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.
Northampton County’s Centralized Human Services Building is located at 2801 Emrick Boulevard in Bethlehem Township. It was dedicated a little over four years ago, in April 2014. It was a dream come true for former Executive John Stoffa. He devoted his career to human services. Throughout two terms, he argued for a centralized location for the 80,000 clients who often need services from several departments. The county leases this building from Polaris Emrick Development at a rate of $1.05 million per year. Is it time to buy?
Joan Rosenthal has been a Northampton County Elections Commissioner, Hanover Township Supervisor, Planning Commissioner and Zoning Hearing Board member. “You name it, I was on it,” she laughs. Over the past few years, she’s been trying to scale back so that others can serve. On Aug, 28, she informed township supervisors that she’s stepping down from the Neighborhood Block Watch, another organization she managed for many years.
On July 18, Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli met with Northampton County’s four college presidents to see what could be done to curb college drinking. “Alcohol is still the drug of choice,” he said. He wants to avoid tragedies like last year’s death of a Lafayette College freshman, who fractured his skull in an apparent fall during a weekend of drinking.
Northampton County Executive Lamont McClure informed county council Aug. 16 that he expects West Nile virus, which has been detected in area mosquitoes, will infect county residents. To that end, he reports that spraying has begun.