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NorCo: Retirement fund reaches new high

Thursday, May 30, 2013 by CAROL SMITH Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

Northampton County Executive John Stoffa reports that the county's retirement fund is on solid financial ground. At NC council's May 2 meeting, Stoffa told council that there was $302 million in the fund, which was a new high. The balance had nearly doubled from February 2009 when the fund stood at $161 million. The fund's previous all-time high was $258 million set in May 2007.

While many local, state and school district budgets are underfunded when it comes to retirement plans, Northampton County's retirement fund is 80 percent funded.

Northampton Council takes legal action; court will rule on sealed-bid contract dispute with Stoffa

Thursday, May 23, 2013 by CAROL SMITH Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

Claiming disregard to council members and a violation of the county's Home Rule Charter, Northampton County Council moved to stop the county executive from hiring LifeStar Response to be Gracedale Nursing Home's non-emergency medical transport service provider.

By a 7-1 vote at its May 16 meeting, council empowered its solicitor to seek an injunction to prevent the county from entering into a three-year contract with LifeStar. Councilman Bob Werner, who supports the county's choice of LifeStar, was the single opposing vote to council's action. Councilman Bruce Gilbert was absent.

Northampton County: Parks receive open space funding

Thursday, May 23, 2013 by CAROL SMITH Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

South Bethlehem's Greenway and four other municipal parks will receive grant money for park projects.

As part of Northampton County's Open Space Advisory Board recommendations, Northampton County Council at its May 16 meeting approved funding for South Bethlehem's Greenway, Forks Township Community Park and Bangor's Memorial and Pennico parks projects.

NORTHAMPTON COUNTY: Bechtel building up for sale; Human services building groundbreaking May 17

Thursday, May 9, 2013 by CAROL SMITH Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

Groundbreaking for Northampton County's new Human Services building will take place May 17 at 1 p.m.

County Executive John Stoffa told NC council at its May 2 meeting that the new centralized facility in Bethlehem Township will be open in March 2014. Between December and March, human services employees will be relocated to the new building, according to project timelines.

NORTHAMPTON COUNTY: Bridge repair work to begin

Thursday, May 2, 2013 by CAROL SMITH Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

Northampton County Council approved two bridge repair projects and the expansion of the Emergency Operations Center at its April 18 meeting.

Northampton County's bridges receive between a "C-minus" to a "B-plus" grade as compared with the state's bridges which rated a "C" when evaluated for safety, according to an engineering study conducted last year.

Northampton County: Human Services building will be ready on time

Thursday, April 25, 2013 by CAROL SMITH Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

Northampton County's new Human Services building is on target for its March 2014 completion date.

At its April 18 meeting, Northampton County Council received a project update on the 66,375-square-foot, three-story building at 2801 Emrick Blvd. between Freemansburg Avenue and William Penn Highway, soon to be the new home for 225 Human Services county employees.

Earth Day on the Greenway

Thursday, April 25, 2013 by CAROL SMITH Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

Earth Day on South Bethlehem's Greenway featured eco-friendly businesses and organizations hoping to educate the public about the importance of using our resources in environmentally sound ways. The two-day event, held April 20 and 21, filled South Bethlehem's rail trail with nine villages of fun and learning: Green Energy, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, Food and Farm, Health and Wellness, Environmental Advocacy, Community Action, Backyard Gardening, Conservation and Eco-Homestead.

Northampton County: Archives move to new home

Thursday, April 18, 2013 by CAROL SMITH Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

After an absence of nine years, Northampton County residents can now access the county's extensive collection of documents and records at its new home.

An April 5 dedication ceremony opened the new 9,750-square-foot Archives Building to the public. The new location at 999 Conroy Place in Forks Township is handicapped-accessible and has a parking lot close to the building.

Northampton County: Stoffa seeks sealed bids to override council's transport contract vote

Thursday, April 18, 2013 by CAROL SMITH Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

Northampton County Executive John Stoffa says it is the right thing to do to seek sealed bids for the medical transportation contract at Gracedale Nursing Home. Feeling its power challenged, NC Council will consider its options to sue the Stoffa administration.

Last month, by a 3-6 vote, council members refused to award a contract to LifeStar Response for medical transport services at Gracedale, the county-owned nursing facility in Upper Nazareth Township.

Northampton County: Nazareth Ambulance service remains council's favorite

Thursday, April 4, 2013 by CAROL SMITH Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

Nazareth Ambulance Corps (NAC) continues to be Northampton County Council's favorite non-emergency transport service for Gracedale nursing home residents.

By a 3-6 vote, council members refused to award a contract to LifeStar Response for medical transport services at Gracedale, the county-owned nursing facility in Nazareth.