The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners is prepared to resort to the state's open records law to force the administration to produce budget information.
The board at the March 12 meeting discussed the possibility of using the state law or issuing a subpoena to obtain budget information they allege they have been denied.
"If that's where we have to go, that's where we're going to head," board member Michael Schware said.
According to Schware, the board previously requested financial information, of which it has been denied.
A Cedarbrook Nursing Home advisory team has been created by the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners.
The board unanimously passed a resolution at its Feb. 25 meeting creating the advisory team.
The group will have three months to create three long-range plans for the nursing home.
Board Chairman Brad Osborne said he is looking forward to the team's input regarding the future of Cedarbrook.
Board member Percy Dougherty was less hopeful of the team.
"We may not like the report that comes back to us," he said.
The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners plan to put their heads together in an effort to create a task force to look more closely at Cedarbrook Nursing Home.
The board discussed the task force committee at the Feb. 11 meeting. The committee, consisting of five to nine members, will be composed of health care experts and have roughly three months to develop possible courses of action for Cedarbrook.
The commissioners indicated the committee likely will be formed by the end of March. Recommendations are expected by June 30.
LEHIGH COUNTY COMMISSIONERS Commissioners looking to remove contract negotiating power from county executive
The saga called Cedarbrook Nursing Home continues in Lehigh County.
At the board of commissioners Jan. 28 meeting, the board introduced a bill to remove contract negotiating power and control from County Executive Tom Muller.
The bill specifically looks to repeal a 31-year-old ordinance permitting the county executive to act as an agent in labor talks on behalf of the county.
Commissioner Michael Schware said granting Muller such power is acceptable as long as he follows county directives, meets with the board and fully shares progress with the members.
Lower Macungie and Upper Macungie townships hope a traffic study recently completed will alleviate and solve in- creased traffic in both communities.
The results of the recent traffic study completed by Keystone Consulting Engineers, Inc. was presented at a special meeting Jan. 8 at Independent Community Center in Upper Macungie.
According to Engineer Scott Pasterski of Keystone Consulting Engineers, the study aims to address ongoing traffic congestion. "It's [traffic] a tense situation," he said.
The study presents a five-year and 20-year plan.
The Jan. 9 Lehigh County Board of Commissioners reorganization meeting may have lasted only nine minutes, but the commissioners accomplished their goal of electing a new board leader for 2015.
Commissioner Brad Osborne was unanimously appointed to serve as chairman for 2015 during the meeting.
Osborne replaces former chairwoman Lisa Scheller who served the board for two years.
Osborne said he is excited to serve as chairman and understands a great deal of trust comes along with the position.
Police departments in Lehigh County will soon be authorized to administer Naloxone.
Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin announced the new initiative at a Dec. 22, 2014 news conference at the Whitehall Township municipal complex.
Funding for the program will be provided by Capital BlueCross which will allow police departments to purchase Naloxone.
The drug is used to stabilize individuals who have overdosed on drugs and heroin.
Martin stressed the necessity and utility of the drug, citing 46 overdose deaths in Lehigh County through August 2014.
Lehigh County Board of Commissioners have decided to retain Magelian Behavioral Health of Pennsylvania, Inc., for one more year.
The board voted 7-0 Dec. 17 in favor of Magelian.
Lisa Scheller, chair of the board, said the citizens who have attended meetings to express concern with the current provider will benefit from the quality of services.
"The work advocates have done is going to lead to better outcomes," she said.
Scheller stressed a no vote would result in the board investing time in searching for a new provider.
Lehigh County Board of Commissioners are not convinced of a possible renovation project at Cedarbrook Nursing Home.
At the board's Dec. 10 meeting, the commissioners rejected a $1.5 million proposed project by a vote of 6-2.
Voting in support of the proposal were commissioners Geoff Brace and David Jones Sr.
Cedarbrook Nursing Home residents recently had to function without running hot water.
At the Nov. 26 Lehigh County Board of Commissioners meeting, county Director of General Services Rick Molchany provided an update on the situation.
According to Molchany, the pipes were turned off Nov. 23 due to an odor in the hot water.
Molchany told board members a nurse smelled an odor of petroleum originating from a hot water faucet.
"A nurse on duty detected the odor," Molchany said.