Commissioners accept Howell retirement

BY PAT FARNELLI

Wyoming County Press Examiner

Wyoming County Commissioners accepted the resignation for purposes of retirement of County Jail Lieut. Janet Howell on Tuesday morning during their regular meeting.

Howell’s retirement is effective June 3.

During the commissioners’ work session May 10, county clerk Bill Gaylord said that they would be dealing with personnel matters, and at that time they met with Warden Mickey Ameigh and the lieutenant to let them know that their tenure at the county jail would soon end.

Commissioner Tom Henry said at that time that further information would be released after the county prison board’s next meeting.

It is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, June 12, not May 29, as previously reported.

When asked Tuesday if there was an update on the warden situation, Commissioner Judy Kraft Mead said, “We have no comments at this time.”

Gaylord was not at Tuesday’s meeting, as he was attending a county clerks’ convention.

Shortly thereafter, the commissioners recessed to work on paperwork.

The commissioners did come back to take two actions.

First, they eliminated an administrative assistant position at the 911 Center.

Second, they approved a list of eight properties that will be having bids sent out through the Wyoming County Conservation District utilizing Natural Resource Conservation District funding.

The list includes Colley and Griffith (Mehoopany Twp.); Bills Used Tire (Eaton Twp.); Robert Otto and Tom Hummell (Laceyville); David Brown (Laceyville); Maro (Monroe Twp.); Blat (Monroe Twp.); Hannon and Bianco (Monroe Twp.); and Ketcham (Monroe Twp.).

Commissioner Henry also indicated Tuesday there was some unfinished business that might need to be tended to and rather than adjourn Tuesday, the meeting would be resumed on Thursday at 9 a.m. during their regular work session so they could vote on matters, if needed.

Other business addressed in Tuesday’s brief meeting included a mention of “The Oldest House” in Laceyville being featured Saturday on WNEP’s “Home and Backyard” program.

Wyoming County Children & Youth Services’ expenditures for social service programs 2011-12 were approved in the amount of $1,241,355 as of March 31.

Solicitor James Davis told the commissioners that Wyoming County President Judge Russell Shurtleff issued an order Friday which “quashed the appeal by Mr. (Anthony) Colombo regarding the proposed sale of Gay’s True Value to CVS Drugs in Tunkhannock.

Colombo filed appeals on April 20, challenging decisions by the county’s planning commission on Mar. 21, and Tunkhannock’s Zoning Hearing Board on Feb. 23.

“The court found he was not an aggrieved party,” said Attorney Davis.

Davis said that Colombo could still appeal the decision to Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court.

Colombo is co-owner of the Town Plaza Shopping Center just west of Tunkhannock, where CVS Drugs is presently leasing space.