Paula Roberts’ appointment as Lehigh County’s Children and Youth Services director was confirmed by unanimous vote by commissioners Sept. 27. Two weeks prior the commissioners approved the appointment at the first reading of the proposal, a preliminary step to finalizing the position.
Roberts said she has been acting director for two weeks. The commissioners have now finalized the appointment and she can put on her full director’s hat.
The appointment comes from the ranks as Roberts has been with the department for 26 years. She replaces former director Pamela Buehrle.
The Upper Milford Township Board of Supervisors said they will review the distribution of money collected under the foreign fire tax regulation at the Oct. 5 meeting. The money is disbursed to municipalities to help offset the cost of operations for fire departments which serve them.
Lehigh County residents got mostly good news from Lehigh County Executive Tom Muller Aug. 31 when he presented his proposed Lehigh County budget for 2018 with no tax increase for Lehigh County for residents in 2018.
Muller presented his fiscal plan at Cedarbrook Nursing Home which is owned by the county. A small crowd comprised mostly of county staff, politicians, local township officials and numerous residents of the nursing home attended the Aug. 31 press conference.
Lehigh County Commissioner Brad Osborne has expressed frustration at what he sees as slow progress on decisions concerning the 370-bed Cedarbrook Nursing Home, South Whitehall.
According to Osborne, a much anticipated operational analysis, which has been two years in the making, for Cedarbrook, was delivered to Lehigh County Executive Tom Muller July 21.
However, according to Osborne, Muller sent commissioners an email indicating he does not plan to forward the report until the Aug. 23 board meeting.
Osborne would like to see it sooner.
Lehigh County Commissioners had a second reading of the $133,755,495 Lehigh County Capital Plan for 2018 – 2022, and then passed several motions to amend the bill at their July 12 meeting.
The capital plan, according to explanatory text in the ordinance, “is a policy statement only and is in no way to be construed as a budget or an appropriation.” A vote on the capital plan will be held at the next meeting July 26.
“The capital plan kind of kicks off the budget season,” Commissioner Michael Schware said in an interview.