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Saucon Valley: Board talks facilities study

Thursday, March 19, 2015 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Saucon Valley School District board members voted Feb. 10 to conduct a facilities study.

District Superintendent Monica McHall-Small said a proposal for the study should be completed to determine how much it will cost for such a plan.

According to McHall-Small, the windows in the high school are aged and the condition of the roofs have deteriorated over time.

The study will also look at how district facilities can and will handle the potential of full day kindergarten in the future.

Lehigh County: Advisory team moves forward

Thursday, March 12, 2015 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

A Cedarbrook Nursing Home advisory team has been created by the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners.

The board unanimously passed a resolution at its Feb. 25 meeting creating the advisory team.

The group will have three months to create three long range plans for the nursing home.

Board Chairman Brad Osborne said he is looking forward to the team's input regarding the future of Cedarbrook.

Board member Percy Dougherty was less hopeful of the team.

"We may not like the report that comes back to us," he said.

LC Commissioners Cedarbrook advisory team moves forward

Thursday, March 5, 2015 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

A Cedarbrook Nursing Home advisory team has been created by the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners.

The board unanimously passed a resolution at its Feb. 25 meeting creating the advisory team.

The group will have three months to create three long range plans for the nursing home.

Board Chairman Brad Osborne said he is looking forward to the team's input regarding the future of Cedarbrook.

Board member Percy Dougherty was less hopeful of the team.

"We may not like the report that comes back to us," he said.

LEHIGH COUNTY COMMISSIONERS: Cedarbrook task force being formed

Thursday, February 19, 2015 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners plan to put their heads together in an effort to create a task force to look more closely at Cedarbrook Nursing Home.

The board discussed the task force committee at the Feb. 11 meeting. The committee, consisting of five to nine members, will be composed of health care experts and have roughly three months to develop possible courses of action for Cedarbrook.

The commissioners indicated the committee likely will be formed by the end of March. Recommendations are expected by June 30.

Kindergarten registration may move to Sept. 1

Thursday, February 12, 2015 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Saucon Valley School District may soon require kindergarten students who reach the age of five-years-old by Sept. 1.

District Superintendent Dr. Monica McHall-Small presented the recommendation to the school board at its Jan. 27 meeting.

The current registration system, according to the district website, permits students who reach the age of five between Sept. 2 and Oct. 31 to be admitted contingent upon a skills assessment conducted by district personnel.

Lehigh County: Board directs Muller to seek new Cedarbrook management

Thursday, February 12, 2015 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Lehigh County commissioners want county Executive Tom Muller to fish for proposals for the management of Cedarbook Nursing Home, South Whitehall.

The board passed a resolution Jan. 15 requiring Muller to seek a new management company.

The proposal requires Muller to submit a recommendation to the board by May 13.

The county's contract with LW Consulting, which currently manages Cedarbrook operations, expires June 30.

Muller, however, is at odds with the board's request.

"It's not their [board of commissioners] role to dictate operational moves," he said.

LEHIGH COUNTY: Commissioners looking to remove contract negotiating power from county executive

Thursday, February 5, 2015 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

The saga called Cedarbrook Nursing Home continues in Lehigh County.

At the board of commissioners Jan. 28 meeting, the board introduced a bill to remove contract negotiating power and control from County Executive Tom Muller.

The bill specifically looks to repeal a 31-year-old ordinance permitting the county executive to act as an agent in labor talks on behalf of the county.

Commissioner Michael Schware said granting Muller such power is acceptable as long as he follows country directives, meets with the board and fully shares progress with the members.

LEHIGH COUNTY COMMISSIONERS Lehigh County executive tasked with seeking new Cedarbrook management company

Thursday, January 29, 2015 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Lehigh County Board of Commissioners want county Executive Tom Muller to fish for proposals for the management of Cedarbook Nursing Home, Allentown.

The board passed a resolution at its Jan. 15 meeting requiring Muller to seek out a new management company.

The proposal requires Muller to submit a recommendation to the board by May 13. The county's contract with LW Consulting expires June 30. LW Consulting currently manages Cedarbrook operations.

Muller, however, is at odds with the board's request.

Lehigh county: Osborn elected board chair

Thursday, January 22, 2015 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

The Jan. 9 Lehigh County Board of Commissioners reorganization meeting may have lasted only nine minutes, but the commissioners accomplished their goal of electing a new board leader for 2015.

Commissioner Brad Osborne was unanimously appointed to serve as chairman for 2015 during the meeting.

Osborne replaces former chairwoman Lisa Scheller who served the board for two years.

Osborne said he is excited to serve as chairman and understands a great deal of trust comes along with the position.

Hellertown: Council approves garbage fee

Thursday, January 22, 2015 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Hellertown Borough Council recently passed new fees for garbage pick up. At the Jan. 5 meeting, council unanimously approved the new fee schedule for 2015.

According to the schedule, commercial businesses with 2-cubic-yard dumpsters will be charged $700 per year for pick up once a week; $1,050 for pick up twice weekly; and $1,400 for pick up three times per week.

Also, commercial businesses with 1.5 cubic yard Dumpsters will be charged $525 per year for pick up weekly. There will be an ncrease of $374 for the second collection and $112.50 for the third weekly collection.