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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

LC COMMISSIONERS - Contracts approved for 911 plan, center

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners approved two contracts at its May 10 meeting with Essential Management Solutions, LLC to provide 911 regionalization consolidation management services.

Rich Molchany, county director of general services, explained the contracts to the board.

According to Molchany, the first contract will provide construction management for a consolidated 911 communications center and regionalized equipment plan.

Molchany said Lehigh County is different than Bethlehem City and Northampton.

Additional $5 vehicle fee considered

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Those living in Lehigh County may soon be required to pay an additional $5 for each non-exempt vehicle registration.

The board of commissioners at its April 12 meeting discussed a motion authorizing the fee. Included in the approved motion is the establishment of a Municipal Transportation Infrastructure Program. The board will vote on the bill at the April 26 meeting.

Commissioner Dan Hartzell, co-sponsor for the bill, along with Commissioner Percy Dougherty, lauded the motion.

Resolution benefits Cedarbrook

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

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 provides for the transfer of funds to the Department of Human Services, the nonfederal share of Medical Assistance payments to nursing homes.

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.