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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Commissioners support redistricting reform bill

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners took a bold step at the Feb. 22 meeting by passing a resolution supporting redistricting reform.

The 8-1 vote specifically lends support to naming an independent citizens commission for redistricting. The commission would consist of 11 persons, four from the state’s majority party and four from the minority party. The remaining three would come from any political party. The Pennsylvania Secretary of State would elect the members.

Commissioner Amanda Holt voted in opposition.

Transfer of funds to benefit Cedarbrook

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution March 8 transferring $10.6 million from the county stabilization fund to the intergovernmental transfer fund which will go directly to Cedarbrook Nursing Homes.

The bill, sponsored by Commissioner Dan Hartzell, specifically provides for the intergovernmental transfer of funds to the Department of Human Services in order to provide the non-federal share of Medical Assistance payments to nursing homes.

County commissioners support redistricting reform bill

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners took a bold step at its Feb. 22 meeting by passing a resolution supporting redistricting reform.

The 8-1 vote specifically lends support to an independent citizens commission for redistricting. The commission would consist of 11 persons, four from the state’s majority party and four from the minority party. The remaining three would come from any political party. The Pennsylvania secretary of state would elect the members.

Commissioner Amanda Holt voted in opposition.

Commissioners support redistricting reform bill

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners took a bold step at the Feb. 22 meeting by passing a resolution supporting redistricting reform.

The 8-1 vote specifically lends support to an independent citizens commission for redistricting. The commission would consist of 11 persons, four from the state’s majority party and four from the minority party. The remaining three would come from any political party. The Pennsylvania Secretary of State would elect the members.

Commissioner Amanda Holt voted in opposition.

Lehigh County making new parks, rec plan

Monday, February 20, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Lehigh County is in the process of writing a new county livable landscapes plan.

According to Lehigh Valley Planning Commission Executive Director Becky Bradley, 18 individuals were present at the Feb. 7 meeting in which the planning commission was provided feedback on issues, while discussing the county’s future vision.

She said one of the primary, universal concerns was not enough people in and around the county know about the wide variety of parks, recreational facilities and open spaces available.

Lehigh County - Commissioners approve bond refinancing

Monday, February 20, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Lehigh County Board of Commissioners approved an ordinance at the Feb. 8 meeting that will net a savings to the county of $4 million.

The measure authorizes the refinancing of county general obligation bonds, series 2017.

“This is basically an attempt to save some money by refinancing our bond issues,” Commissioner Percy Dougherty, sponsor of the bill, said.

According to Dougherty, with the refinancing the county’s payment will drop from roughly 5 percent interest to 1.2 to 2.25 percent.

Lehigh County making new parks and rec plan

Monday, February 13, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Lehigh County is in the process of writing a new county livable landscapes plan.

According to Lehigh Valley Planning Commission Executive Director Becky Bradley, 18 individuals were present at the Feb. 7 meeting in which the planning commission was provided feedback on issues, while discussing the county’s future vision.

She said one of the primary, universal concerns was not enough people in and around the county know about the wide variety of parks, recreational facilities and open spaces available.

Lehigh County--Commissioners approve appointments, reappointments

Monday, February 13, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners appointed and reappointed five individuals to serve on boards and authorities at the Jan. 25 meeting.

Lynne Hanna was appointed to aging and adult services and Dilia Coppedge was appointed to serve on the county children and youth advisory board.

Additionally, Dean Browning and John Hayes were reappointed to serve on the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority and Sally Schoffstall received a reappointment to the aging and adult services board.

Lehigh Commissioners approve appointments, reappointments

Monday, February 6, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Lehigh County commissioners appointed and reappointed five individuals to serve on boards and authorities during their Jan. 25 meeting.

Lynne Hanna was appointed to Aging and Adult Services and Dilia Coppedge was appointed to serve on the Lehigh County Children and Youth Advisory Board.

Additionally, Dean Browning and John Hayes were reappointed to serve on the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority and Sally Schoffstall received a reappointment to the Aging and Adult Services Board.