A new Committee formed by Northampton County Council Prez John Cusick is about to embark into an area neglected for years. Planning. Spearheaded by Ron Angle, this Committee had its first meeting yesterday, and identified areas where planning is very much in order.
Acting Fiscal Affairs Director Doran Hammon, who has monitored county finances for nearly thirty years, complained there's no real plan for county buildings and other assets like its vehicle fleet. He questioned whether the County should continue to own vehicles, or whether it might be less costly to enter into leasing arrangements. Angle suggested that it might be time to sell the Bechtel(Bethlehem) and Wolf(Easton) buildings, give the entire Courthouse to the courts, and move all other County operations to Nazareth.
Angle also pointed out there are 80 substandard bridges throughout the county and asked, "Isn't it time that we return to our core responsibilities?" Hammon added that the last major bridge project done in Northampton County was the Broad Street bridge in Bethlehem, which is owned jointly with Lehigh County.
Yesterday's inaugural meeting was attended by Angle, Barb Thierry and Bruce Gilbert, who arrived late.
No press. They had other plans.