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Somerset County hires new trail manager

March 6, 2019 GMT

Somerset County trails have a new manager.

During Tuesday’s meeting the commissioners hired Lindsay Pyle, of Somerset, as director of parks and trails, replacing Brett Hollern, who left earlier this month. She will make $45,000 a year.

Somerset County Commissioner Gerald Walker said the job has morphed from what Hollern was originally hired to do to more of an administrative and grant writing position.

“Brett Hollern’s position 21 years ago was to build the Great Allegheny Passage and maintain it,” he said. “We redid those job descriptions.” Walker said that Hollern told him that about 20 percent of his time was maintenance and 80 percent was administrative. “It is going to become a huge part of Lindsay’s day-to-day operations,” Walker said.

Pyle has served as the community and economic development program manager at the Southern Alleghenies Planning & Development Commission and has worked with Somerset County on many projects and grants for trail projects.

She said she always had a passion for the outdoors.

“I’m big into biking and hiking on the Great Allegheny Passage, and I am excited to keep the projects going to make it the best part of the whole trail,” she said.

She has also done work on the Somerset Lake park project.

“I am excited to see that get accomplished,” he said.

She is also excited to work on the September 11th National Memorial Trail, which links the Flight 93 National Memorial in Stonycreek Township to the other memorial sites in New York and Washington, D.C.

“I am really excited to get on board with those three major trails and make them the best we can be,” he said.

In other matters, Peter Jung, warning coordination meteorologist with AccuWeather, attended Tuesday’s meeting to present Somerset County EMA with the county’s StormReady recertification. The certification means that the county is prepared to deal with extreme weather and water events. The certification is good until 2022.

The commissioners also approved a lease agreement with the Somerset County Amateur Radio Club for a classroom at the Somerset County Education Center. The $183-a-month cost was given as an in-kind donation. Walker said the amateur radio club is a backup if the county radio system were to go down. The space will be used for the group to hold meetings and activities.

In other business, the commissioners paid $1,119,845.93 in bills and approved the following personnel actions:

Resignations/separations from employment:

County jail: Joe Brown, of Rockwood, part-time correctional officer, effective Feb. 11{&semispace}Brianna Hoffman, of Somerset, full-time cook, effective March 2{&semispace}Sabrina Higgins-Kelly, of Somerset, part-time cook, effective Feb. 28.

New employees:

Area Agency on Aging: Barbara Raley, of Somerset, clerk, $19,500, and Jennifer Clark, of Somerset, aging care manager I, $24,461, effective March 11Children & Youth Services: Danielle Shaulis, of Friedens, social service aide III, $20,000, effective March 11.Clerk of courts: (rescind) Barbara Sigler, of Meyersdale, clerk, effective Feb. 25{&semispace}Leslie Carroll, of Garrett, clerk, $19,500, effective March 6.County 911: Miranda Ringler, of Central City, full-time communications officer, $27,066, effective March 11.Somerset district judge: Jennifer Devine, of Boswell, clerk, $19,500, effective March 18.