ALLENTOWN, Pa. – The Lehigh County commissioners approved the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission's "Future LV: The Regional Plan" as the updated Lehigh County Comprehensive Plan at their Wednesday meeting. The approval was on the bill's first reading.
"We are a poster child for regional planning," said Commissioner Percy Dougherty. "It is amazing how much work we get out of so few people with LVPC."
Resident Mark Spengler was among residents complaining about last week's general election. Spengler said it offered some voters "no privacy."
In reviewing the election, Commissioner Brad Osborne noted that voting process "added uncertainty to the process." He said there was no way to ascertain "that every oval you filled out was actually counted by the machine."
Osborne also agreed with residents who said there was a lack of privacy in voting. Traditionally, voters would have physical barriers or be behind curtains to cast their ballots. Further, the lack of privacy continued after the votes were cast, when voters had to load the ballot into a machine with an individual standing there. This also compromised the privacy citizens traditionally receive in casting their ballots.
Tim Benyo, the county's chief clerk of elections, indicated previously that extra precautions would be taken to ensure privacy during next year's elections.
In other business, the legislative body approved appointments to various councils and committees:
- Rev. Gus Al-Khal and Holly Gonzales to the Aging and Adult Services Advisory Council; terms conclude Dec. 31, 2022.
- Alisa Baratta, Mary Tirrell and Rocco Zegalia to the Lehigh Valley Homeless Veterans Fund Committee; terms conclude Dec. 31, 2022.
Chairman Marty Nothstein was absent from Wednesday night's meeting.