Council agreed to a bonus for some new Gracedale staff, but one member said '$500 can't compete with Netflix.'
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Northampton County approved a symbolic resolution supporting election rules and recommendations that "result in the enfranchisement of voters."
The money will be distributed to small businesses, nonprofit groups, emergency-service providers and local governments.
Warehousing has grown in the Lehigh Valley, drawing public criticism of lost open space and increased truck traffic, while creating thousands of jobs.
Pennsylvania's COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program, or CHIRP, will be available to restaurants, bars and hotels.
Northampton County Council voted Thursday to oppose a change in statewide judicial elections, though one member said the resolution is probably headed for the trash.
A green initiative to cut back on plastic bags at stores to reduce litter and pollution in Northampton County was discussed Thursday night, but no action was taken.
Northampton County has to prepare for the COVID-19 pandemic to grow worse, County Executive Lamont McClure warned at county council's virtual meeting on Thursday.
That could cost as much as $490,000 if all 650 employees get the shot.
County Executive Lamont McClure said that over four rounds of grants, 766 small businesses received as much as $15,000 each.