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.”
Northampton County Executive Lamont McClure and Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong, along with state Rep. Zach Mako, R-183rd, and Michael Dee, chief of staff for state Rep. Jeanne McNeil, D-133rd, gathered at Fellowship Community, Whitehall, Sept. 12 to present their thoughts on the state of the counties to Whitehall Area Chamber of Commerce.
McClure emphasized the crossroads he sees in the future.
“In the next decade, we need to decide if we are going to be the home of fulfillment centers or if we can balance economic development and land protection,” he said.
Residents are invited to take a walking tour of the historic village of Hokendauqua, created as a “company town” for the 19th-century Thomas Iron Works, later this month.
The free tour, scheduled for Oct. 27 and hosted by Whitehall Historical Preservation Society, is designed to make people aware of the historical significance of that area. Whitehall Township has proposed designating the community as a historic preservation district, which would be the first such district in the township.
Edward D. Hozza Jr., Lehigh County’s director of administration and former mayor of Whitehall Township, was honored Oct. 11 as the 2018 Distinguished Citizen Award recipient by the Minsi Trails Council, Boy Scouts of America.
The Whitehall, Coplay, Parkland Friends of Scouting dinner was held at Zentz Community Center, Fellowship Community, Whitehall.
Those gathered took a moment to remember the late Robert Zentz, president/CEO of Fellowship Community, who died Oct. 9. Zentz was the first recipient of the Distinguished Citizen Award in 2016.
Councilman Stephen Burker reported to Coplay Borough Council at the Oct. 9 meeting that he has been in detailed discussions on grants for the Saylor Park project. He is confident he has the right combination in place to extend the grants.
As background, Coplay proposed upgrading Saylor Park to a state-of-the-art recreational park. The expected cost was around $600,000. Grants and in-kind services were expected to bring the borough’s contribution to $200,000.
Coplay-Whitehall Sewer Authority meets 7:30 p.m. in the public meeting room of Coplay Whitehall Sewer Authority, 3213 MacArthur Road.
Coplay Borough Planning Commission meets 7 p.m. at the borough municipal building, 98 S. Fourth St.
Coplay Borough Park & Recreation Board meets 7 p.m. at the borough municipal building, 98 S. Fourth St.
Lehigh County Board of Commissioners meets 7:30 p.m. in the public hearing room of the Lehigh County Government Center, 17 S. Seventh St., Allentown.
A motor vehicle accident with injuries on Fifth Street brought out Stations 36 and 3503 (deputy chief).
Station 36 handled a rescue on South 13th Street.
Station 36 was on the scene of a motor vehicle accident with injuries at 2028 MacArthur Road.
A rescue at 1177 Sixth St. was handled by Stations 36 and 40.
Station 36 was on the scene of a rescue on Race Street.
A mobile vehicle fire on Eberhart Road brought out Stations 37, 38 and 3503.