Lehigh County Commissioners held their final bi-partisan compromise vote Oct. 23 on the $514.6 million 2020 budget with amendments, passing a tax increase to 3.78 mills.
Before the vote, Commissioner Brad Osborne, who moments later voted against the budget, made a statement saying he has respect for the ability of Financial Officer Tim Reeves, but objected to the procedure by which the administration and members of the board of commissioners reached the compromise presented in the final version of the bill.
On Monday, September 23, an author and a panel of food experts gathered in the Commons at the Lehigh Valley Charter HS for the Arts for a book talk and panel discussion of the food success and issues in the city of Bethlehem and beyond.
Pennsylvania’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has approved four major grants for Lehigh County.
These grants, totaling $469,900 will provide additional resources to county-wide efforts to improve quality of life and enhance outdoor recreational experiences.
The DCNR grants and projects are:
· Master Site Plan for the Trexler Nature Preserve received $50,000.
Pennsylvania’s Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) recently awarded the County of Lehigh a $50,000 grant through the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG). The recipients will be the County Sheriff’s Office and Adult Probation.
JAG provides seed money to assist state and local government entities in implementing a wide range of drug enforcement, correctional treatment/supervision, victim services, juvenile justice and criminal justice system improvement projects, according to PCCD.
Senator Lisa Boscola (D-Lehigh/Northampton) announced today that $251,884.81 in competitive 2019-20 Safe Schools Targeted grants were awarded in the 18th Senatorial District through the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Office for Safe Schools.
Adriana Santos brought the Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) traditions of Mexico alive Oct 31 at the Bethlehem Public Library’s South Side Branch. She explained the annual three-day observation has its origins in the blending of the cultures and religions of the indigenous people of the Americas and the Spanish who conquered them.
Pennsylvania’s Acting Secretary of State, Kathy Boockvar, visited Northampton County on Thursday to present a $341,970 check to help pay for the $2.9 million Express Vote XL voting system approved by County Council in May. The County intends to use this system, which combines a 32-inch touch screen with a voter-verifiable paper trail, in November’s election.
The Salvation Army, Lehigh Valley is pleased to announce it has received a $5,000 sustaining grant from the PPL Foundation.
The much-needed funds will support Youth Enrichment Programs at The Salvation Army Allentown Corps.
More than 110 children currently enrolled in the Allentown Corps’ Youth Enrichment Program will benefit from the generous donation.
The Allentown Corps provides a wide array of services to help nurture children’s love of learning.
The Corps’ Youth Department offers a safe, positive and motivating environment for youngsters to learn and grow.