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Troop M honors fallen brethren

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Active duty and retired Pennsylvania State Police officers united ranks May 2 in front of their red brick barracks in Hanover Township, Lehigh County, to honor their dead. Family members and guests came in support.

The men and women were there for the Pennsylvania State Police Memorial Day ceremony hosted by Troop M, Bethlehem, headquarters commanded by Captain Richard H. D’Ambrosio.

Human services workers fear low-staff outcome

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Hiring more county caseworkers ‘essential for the most vulnerable people’

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.

Board to name conference room for former coroner

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

County resolution: ‘Grim embodied the finest traits of a public servant’

Former Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim will be remembered long after he has left office.

County commissioners voted April 10 on a resolution to name the conference room in the Lehigh County Coroner’s Office and Forensic Center in his honor.

According to the resolution approved by the board, Grim served in the coroner’s office of Lehigh County for 26 years, 22 of which as coroner. Under his leadership, in 2005, the Lehigh County Coroner’s Office was nationally accredited by the International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners.

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.

Lehigh County commissioners discuss term limits

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County Board of 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.

Lehigh County commissioners name jail warden

Wednesday, December 26, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Board approves council appointments, land leases, equipment for coroner

Lehigh County Board of Commissioners conducted routine business Dec. 12, approving the appointment of Kyle A. Russell to the position of warden of the county jail. At a previous meeting, the board signaled approval of the appointment by voting for Russell’s appointment in a preliminary or first hearing vote.

Sarah Andrew was reappointed to the Aging and Adult Services Advisory Council, while Patrick Palmer was appointed to the council. The votes were unanimous by those present. Commissioner Percy Dougherty was absent.

Board overturns county budget veto

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

In a party-line 6-3 vote Nov. 14, Lehigh County Board of Commissioners overturned county Executive Phillips Armstrong’s Oct. 31 veto of the proposed 2019 budget.

Democrats Dan Hartzell, Amy Zanelli and Geoff Brace voted against the amendment, which would have reduced the tax rate for county residents.

The Nov. 14 action effectively put to rest the disagreement about what the millage rate will be next year. Commissioners approved a 3.64-millage rate marked down from 3.79 mills Armstrong wanted.

Amendment retains county millage rate

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Fiscal officer warns holding line now will bring higher tax increase later

Lehigh County Board of Commissioners passed an amendment to the 2019 budget that keeps the millage rate at 3.64, opposing the administration’s plan to raise taxes, during a four-hour meeting Oct. 10. The amendment, sponsored by Commissioner Brad Osborne, a Republican and recent contender for the office of Lehigh County executive, passed along party lines 6-3.

The amendment specifies, “The millage rate shall be reduced in an amount representing $4,448,840 in 2019 real estate tax value. This equates to a millage reduction of 0.15, setting the millage rate at 3.64.”

County executive submits budget plan

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

On Aug. 31, Lehigh County Board of Commissioners, officials and residents received their first look at the proposed budget for 2019 when Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong presented his first budget since assuming office.

After a visual presentation of supporting charts and documents, Armstrong gave the hefty 488-page budget to Commissioner Dr. Percy Dougherty.

To make the proposed $506.1 million budget (themed “Back to the Future”) balance, Armstrong resurrected the 2015 millage rate of 3.79.