With budget season behind them, Lehigh County commissioners convened Nov. 20, to address a handful of reappointments and bills.
The board unanimously voted to reappoint Commissioner Percy Dougherty to the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission and Susan Schmidt, of Emmaus, and Sally Schoffstall, of New Tripoli, to the Lehigh County Aging and Adult Services Advisory Council.
Commissioners also unanimously approved a lease of county-owned property along Riverside Drive, Salisbury Township, to White Deer Run Inc. for use as a rehabilitation center.
Lehigh County Commissioners let a budget amended by County Executive Bill Hansell stand at their Nov. 14 meeting.
The budget was returned to the commissioners by the executive who vetoed amendments to the budget that would have cut $5 million in spending and reduced real estate revenues by a little more than $5 million.
Instead, the budget was amended by Hansell to include a total of $3.5 million in spending cuts to specific line items and a reduction in real estate revenues by $3 million.
Lehigh County Commissioners passed an amended version of County Executive Bill Hansell's budget at their Oct. 24 meeting.
The amendment directed Hansell to reduce county spending on personnel by $5 million, and turned a $6.5 million, one-time tax credit into a reduction of the millage rate by a percentage that would decrease county revenue by $5 million.
The remaining $1.5 million will remain as a tax credit.
Commissioners Vic Mazziotti, Scott Ott, Lisa Scheller, Michael Schware and Thomas Creighton III voting in favor.
September was National Preparedness Month and Lehigh County commissioners passed a resolution at their Sept. 26 meeting to honor the American Red Cross for its service to Lehigh County.
"Part of the Red Cross's mission is to help people prepare for emergencies," Osborne said. "On average, the American Red Cross of Greater Lehigh Valley responds to an emergency every three days, the majority of which are residential fires."
Chief Administrative Officer of the American Red Cross Northeast Pennsylvania Region Robert Duld received a certificate of appreciation from the board.