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Funding approved to support farmland preservation

Thursday, July 21, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners took an official step July 13 by amending the 2016-2020 county capital plan which includes funding for agricultural conservation easements.

The bill, originally sponsored by Commissioner Dr. Percy Dougherty, was approved by a vote of 8-1, with Commissioner Amanda Holt voting in opposition.

Voting on farmland preservation measure deferred

Thursday, June 30, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Lehigh County Board of Commissioners decided to defer voting on amending the 2016-2020 capital plan that would provide funding for agricultural conservation easements and farmland preservation.

Commissioner Percy Dougherty, who sponsored the bill, made the motion June 22 to defer voting on the bill due to the absence of Commissioner Tom Creighton, who also serves as chairman of the farmland preservation board.

Dougherty explained the purpose of the amendment.

Bill strips public pensions from convicted public officials

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Lehigh County Board of Commissioners June 8 unanimously voted to lend support to Pennsylvania State House Bill 17, which amends the Public Employee Pension Forfeiture Act.

The board resolution was introduced by Commissioner Michael Schware, who said Allentown City Council earlier this month also supported the state house bill.

The state law looks to require public employees or officials to forfeit taxpayer pensions if convicted of a crime while they are performing their duties.

Additional details needed on $22 million bond financing

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners May 11 voted 5-4 to refrain from retaining financial advisors and bond council for the county’s $22 million proposed bond.

Both resolutions, introduced by Commissioners Percy Dougherty and Geoff Brace, would have approved professional services agreements with Concord Public Financial Advisors, Inc. and Stevens & Lee, PC.

Commissioners ask LCA to notify city customers of lead service lines

Thursday, May 5, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners continue to take proactive, legislative steps to ensure City of Allentown residents are aware of possible lead service lines within the city.

The board passed a resolution 6-3 at its April 27 meeting asking the Lehigh County Authority to send immediate notification to 15,000 customers known to have, or suspected to have, lead service lines.

Board Chairman Brad Osborne and commissioners Thomas Creighton and Dan Hartzell voted against the resolution.

County water is of ‘exceptional quality’

Thursday, April 21, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Lehigh County Authority Chief Executive Officer Liesel M. Gross presented the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners with a report on the quality of the county’s drinking water at the April 13 board meeting.

According to Gross, LCA has roughly 600 miles of water main.

“None of them are made of lead,” she said.

The suburban division, consisting of Upper and Lower Macungie townships, has no lead service lines, Gross added.

“That’s primarily because of the age [newer] of the lines,” she said..

Board appoints, reappoints county residents to fill various posts

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners unanimously appointed and reappointed a number of area residents to fill board, authority and administration posts at the March 23 meeting.

Commissioner Geoff Brace said the governance committee recommended the appointment and reappointment of the individuals.

William Erdman, of Upper Macungie Township, was reappointed to serve on the Lehigh County Conservation District. His term will expire Dec. 31, 2019.

Lehigh County commissioners appoint three to boards, authority

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Lehigh County commissioners voted to fill three authority and board positions during their March 9 meeting.

Kevin Baker, of Lower Macungie Township, was appointed to serve on the Lehigh County Authority.

His term will expire Dec. 31, 2020.

Paul Semmel, of North Whitehall Township, was named to serve on the Lehigh County Conservation District board. Semmel’s term will expire Dec. 31, 2017.

Vicky Kistler, of Whitehall Township, will serve on the Lehigh County Office of Children and Youth Services Advisory Board.

Her term will expire Dec. 31, 2017.

Good Shepherd to manage Cedarbrook Nursing Home

Thursday, March 10, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network will soon begin managing the financial and operational affairs of Cedarbrook Nursing Homes.

Lehigh County Board of Commissioners approved a two-year, $2.2 million contract Feb. 24 with GS Management Services by a vote of 8-1.

Voting in opposition was Commissioner Michael Schware.

The contract with GS Management runs 2016 to 2018.

Commissioners nix reappointment of long-time LCA member

Thursday, February 18, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners recently voted to replace 10-year member of the Lehigh County Authority Emrich M. Stellar, Jr.

The 5-4 vote to replace Stellar, of Upper Saucon Township, occurred at the board’s Jan. 27 meeting. Voting in opposition to Stellar’s reappointment was board Chairman Brad Osborne and commissioners Tom Creighton, Percy Dougherty, Marty Nothstein and Michael Schware.

Stellar was seeking another 5-year term on the board.