Commissioners conducted routine business Dec. 12, approving the appointment of Kyle A. Russell to the position of warden of the county jail. Last week the board signaled approval of the appointment by voting for Russell’s appointment in a preliminary or first hearing vote.
Sarah Andrew was reappointed to the Aging and Adult Services Advisory Council while Patrick Palmer was appointed to the council. The votes were unanimous except for Commissioner Percy Dougherty, who was absent.
Lehigh County commissioners have appointed Dennis Nemes to serve on the county board of elections.
Nemes, a former principal at Northwestern Lehigh High School, was later principal at Allentown Central Catholic High School.
He replaces Gail Coffin on the election board.
Commissioner Percy Dougherty was back in his seat after a hospital stay resulting from a fall at his home.
He had missed at least two meetings due to his accident and subsequent recovery time.
Upper Milford Township Supervisors unanimously passed the township’s 2019 $2.6 million budget Dec. 6. The budget increases the real estate tax millage rate from .171 mills to .45 mills.
Among other expenditures, the 2019 budget sets aside $7,500 for salaries for elected officials, $81,120 for the township manager, $58,427.20 for the assistant secretary/treasurer and $225,000 for engineering consulting fees.
In a party-line 6–3 vote, Lehigh County Commissioners Nov. 14 overturned the administration’s Oct. 31 veto of the Lehigh County 2019 budget.
Democrat Commissioners Dan Hartzell, Amy Zanelli and Geoff Brace voted against the amendment which reduces the tax rate for Lehigh County citizens for 2019.
The action effectively put to rest the disagreement about what the millage rate will be for 2019. The commissioners approved a 3.64 millage rate marked down from 3.79 mils Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong wanted.
Making good on a promise, Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong vetoed the budget for 2019 Oct. 31 because an amendment passed by Lehigh County Commissioners rolled back the millage rate from the proposed 3.79 mils to 3.64 mils.
Armstrong made the announcement in a special news conference at the Lehigh County Administration building attended by the media, members of the Armstrong administration, a couple of aspiring commissioners and Lehigh County Commissioner Amy Zanelli.
Armstrong warned against letting the commissioner’s amended budget harm the county’s bond rating.
In a short meeting Oct. 4, Upper Milford Township Supervisors approved the previous meeting’s minutes, approved the location of a drop box for the Emmaus Public Library, approved checks for payment of debts, appointed a planning commissioner and an emergency services coordinator, announced details of the upcoming Halloween Parade and called it a night.
The supervisors appointed Luke Lichtenwalner to finish out Henry Kradjel’s term as a planning commissioner. Kradjel has retired.
Lehigh County Commissioners Sept. 26, in a first reading or preliminary approval, voted 5-4 to hire the law firm Anapol Weiss to serve as counsel for the county of Lehigh and “several other unnamed counties” to press the county’s goal of making much of the county’s older housing stock safe from lead poisoning.
Commissioners Dr. Percy Dougherty, Marty Nothstein, Amanda Holt and Brad Osborne, all Republicans, voted against the measure. Nathan Brown and Marc Grammes, also Republicans, voted for the measure, as did Democrats Geoff Brace, Amy Zanelli and Dan Hartzell.
A new unfunded mandated requirement may be on the way for Upper Milford Township’s residents courtesy of the federal Environmental Protection Agency, according to information provided by Jason E. Smith of Hanover Engineering.
The EPA is requiring municipalities reduce pollution such as silt collected in stormwater drainage ponds by 10 percent per year.
Emmaus Public Library wants to install book drop boxes in Macungie Borough and in Upper Milford Township. The idea got enthusiastic support from the two supervisors present at the Sept. 6 Upper Milford Township Supervisors meeting – Daniel Mohr and Joyce Moore; Supervisor Robert Sentner was absent. Library representative Lisa Martin made the proposal.
“This is my 27th year in corrections,” Warden Janine Donate said, when asked by Commissioner Nathan Brown to address the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners Aug 22. She is currently the warden of the Lehigh County Jail.
Donate was introduced by Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong as someone of whom he is proud; someone who has been “coming up from our own ranks.”