More Than A Dozen Departments Working Out Of Globe As Lackawanna County Government’s Move Continues
While Lackawanna County government’s ongoing move to the former Globe store will continue into the new year, more than a dozen county offices and departments now occupy several floors of the historic six-story structure.
As of Wednesday, the departments housed on the former Scranton retail hub’s fifth floor moved in, county Community Relations Director Jim Rodway said. This includes the Purchasing Department; Department of Planning and Economic Development; Community Relations Department; Insurance and Risk Management Department; Information Technology Department; Register of Wills Office; and the Office of Environmental Sustainability.
“We’re open for business and we’re very busy,” Register of Wills Fran Kovaleski said Thursday.
The Globe’s fifth floor also houses the commissioners’ new conference room, an Office of Youth and Family Services “learning center” and an area for the county’s various boards and authorities, according to a floor-by-floor list supplied by the county.
As officials prepare to occupy other floors in the near future, Rodway said the third and fourth floors of the building are “completely occupied.” The third floor houses the county’s Domestic Relations Department, offices for the Scranton Lackawanna Human Development Agency and a fiscal office for the Department of Human Services.
The Department of Human Services is housed on the Globe’s fourth floor, along with the Office of Youth and Family Services; Area Agency on Aging; Office of Drug and Alcohol Programs; and the office for the Behavioral Health/Intellectual Disabilities/Early Intervention Program.
A union representing county employees in the Office of Youth and Family Services, AFSCME Local 524, filed a grievance seeking results of an air quality test and other proof that the Globe is a safe work environment. County officials released a statement claiming it is. The union said it would withdraw the grievance if all concerns were addressed, but hadn’t as of Thursday afternoon, union staff representative Matt Balas said.
The county provided the union with results from a recent air quality test conducted at the Globe and secured necessary permits for the occupied floors, acting Chief of Staff Donald Frederickson said.
Various other key offices and departments are expected to move into the Globe next week. Others won’t relocate until later in January.
Officials plan to have much of the Globe’s second floor “up and operational” by Wednesday, Rodway said. That floor will house the Controller’s Office; Treasurer’s Office; Recorder of Deeds Office; Office of Assessment and Appeals; Single Tax Office; Tax Claim Bureau; Department of Veterans Affairs; and Department of Elections. The Single Tax Office and Department of Elections won’t move in until the weekend of Jan. 11, Rodway said.
Lackawanna County Family Court also will relocate to the Globe later in January, as will the Clerk of Judicial Records Office, both of which will occupy the building’s first floor. The Globe will host five courtrooms and two master hearing rooms for Family Court, and space for several related offices, including Court Administration.
“Our game plan is to have everybody in there by the end of January, including the court system,” Rodway said.
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