A $5,000 grant to the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center failed last week when the one of the sponsors of the bill, Amy Zanelli, abstained from voting for the bill; however, she then watched the votes split between the remaining eight commissioners, 4–4. With Zanelli’s vote, the bill would have passed. She said that she abstained because, “I volunteer for, contribute to, and benefit from” the Bradbury-Sullivan Community Center, “I will abstain.”
The computer consultant company Computer Aid, Inc., based in Allentown, finally saw a contract amendment approved by commissioners 6–1 with one abstention May 23. Commissioner Amanda Holt voted “no” on the amendment.
Decriminalizing marijuana is firmly on the agenda for the next meeting of Bethlehem City Council ,as members unanimously approved the measure in their first reading. This procedure ensures that the ordinance will get a final vote and approval at the next scheduled regular meeting June 19.
All members of council expressed support of the ordinance to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. A small amount is defined as “thirty grams or less of marijuana or eight grams or less of hashish.”
The computer consultant company Computer Aid, Inc., based in Allentown, finally saw a contract amendment approved in a 6–1 vote with one abstention May 23. Commissioner Amanda Holt voted “no” on the amendment.
Owners of a historic mansion at 114 W. Fourth St. were denied a certificate of appropriateness Wednesday when Bethlehem City Council voted to uphold a recommendation of denial by the Historic Architecture Review Board. Plans for the circa 1885 Grace Mansion called proposed renovations which would have added six townhouses on the historic properties.
Council voted 6–0 to uphold the HARB’s recommendation. Council President Adam Waldron was absent, so the vote was unanimous among present members.
Lehigh County Administration requested that Commissioner Amanda Holt withdraw a proposed amendment to the professional services agreement with Computer Aid, Inc. for information technology management services May 9. No reason was given. The same amendment had been delayed at the last meeting at the request of Lehigh County Commissioner Brad Osborne, who said he wanted time to study the effect of the amendment on other issues.
Local Knights of Columbus members and their guests or family members gathered April 7 at the Lehigh Valley Hotel & Conference Center to commemorate the 120th anniversary of the founding of Trinity Council #13. Monsignor David James the Vicar General of the Diocese of Allentown was a guest of honor.
The charitable organization raises money for worthy causes. One recent recipient of Trinity Council #13’s charity was Bethlehem’s Mary’s Shelter Cay Galgon Center which received $6,567.17 in 2017.
Lehigh County Commissioners had some political moments April 25 as agenda items were floated, then after sharp questioning by fellow commissioners, sank beneath increasingly turbulent political waters.
Lehigh County Commissioners had some political moments Wednesday as agenda items were floated, then after sharp questioning by fellow commissioners, sank beneath increasingly turbulent political waters.
Bethlehem City Councilwoman Olga Negron wants the city to adopt an ordinance that would reduce penalties for possession and personal use of small amounts of marijuana. However, the proposed law was not voted on Tuesday when it was placed on the agenda for a “first reading,” but instead council members decided to refer the matter to the Public Safety Committee for further review.