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Commissioners Hire Brett Whitling for Confidential Administrative Assistant; Courthouse Windows Being Replaced
At the regular official Tuesday meeting, the commissioners hired Brett Whitling, of Clarion, (pictured above) as a confidential administrative assistant effective December 17, 2018.
The position is full-time, nonexempt, 35 hours per week at a salary of $27,300.00.
Whitling is currently a reporter for the Clarion News.
Replacement windows for the Clarion County Courthouse
The view from the Clarion County Courthouse is starting to improve with the addition of specially-ordered replacement windows for the historic building.
As of Monday, November 26, 46 windows had already been replaced on the second floor of the courthouse.
Commissioner Ted Tharan reported on Tuesday that a total of 86 windows were ordered, and the majority of the remaining windows were for the first floor of the courthouse.
“We are getting rave reviews for the new windows and our general rehabilitation program for inside the courthouse,” said Tharan. “The only people who are a little disappointed are the people who work on the first floor.”
Hotel Tax Business
Commissioners approved $2,500.00 from the county hotel tax for the United Way of Clarion County Bluegrass Festival in March of 2019.
Tharan explained that event brings in a lot of people into the area, using many hotel rooms.
Commissioners appointed Austin Blose as the Redbank Chamber representative on the hotel tax committee. Blose is affiliated with Zack’s Restaurant in New Bethlehem.
Other Personnel Business
Commissioners accepted the resignation of Jenna McHenry (CYS) and the retirement of Carolyn Lindberg (Corrections).
Commissioners also accepted the resignations of Jeffrey Shay and Howard Schmader from the Clarion County Airport Zoning Board and appointed Ken Swartfager and Rick Douthit to the vacant seats. The terms expire on August 31, 2019. John Strauss and Jerry Borovick were also appointed as alternatives for the Clarion County Airport Zoning Board effective November 27, 2018. The airport zoning board deals with height limits related to the airport, and a proposal from Clarion Boards on an additional building will require action.
Commissioners reappointed Joseph Lowrie and Nancy Kadunce to the Clarion County Conservation District Board of Directors. Their current terms end on December 31, 2018, and their new appointments will run until December 31, 2021.
Legal contracts were approved and include Chris Gabriel through Carfardi, Ferguson, Wyrick, Weis, and Stotler for county solicitor services for the calendar year of 2019; a contract with Sara Seidle-Patton for assistant solicitor services for 2019; and a contract with Megan Turnbull through Weiss, Burkhardt and Kramer LLC for solicitor services for the Clarion County Airport Zoning Board as needed.
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