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Friday, July 20, 2018

County board hears from worker opposed to union dues withdrawal

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

It’s not often U.S. Supreme Court decisions are cited in the chambers of the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners, but county employee Francisco Molina did exactly that June 27 when he addressed the board during the public comment portion of the agenda.

Molina, who has worked for the county since 2004 and for the Lehigh County Office of Children and Youth since 2006, said he does not want the county to provide his banking information to Service Employees International Union for automatic withdrawals of union dues from his bank account.

Allentown LGBT center grant falls through with 4-4 vote

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

A $5,000 grant to the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center fell through at the June 13 Lehigh County Board of Commissioners meeting when one of the sponsors of the bill, Amy Zanelli, abstained from voting.

She then watched the votes split between the remaining eight commissioners, 4-4.

Zanelli commented on her abstention.

“I volunteer for, contribute to and benefit from the Bradbury-Sullivan Community Center,” Zanelli said. “I will abstain.”

County board requests proposed amendment be withdrawn

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County Board of Commissioners requested Commissioner Amanda Holt withdraw a proposed amendment to the professional services agreement with Computer Aid Inc. for information technology management services May 9. No reason was given.

The same amendment had been delayed at the last meeting at the request of Commissioner Brad Osborne, who wanted time to study the effect of the amendment on other issues.

Anti-discrimination wording is concern for commissioner

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Business hit a speed bump Feb. 27 when Lehigh County Board of Commissioners attempted to approve a couple of professional services contracts. Commissioner Amy Zanelli objected to the boilerplate anti-discrimination provisions of two proposed agreements — one with Election IQ LLC and another with Alfred Yacoub, Esq., for professional services with the county.

Zanelli, elected in 2017 to represent District 3, noted the proposed contracts did not contain language that protects “sexual orientation, gender identity or expression or disability.”

Executive touts economy

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

In first state of county address, Armstrong praises administration, Valley 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.

Board overturns Muller’s veto

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

Commissioner: ‘Personalities were brought into issue’

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.

Lehigh County commissioners say farewell to three members

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

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

Jones stepped down as a Lehigh County commissioner for District 3, which includes the boroughs of Catasauqua and Hellertown, Hanover Township and parts of the cities of Allentown and Bethlehem.

Amy Zanelli was elected to the seat in the November election.

County board OKs amendment for electronic copy of budget

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

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.

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

County commissioners view five-year financial plan

Wednesday, December 6, 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.