Commissioners staff new GIS department

The Susquehanna County Courthouse was built in the Greek Revival style – one of the architectural styles prominent in the Montrose Historic District which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2011. STAFF PHOTO/STACI WILSON

The county’s longtime mapper, Teri Gulick, is taking on the role of GIS Senior Administrator, moving from the Assessment Department position to the newly established GIS office.

The commissioners approved Gulick’s transfer, at the Wednesday, Nov. 18, meeting which was effective on Nov. 12. But she is not the only employee shifting to the GIS office. Theresa Losapio, former Assistant Mapping Clerk, transferred to the position of Assistant GIS Administrator.

The shift effectively moves mapping out of the Assessment office to GIS, which will be utilized by multiple departments.

The commissioners also approved resolutions which allow for the filing of three proposals seeking funding through the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement (PHARE) program.

The Susquehanna County Housing and Redevelopment Authority is seeking $792,750 to be utilized for the construction of senior housing duplexes in Susquehanna Depot.

Trehab is seeking $125,000 in PHARE funds for a rental and utility assistance program; as well as $1,285,630 for renovations and rehabilitation of existing senior housing units in Susquehanna.

The county entered into cooperative agreements with both SCHRA and Trehab for administration of the PHARE program.

The commissioners also approved the following:

*a contract with West Publishing Corporation for Westlaw Online services for the law library at a cost of $3,876 per month, effective Nov. 18 – Feb. 21, 2024;

*a change order for Urban Electrical Contractors in the amount of $102,640.45 for the Public Safety Building, paid with county CARES funds;

*advertising for bids for county excavating services for bridge repair, restoration, maintenance, dam repair, dam restoration, maintenance and other county projects for Jan. 1, 2021-Dec. 31, 2022.

The salary board – comprised of the three commissioners and the county treasurer – also convened Wednesday to create two positions and eliminate several others.

The board created a full-time Training Sergeant position at the county jail, effective Nov. 18; and eliminated a temporary position of Corrections Sergeant/Shift Commander.

An Administrative Assistant/Grant Coordinator for 911 position was added to the Department of Public Safety, effective Nov. 18, per the recommendation of Bradley Ellsworth, Director of 911 and Scott Aylesworth, Emergency Management Coordinator.

The board eliminated the positions of Director of Public Safety Operations/911 Coordinator and the Director of Public Safety and Compliance Administrator, effective Nov. 18.

Both 911 and Emergency Management will operate under the Department of Public Safety umbrella, with Ellsworth heading up 911 and financial compliance, and Aylesworth in the Emergency Management. There is no plan to hire a new Director of Public Safety to replace Bruce Butler, who resigned from the position earlier this month.

The board also eliminated the position of Director of Information Technology. A new position – IT Director/GIS Coordinator – was created at the Nov. 4 meeting. The county’s IT Director Stephen Janoski transferred to the new role.


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