Please go to the following link as an update to the Commissioners meeting.
There were two issues of interest at this weeks Commissioners meeting. The first being the Row Officers salaries . The second is the charges for a “carry permit” by the Sheriff's Department.
Commissioner McCarthy introduced bill 2010-68 Setting the salary levels for the Row Officers as follows.
Present 2012 2013 2014 2015
Controller 62500 62500 64000 65500 67000
Coroner 62500 62500 64000 65500 67000
Sheriff 62500 62500 64000 65500 67000
Clerk of Judicial Records 62500 62500 64000 65500 67000
Comments made by the Commissioners; Percy Dougherty: Although he was pleased that the increases were dollar amounts instead of percentages he will NOT support this bill. He feels that the amount of compensation is comparable to other Counties throughout the State.
Glenn Eckhart is not very optimistic about our economy recovering any time soon. His feelings seemed to be that, at the present time and for the foreseeable future we should not increase salaries for anyone. People are taking cut in their pay to keep their jobs. He will NOT support this bill.
Thomas Creighton : I don't believe he will support this bill.
Andy Roman : Will not support this bill at this time. He wants to wait until the budget is done.Maybe Yea/nay ??? at a later date.
Danial McCarthy; Bill sponsor will support passage.
Gloria Hamm; I believe will support bill.
David Jones: I believe will support bill.
William Hansell; This is a case unto it self. Commissioner Hansell will support this bill, however he is reluctant because he thinks the compensation is “ NOT enough ” . He stated that the private sector is giving managers big raises and we should be giving more.
I don't know what Planet Commissioner Hansell is on, but it can't be the same planet we're on. The only salvation I see, is he won't be running for the office he holds now. Since he was appointed and not Elected he really has no “skin” in the game.
This gives us a 4-4 vote with the deciding vote held by Commissioner Browning. At this time he will vote YES on this bill. I will leave it up to him to explain his vote.
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Next issue is Bill 2010-69 Authorizing the Sheriff's Office to impose a additional fee for a concealed firearm license.
State law imposes certain fees for the application and issuance of these licenses. The current fee in Lehigh County is 25.00 for a paper version. The Sheriff office has set the Fee at 38.00 for a hard plastic license. The need for this increase is to offset the cost of new equipment.
I obtained my License in 2005, it is a hard plastic license. I believe that the cost at the time was 35.00.
Commissioner Browning paid 38.00 for his recent license.
Tonight was a vote for Lehigh County Republican Committee Officers.
Wayne Woodman was elected as Chairman.
Kim Biber was elected as Vice Chair.
Scott Aguila was elected Secretary
Cindi Gibson was elected Asst. Secretary
County meeting 6/9/10
Last nights meeting was very interesting. It started with a short address from the County executive Don Cunningham. He spoke mainly, about the upcoming budget and what he and his administration is doing to try and cut the budget. This may require the closing of some programs as well as consolidation of some departments and possible staff reductions. As with all governments, the County has grown in size and scope and perhaps should be taken back to where it should be. When in the past they had plenty of money they spent it. Now the Devil wants his do. It will be interesting too see how this plays out.
Prepare for some sort of Tax increase.
On July 19th there will be a joint meeting of both County's at the Northampton Court house. to discuss the "Bi COUNTY Health Department".
This may be a good idea but, may be cost prohibitive. The estimated cost could be in excess of $ 500,000 + for each county. This may not be the time for this venture. No one knows where the money would come from and how it would be funded. I THINK WE KNOW !