The Northampton County Courthouse is increasingly becoming a third world country. I've lost track of the number of power outages in the past few months. There's no sign things will improve anytime soon. Though people might claim I'm exaggerating, and maybe I am, it seems that we lose power at least once every week.
Yesterday, with an hour left in the work day and just as I was putting the finishing touches to a lengthy title report, the power went out.
Now there was a thunderstorm raging at the time, so that's understandable. Power went down in lots of places. Palmer Tp lost power for five whole minutes. In Nazareth, it was six. But at the courthouse, the lights were still off when I left at 4:30 pm.
I heard that a tree went over on 191 around 5 pm, and as of 11:30 pm, traffic was still being diverted.
No sense of urgency.
At the courthouse, I had wasted an hour with my thumb up my ass. So did most of the courthouse workers. They couldn't do anything except gossip. No computers. No Voice IP. Even the $800 popcorn machine was out of service. Most employees were afraid to walk out for fear that Amy Trapp would zip by in her hoverboard and nail 'em.
After leaving the courthouse, I dreaded going to a meeting in Bethlehem Township, where you usually need an aircraft carrier to get around after a heavy downpour. But the Township was OK.
After writing up my story about Bethlehem Township,I wanted to tell you about Kevin Dolan's appearance before Northampton County Council last week. He's the director of Northampton County's Children, Youth and Family Division. What he had to say is very troubling.
In order to tell his story, I wanted to watch the video of his appearance As difficult as this may be for some of you to believe, I like to quote people accurately. I almost always watch the video of a meeting before I write my story, even if I was there. But at midnight, Northampton County's website was down. Easton City was working fine, as were several Easton businesses. But not the county. Its subpar website is really only good for meeting videos, and now even that has failed.
So that's another story that needs to be told but has to wait.
The one good idea Donald Trump has had is his promise to do something about our infrastructure. That increasingly appears to be an empty promise.