It’s true! Northampton County Council President Ken Kraft resigned at council’s Oct. 4 meeting, and he’s going to jail. But not as an inmate.
County Executive Lamont McClure has named him Public Safety Deputy Director of Corrections. McClure said he needed someone to deal with vendors and review contracts, line-by-line, and that person is Kraft.
On Oct 9, Marty Nothstein joined fellow Congressional candidates Susan Wild and Tim Silfies to tape a lively debate for WFMZ-TV69’s Business Matters before a raucous audience of 175 people. He was asked what it felt like to deal with allegations of sexual misconduct that allegedly occurred 16 years ago. They were ultimately determined to be unfounded, but Nothstein called what happened “devastating to me, devastating to my family and devastating to my campaign.” He failed to mention it, but Nothstein filed a lawsuit over this matter the day before his debate.
Bethlehem Township Commissioner Tom Nolan died Sept. 25 after a brief battle with leukemia. When the remaining four commissioners met Oct. 1, they started with a moment of silence for Nolan. Then each of them offered their own tributes, followed by members of the public.
A few weeks ago, CACLV’s Alan Jennings hosted a Congressional forum on WDIY’s Lehigh Valley Discourse for Libertarian Tim Silfies, Republican Marty Nothstein and Democrat Susan Wild. Instead of speaking in sound bites, each candidate was able to answer well-researched questions in detail. Each candidate shined. What happened Sept. 26 may have been even better.
Commissioner Tom Nolan, 76, a fixture in Bethlehem Township government for the past three decades, passed away Sept. 25. He suffered from an aggressive form of leukemia and had been absent from the past several meetings.
“He was dedicated and always had Bethlehem Township’s best interests at heart,” said Hanover Township Manager Jay Finnigan, who served with Nolan on the county gaming board.
“We will remember him well,” added John Diacogiannis, who chairs Hanover Township’s board of supervisors. He started last week’s meeting with a moment of silence in remembrance of Nolan.
Easton City Council member Ken Brown is Northampton County’s new Director of Court Services. He was confirmed unanimously by County Council at their Sept. 20 meeting. He will be paid an annual salary of $77,566. “I cannot tell you enough how much I respect his experience at Shiloh Manor,” said Executive Lamont McClure.
He also complimented Brown’s acumen as a PIAA basketball referee, although that is more debatable. Brown does have a new pair of glasses.
In addition to serving as executive director at Shiloh Manor, Brown has been a member of Easton City council since 2004.
Northampton County Council voted unanimously Sept. 20 for a new, $33.7 million contract for managed IT services. It’s with a new vendor, too. Conduent, a spin-off of Xerox, is being replaced by Vision Technologies, located in Glen Burnie, Md.
A managed IT service is an information technology (IT) task provided by a third-party contractor and delivered to a customer.
Bethlehem Township Commissioners gave their blessing to a permanent helipad at the St. Luke’s Hospital Anderson campus Sep. 17. By a 4-0 vote, they approved both the helipad and anticipated flight take-off and landing patterns. This vote came after a hearing attended by about 30 people, some of whom were there for other matters. Voting Yes were Malissa Davis, John Gallagher, Michael Hudak and John Merhotten. Tom Nolan was absent.
Northampton Area School District and Colonial Intermediate Unit 20 face a federal lawsuit based on the alleged sexual assault of a 15-year-old female student with special needs.
The complaint, filed Sept. 11 by Philadelphia Attorney Michael D. Shaffer, is based on incidents that allegedly occurred in December of 2017.
The student is identified in the complaint only by her initials. She and her parents, also identified only by their initials, are seeking more than $150,000 in damages.
Bethlehem Township has received a clean bill of financial health. Melissa Grube, a CPA with Allentown accounting firm Campbell, Rappold and Yurasits, presented commissioners Aug. 4 with a positive outlook for the year 2017. There were no material weaknesses or problems with internal controls.