On Monday, I was asked to obtain and post the Committee assignments handed out at Thursday night's Northampton County Council meeting. Both Council President John Cusick and newly elected Ken Kraft obliged, and I've uploaded the assignments here.
John Cusick, Tom Dietrich, Lamont McClure and Peg Ferraro will continue to chair Finance, Human Services, Legal and Intergovernmental, respectively.
Ken Kraft will take over the reins of Council's busy Personnel Committee, which met ten times last year. Scott Parsons will head Open Space, dealing with questions of farmland preservation, environmentally sensitive land and park improvements. Peg Ferraro will take over the County's Economic Development Committee, which dovetails with her role as liaison to LVEDC. Bruce Gilbert will head Council long-range planning.
Parsons was assigned to the Finance Committee, which will present a problem. He works at a quarry during the day, and his hours are not as flexible as they are for other Council members. Frankly, I think Council should consider restructuring the ways its Committees meet,
Lehigh County Commissioner Committees meet for an hour before the scheduled Commisssioners' meeting, and it seems to work.