“We accepted the recommendation of the committee. We do that on a regular basis here.
Rooney said both the board and the airport staff are professionals.
“We’ve got to have some faith in the committees we have,” agreed board vice chairman Marc Troutman, who ran the meeting.
Said Dowd: “The executive committee was pleased with the contract.”
Buesing said committees recommend, but the board makes the decisions.
Baker’s motion was defeated 7-4. Voting with her were Buesing, Baum and Anthony Boyle.
The board then voted 9-2 to rehire the firm for 2.5 years, from Friday through Dec. 31, 2015. Only Baker and Buesing voted no.
Donchez thanked the board for its support and said “we look forward to continuing our relationship. It’s been a pleasure to work with all of you."
Buesing initially wanted to ask questions about the new agreement in a closed-door executive session. Donchez said that was not necessary. Responded Buesing: “How do I ask the questions that are not going to upset our current law firm?”
Someone replied: “Probably out loud.”
“OK, if you want to do it here,” said Buesing. “I thought in the past we talked about it in executive session.”
Also during the meeting:
* Everett announced tickets will go on sale Monday for the Aug. 24-25 air show at Lehigh Valley International Airport. He said advance tickets, which are less expensive than buying them at the gate, will be sold at Wegmans, the Sands ticket office, the airport and on-line at lehighvalleyairshow.com.
* Authority treasurer Dean Browning reported “we are making money,” but net income from operations of the airport is $200,000 less than budgeted for the first five months of 2013.