Cedar Brooke to get new head
Lehigh County Commissioners approved an amendment to modify the 2019 budget authorizing the creation of a new position; Director of Cedar Brook Nursing home. They needed the new slot so they can pay for a director to replace Good Shepherd, the therapy services company that decided this year to give up the contract to manage the huge facility in South Whitehall located off Hamilton Boulevard just west of Dorney Park. The annual salary for the position is $123,136.
In other business, commissioners commemorated the long service of retiring Deputy Controller John A. Falk. He retires after almost 31 years’ service. “I will still stay busy,” said Falk in a post meeting interview. He said he teaches at DeSales University.
Commissioners generally expressed high regard and admiration for Falk and his service to the County.
“I always found you willing to teach,” said Commissioner Brad Osborne.
Commissioner Marc Grammes said, “You have always been a man of integrity and professionalism.”
Commissioner Dr. Percy Dougherty described Falk as “a mainstay there [in the Controller’s office] for many years.”
Following their agenda, Commissioners gave final approval for an agreement with Lehigh Carbon Community College to provide English language services and testing “for out-of-school youth and adults the best opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and earn a state-issued high school equivalency. ”According to Commissioner Dougherty, the program supports inmates at the County Jail.
The Geiger’s Covered Bridge over Jordon Creek was approved for engineering services in connection with rehabilitating the bridge. Carroll Engineering Corp. of Warrington, PA got the contract.
Commissioners approved a contract with Tactical Public Safety, LLC for “installation and configuration of an ISSI interface to the Allentown P25 System Network Switching Centers. According to bultronic.net, “A P25 Trunked Site refers to the radio equipment located at a tower site. This may include up to twenty-four MASTR III RF base stations and a Site Interface cabinet. MASTR III base stations provide the RF radio backbone for the site and the Site Interface cabinet houses the data management equipment.”
Also approved by commissioners under sponsorship of Commissioner Dougherty was Bill 2019-04, “an amendment to the Intergovernmental Agreement Among the Counties of Lehigh, Carbon, Lackawanna, Monroe, Northampton, Pike, Susquehanna, and Wayne for the purpose of continuing the ‘Northeast Pennsylvania Emergency Response Group’ to provide mutual aid and assistance in planning, preparation and response for disaster events.”