Assistant planner hired in Tioga County

WELLSBORO — The Tioga County commissioners and the county salary board hired a full-time assistant planner for the county Planning Department Tuesday evening, effectively doubling its staff.

Kerry Miller, county planning director, said the department is responsible for the effective development and conservation of land and that the job requires more than what a one-person department can provide.

“We don’t have a very deep bench and I need to attend a lot of meetings, so the public is often frustrated when they stop by the office and I am not available,” Miller said. “This position will insure that someone is covering the office and we can be reached more effectively.”

Commissioner Roger Bunn said the need for an assistant planner has been felt for some time and that creating the position was long overdue.

In other news, the commissioners awarded four bids totaling $988,733 for the construction of a new district court office in Elkland. Contractors that submitted the winning bids were CBF Contracting Inc., W.C. Eshenaur & Son Inc. and Lecce Electric Inc.

The commissioners also hired two part-time correctional officers, Katelynn Townsend and Ryan Haller, at $13.81 per hour with no benefits and promoted Keith Cavanaugh to county casework supervisor at $18.50 per hour plus benefits. They also accepted the resignation of Kadie VanOrsdale, who served as a part-time youth support specialist.

The commissioners also adopted a resolution acknowledging the achievements of Eagle Scout Jarrod Davis, son of Kirk and JoAnne Davis, of Blossburg, for building a flag pole and reflecting pond at the Veterans Affairs Office on Shuman Hill. Davis is an active volunteer in Blossburg and is completing training to serve as a volunteer fire police member there.

The commissioners at the meeting were Bunn, Erick Coolidge and Mark Hamilton.