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PRESS PHOTO BY BERNIE O’HAREA power outage plunges NorCo Council into darkness. A Summer thunderstorm plunged the courthouse into darkness in the middle of the meeting. PRESS PHOTO BY BERNIE O’HAREA power outage plunges NorCo Council into darkness. A Summer thunderstorm plunged the courthouse into darkness in the middle of the meeting.

Council literally left in the dark

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 by Bernie O’Hare Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

If you’ve been saying that Northampton County Council is in the dark, you’re right! Well, at least they were at their July 20 meeting. A Summer thunderstorm plunged the courthouse into darkness in the middle of the meeting.

“I called it!” said Ken Kraft, who previously had predicted there would be a power outage.

Undaunted by the darkness, Council President John Cusick forged ahead at a meeting that was initially attended by only six council members. Bob Werner and Glenn Geissinger were absent. Matt Deitz did call in after the meeting started. Executive John Brown and Controller Steve Barron were also absent.

It was a good night to play hookie. Little was accomplished. Council made a few appointments to boards that only rarely meet. There were also a number of open space resolutions.

The only real item of business - an ordinance about the county’s three booking centers that no one really understands - was tabled. Executive John Brown, who has no intention of funding booking centers outside of Easton, spoke against it at a Finance Committee meeting the previous day. Lehigh Township Supervisor Cindy Miller, Lehigh Township Police Chief Scott Fogel and Magisterial District Judge Robert Hawke, the judge who handles the northern tier, all spoke against it, too.

After everyone was thoroughly confused, sponsors Hayden Phillips and Matt Dietz moved to table the matter, and the other five council members unanimously agreed.