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Sunday, May 27, 2018

Lehigh County Authority’s future in contention

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

After hearing objections to extending the charter of the Lehigh County Authority, Lehigh County Board of Commissioners, on the advice of county Director of General Services Richard Molchany, passed a resolution March 28 to schedule an information-gathering hearing before the next regular meeting.

“There are some scary numbers here,” commissioners President Marty Nothstein said in support of Molchany’s suggestion.

“We need to take as long as necessary,” Commissioner Amy Zanelli said. “I’m not going to rush this kind of decision.”

PBS 39 hosts school safety talk

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in School

Local politicians, school superintendents, law enforcement, an advocacy group and high school students came together for a discussion on school safety March 1 at PBS 39’s studio.

National Rifle Association (NRA) representatives declined to attend the forum in Bethlehem, even though they were invited, according to host and moderator Tracy Yatsko. An empty chair on the stage represented the absent pro-gun organization, Yatsko said.

Executive touts Valley economy

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

In first county address, Armstrong praises administration, businesses

“Please know that I am so very humbled that the voters trusted me to manage our county over the next four years,” said new Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong, addressing a crowd of county officials, politicians or their representatives and other guests Feb. 22 during his State of Lehigh County address.

Armstrong, speaking at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, introduced his remarks by assuring the attendees that he and his administration are interested in putting progress over politics.

County board votes to overturn veto regarding electronic copies of budget

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

At its Jan. 10 meeting, Lehigh County Board of Commissioners overrode a veto by former county Executive Thomas Muller that sought to undo the requirement that the county provide an electronic copy of Lehigh County’s annual budget.

Before the vote, the commissioners listened to Muller explain why he had vetoed the measure.

Outgoing county commissioners are honored

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County Board of Commissioners President Marty Nothstein presented farewell plaques to outgoing Commissioners Thomas Creighton, David Jones and Michael Schware at the close of the meeting Dec. 20, 2017.

Creighton represented District 1, serving residents of Coplay and Slatington boroughs and Heidelberg, Lowhill, Lynn, North Whitehall, Washington, Weisenberg and Whitehall townships.

Marc Grammes won the seat in the November election, defeating Bob Elbich.

County board OKs amendment for electronic copy of budget

Wednesday, December 27, 2017 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners approved an amendment Dec. 13 to the county’s administrative code to require the county executive to provide an electronic copy of the annual budget.

The amendment was sponsored by Commissioners Amanda Holt and Michael Schware and is designed to give the commissioners more time to consider the annual budget between the time they receive it and the time they have to vote.

The commissioners also approved an amendment allowing them to have a say in the choice of health insurance providers.

County board views 5-year financial plan

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Gretchen Naso, a principal officer from RKL LLP, briefed Lehigh County Board of Commissioners on a five-year financial forecasting model developed for aid in future planning at the Nov. 21 meeting. Naso’s plan analyzed the county’s finances for the last five years to give the borough an idea of how financial decisions today may affect the future.

“One of our goals was to allow commissioners to take the financial information that’s out there and kind of distill it until it becomes more manageable,” Naso said.

No tax hike in county proposal

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Board vote on budget is expected in October

Lehigh County residents got mostly good news from Lehigh County Executive Tom Muller Aug. 31 when he unveiled his budget proposal with no tax increase for 2018.

Muller presented his fiscal plan at Cedarbrook nursing home, which is owned by the county. A small crowd, comprised mostly of county staff, politicians, local township officials and residents of the nursing home, attended.

This would be the fourth consecutive year the current administration has delivered a proposed budget with no tax increase, according to Muller.