County addresses staff changes

BY STACI WILSON

The County Commissioners focused on staffing changes at the Wednesday, Jan. 23 meeting.

Commissioners Alan Hall and Michael Giangrieco accepted, with regret, the resignation of Willie Keeney from Soil Conservation, effective at the end of the Jan. 30 business day.

Commissioner Mary Ann Warren was absent from the meeting. According to the agenda, she was attending a conference in State College.

Diana Roszel was transferred from a Children and Youth Department Caseworker position to Casework Supervisor, effective Jan. 24.

The commissioners also acknowledged the termination of Lori Cobb by President Judge Kenneth Seamans effective Jan. 11.

The judge’s hiring of Elizabeth Lyons as the Domestic Relations Finance Enforcement Officer, effective Jan. 21, was also acknowledged.

Stephen Tourje and Brian Hinkley were both appointed to serve three-year terms on the Economic Development Board ending Dec. 31, 2015.

In other business, the county accepted the proposal by MCM Consulting Group, of McMurray, to provide GIS Project Management services at a cost of $43,120.

The commissioners also signed a one-year agreement with Dr. Joseph Cama, Towanda, to provide on-site care coordination physician and/or physician assistant services to the Susquehanna County Correctional Facility in person two times per week; other days as necessary; and provide around the clock phone assistance for $3,100 per month.

The contract will be effective March 1 through Feb. 28, 2014.

Meeting attendee Bruce Paskoff said he felt the rate seemed high if the doctor was not coming on-site.

The county received only one bid for General Contracting Equipment. The bid, from Ken Raugh Excavating, was accepted and approved, effective through Dec. 31, 2014. The commissioners noted Raugh has held the contract with the county for many years.

Hall said this year’s bid was lower than the previous year.

A new Deputy Sheriff position was created by the Salary Board, effective immediately per the recommendation of Sheriff Lance Benedict.

The position will be funded with Act 13 monies. But if the county’s impact fee allocation falls below $350,000, the position would be automatically eliminated.

The starting salary range of the Assistant Director of Elections/Assistant Voter Registrar was increased to $11.29 per hour, effective immediately, due to an increase in responsibilities.

The Switchboard Operator/Clerk Typist position was changed to Switchboard Operator/Office Assistant by the board, also because of an increase in responsibilities.

The salary board adopted the 2013 Miscellaneous Compensation Schedule, in effect as of Jan. 1.

The County Retirement Board also convened setting the rate of regular interest for 2013 at four percent to be credited to the member contribution accounts in the county employee’s retirement plan.