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Lehigh County advances bill to consolidate regional services

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Lehigh County Commissioners approved an agreement with Motorola Solutions that will foster the consolidation of regional services. The vote during Wednesday night's meeting was unanimous.

The resolution, approved on first reading, specifically designates the purchase of a console interface system – known as the CSSI 8000 – to allow Northampton and Lehigh counties the ability to connect 53 CSSI capable consoles to the core in the city of Bethlehem. Motorola will receive $68,557.41 in compensation if the measure is approved on second and final reading.

"It's about time we are moving forward with this," Commissioner Percy Dougherty said prior to the vote.

The consolidation of regional services has been mandated by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency.

In other news, commissioners approved a contract for engineering services to repair Geiger Covered Bridge, which carries Old Packhouse Road over the Jordan Creek in North Whitehall Township. Carroll Engineering Corp. of Warrington, Pennsylvania will receive $111,470 to perform the work.

"We're getting a deal here," Dougherty said.

The legislative body approved two appointments – Edward Curran and Joseph Arnoldin to the Mental Health / Intellectual Disabilities Board. Both terms expire Dec. 31, 2021.

Commissioners also approved a special resolution honoring Deputy Controller John Falk on his retirement. He was lauded by several commissioners for his objectivity, thoroughness, assistance and fiscal austerity on behalf of all residents of Lehigh County.

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