Monday, April 16, 2012
Yes, She Really Does Have a Pink Gavel!
Over the years, I've attended lots of meetings at different municipalities, from Coplay to Upper Mount Bethel Township. In fact, one item on my poor man's bucket list is to attend at least one meeting of every Lehigh Valley municipality.
I finally had a chance to see Mayor Gerry Gross, a man who likes to listen before he speaks. At some point, he quietly stated, "The philosophy of our town is that reasonable people can get reasonable things done."
Nothing about political party, although they're all Democrats.
Council member Tim Jones suggested allowing residents to pay taxes over two or three payments, the way it's done on a County level. Mayor Gross suggested that the Finance Committee look at the idea and determine if the Borough can still afford to pay its bills while waiting for the money. Big, burly Tom Nodoline said it "would help a lot of people." New Council member Marion Molleur called it "an excellent idea."
According to Jones, tax collector Berhkheimer has assured him this can be done at no cost to the Borough.
Council also listened as Mickey Thompson, Chief Operating Officer for Abe Atiyeh, outlined a few proposals for the Chipman Mills property where the County's DUI work release will be located. Among them is a proposal for a residential rehab similar to what was rejected in Bethlehem.
Finally, I wanted to get a picture of Council President Kelly Gross' pink gavel. Some reporters thought I was kidding. I'm unaware of anyone else using a pink gavel in the entire Lehigh Valley.
Kelly is Gerry Gross' daughter.
I wanted to get the two of them together.
Blogger's Note: Although we had lost touch, I knew Kelly when she searched titles for Tom Castellano in Northampton County, and she is one of the nicest persons you could ever meet. She volunteers nearly every day at the Borough offices, which has saved residents the expense of hiring a borough manager.