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Friday, April 19, 2019

SEIU workers attend county commissioners’ meeting

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Several employees of Lehigh County’s Department of Human Services Department attended the county commissioners March 27 meeting voicing concern about lack of progress on a contract.

Security was increased around the room with additional deputies inside and outside.

The assembly, however, remained peaceful and respectful.

Their union contract expired Dec. 31, 2018, according to one of the representatives speaking to commissioners during the public comment portion of the regular meeting.

The employees have been working without a contract for almost three months.

Crowded Kitchen Players’ premiere addresses topic that’s ‘Unspeakable’

Friday, March 22, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Focus

“’Unspeakable’” describes a system that often finds itself inadequate to help the very individuals it has been created to serve,” says Ara Barlieb about the genesis of his new play.

The Crowded Kitchen Players’ “Unspeakable” has its world premiere March 22, Charles A. Brown Ice House, Bethlehem, where it continues March 23, 24, 29, 30 and 31.

Referendum idea for commissioner term limits fails

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

A motion to put a referendum on term limits before voters failed in a 5-2 vote on March 13 during the Lehigh County Commissioners’ regular meeting.

The sole sponsor, Commissioner Amy Zanelli, could not muster enough support to pass the measure.

Even fellow Democrat Dan Hartzell could not be persuaded to support his colleague with his vote. He sided with Republicans to vote against the measure.

“We need to use reason instead of emotion,” Hartzell said. “This implies long service is a problem.

“I can’t convince myself this is a problem in search of a solution.”

Springhouse, Orefield middle school students win at MATHCOUNTS

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in School

Math was cool — at least for a few hours during the MATHCOUNTS Lehigh Valley Regional 35th annual Competition held recently at Lower Macungie Middle School.

The Saturday event had a bunch of kids out of bed and away from televisions and social media, while being excited about math.

Kevin Campbell of the Lehigh Valley Chapter Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers, sponsor of the event spoke with The Press.

Term limits to be discussed at future county board meeting

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County commissioners discussed the ramifications of a proposed referendum amending the Home Rule Charter contained in a motion by Commissioner Amy Zanelli to limit commissioners to three terms.

Commissioner Nathan Brown speaking during the governance committee, before the regular Feb. 27 meeting, said he does not see a need for term limits in local government, which he defined as county government and below.

Chairman Marty Nothstein said he supports term limits for higher government levels.

State of county address offers changes, praises accomplishments

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong has proposed limiting a commissioner’s term to three terms or 12 years; creating an independent ethics oversight committee; and getting commissioners out of negotiating collective bargaining agreements.

Armstrong addressed a crowded room Feb. 21 at Coca-Cola Park, Allentown, to report the state of the county and to tell the public what his administration has done over the past year and what the future holds.

Board creates director position for Cedarbrook

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County commissioners have approved an amendment to modify the 2019 budget authorizing creation of a new job position — Director of Cedarbrook Senior Care and Rehabilitation.

They needed the new slot so they can pay for a director to replace Good Shepherd Rehabilitation, which gave up the contract to manage the facility in South Whitehall. The annual salary for the position is $123,136.

In other business, commissioners commemorated the long service of Deputy Controller John A. Falk, who is retiring after almost 31 years.

Dennis Nemes named to election board

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County commissioners have appointed Dennis Nemes to serve on the county board of elections.

Nemes, a former principal at Northwestern Lehigh High School, was later principal at Allentown Central Catholic High School.

He replaces Gail Coffin on the election board.

Commissioner Percy Dougherty was back in his seat after a hospital stay resulting from a fall at his home.

He had missed at least two meetings due to his accident and subsequent recovery time.

Article By: DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to The Press

Thursday, December 27, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County Commissioners set salaries for row officers at their Dec. 18 meeting.

Row officers are elected county officials such as the controller, clerk of judicial records, sheriff and coroner.

The new salary schedule provides for annual increases for each office of about $1,000 per year through 2023.

Commissioners also approved a lease by Adams Outdoor Advertising for an outdoor sign at 101-119 E. Hamilton St., Allentown.