The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners want free parking for visitors who attend commissioners meetings.
The board discussed the issue at the Nov. 12 meeting.
Some board members argued a fee of any sort is unfair to the community at large.
"They should be able to park for free," Commissioner Percy Dougherty said. "They should not have to pay $3, $10 or even one penny."
Three of Lehigh County Executive Tom Muller's six budget amendment vetoes have been overridden by the board of commissioners.
The commissioners met Nov. 5 to tackle the possibility of overriding all six of the executive vetoes.
The three amendments to remain intact include using $1.25 million from the county reserve fund to reduce real estate taxes by $8, eradicating longevity pay for non-union county employees in 2015 and requiring the commissioners to offer insight before retaining the management company that currently runs Cedarbrook Nursing Home, Allentown.
Lehigh County residents in 2015 would have seen an $8 reduction in their county tax bill had it not been for county Executive Tom Muller vetoing a $1.25 million tax cut Oct. 27.
At a news conference held Monday, Muller announced the vetoing of the $1.25 million tax cut, along with half a dozen budget amendments, including the capping of wage increases, an incentive-based bonus plan for non-union employees and the elimination of bonuses for longtime employees.
The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners recently voted to cut taxes by $1.25 million.
At the Oct. 8 meeting, the commissioners debated the cuts, which will result in $8 in savings to each Lehigh County resident.
Leading the charge for the tax cuts, Commissioner Michael Schware said the cuts are intended to show county residents they are heard and valued.
"It sends a message that when things go well for us at government we're willing to give back to the taxpayers because they're the ones who support us," Schware said.
After considerable discussion and debate, the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners has unanimously approved a contract with Cedarbrook Nursing Home, Allentown.
The contract, which the commissioners approved at the Aug. 13 meeting, will raise pay 1.5 percent in 2014, 2 percent in 2015 and 2.5 percent in 2016.
The contract affects 523 employees of the nursing home. Sick days will decrease from 20 to six and under the contract, employees will be responsible for a larger share of their health care costs.
The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners have postponed a vote on a possible three-year contract with Cedarbrook Nursing Home, Allentown.
The proposed contract would include an annual wage increases of 1.5 to 2.5 percent for 523 employees as well as a reduction in sick days. The proposed new contract will afford employees six sick days.
The commissioners at the July 23 meeting voted 8 to 1 to delay the vote due to new information received prior to the meeting which they want to review.
Voting in opposition was Commissioner David Jones Sr.
The Lehigh County Commissioners are considering a new process by which budget conflicts are resolved.
The new process discussed by the commissioners at the June 25 meeting would allow a budget compromise not reached to default to the former year's tax rates, without a tax increase.
Currently, the county executive drafts the budget with the commissioners recommending amendments to it. In the event the two sides cannot reach a deal, the executive's budget is approved.
Lehigh County Commissioners have a challenging task ahead of them having discussed at their June 11 meeting the 16 applications received for the open seat vacated by Scott Ott.
The candidates have been asked to answer a host of written questions drafted by commissioners. They will then be interviewed June 24 in public.
"We have a very strong field of candidates," Commissioner Percy Dougherty said. "I would consider it an honor to serve with many of them on this board."
After months of debate, Lehigh County will now offer health benefits to spouses of county employees.
The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners voted 6-0 May 28 to grant benefits to same sex couples.
Abstaining from the vote were Commissioners Scott Ott, Michael Schware and Vic Mazziotti.
Commissioner Geoff Brace, a supporter of same sex benefits, said the affirmative vote now allows the commissioners to tackle other legislative and policy issues.
Lehigh County may now decline requests from the federal government to detain suspected illegal immigrants.
The board of commissioners May 14 voted 9-0 for a resolution to dictate how the county responds when confronted with a detainer from Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The resolution now gives the county the power to inform Immigration and Customs Enforcement of a date and time a suspect will no longer be detained. It also gives the county the power to release the suspect unless a court order directs otherwise.