Lehigh County Board of Commissioners took its first look at the 2017 budget at its Oct. 13 meeting.
The 2017 budget amounts to $399 million and includes roughly 33 amendments. The budget also proposes no tax increase and keeps the millage rate stable at 3.68 mills.
Commissioner Geoff Brace introduced an amendment, which was approved, that would eliminate a line item for the Northern Lehigh Community Center. An ordinance would be required to release $100,000 in funds.
The Catasauqua Area School Board at its Oct. 11 meeting approved a number of substitute and appointment positions.
Approved substitute positions include Janet Wanamaker as cafeteria substitute; Arian Orender as noncertified instructional aide; Jalen Nichols as noncertified instructional aide; Brittany Becker as substitute cafeteria aide; and Kimberly Bayer as substitute teacher.
Sheckler Elementary School Principal Eric Dauberman last month received some surprising news in the form of a grant.
According to Dauberman, Sheckler was nominated for a $1,000 grant through Town & Country Bowling Lanes, Bethlehem.
According to bowling center manager Dennis Bruder, the national Kids Bowl Free summer bowling program selected Sheckler out of 18,000 schools nationwide to receive the check. Town & Country’s marketing representative nominated area schools within a 25 mile radius.
Two Sheckler Elementary School students recently decided to do their part to raise money for new playground equipment.
Fourth-grade students Cody Kurczeski and Nicholas Stem approached the Sheckler administration last month, requesting approval to set up a lemonade stand during the school’s meet the teacher night Sept. 15.
Cody told The Press he and Nicholas saw an announcement that Home and School Association was trying to raise funds.
“We decided to help in another way,” Cody said.
Lehigh County Board of Commissioners Sept. 14 approved the first reading of a bill that will allow the issuance of general obligation bonds totaling roughly $20 million.
The vote was 8-0.
According to Michael Setley of Concord Public Finance, the bonds will be used to fund $19 million in county capital projects.
The county will ultimately have to borrow $20 million, he said.
The funding will be used to pay for Lehigh County Courthouse renovations, county software and repairs to Coca-Cola Park.
Catasauqua Area School Board recently learned Rockefeller Group is interested in acquiring the right-of-way at Willowbrook and West Bullshead roads, on the campus of Catasauqua High School (CHS). Attorney Joseph Fitzpatrick, of Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba PC, appeared before the board Sept. 13 on behalf of the Rockefeller Group.
Lehigh County Board of Commissioners were presented with the Lehigh County Authority’s five-year capital plan at the board’s Aug. 24 meeting.
Liesel Gross, chief executive officer of LCA, said the plan is merely an overview.
“We felt a five-year plan was more manageable,” she said. “A capital plan is the most conceptual. It’s a five-year look out.”
According to Gross, 85 projects are included in the five-year plan, with $25 million of work anticipated in 2017. Total funding for the plan, she added, is $146 million.
A Whitehall Township man has been charged in the alleged stabbing of another man with a machete Sept. 4 at Sheetz, 5001 MacArthur Road, Whitehall.
According to the affidavit of probable cause obtained from District Magistrate Robert Halal’s office, Michael Allen Farber, 19, has been charged with the felony of aggravated assault.
Police responded to a stabbing 9:26 p.m. at the gas station. When police arrived at the scene, they found Jonathan Regits, no age and residence provided, bleeding profusely from his left hand, the affidavit said.
The Lehigh Valley Post L of the Travelers Protective Association of America has a proud history of giving back to the community.
Post L held its annual picnic at the North Catasauqua William J. Albert Memorial Park Aug. 7 during which the organization again awarded two area families with scholarship money from the post’s deaf and near-deaf trust fund.
This year’s recipients include Allyson Hickswa and son Jackson, of Bethlehem, who received $1,000 and Heather and Jack Maginn and daughters Lily and Riley, of Coopersburg, who received $2,000.
Lehigh County Executive Tom Muller laid out his 2017 proposed budget amounting to $399 million, which does not include a tax increase for county homeowners, Aug. 31 at Limeport Stadium, Limeport.
“Proposing a budget with no tax increase has been made possible by the efforts of our employees every day to serve our citizens effectively and efficiently,” Muller said.
The millage rate will remain at 3.68 mills with the average homeowner paying $668 in taxes in 2017.