"I just like it the way it is," explained Creighton after the meeting. He said he keeps notes and other materials in the commissioners' office next to that fourth floor conference room, so he readily can get up and retrieve whatever he needs for a committee meeting.

New lease with Velodrome deferred

Commissioners voted 6-3 to delay action on a renewing a long-term lease with operators of the Velodrome, the world famous bicycle racetrack in Trexlertown that officially is known as Valley Preferred Cycling Center.

They plan to arrange a joint public meeting with the Velodrome's board of directors.

That meeting, at a time and place to be announced, will be for commissioners to learn more about the operation before acting on the lease.

The current lease doesn't expire until 2018, but some commissioners have concerns about extending it for 20 years beyond that.

They also don't like that the proposed lease includes language that requires the county to help pay for electricity at the site.

Marty Nothstein, the Velodrome's executive director, said he would welcome what Ott called a board-to-board get together about the county's future relationship with that property.

"A lot of commissioners may not understand the history of the Velodrome, what it really provides to the community," said Nothstein.

"Most people think of the Velodrome as a place where Olympic athletes and professional racers compete. That's just a small piece of the pie.

The majority of what we do are free community programs offered to kids
- the same program I went through as a 15-year-old, and then went off to win the Olympic Games. There is so much more to the Velodrome than just the professional racing that goes on there."

Jones, one of the three commissioners who voted against delaying action on the lease, questioned what information commissioners will be looking to gain, and "to make what determination," by meeting with the Velodrome's board.

Schware said some commissioners also are concerned about plans by the Velodrome to begin doing fund-raising to build a wellness center.

Nothstein said development of a wellness center on the property still is in its infancy stages.

Dougherty and Brace also voted against deferring action on the lease.