Planning department position eliminated

The number of subdivision plans submitted to the Susquehanna County planning office has been dropping off in recent years, despite a coincidental boom of natural gas leasing activity, county planner Bob Templeton said.

With the reduced workload in the office, the county opted to scale back its workforce by one and eliminated the department’s clerk/typist position.
Following an executive session of the salary board on Wednesday, Aug. 11, the board voted to eliminate the position effective Aug. 27.
The salary board is comprised of the three county commissioners and county treasurer.
According to Templeton, in 2009 102 subdivision plans were submitted to the planning commission. That’s about one-third less than the average number of plans submitted in each of the past four years.
So far this year, the county planning commission has approved 50 subdivision applications and Templeton is not sure if the county will reach the 100 mark by the year’s end.
Prior to eliminating one clerk position, the salary board created a part-time clerk position in the Register and Recorder’s office.
A deputy in the Register and Recorder’s office intends to retire, effective Sept. 15.
The letter of intent to retire from Betty J. Phillips was accepted by Evans, with regret. The commissioners acknowledged the acceptance of intent letter at the meeting.
The commissioners then acknowledged the hiring of a replacement for Phillips.
Phyllis Sheldon, of New Milford, was hired as the Third Deputy in the Register and Recorder’s office, effective Aug. 16.
As of Monday, Robert Fearnley moved from his position as Program Specialist with the Conservation Department to work as Water Resource Coordinator.
The commissioners approved Fearnley for the position, per the recommendation of the County Conservation District’s Board of Directors.
A member representing Susquehanna County resigned from the Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau committee.
The commissioners accepted the verbal resignation of Gretchen Backer from the committee given to EMVB’s Jean Gasper, effective immediately.
Dennis Maloney, owner of Maloney’s Irish Sports Pub and Family Restaurant in Hallstead, was appointed to an unexpired term on the EMVB committee, effective immediately.
A lease for Children and Youth office space in the Shops Plaza, Susquehanna, was renewed for a one-year period which began on June 1. The space is leased at $700 per month.
A trailer in Union Dale was removed from the Tax Claim Bureau’s Repository list per the recommendation of Catherine Benedict, Tax Claim Director.
The county assessment office removed the trailer from its records for 2010 because the trailer had been razed.