Features a major investment in the Cedarbrook nursing homes.
Lehigh County Executive Tom Muller delivered the county’s latest five-year capital plan, covering the years 2018 to 2022, to the Board of Commissioners late last week.
Muller stated that “this latest capital plan continues Lehigh County’s commitment to be good stewards of all county assets while carefully managing the taxpayers’ dollars.”
Overall spending is projected at $133.8 million including $68.5 million in financing for the renovation and expansion of the Cedarbrook nursing home operations in South Whitehall. That amount is in line with one of several options under consideration—some considerably more expensive. “While a final decision may not be made for 2-3 months, it would be irresponsible to not include a substantial investment in Cedarbrook in this plan”, Muller said.
Excluding the Cedarbrook project, spending is $65.3 million, with $5.7 million coming from the Operating Fund, a decrease of 30% from the previous plan.
Under its County Charter, the Administration is required to issue a 5-year Capital Plan by June 30 and the Board is required to take final action by the end of August. For the third year in a row, Muller is releasing the Capital Plan almost two months early to facilitate action by the Board earlier than their required deadline since the Administration has to lock in on a Proposed Budget for the coming year by mid-August. He commended the efforts of Director of General Services, Rick Molchany, and all department heads “for their efforts in delivering a sound plan in a very timely manner”.
The five-year capital plan is available for viewing by the public at www.lehighcounty.org
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