Chief Facilities Officer Mark Stein introduced the district’s capital improvement plan at the Nov. 11 BASD curriculum committee meeting. He cited guidance from the Association of Physical Plant Administrators (APPA) to budget 1.5 percent of the replacement cost of the district’s total square footage annually for capital projects, while acknowledging that this is not financially possible for public school districts.
State Senator Lisa M. Boscola announced today that the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) has awarded a total of $638,200 in Recreation and Conservation grants in the 18th Senatorial District through the Community Conservation Partnerships Program (C2P2) specifically for Community Parks (Development, Planning, Small Community) and Partnerships projects.
BASD provided updates on the BethWorks TIF and on various student and visitor policies at its Nov. 18 finance and human resources meeting.
With the traditional evergreen on one end and an American flag on the other end, steelworkers Nov. 21 hoisted the final steel beam into place for the skeleton of a state-of-the-art acute care facility at the Lehigh Valley Hospital Cedar Crest campus, along Cedar Crest Boulevard at Interstate 78.
The project includes an expanded adult emergency department and a new observation unit scheduled to be complete in late 2020 and an expanded children’s emergency room and observation unit scheduled to open in mid-2021.
Citizens came to tell the Lehigh County Commissioners that they were not happy with how the election was conducted.
“No privacy,” was the chief complaint. Mark Spengler of Lower Macungie Township also questioned the restriction on having cell phones in the voting area.
A highlight of the Steelstacks Oktoberfest is the annual Weiner Dog Race. Four sessions of races were held, Oct. 5, 6, 12 and 13, in a small area in front of Steel Stacks. To compete in the races, dogs had to be Dachshunds or Dachshund crossbreeds. Competing dogs ranged in age from puppies to seniors. Each race began with a parade. Dogs not competing in the races were welcome to participate in the parade, though they could not receive prizes. At the end of each parade, dogs returned to the area and were paraded one by one before the judges.
The Nov. 12 meeting will be remembered as a tense, contentious one, addressing bullying and harassment concerns initially posed at the prior meeting by district parent David Clarke.