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Bond counsel appointed

Lehigh County Solicitor David M. Backenstoe took to the microphone in support of a motion for the appointment of a bond counsel during the April 26 Lehigh County Commissioners meeting.

“As indicated during committee, Rick Molchany, our director of general services, has proposed a number of very important projects – capital projects – at a cost of approximately $61 billion. To underwrite those projects and costs, we are going to have to issue bonds. And of course, in order to issue bonds, we need bond counsel,” Backenstoe said.

Putting out bids and seeing the number of proposals from interested parties, Backenstoe told the commissioners how pleased he was the lowest bid, by almost $20,000, came from a local law firm, Stevens & Lee, P.C.

The motion passed unanimously.

Carol Frawley and Katie Mumford were appointed to the Aging and Adult Services Advisory Council for a term expiring Dec. 31, 2026.

Henry R. Moore was appointed to the Mental/Intellectual Disabilities Board for a term expiring Dec. 31, 2025.

Keisha McCollin-Bulluck was appointed as the county’s new human resources officer. Before the vote confirming her new position, she spoke about being ready and willing to accept the challenges.

Director of General Services Rick Molchany addressed the May 16 elections, confirming ballots had been printed and mailed.

“The commissioners-at-large, as well as the parole officers of Lehigh County are on the docket,” Molchany said.

Drop boxes are in four locations, in addition to the government center, with cameras. The drop boxes, which were placed within two days of ballots being mailed, are currently being checked every 24 hours.

Reminder that the last day to apply for mail-in or civilian absentee ballot was May 9. For more information, visit lehighcounty.org.

PRESS PHOTO BY MARIEKE ANDRONACHE Lehigh County Solicitor David Backenstoe discusses the motion of bond counsel during the April 26 Lehigh County Commissioners meeting.