LEHIGH COUNTY COMMISSIONERS Collective bargaining agreement reached with Lehigh County Deputy Sheriffs Association
The Lehigh County Commissioners unanimously approved the collective bargaining agreement between Lehigh County and the Lehigh County Deputy Sheriffs Association at its July 24 meeting and the county will still be collecting the union's dues.
Council honored John Eyer as Volunteer of the Year Award for 2011 at their July 15 meeting.
"This goes to a person who really is involved in our community and really dedicates their time and effort and even their finances," council member Nathan Brown said.
Eyer has served as the head coach of the Emmaus High School softball team since 2000, the year the team won the PIAA 3A state title. Eyer has also served as the chairman of the Emmaus Youth Association as well as a vice-chairman and marshal for the borough's Halloween parade.
The Lehigh County Commissioners do not want the county to collect union dues for the Deputy Sheriffs Association.
In a 7-2 vote at the July 10 board of commissioners meeting, the commissioners directed the county administration to renegotiate the part of the new collective bargaining agreement that requires the county to collect the union dues.
The administration will have two weeks to renegotiate with the Deputy Sheriffs Association before the contract comes up for final passage at the July 24 commissioners meeting.
The Lehigh County Commissioners voted against a tax increment financing plan for the proposed Hamilton Crossings shopping center at its June 26 meeting.
In a 6-3 vote, Commissioners Michael Schware, Scott Ott, Vic Mazziotti, Brad Osborne, Lisa Scheller and Daniel McCarthy voted against the TIF. Commissioners Percy Dougherty, David Jones and Thomas Creighton voted in favor of the TIF.
Matthew Croslis was appointed Lehigh County Executive by the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners at its June 12 meeting.
Croslis, an attorney, will serve out the remainder of Don Cunningham's term, which expires at the end of this year. Cunningham was initially replaced by Bill Hansell, who stepped down in May due to failing health. Hansell died June 4 after a battle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
Board President Lisa Scheller held a moment of silence for Hansell before the vote.
The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners deferred a vote on whether to be part of a Tax Increment Financing plan on a proposed strip shopping center in Lower Macungie Township at its June 12 meeting.
For the second time in as many years, the search is on for a new Lehigh County Executive.
William Hansell resigned May 18 due to failing health and the county commissioners have until July 2 to fill the vacancy.
"First and foremost, our thoughts and hopes and prayers go out to Bill Hansell and his family," County Chairwoman Lisa Scheller said.
Emmaus Borough Council approved the purchase of a new sound system for the arts pavilion at its May 20 meeting.
The new sound system was requested by the Special Entertainment Commission and will cost $9,335, which will be paid for through the Strickler fund.
The Lehigh County Commissioners had the first reading and discussion of a tax increment financing plan for the proposed Hamilton Crossings shopping center at its May 8 meeting.
The proposed Hamilton Crossings shopping center is located along Krocks Road between Route 222 and Hamilton Boulevard in Lower Macungie Township. The shopping center would include a Target and a Costco.
Emmaus Borough Council discussed creating an overlay district for age qualified communities at its May 6 meeting.
Solicitor Thomas Dinkelacker said age qualified communities are typically privately owned, with a governing body such as a homeowners association and are usually only for residents who are 55 years old or older. He said any development in the borough could be age qualifying, they just need to have the governing documents that meet the requirements of the fair housing laws.