Lackawanna County Commissioners’ Reorganization Meeting Will Be First Held At Former Globe Store

January 4, 2019 GMT

The former Globe store in downtown Scranton will host a Lackawanna County government meeting for the first time Monday, when commissioners reorganize for 2019.

Commissioners will elect a chairman and vice chairman of their board and set the year’s meeting schedule at the reorganization meeting, which begins at 10 a.m. in the commissioners’ new fifth-floor conference room. Guests should use the main entrance at 123 Wyoming Ave. to access the historic building.

Commissioner Patrick O’Malley has served as chairman of the board of commissioners for the past three years, during which Commissioner Laureen Cummings has served as vice chairwoman. Asked if they expect that to change in the fourth and final year of their current terms, both said that’s a decision for the board to make Monday. Commissioner Jerry Notarianni said he doesn’t expect any changes with regard to the board’s leadership roles.

The chairman of the board approves meeting agendas, has the final say on any changes, runs meetings, serves as the official spokesman for the board, represents the county at public events and signs written correspondence and legal documents. The job also carries a slightly higher salary. Commissioners make an annual base salary of $76,017, while the chairman of the board makes $78,836 per year.

As the county’s ongoing relocation to the Globe continues, O’Malley said one of the county’s early goals for 2019 is to have all employees and departments moved in by mid-to-late January.

“I think it’s just going to make the government so much more efficient and effective,” O’Malley said of the Globe, which should offer one-stop shopping for residents seeking most county services when the consolidation there is complete. “It was a beloved building in the past and it’s going to be a tool for the community for the future.”

Along with finalizing the Globe move, Notarianni’s 2019 goals include stimulating economic growth and “stabilizing” the local tax base. He also wants the county to contribute more to its employees’ pension fund.

For her part, Cummings wants to further crack down on “wasteful spending” in 2019 and look into selling any county-owned buildings that the county doesn’t need.

Following Monday’s reorganization, commissioners will meet at the Globe on Wednesday at 10 a.m.

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