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.
Catasauqua Borough is home to yet another state historical marker.
The Historical Catasauqua Preservation Association (HCPA) hosted a dedication ceremony Aug. 3 for the Davies and Thomas Co. marker at the Biery House, 8 Race St.
Janice Lathrop, HCPA treasurer and secretary, said the marker honoring the Thomas and Davies Co. is the sixth state historical marker awarded by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) recognizing Catasauqua’s industry.
“For a small town, I think that’s a number of markers,” Lathrop noted.
Revolution Church wants the Borough of Catasauqua to know the church and its congregation members are praying for borough officials, such as Mayor Barbara Schlegel, the police department and the community as a whole.
The church held a prayer walk Saturday, during which Bishop Jim McIver, his wife, Mary, his family and members of the church met in front of the Catasauqua municipal building and walked the downtown area.
Before leading the walk, McIver spoke to the church members.
The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the allocation of gambling funds from the Lehigh County Gambling Grant Program amounting to $307,638 to Salisbury and Upper Saucon townships and Fountain Hill and Coopersburg boroughs at the board’s Aug. 10 meeting.
The monies will be used for the township and borough police and fire departments.
North Catasauqua Borough in the future may consider arming its first responders with the life-saving drug Narcan.
Council President Peter Paone shared with council at its Aug. 9 meeting he recently witnessed an individual at the Wayne A. Grube Memorial Park in Northampton revived because of first responders administering the drug.
“I got to witness someone being brought back to life because of Narcan,” Paone said. “I’d say it hit a little close to home for me.”