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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The Carbon County Salary Board recently set salaries for county employees covered under collective bargaining units.

The rates are effective from Jan. 1.

AFSCME Union

Positions and Rates

Commissioners' Office

Ÿ Set the position of one mail/postage coordinator at $16.06 per hour.

Tax Assessment Office

Ÿ Set the position of one assessor at $18.90 per hour;

Ÿ Set the position of one clerk at $16.54 per hour.

Tax Claim Office

Ÿ Set the position of one clerk at $16.54 per hour.

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

There are no personnel changes for Polk Township in 2015. Supervisors Brian Ahner remains as chairman, Michael Hurley, vice chairman and Nancy May as secretary and treasurer of the board. All three are entitled to compensation of $50 per meeting. May says she knows she's entitled to it but does not take the compensation.

Working supervisors Ahner's and May's pays will be determined at an upcoming township auditor's meeting. Currently Ahner receives $21.50 per hour and May receives $20.67 per hour.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Kimberly Kokinda was flown to St. Luke's Hospital Trauma Center in Bethlehem from the shooting incident in West Penn Township Sunday night. She is still being treated at the hospital. Incorrect information was published in an article Tuesday.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Students, staff and employees at West Penn Elementary School held a canned goods

collection drive to benefit the Tamaqua Salvation Army Food Bank. Packing up the donated items are: front, from left, Madison Schock, Laura Lehr, Ryan Dunkelberger, Madison Reed and Samantha Plasha; and rear, Peter McGlinchey, Jathan Krall, Grace Kinder, Kaia Weller, Cole Eberts and Trent Schlecht.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The board of directors meeting of the Weatherly Area High School Alumni Association will be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 15 in the Weatherly Area Middle School LGI room.

All general members are encouraged and invited to attend.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Carbon County Commissioners approved a number of board reappointments and personnel matters during its weekly meeting on Monday.

Reappointments include:

Ÿ Marshall Walters of Lehighton to the Industrial Development Authority. It is a four-year term, ending Dec. 31, 2019.

Ÿ Samuel J. Dolgopol of Lehighton to the MH/DS Advisory Board. He will hold the office until March 31, 2016.

Personnel matters include:

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Carbon County officials set employee salaries for the year during the recent annual salary board meeting.

Salaries for all positions except row office holders are included in related stories.

In addition to setting salaries, the board also made the following changes to a number of positions.

Court administration

Changed the rate of one department clerk III from $11.26 per hour, to $11.59 per hour, effective Feb. 3.

Domestic relations

Changed the rate of one department clerk I from $10.31 per hour, to $10.62 per hour, effective Jan. 6.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Kidder Township supervisors met to reorganize for 2015 Monday evening. There were no changes from the previous year.

Robert Lengle will remain chairman and treasurer. Thomas Bradley will be vice chairman.

Supervisor Larry Polansky will still be police chairman and Thomas LaFond will continue to be township roadmaster.

All other appointments will also remain the same.

Judy Kramer

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Tourism is a priority in Carbon County.

That's why county officials created the tourism grant fund after they implemented the 3 percent hotel tax in February 2007.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board approved the release of funds under a memorandum of understanding between Carbon County and the Pocono Mountain Visitors Bureau that supports the grant initiatives in Carbon County.

The memorandum authorizes the release of $43,000 from the Hotel Room Excise Tax fund for the county's tourism grant.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

As part of the statewide Get Outdoors PA program, West End Park and Open Space Commission will host a winter hike in the West End Regional Park at 578 Evergreen Hollow Road in Brodheadsville to introduce people to outdoor recreation programs and Monroe County Open Space properties.

This Winter Wander with local naturalist and Pocono Heritage Land Trust board member and stewardship chairman Don Miller is one of several Get Outdoors or "GO" Days being held throughout the state to celebrate National Winter Trails Day and highlight outdoor recreation activities.