Catasauqua Press

Monday, December 11, 2017

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.

LC board welcomes newly elected commissioners

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County Board of Commissioners approved some appointments and one bill and listened to complaints and suggestions from residents during a short meeting Nov. 8.

They also welcomed two commissioners-elect who won elections the night before.

Amy Zanelli, the new representative for District 3, which includes West Bethlehem, was there with her wife and children. Zanelli will replace David Jones, who will step down from the commissioner’s office.

No tax hike in proposed Lehigh County budget

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

Lehigh County residents got mostly good news from Lehigh County Executive Tom Muller Aug. 31 when he unveiled his Lehigh County 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.

Commissioner wants to review Cedarbrook report

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County Commissioner Brad Osborne expressed frustration at what he sees as slow progress on decisions concerning the 370-bed Cedarbrook Nursing Homes. According to Osborne, an operational analysis for Cedarbrook, two years in the making, was delivered to Lehigh County Executive Tom Muller July 21. However, Osborne said, Muller sent commissioners an email indicating that he does not plan to forward the report until the Aug. 23 board meeting. Osborne would like to see it sooner.

Commissioner wants to review Cedarbrook report

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County Commissioner Brad Osborne expressed frustration at what he sees as slow progress on decisions concerning the 370-bed Cedarbrook Nursing Homes. According to Osborne, an operational analysis for Cedarbrook, two years in the making, was delivered to Lehigh County Executive Tom Muller July 21. However, Osborne said, Muller sent commissioners an email indicating that he does not plan to forward the report until the Aug. 23 board meeting. Osborne would like to see it sooner.

County board doles out casino host funds

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County Commissioners had a second reading of the $133,755,495 Lehigh County Capital Plan for 2018-22 and then passed several motions to amend the bill at their July 12 meeting. The capital plan is a policy statement only and is not a budget or an appropriation of funds. A vote on the capital plan will be held at the July 26 meeting.

“The capital plan kind of kicks off the budget season,” said Commissioner Michael Schware in an interview.