County Council To Fill Board Seats

February 25, 2019

WILKES-BARRE — Luzerne County Council will appoint new members to the county’s authorities, boards and commissions, often called the ABCs of county government, on Tuesday.

Council’s ABC Committee last week interviewed more than a dozen people who applied to fill open spots on the various bodies, according to council Chairman Tim McGinley.

Among the spots likely to be filled is an open seat on the county board of elections, which has been vacant since Michael Mey resigned late last year. Since Mey is a Democrat, the seat must be filled by a registered Democrat, according to the county charter.

Earlier this month, election board Vice Chairman Peter Ouellette said the board was having trouble finding anyone interested in the position. That no longer seems to be a problem.

Five people have applied for the open seat, according to a list of applicants at the county website.

Other bodies to which council could appoint members Tuesday include the county planning commission; convention and visitors bureau board of directors; and recreational facilities advisory board.

Also set to be filled are open seats on the Luzerne/Schuylkill workforce investment board; Luzerne/Wyoming Area Agency on Aging advisory board; Luzerne/Wyoming Mental Health and Developmental Services Program advisory board; and Northeastern Pennsylvania Health & Higher Education Authority.

Council will also vote on a proposed zoning change in Huntington Twp. that would allow the township fire company to sell a 2.15-acre parcel off state Route 239 to a company that plans to build a Dollar General retail store.

A proposed ordinance would amend the zoning designation from suburban residence district to highway business district.

At a council meeting last fall, a nearby property owner objected to the zoning change. The county planning commission recommended the change be approved.

Tuesday’s county council meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the county courthouse on North River Street in Wilkes-Barre.

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