The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the disbursal of pre-disaster mitigation grant money at its March 27 meeting.
The grant will give $89,179 to the Whitehall Township Authority, $74,180 to Lower Macungie Township, $51,682 to the Borough of Macungie and $18,750 to Allentown for generator acquisition and installation projects.
The Neffs Volunteer Fire Company and the Borough of Fountain Hill will also receive money for generator acquisition and installation projects.
Lower Milford Township will receive $70,139 for stabilization of the Lower Milford Creek.
All grant money comes from the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency as a way to help prepare municipalities for future disasters like Hurricane Sandy.
"This was gathered using tax money from all over Pennsylvania not just the county," Commissioner Scott Ott said.
Neffs Fire Chief Jim Steward also spoke in support of the bill.
"PEMA grants are very hard to get," Steward said. "We sat in the dark for seven days because of Sandy. Sitting in a dark firehouse is not a desirable scene."
Also at the meeting, Commissioner Brad Osborne said he was looking into ways to make the committee appointment process more efficient.
"I've looked into what the Home Rule Charter says about the process and I haven't quite finished with a thought that I had that would be beneficial to the board; that would be having a set of information that would tell us what appointments are upcoming," Osborne said. "This would give us some advanced notice and a schedule and could be one of the things that could help the process."
Osborne said he is working with the administration to get the process assembled.
It was an unusually short meeting for the commissioners, who have had long debates about the Green Futures Fund and Lehigh County Authority's charter in recent months. The brief length did not go unnoticed by Commissioner Vic Mazziotti.
"Since my wife is in the audience tonight I would just like to make it clear that we do not usually get out this early," he joked.
The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners will hold its next meeting April 10 in the public hearing room of the Lehigh County Government Center in Allentown.