Lehigh County Commissioners approve long-term spending plan


ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Lehigh County commissioners advanced a resolution during Wednesday night's meeting that would amend the 2020 Lehigh County budget to include a grant award to the Lehigh Valley Homeless Veterans Fund.

The move resulted from a succession of actions. Previously, the board approved an agreement with the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation to establish a temporary area of interest fund, the formation of a review committee and a transfer of money for the Lehigh Valley Homeless Veterans Fund. The county later applied for and received a grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to assist veterans with transitional and supportive housing among other items. The Commonwealth's grant was in the amount of $200,000.

In other news, commissioners deferred a bill on its first reading which governs how public works contracts are solicited and ultimately awarded. A new section includes new "requirements for construction contracts." The amendments to the policy "will help ensure the use of properly qualified contractors and subcontractors and adequate numbers of craft personnel who have industry recognized training in the respective skills and trades needed for future projects," according to county documents.

In other business, commissioners approved the appointment of Jane Ervin to serve on the Election and Registration Commission. Ervin served as county executive from 2001-2005. The term runs through Dec. 31, 2021. The legislative body also approved the reappointment of Michael Harakal to the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission until Dec. 31, 2020. Harakal is Whitehall Township mayor.

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