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.”
“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.
The soldiers in Lehigh County’s fight against the opioid crisis just got some sharp, new teeth that will allow them to attack a major source of the problem — the drug manufacturers.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.