ALLENTOWN, Pa. — The Allentown, Pa., City Council near midnight Thursday approved a $220 million, 50-year water-and-sewer lease deal with the Lehigh County Authority after an emotional four-hour public meeting.

Mayor Ed Pawlowski intends to use upfront money from the public works agency to eliminate its unfunded pension liability, which he has estimated at between $160 million and $180 million.

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