters failed in a 5-2 vote on March 13 during the Lehigh County Commissioners’ regular meeting.

The sole sponsor, Commissioner Amy Zanelli, could not muster enough support to pass the measure.

Even fellow Democrat Dan Hartzell could not be persuaded to support his colleague with his vote. He sided with Republicans to vote against the measure.

“We need to use reason instead of emotion,” Hartzell said. “This implies long service is a problem.

“I can’t convince myself this is a problem in search of a solution.”

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.