The county’s General Purpose Authority (GPA) was originally established as a conduit for pass-through loans by universities and hospitals. It also offered small loans. But when former Executive John Brown designated this authority to administer what really is the county’s $38 million bridge building project, the problems began..
Around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 24 Bethlehem police investigated what they thought might be a burning mannequin at the Parkhurst Apartments complex in Bethlehem. What they discovered was actually determined to be a male human being, later identified as Tyrell Michael Holmes, age 18.
Details of the homicide were released at a news conference conducted by District Attorney John Morganelli Wednesday afternoon. This was also attended by Bethlehem Police Chief Mark DiLuzio, Coroner Zach Lysek, Assistant DA Patricia Mulqueen (Violent Crimes Unit) and Police Captain Anthony Leardi.
Some who attended the April 16 meeting of Bethlehem Township’s Board of Commissioners may have arrived a little late. Heavy rain that day forced Public Works to close a roadway that leads to the Municipal Building from the community college. After finally getting there, stormwater ended up being the chief topic of discussion.
War is brewing between Northampton County and its own creation, the General Purpose Authority (GPA). At their April 10 meeting, GPA board members voted to hire Philadelphia law firm Conrad and O’Brien as “special counsel” for anticipated litigation against the county. No bids were sought from other firms.
Lamont McClure is pleased to announce that the County of Northampton will competitively award grants to be funded from revenues collected from the Northampton County Hotel Tax. The Hotel Tax funds are provided for under Northampton County Resolution No. 440 of 2005, as authorized by P.L. 307 of 2000 and amended by Act 12 of 2005, by imposing a Hotel Room Rental Tax of 4 percent on hotel guests, to be used for tourism and community development initiatives.
At their April 10 meeting, Hanover Township Supervisors unanimously approved an agreement that will allow Bath Borough to leave the Colonial Regional Police Department six months sooner than was expected. Under its contract, Bath was required to continue using the services of Colonial Regional until Jan. 1, 2019. But at Bath’s request, its separation from the regional police department will be accelerated to July 1, 2018. Bath will still be required to pay Colonial Regional $242,714.88. It will also pay $92.26 per hour for contract services.
Though it was April 17, cold weather and falling snow made everyone feel as though Christmas was just around he corner. For 37 Northampton County municipalities, it is. That’s because Northampton County’s Gaming Board decided that night, during a special meeting at Hanover Township’s Municipal Building, to award grants of $31,440 to every Northampton County municipality, with the exception of Bethlehem. The Christmas City was omitted only because it already receives the lion’s share of gaming revenue.
James C. Kostura is a former Navy Seal who began working for Northampton County Corrections in 1993. He started out as a corrections officer and worked his way up through the ranks to became a deputy warden in charge of community corrections. Recently he was confirmed unanimously as director of corrections, replacing former Director Dan Keen.
Kostura’s salary is set at $93,626.
There were several bad jokes about Kostura “diving” into the new job.
Friendly’s Convenience Store, located at 4209 William Penn Highway in Bethlehem Township, is about to get a lot friendlier. So are two township Giant stores located off Linden Street and Easton Avenue. All three locations will soon be adding a very popular item to their inventory – alcohol. At their April 2 meeting, commissioners unanimously approved liquor license transfers for all three locations.
When he was a member of Northampton County Council, Lamont McClure drafted the legislation creating the county’s nine-member Gaming Board. As executive, he wants to abolish it. “The Gaming Board’s time has come and gone,” he told council last week. “I brought the Gaming Authority into the world; it’s time to take it out.”