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Commissioner Ott announces bid for county executive

Thursday, February 21, 2013 by LOU WHEELAND Special to The Press in Local News

Lehigh County Commissioner Scott Ott, a Republican, announced his candidacy for Lehigh County executive Jan. 24 in front of a room full of supporters at the Hamilton Family Restaurant, Allentown.

This is the second time Ott is seeking this office.

In 2009, he lost his rookie bid for Lehigh County executive against incumbent Don Cunningham by 862 votes out of 41,000 cast.

Ott ran for county commissioner citing the county's overspending and the 16-percent tax hike as motivation.

Gov. Tom Corbett unveils 2013-14 proposed budget

Thursday, February 21, 2013 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Gov. Tom Corbett recently presented his proposed 2013-14 budget before the General Assembly in Harrisburg.

While his $28.4 billion spending planis nearly a 2.4 percent increase from last year's budget, it does not call for any tax increase.

The plan does include a $90 million or 1.7 percent increase in state funding for basic education, the first in two years, bringing the total to nearly $5.5 billion, the highest level of state funding for school districts.

Rap of the Gavel

Thursday, February 21, 2013 by The Press in Local News

Meetings are held in municipal buildings unless otherwise noted.



South Whitehall Township Planners, 7 p.m. agenda review; 7:30 p.m. to review: 1) McDonald's preliminary/final plan to further develop property at 3860 Hamilton Blvd. 2) Ordinances regarding detached single-family cluster development in R-3 zoning district; clear sight triangle regulations; removing requirement for low-flow channels in stormwater detention basins; and SALDO requiring consistency with comprehensive plan and official map. 3) Rutz Farm sketch plan for 3951 Walbert Ave.

Emergency responders awarded state grants

Thursday, February 21, 2013 by The Press in Local News

State Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, R-134th, has announced 15 volunteer fire and emergency response organizations within Berks and Lehigh counties, in his district were awarded nearly $120,000 in state funding under an ongoing grant program created by the Legislature and administered by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and Office of the State Fire Commissioner.

L.C. commissioners debate LCA's charter extension

Thursday, February 21, 2013 by ANDREW CASS Special to The Press in Local News

Lehigh County Commissioners have discussed a plan to extend the Lehigh County Authority's charter.

The LCA, which provides water for a majority of the county, currently has 36 years remaining on its charter, but it needs to be extended to 50 years for the authority to bid on the lease for Allentown's water.

Dr. Percy H. Dougherty seeking re-election to commissioner's seat

Thursday, February 21, 2013 by The Press in Local News

Dr. Percy H. Dougherty is seeking another term to represent District 2 on the nine person Lehigh County Commissioner board.

The district covers the townships of South Whitehall and Upper and Lower Macungie, and the Borough of Alburtis.

Dougherty, 69, a resident of Shepherd Hills, is a retired Kutztown University professor.

He has a Ph.D. in physical geography and geology from Boston University with a specialization in water resources and limestone landforms.