The vacation of Filbert Street and part of Second Avenue was approved March 20 by Bethlehem City Council in a 6-1 vote. Councilman Bryan Callahan abstained because his brother, former Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan, works for the developer who asked for the change in street usage.
The action facilitates the development objectives for the owners of the historic Floyd Simons Armory who plan to redevelop the armory and adjacent lots into 70 upscale apartments and a business located at Prospect and Second avenues.
Lehigh County Fiscal Officer Tim Reeves spoke to the Lehigh County Commissioners March 14 and explained the county’s budget at the end of 2017. He described the budget in terms of a “checking account” – the Operating Fund, and the “savings account” – the Stabilization Fund.
Judge Stephen G. Baratta swore in new city council member Dr. Paige Van Wirt in a brief ceremony at the beginning of the regular meeting of the Bethlehem City Council Tuesday. Van Wirt was accompanied by Council Vice President Olga Negron. Dr. Van Wirt was appointed to replace Eric Evans, who resigned his council seat to be the new business manager for Bethlehem; Van Wirt took her seat immediately following being sworn in.
“Please know that I am so very humbled that the voters trusted me to manage our county over the next four years,” Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong said, addressing a crowd of county officials, politicians or their representatives and other guests Feb. 22 during his State of Lehigh County address.
Armstrong, speaking at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, introduced his remarks by assuring the attendees he and his administration are interested in putting progress over politics.
Business as usual hit a speed bump Feb. 27 when county commissioners attempted to approve a couple of routine professional services contracts. Commissioner Amy Zanelli objected to the boilerplate anti-discrimination provisions of two proposed agreements – one with Election IQ LLC and another with Alfred Yacoub, Esquire for professional services with the County of Lehigh.
Zanelli, elected in 2017 from District 3 to her commissioner office, noted the proposed contracts did not contain language that protects “sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or disability.”
Local politicians, school superintendents, law enforcement, an advocacy group, and high school students came together for a question and answer discussion on school safety March 1 at PBS 39’s studio.
The National Rifle Association declined to attend the forum in Bethlehem, even though they were invited, according to host and moderator Tracy Yatsko. An empty chair on the stage represented the absent pro-gun organization, Yatsko said.
Before the regular meeting of the Lehigh County Commissioners Feb. 14, Director of General Services Richard Molchany, during the General Services Committee meeting, briefed the commissioners on the status of plans to consolidate Lehigh County’s and the City of Allentown’s 9-1-1 services.
“I represent the average person,” said the new Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong addressing a convivial crowd of county officials, politicians or their representatives and other guests on Thursday. “We understand the power of the average person.”
Executive Armstrong, speaking at Coca-Cola Stadium in Allentown, introduced his remarks by assuring the attendees, “We put progress over politics.”
Armstrong said that “over the past several years, our local economy has undergone a renaissance … we still make stuff here.”
Before the regular meeting of the Lehigh County Commissioners Feb. 14, Director of General Services Richard Molchany during the General Services Committee meeting briefed the commissioners on the status of plans to consolidate Lehigh County’s and the city of Allentown’s 911 services.
In a surprise appearance Feb. 20, Stephanie Hnatiw and Virginia Oskin of the Bethlehem YWCA presented Councilwoman Olga Negron a bouquet of flowers and named her the YWCA’s Public Servant of the Year. Negron will be formally honored a dinner April 12 at the event center at Blue in Bethlehem Township.