ANYONE ENTERING THE COURTHOUSE TO ATTEND A COUNTY COUNCIL MEETING WILL BE SUBJECT TO A TEMPERATURE CHECK, BE REQURED TO WEAR A MASK,  AND ADHERE TO SOCIAL DISTANCING.

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At the July 16, 2020 meeting, Northampton County Council introduced two ordinances. One would amend the Home Rule Charter to change the title of Council Member to Commissioner; the other covered a Budget Amendment to allow the County to receive and utilize the grant opportunities offered in response to COVID-19. Additionally, grant money was approved to extend broadband and wireless access for students at all County School Districts, as well as to aid seniors and veterans. Council also voted to provide grant money to sustain a continuing COVID-19 testing site for all Northampton County residents with symptoms, as well as to fund aggressive testing to ensure COVID-19 is kept out of Northampton County Prison. Council made another financial decision to accept additional grant money, working with HUD in order to assist with housing needs of the thousands of County residents impacted by COVID-19. Another resolution allowed the County to obtain grant money in order to remediate the Glendon Hotel property. Seven different Livable Landscape projects were given funds that will be matched to conserve land, construct parks, and improve trails and parks throughout Northampton County, including Albert Ponds in Bushkill Township, the Two Rivers Trailway Trail in the City of Easton, Dimmick Park in Hellertown, Surrey Glen Park in Lower Nazareth Township, the D&L Trail in Northampton and North Catasaqua, and Penn Pump Park in Palmer Township.

Council will meet again on Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.

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At the July 2, 2020 meeting, Northampton County Council voted to adopt an ordinance to correct a line item in the Amended Budget. Additionally, an ordinance was introduced to edit the Home Rule Charter, Section 807, regarding job discrimination. Additionally, a resolution reaffirming the County's dedication to equality and equal rights was passed. Grants from the COVID-19 County Relief Block Grant were awarded to multiple bi-county organizations, including Discover Lehigh Valley ($500,000), Lehigh and Northampton Airport Authority ($250,000), ArtsQuest ($500,000), Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation ($175,000) and the State Theatre ($100,000). Council will select three members to serve on a committee, to work with the Department of Fiscal Affairs and the Department of Economic Development, among others, to ensure the remainder of CARES Act funding is properly distributed in a timely manner.

Council will meet again on July 16, 2020, to hold a public hearing on the introduced ordinance, as well as any other business pending.

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At the June 18, 2020 meeting, Northampton County Council introduced an ordinance to correct a line item in the Amended Budget. They approved appointments to the Children, Youth and Families Advisory Board, the Farmland Preservation Board, the Industrial Development Authority, the Mental Health, Early Intervention and Developmental Programs Advisory Board, and the Workforce Board Lehigh Valley. Two resolutions were unanimously passed to seek and secure funding in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Resolution 50--2020 to apply for rent relief programs under the CARES Act, and 51-2020, to seek funding through the COVID-19 Relief County Relief Block Grant. Council further approved additions to Article XIII contract applicants working to finish the Forensic Center, and to begin work on the Minsi Lake Corridor Greenway Stewardship Plan.

Council will meet again on July 2, 2020, to hold a public hearing on the introduced ordinance, as well as any other business pending.

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Notice is hereby given that the following Northampton County Council Committees will be meeting in the County Council meeting room, room No. 3116, third floor, Northampton County Government Center, 669 Washington Street, Easton, PA, on the dates and times indicated below:

          ~~  On June 4, 2020, commencing at 3:30 p.m., the Human Services Committee will convene a meeting to receive a report from the Director of Human Services, as well as to consider any other pending business. 

         ~~    On June 4, 2020, commencing at 5:00 p.m., the Governance Committee will convene a meeting to discuss the Declaration of Disaster Emergency, as well as to consider any other pending business. 

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