Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Lehigh County 2018 taxes will remain static

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County Commissioners on Oct. 30 passed the 2018 county budget on a vote of 9 – 0. In a very short meeting and with very little discussion, the lawmakers set the spending priorities for the next year. After the quick vote, they engaged in a general round of congratulatory exchanges and shared smiles.

The general mood of the lawmakers was epitomized by Commissioner Percy Dougherty’s comment, “Any budget without a tax increase is a good budget!”

LEHIGH-Commissioners retain counsel to fight cross ban

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County Commissioners Oct. 25 voted 7-1 to retain the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty of Washington, D.C. as special counsel to represent the county in its appeal to retain the Christian or Latin cross in the Lehigh County seal and flag.

Minutes from a December 1944 Lehigh County Commissioners meeting make the meaning the cross clear: “Underneath same and in center of Shield [Seal] appears the huge cross in canary-yellow signifying Christianity and the God-fearing people which are the foundation and backbone of our county.”

OLPH students practice fire safety

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in School

“Stop, drop, and roll!” shouted benches full of uniformed children at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School on Santee Road in Bethlehem this past Thursday. They were repeating the refrain from Fire Officer Jeff Owens’ song about fire safety.

The class, presented by Owens Public Education Coordinator for Koorsen Fire & Security, was good, but besides getting some valuable advice, the kids got a chance to pet his two black Labrador retriever dogs, Kali and Kasey.

No tax increase in proposed 2018 budget

Monday, September 11, 2017 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County residents got mostly good news from Lehigh County Executive Tom Muller Aug. 31 when he presented his proposed Lehigh County budget for 2018 with no tax increase for Lehigh County for 2018.

Muller presented his fiscal plan at Cedarbrook nursing home which is owned by the County. A small crowd comprised mostly of county staff, politicians, local township officials and numerous residents of the nursing home attended the Aug. 31 press conference.

Article By: Douglas Graves Special to the Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Commissioner Dan Hartzell recently decided to temporarily withdraw a favored option for renovation of Cedarbrook nursing home from the agenda. The option will be considered at the next regular commissioners’ meeting, according to Commissioner Hartzell.

In spite of the absence of commissioners Thomas Creighton and Michael Schware, the vote could have been held, but Hartzell wanted to have a full board present for the vote. He said he didn’t want board members to feel legislation had been “rammed down their throats.”

LEHIGH COUNTY-No tax increase proposed in 2018 budget

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County residents got mostly good news from Lehigh County Executive Tom Muller Aug. 31 when he presented his proposed Lehigh County budget for 2018 with no tax increase for Lehigh County for 2018.

Muller presented his fiscal plan at Cedarbrook nursing home which is owned by the County. A small crowd comprised mostly of county staff, politicians, local township officials and numerous residents of the nursing home attended the Aug. 31 press conference.

LEHIGH COUNTY COMMISSIONERS-Operational analysis on Cedarbrook provided

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County Executive Tom Muller delivered the much anticipated operational analysis for the Cedarbrook Nursing Home to the Lehigh County Committee on Cedarbrook Aug. 9. The analysis, done by Good Shepherd, presents options and their costs so the commissioners can better judge how to spend money on the two-campus facility.

Commissioners dole out casino host funds

Thursday, July 20, 2017 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County Commissioners had a second reading of the $133,755,495 Lehigh County Capital Plan for 2018 – 2022, and then passed several motions to amend the bill at their July 12 meeting. The capital plan, according to explanatory text in the ordinance, “is a policy statement only and is in no way to be construed as a budget or an appropriation.” A vote on the capital plan will be held at the next meeting July 26.

“The capital plan kind of kicks off the budget season,” Commissioner Michael Schware said in an interview.