Old courthouse to receive facade upgrades

A late evening view of the Lawrence County Government Center shows evidence of paint peeling on its columns. Planned renovations include the stripping the paint off the columns to reveal their natural sandstone appearance.

The Lawrence County commissioners approved financial transfers during Tuesday's meeting to cover unexpected expenditures.

They moved cash from the commissioners’ contingency fund to cover a salary expense as well as work being conducted at what will be the new home of District Judge McGrath’s office in Neshannock Township.

In all, the commissioners approved a transfer of $41,956 from their contingency fund.

The first move in the amount of $25,000 is to cover the salary of the director of maintenance for the remainder of the year.

Chairman Dan Vogler explained that when the commissioners were formulating the budget last year they were working under the assumption the director of maintenance would retire at the end of 2019.

“I want to be clear about something — he is not getting a $25,000 increase,” Vogler said. “That will cover what he is being paid for the balance of the year.”

Commissioner Bob Del Signore questioned the salary move for the director of maintenance.

“On the $25,000, why would we have to have that increase in salary for the director?” Del Signore said.

County Clerk James Gagliano said, “It wasn’t anticipated he would be here the entire year.”

The commissioners then moved $1,456 for work being conducted at 3309 Wilmington Road, where McGrath will be relocated.

The county is paying $450 for work on water and sewer lines, $552 for a gas line and $454 for electric lines.

The commissioners also moved $15,500 to pay for the current office’s rent

at Allshouse Plaza, located at the intersection of Mitchell and Wilmington roads.

In other matters:

•Mental Health and Developmental Services office is to receive a $5,000 to allot for staff overtime.

“Actual expenses have been higher than original estimation of the budget allocation,” Vogler said.

•Public Defender’s Office will receive a money transfer in the amount of $71 to cover membership dues.

•The commissioners moved $30,000 from capital expenditures to district attorney machinery and equipment line item to provide for unanticipated expenses to the improvement of the former Kraus Youth Center, which is being transformed into a law enforcement operations center.

•Received written notification from Frank B. Taylor Engineering Inc. pertaining to permit applications for the Department of Environmental Protection for the proposed athletic fields development on behalf of Westminster College.

•The commissioners will meet at noon June 25 at Marti Park in Wilmington Township.

Assistant Editor

Brent Addleman is the assistant editor at the New Castle News. Email him at BAddleman@ncnewsonline.com.

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