Lehigh County is in the process of writing a new livable landscapes plan.
According to Lehigh Valley Planning Commission Executive Director Becky Bradley, 18 individuals were present at a Feb. 7 meeting in which the planning commission was provided feedback on issues, while discussing the county’s future vision.
She said one of the primary, universal concerns was that not enough people in and around the county know about the variety of parks, recreational facilities and open spaces available.
The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners has approved an ordinance that will net a savings to the county of $4 million.
The measure, approved at the board’s Feb. 8 meeting, authorizes the refinancing of county general obligation bonds, series 2017.
“This is basically an attempt to save some money by refinancing our bond issues,” Commissioner Percy Dougherty, sponsor of the bill, said.
According to Dougherty, with the refinancing, the county’s payment will drop from roughly a 5-percent interest rate to a 1.2- to 2.25-percent rate.
A number of positions were approved by the Catasauqua school board during the Feb. 14 meeting.
The board unanimously approved Trajano Bastida as the Catasauqua Middle School soccer coach with a stipend of $2,671; James Schaffer and Erin DeBoer as Catasauqua High School Brown and White co-advisers with stipends of $1,772; Erika Proctor as the CHS assistant softball coach volunteer; Randy Gillespie as CMS assistant soccer coach volunteer; and Richard Clancy as CHS assistant softball coach with a stipend of $2,671.
Pennsylvania State Rep. Zach Mako, R-183rd, has been serving the constituents of Northampton and Lehigh counties for nearly two months.
Mako, who was sworn in Jan. 3, said he initially decided to run for the open legislative seat due to the current condition of state, national and international politics.
“I was concerned and wanted to give back,” Mako told The Press.
The Catasauqua Area School Board has welcomed two new board members, Jason Bashaw, of North Catasauqua, and Dale Hein, of Catasauqua.
Bashaw and Hein were approved at the board’s Jan. 17 meeting.
The new appointees replace former board member Dawn Berrigan, who resigned in December, and Carol McCarthy, whose letter of resignation was approved in January. Both terms run until Dec. 31.
A group of Catasauqua High School students has taken on a project to raise awareness and focus on childhood cancer.
CHS students and members of the school student forum, Britni Elekes, Alexis Bernard and Rose Dietrich, have partnered with the Angel 34 Foundation to pursue the endeavor.
Angel 34 is led by Executive Director Doug Sheriff, who created the foundation after his daughter, Nicole, a Northampton Area High School athlete, died in 2004 from Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. The foundation aims to help battle cancer.
Catasauqua Area School District teachers are now working under a new five-year contract.
The Catasauqua Area School Board approved the new contract by a vote of 7-0 at their Jan. 17 meeting. The new contract runs from July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2022. Newly appointed board members Jason Bashaw and Dale Hein abstained from the vote.
Highlights of the new contract include all salary schedules increasing by $1,000 in the first and second years, $1,100 in the third and fourth years and $1,200 in the fifth year.
Lehigh County Board of Commissioners appointed and reappointed five individuals to serve on boards and authorities at its Jan. 25 meeting.
Lynne Hanna was appointed to aging and adult services, and Dilia Coppedge was appointed to serve on the county’s children and youth advisory board.
Additionally, Dean Browning and John Hayes were reappointed to serve on the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority, and Sally Schoffstall received a reappointment to the aging and adult services board.
The Catasauqua Area School Board has again committed itself to not raising taxes beyond the Act 1 state tax index.
The board unanimously approved a resolution at the Jan. 17 meeting to not exceed the 2017-18 state tax index of 3.2 percent. Last year’s index was 3.1 percent.
The index is based on relative wealth, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
Sheckler Elementary School students recently exercised their academic and team collaboration skills and tried their hand at escaping out of one of the school’s rooms.
Sheckler Principal Eric Dauberman came up with the idea for the escape room, with the help of fourth-grade classroom, expressive arts and gifted teachers.
According to Dauberman, the escape room is an elementary version of similar rooms created for adults that have surfaced in the country.