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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

NorCo Loses Power for 1,675,463rd Time Since January

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.          



Anonymous said...

What troubles me most is that the toilets don't flush and there's no running water in the bathrooms when the power goes out (at drs at least). It quickly becomes a pretty disgusting situation.

Anonymous said...

This is Brown's fault? You are really stretching aren't you? Hate has no bounds!

Anonymous said...

I thought that hey had emergency backup generators

Anonymous said...

They were supposed to replace the main generator in the courthouse. What happened to that capital improvement project?

Bernie O'Hare said...

The back ups were up in about 30 seconds, but that is only emergency lighting.

Bernie O'Hare said...

"This is Brown's fault? You are really stretching aren't you? Hate has no bounds!"

First, I hate no one. Second, these problems started happening more often when John Stoffa was Exe and have continued under Brown. I'm not so sure I'd blame the Exec for these frequent and costly power losses, but I do blame him for that shitty web site, which was still inoperable at 1 am. Our infrastructure sucks. Roads, Power grids, pipelines, you name it.

Anonymous said...

Bernie, how's that work when allocations are made for the very thing you stated at the latter part of your dialogue and than shifted to a more likeable column on the spreadsheets at the next meeting?

Anonymous said...

It seems you can't even write an article without mentioning Trumps name. You are pathetic. Everything is his fault, I guess. Typical leftist bull.