Lehigh County Executive Bill Hansell highlighted financial stability and resident safety in his "State of Lehigh County" program at Brookside Country Club March 28.
Hansell said the county has endured through the fiscal downturn in previous years and has remained financially viable.
"Any way you measure it, the state of our county finances is strong," Hansell said.
In what was a tragic St. Patrick's Day in Emmaus, four people died in a South 5th Street fire which started just before noon March 17.
The initial call to the Lehigh County Communications Center reporting the fire was received approximately 11:52 a.m. and the fire quickly spread throughout the multi-dwelling home at 36 through 38 South 5th Street.
Emmaus Borough Council approved the use of bicycles in borough parks at the March 18 meeting.
Bicycles will be prohibited in Triangle Park and in pavilions located in borough parks but visitors will now be able to ride on trails and throughout recreational areas. Riders are suggested to use caution of any walkers and move slowly to promote the safety of all park visitors.
Grinding and vandalism of borough property will not be tolerated.
The Pennsylvania DUI Association presented a class to help local officers identify drivers impaired by drugs at the Lehigh Valley Hospital – Muhlenberg March 7.
The Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement training session was designed to prepare the 45 officers in attendance for the possibility of optional training to become a Drug Enforcement Expert.
Daryl LaPointe, one of the officers teaching the class, said there are seven DREs in Northampton and Lehigh counties and only about eight in the entire eastern portion of Pennsylvania.
A Macungie couple allegedly injured two officers and caused significant property damage while on a drug-fueled chase spanning multiple days and two states.
Shayna Sykes, 23, and Blake Bills, 24, face a litany of charges in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey resulting from a series of incidents which culminated with multiple stolen police cruisers careening through the streets of Camden, N.J., and Philadelphia March 5.
East Penn Board of School Directors President Charles Ballard called for the state to increase funding for public education at the House Democratic Policy Committee hearing 2 to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 27 in Bethlehem City Hall's Town Hall, 10 East Church St., Bethlehem.
Ballard, an assistant regional director for the Pennsylvania School Boards Association, said adequate basic and special education funding must be a priority in the 2013-2014 state budget. In his 20 minute testimony to the committee, Ballard also stressed the reduction or elimination of unfunded mandates.
The Emmaus Anniversary Gallery was dedicated and opened for viewing during a celebratory gathering at Emmaus Borough Hall Feb. 19.
The Emmaus Arts Commission, members of Emmaus Borough Council and borough employees unveiled the collection of artwork and memorabilia showcasing some of the rich history in the borough.
Visitors to borough hall will now be greeted by the limited edition prints of the original artwork used for the Emmaus Christmas cards sold during the holiday season.
Emmaus Borough Council passed the first reading of an ordinance amending the civil service rules and regulations at the Feb. 19 meeting.
According to council, the proposed ordinance will implement a regimented promotion process and create safeguards in the selection process, including the implementation of polygraph tests.
Solicitor Jeffery Dimmich said the ordinance will bring the borough's selection process in line with current laws and civil service standards.
The Emmaus Gamewell system, installed in 1953, has come under fire by Emmaus Borough Council at recent meetings.
The Gamewell system is a series of fire notification boxes installed over 38,500 feet of copper wire running on 259 telephone poles to alarm boxes and businesses throughout the borough.
The system uses telegraph wire to create a printout of numbers corresponding to a specific alert box or location. When a box is triggered, a spring-loaded wheel taps out a signal four times to provide the precise location of the alarm.
Emmaus Borough Council unanimously approved the use of the Emmaus Triangle for the SnowBlast Winter Festival at the Jan. 21 meeting.
Council also voted to permit the sale of alcohol at the event by a 6-1 margin with Councilman Brian Holtzhafer opposed.
Michael Arndt and Cody Sabaski were appointed to the Emmaus Fire Department at the meeting. Council unanimously approved the appointments after a recommendation by Borough Manager Shane Pepe.