Lehigh County Commissioners OK code change allowing county government to quickly improve wages in important departments

ALLENTOWN, Pa. – The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners authorised an modification to the code that may authorize the county government to problem a short lived wage improve to workers in important 24-hour departments Wednesday evening.

Part 603 governs the Administrative Code involving supplemental appropriations. The short-term wage will increase embody numerous departments, comparable to Corrections, Cedarbrook and the 911 Communication Heart.

The pay improve does have stipulations. In essence, it should be in response to essential labor points that if not addressed would place the division vulnerable to understaffing. These powers are relegated to a most 90-day interval.

The laws was authorised on second and closing studying.

In a comparable invoice, the board OK’d amending Lehigh County’s personnel insurance policies and procedural guide to offer workers with compensation incentives in these important 24-hour departments in response to the labor market. These wage will increase could be short-term in nature, and if not performed, would place the division in danger. In contrast to the code change, this invoice was authorised on first studying.

“It is not good, nevertheless it’s what the constitution requires us to maneuver out of that emergency declaration,” Chairman Geoff Brace stated.

In different information, commissioners authorised on first studying an settlement with Jay H. Gilbert Companies. The approval was made on the Workplace of the Coroner’s request to rent Gilber to move our bodies or stays on account of demise. Gilbert will obtain $240 for transporting the stays of every lifeless physique.

“This service is totally obligatory,” Coroner Daniel Buglio stated.

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Lastly, commissioners authorised the appointment of Jeani Garcia to serve on the Drug & Alcohol Advisory Board. Her time period expires Dec. 31, 2024.