Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong unveiled his 2020 proposed $514.6 million fiscal plan Aug. 30 to department heads, staffers, four attending commissioners and the public. Speaking in the public hearing room of the Lehigh County Administration’s Seventh Street headquarters in Allentown, Armstrong’s budget raises taxes to 5.5 percent.
Lehigh County Board of Commissioners, at its July 10 meeting, approved the disbursal of affordable housing trust funds to the following recipients:
• Allentown Housing Authority for redevelopment of 671 Lawrence Court, $75,000
• Catholic Charities for case management with emergency rent and mortgage assistance, $30,000
• Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley for homeownership counseling and mortgage counseling and mitigation, $33,302.15
Lehigh County Authority will get its requested 43-year lease extension. In a preliminary first reading, Lehigh County Board of Commissioners approved amending the articles of incorporation for the LCA to extend its term of existence 43 years from the date that the deal is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of State.
Commissioners approved the bill 9-0 at the June 12 meeting.
The move allows LCA to negotiate long-term financing at the best rates for “capital improvements for its many water and wastewater systems serving fourteen municipalities,” as stated in the bill.
Active duty and retired Pennsylvania State Police officers united ranks May 2 in front of their red brick barracks in Hanover Township, Lehigh County, to honor their dead. Family members and guests came in support.
The men and women were there for the Pennsylvania State Police Memorial Day ceremony hosted by Troop M, Bethlehem, headquarters commanded by Captain Richard H. D’Ambrosio.
At its May 8 meeting, Lehigh County Board of Commissioners defeated, by a vote of 4-5, a major step in getting the renovation of the Cedarbrook Senior Care and Rehabilitation facility started. Commissioners gave a first reading to a resolution that “indicates [commissioners’] support for a facility plan, which meets the facility standards set forth by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.”
Members of Lehigh County’s human services office again made a strong showing at the county commissioners’ April 24 meeting.
They have been making regular appearances recently at commissioners’ meetings, arguing for more staff.
“We have a wholesale system breakdown,” Tony Lupo said, referring to the ability of staff to properly care for children referred to human services. “Caseworkers are not able to protect the children of Lehigh County. We can’t keep people. They run out the door.”
Lupo said he has 47 cases.
Former Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim will be remembered long after he has left office.
County commissioners voted April 10 on a resolution to name the conference room in the Lehigh County Coroner’s Office and Forensic Center in his honor.
According to the resolution approved by the board, Grim served in the coroner’s office of Lehigh County for 26 years, 22 of which as coroner. Under his leadership, in 2005, the Lehigh County Coroner’s Office was nationally accredited by the International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners.
A motion to put a referendum on term limits before citizens failed in a 5-2 vote March 13 during the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners’ regular meeting.
The sponsor, Commissioner Amy Zanelli, couldn’t muster enough support to pass the measure. Even fellow Democrat Dan Hartzell could not be persuaded. He sided with Republicans to vote against the measure.
“We need to use reason instead of emotion,” Hartzell said. “This implies that long service is a problem. I can’t convince myself this is a problem in search of a solution.”
Riverbend Community Church, Allentown, went all out to give individuals with specials needs a fun night. The Night to Shine prom was held Feb. 8 at Palace Center, Hanover Street in Allentown. One hundred forty guests enjoyed dancing, eating and socializing.
The lobby of Palace Center was transformed to create the atmosphere of a grand hotel, complete with a red carpet where arriving guests strutted their finery as they entered the building.
After passing a tremendous arch of balloons, guests registered and met their buddy.
“’Unspeakable’” describes a system that often finds itself inadequate to help the very individuals it has been created to serve,” says Ara Barlieb about the genesis of his new play.
The Crowded Kitchen Players’ “Unspeakable” has its world premiere March 22, Charles A. Brown Ice House, Bethlehem, where it continues March 23, 24, 29, 30 and 31.