WILLIAMSPORT – The Lycoming County commissioners approved a massive reorganization of the county Prothonotary and assessment offices Tuesday, in large part due to the election of Thomas Heap as the county’s prothonotary in 2019. Heap’s previous position as chief of assessment then was eliminated and responsibilities were distributed to others in that office.

Through the eliminated Heap’s position, and two others, the county estimates it saved $115,494 in salary and $82,596 in benefits. Of that, over $19,000 will be redistributed to other employees who have taken on more responsibilities. In addition, each of the three positions that were eliminated held legacy costs, which would have increased annually. 

The move continues the county’s efforts to decrease the total number of employees.

See the rest of the commissioner’s action items at their Tuesday meeting here:   

TDA ACTION 

Approve update to the TDA Report:  PASS 3-0

  • Assessment- Change Assistant Chief Assessor, paygrades 8/9 to Assistant Chief Assessor/Director Tax Claim Bureau, paygrade 8/9. 
  • Prothonotary- Change one (1) Clerk III, paygrade 4 to Clerk IV paygrade 5. 
  • Prothonotary/Clerk of Courts- Change one (1) Clerk III, paygrade 4 to Clerk IV, paygrade 5. 
  • Prothonotary/Clerk of Courts- Change Data Entry Operator Legal, paygrade 4 to Clerk IV- Data Entry, paygrade 5. 
  • Prothonotary- Eliminate one (1) FT Clerk 1 ( 11 ), paygrade 2/3. 
  • Prothonotary/Clerk of Courts- Change one (1) FT Clerk III, paygrade 4 to one (1) 
  • PT Clerk III, Paygrade 4. 

PERSONNEL ACTIONS

Approve the following personnel actions: PASS 3-0

  • Prison- Justin J. Priliszh, Full-Time Replacement/Promotion, Intake Officer, Paygrade CO11, $19.37/ Hourly. Effective 8/23/20. 
  • Prothonotary- Sharon L. Greene, Full-Time Replacement/Promotion, Clerk IV, Paygrade 5, $16.53/Hourly. Effective: 8/23/20. 
  • Prothonotary- Dale E. Schenck, Full-Time Replacement/Promotion. Clerk III, Paygrade 4, $15.40/Hourly. Effective: 8/23/20. 
  • Assessment- Brooke E. Wright, Full-Time Reorganization- Change in rate, Chief Assessor, Paygrade 10, Salary $61,463.15. Effective: 8/23/20. 
  • Assessment- Mark J. Anderson, Full-Time Reorganization- Change in rate and title, Assistant Chief Assessor/Director Tax Claim Bureau-, Paygrade 9, Salary $51,368.17. Effective: 8/23/20. 
  • Treasurer- Carol A. Johnston, Full-Time Reorganization- Change in rate, Deputy, Paygrade 7, Salary/$45,043.45. Effective 8/23/20. 
  • Treasurer- Penelope J. Cummings, Full-Time Reorganization- Change in Rate, Deputy, Paygrade 7, Salary/$37,985.94. Effective 8/23/20. 
  • Treasurer- Carrie L. Stine, Full-Time Reorganization- change in rate, Clerk III, Paygrade 4, $16.33/Hourly. Effective: 8/23/20. 
  • Treasurer- Kathrine A. Zay, Full-Time Reorganization- change in rate, Clerk III, Paygrade 4, $15.55/Hourly. Effective: 8/23/20. 
  • Prothonotary- Elizabeth J. Burkhart, Full-Time Reorganization- change in rate, title, grade and job code, Clerk IV, Paygrade 5, $15.39/Hourly. Effective: 8/23/20. 
  • Prothonotary/Clerk of Courts- Ashlea R. Woolley, Full-Time 
  • Reorganization- change in rate, title, grade and job code, Clerk IV, Paygrade 5, $16.02/Hourly. Effective: 8/23/20. 
  • Prothonotary/Clerk of Courts- Holly L. Thomas, Full-Time 
  • Reorganization- change in rate, title, grade and job code, Clerk IV-Data Entry, Paygrade 5, $21.39/Hourly. Effective: 8/23/20. 
  • Prison- Lacy J. Swain, Full-Time Lateral move, change in title and job code, Correctional Officer/Rover, Paygrade CO11, $21.6685/Hourly, Effective: 8/23/20. Recess Commissioners’ Public Meeting 

SALARY BOARD ACTIONS

Approve update to Salary Schedule: PASS 3-0

  • Assessment- Change Assistant Chief Assessor, paygrades 8/9 to Assistant Chief Assessor/Director Tax Claim Bureau, paygrade 8/9. 
  • Prothonotary- Change one (1) Clerk III, paygrade 4 to Clerk IV paygrade 5 
  • Prothonotary/Clerk of Courts- Change one (1) Clerk III, paygrade 4 to Clerk IV, paygrade 5. 
  • Prothonotary/Clerk of Courts- Change Data Entry Operator Legal, paygrade 4 to Clerk IV- Data Entry, paygrade 5. 
  • Prothonotary- Eliminate one (1) FT Clerk 1 ( 11 ), paygrade 2/3. 
  • Prothonotary/Clerk of Courts- Change one (1) FT Clerk III, paygrade 4 to one (1) PT Clerk III, Paygrade 4. 

ACTION ITEMS 

Vote on Agreement with Melillo Consulting for Cisco hardware and installation in the amount of $44,128.86. PASS 3-0

  • The original project was budgeted at over $150,000 but costs were decreased by simply replacing a few items instead of an entire overhaul of the system.  

Vote on Amendment to Lease Agreement with Environmental Consultants & Affiliates Network (ECAN) to exercise a second one-year renewal option from July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021. PASS 3-0

Vote on Consignment Auction Agreement with Enterprise Fleet Management to sell the County’s surplus vehicles at wholesale auction in the amount of $275 towing per vehicle. PASS 3-0

Acknowledge the list of approved contracts by the Director of Administration for the month of May, June and July. PASS 3-0

  • This includes 14 contracts in May, four contracts in June and three contracts in July. 

Vote on Agreement with Paul Albert Architect, LLC to provide architectural design and engineering services for property 2107 Lycoming Creek Road in the amount of $44,200. 

  • This is the new location for District Magistrate Judge William Solomon who is moving to a new building. 

The commissioners present at the meeting were Rick Mirabito, Tony Mussare and Scott Metzger. The next commissioners meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Aug. 25. At Executive Plaza, 300 Pine St. 


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