Long comms agenda includes personnel changes

The Lycoming County commissioners trudged their way through a long agenda Tuesday morning after two weeks without meetings due to last week’s primary and other conflicting events.

The commissioners opted to take action on several of those items to help shorten their next meeting, including approving the reclassification of the GIS supervisor/technician to GIS supervisor with a paygrade bump.

The person in that position, Amy Fry, will make $61,266.79 annually starting Sunday. Fry’s salary in 2018 was about $54,330.66 according to the county’s alpha list of employees.

“This is an employee who received additional training and hopefully is going to be able to save us money from using outside contractors,” said Commissioner Rick Mirabito.

The new salary is about $6,000 under what such a position makes on average, added Commissioner Tony Mussare.

Other personnel actions included reclassifying Brittany L. Hardy to fully-qualified status as a bail release officer in the prison at $22.86 per hour, effective Sunday; hiring Joseph Peluso as a full-time replacement clerk in the domestic relations office at $20.17 per hour, effective Sunday; promoting Salvatore R. Vitko to a full-time replacement transportation planner in the planning department at $42,773.50 annually, effective Sunday; promoting Cody Myers to a full-time replacement network engineer in Information Services at $40,308.97 annually, effective Sunday; and hiring Andrew S. Soboleski as a full-time replacement maintenance I in the maintenance department at $13.95 per hour, effective Monday.

In another matter, the commissioners will consider approving a two-year lease to continue housing District Judge William Solomon in his current building on Lycoming Creek Road at a cost of $1,922 per month.

The county is working to find a new location for the judge that is compliant with regulations such as that it be on a bus route, the commissioners said.

“Although (24 months) seems like a long time, it flies by quickly,” said Commissioner Jack McKernan. “Hopefully we’ll find either a building or piece of ground that is suitable for an MDJ office (by the end of the lease).”

Other actions the commissioners will consider include entering into a contract that will allow the prothonotary’s office to accept credit card payments, purchasing an $11,780 leachate pump for the landfill, replacing livescan fingerprinting and digital arrest photo equipment for $34,000 and more.

The next meeting is slated for 10 a.m. Thursday in Executive Plaza.