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Collective bargaining agreement to be renegotiated

Thursday, July 18, 2013 by ANDREW CASS Special to The Press in Local News

The Lehigh County Commissioners do not want the county to collect union dues for the Deputy Sheriffs Association.

In a 7-2 vote at the July 10 board of commissioners meeting, the commissioners directed the county administration to renegotiate the part of the new collective bargaining agreement that requires the county to collect the union dues.

LEHIGH COUNTY COMMISSIONERS Board votes against TIF for Hamilton Crossings in Lower Mac

Thursday, July 4, 2013 by ANDREW CASS Special to The Press in Local News

The Lehigh County Commissioners voted against a tax increment financing (TIF) plan for the proposed Hamilton Crossings shopping center at its June 26 meeting.

In a 6-3 vote, Commissioners Michael Schware, Scott Ott, Vic Mazziotti, Brad Osborne, Lisa Scheller and Daniel McCarthy voted against the TIF. Commissioners Percy Dougherty, David Jones and Thomas Creighton voted in favor of the TIF.

Vote on Hamilton Crossings is delayed

Thursday, May 30, 2013 by ANDREW CASS Special to The Press in Local News

The Lehigh County Commissioners deferred a vote on whether to approve a tax increment financing (TIF) plan for the proposed Hamilton Crossings shopping center at its May 22 meeting.

Director of Community and Economic Development Cindy Feinberg recommended the deferral because the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission has not had a chance to look at the traffic impact of the proposed project, which was a concern to some commissioners.

Board discusses Hamilton Crossings tax reduction

Thursday, May 23, 2013 by ANDREW CASS Special to The Press in Local News

The Lehigh County Commissioners were presented with the first reading and discussion of a tax increment financing plan for the proposed Hamilton Crossings shopping center at its May 8 meeting.

The proposed Hamilton Crossings shopping center is located along Krocks Road between Route 222 and Hamilton Boulevard in Lower Macungie. The shopping center would include a Target and a Costco.

LEHIGH COUNTY COMMISSIONERs Area residents will decide on debt approval

Thursday, May 9, 2013 by ANDREW CASS Special to The Press in Local News

Lehigh County voters will get to decide if they would like to make the final approval before the county incurs certain kinds of debt.

At its April 24 meeting, the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners approved a referendum that will ask county voters this November if they would like the final say before the county issues debt to support private sector activities, such as building a baseball stadium.

Currently the commissioners can ask for voter advisory before the county incurs debt, but it is not required.

LEHIGH COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

Thursday, April 18, 2013 by ANDREW CASS Special to The Press in Local News

Voters could give final approval before county incurs debt

At its April 10 meeting, the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners held the second reading of a bill that would ask voters if they would like to give final approval before the county incurs certain types of debt.

If the bill passes, Lehigh County voters will be asked in November if they would like to make the final decision before the county issues debt to support private sector activities, such as building a pro football stadium.

Currently the commissioners can ask for voter advisory before the county incurs debt, but it is not required.

LEHIGH COMMISSIONERS

Thursday, April 4, 2013 by ANDREW CASS Special to The Press in Local News

Grant money disbursed

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.

L. C. authority charter extension is denied

Thursday, March 21, 2013 by ANDREW CASS Special to The Press in Local News

The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners voted 5-4 against extending the Lehigh County Authority's charter at its March 13 meeting.

The Lehigh County Authority was seeking an extension on its current charter so it could put in a bid for Allentown's proposed 50-year water and sewage system lease. The city is in need of $150 to 200 million to help pay for its underfunded employee pension program. LCA's current charter expires in 36 years.

Chairwoman Lisa Scheller called the vote the most important the current board has had to make and likely will remain so.

County tables charter decision

Thursday, March 14, 2013 by ANDREW CASS Special to The Press in Local News

The Lehigh County Commissioners tabled a bill that would extend the charter of the Lehigh County Authority at its Feb. 27 meeting.

The LCA's charter, which currently expires in 36 years, needs to be extended an additional 14 years in order for the authority to bid on the proposed 50-year lease for Allentown's water.

LCA's General Manager Aurel Arndt addressed concerns brought forward by the commissioners and Lehigh County citizens over what leasing Allentown's water would mean for rate increases.