County to cut part-time deputy coroner positions

Six Lycoming County part-time deputy coroner positions are set to be eliminated Thursday by commissioners.

In their place, commissioners plan to add an additional full-time deputy coroner effective Monday.

Existing county Chief Deputy Coroner Jerold N. Ross Sr. will be reclassified at a higher pay grade at $42,000 annually, effective May 12, while Julianna E. Currinder will be a new full-time deputy coroner at a salary of $35,000 annually.

The move is meant to make the coroner’s department more efficient, according to Commissioner Jeff C. Wheeland, who said it was difficult at times to find an available part-time deputy coroner for service.

Commissioners also voted to distribute $150,000 in state liquid fuels tax money to county municipalities. Pennsylvania puts a 12 cent tax on liquid fuels, which then is doled out by the state Department of Transportation to counties.

The funds range from $23,543 for the city to $176 for Salladasburg Borough, said Mark Murawski, county transportation planner. Money that municipalities receive are calculated based on their population and road miles, he added.

Lycoming County’s total is the same as last year.

Commissioner Tony Mussare asked Murawski if a municipality could get more money in addition to its allotted liquid fuels tax supplement. Murawski said that a county grant program was in place for that in prior years, but now is not available.

“I really believe we can’t offer that program this year,” Murawski said. “We need to replenish our fund. I think we can restore the grant program in future years.”

Commissioners also will consider an agreement Thursday with Girio Agency Inc. for appraisal services for flood buyout properties in southern Lycoming County, according to John Lavelle, county hazard reduction planner.

The proposal is for Girio Agency to provide up to 35 appraisals at a cost of $375 each.

A $914 invoice from Prisoner Transportation Services, of Nashville, Tenn., also is on the commissioners’ Thursday agenda. The cost stems from a wanted felon who was found in Florida.