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Friday, December 13, 2019
Commissioner Brad Osborne objects to the procedure by which the administration and members of the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners reach a compromise presented in the final version of the Lehigh County 2020 budget. Commissioner Brad Osborne objects to the procedure by which the administration and members of the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners reach a compromise presented in the final version of the Lehigh County 2020 budget.
Lehigh County Commissioner Dr. Percy Dougherty, center, presents a resolution honoring the response and service to a three-alarm fire threatening Heather Glen Senior Living Center Sept. 22 to Vera Cruz Fire Department Station 28 Chief Joseph Sherman, left and Assistant Chief Jason Tapler, right. Lehigh County Commissioner Dr. Percy Dougherty, center, presents a resolution honoring the response and service to a three-alarm fire threatening Heather Glen Senior Living Center Sept. 22 to Vera Cruz Fire Department Station 28 Chief Joseph Sherman, left and Assistant Chief Jason Tapler, right.
Lehigh County Commissioner Dr. Percy Dougherty, third from left, presents staff personnel of the Lehigh County 9-1-1 center with a resolution acknowledging their service during a fire at the Heather Glen Senior Living Center Sept. 22, including, from the left, John Kalynych, director of Lehigh County’s Emergency Services Department, Richard Molchany, general services director, Kathy Santee, police Lehigh County Commissioner Dr. Percy Dougherty, third from left, presents staff personnel of the Lehigh County 9-1-1 center with a resolution acknowledging their service during a fire at the Heather Glen Senior Living Center Sept. 22, including, from the left, John Kalynych, director of Lehigh County’s Emergency Services Department, Richard Molchany, general services director, Kathy Santee, police
PRESS PHOTOS BY DOUGLAS GRAVESEmergency responders from Good Will Fire Company No. 1 in Upper Macungie Township receive copies of a resolution acknowledging their service during a fire at the Heather Glen Senior Living Center. ABOVE: From left, Gary Gorr, president, Linda Gorr, vice president, Lehigh County Commissioner Marty Nothstein, Fire Chief Bill Gillespie and Fire Marshal Dennis McArdle PRESS PHOTOS BY DOUGLAS GRAVESEmergency responders from Good Will Fire Company No. 1 in Upper Macungie Township receive copies of a resolution acknowledging their service during a fire at the Heather Glen Senior Living Center. ABOVE: From left, Gary Gorr, president, Linda Gorr, vice president, Lehigh County Commissioner Marty Nothstein, Fire Chief Bill Gillespie and Fire Marshal Dennis McArdle

LEHIGH COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to The Press in Local News

County taxes to increase 3.78 mills

At their Oct. 23 meeting Lehigh County Commissioners held their final bi-partisan compromise vote 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.

Osborne described the compromise process as “back and forth bartering” held via a pre-meeting phone call.

The 2020 Budget passed 7-2 with Osborne and Commissioner Marty Nothstein voting against the budget. Voting for the budget were Geoff Brace, Nathan Brown, Dr. Percy Dougherty, Marc Grammes, Dan Hartzell, Amanda Holt and Amy Zanelli.

In other meeting business, the commissioners passed a bill defining the procedure by which an individual commissioner can substitute a health care vendor for the vendor recommended by the administration.

The commissioners also extended the lease to the Lehigh Valley Zoological Society who manage the property that comprises the Lehigh Valley Zoo.

At the beginning of the regular meeting, commissioners honored the emergency services personnel who responded to the three-alarm fire at the Heather Glen Senior Living Center in Upper Macungie Township which started around 3 a. m. Sept. 22.

In a resolution, commissioners honored emergency service personnel from Lehigh, Northampton, Berks and Montgomery counties who “selflessly risked their own safety in preserving the lives of these vulnerable residents and loved ones in the execution of their duties that morning.”

Eighty-two residents and five staff members of the senior living center were rescued.