Council’s leaders asked their solicitor to check whether it’s true that Allentown’s home rule charter supersedes state laws.
Council member Peter Schweyer said he and City Clerk Michael Hanlon already have started looking into the matter.
Also during council’s meeting:
• Eichenwald failed to convince her colleagues to create a committee to study the lease/pension issue that would have consisted of three council members, two residents and two city administrators. Her motion failed 6-1.
• Dougherty announced construction will begin on the new East Side Fire Station, along Irving Street near Dieruff High School, after a contract is awarded May 1.
• Guridy authorized creation of an ad hoc committee to investigate creating A Payment In Lieu Of Taxes (Pilot) program, aimed at getting some revenue for the city from non-profits that own a considerable amount of property in Allentown – such as colleges and hospitals—but pay no real estate taxes. Bethlehem is working to create such a program, said Eichenwald, whom Guridy appointed to chair that committee.
The committee will include three members of city council (Eichenwald, Jeff Glazier and Ray O’Connell) and two members of the administration to investigate how Allentown should proceed on the issue.