Communications tower added at Silver Lake site

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

Susquehanna County Sheriff Lance Benedict accepted a proclamation from the Susquehanna County Commissioners Judith Herschel, Elizabeth Arnold and Alan Hall marking May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and May 14-20 as Police Week 2023 in Susquehanna County. PHOTO BY STACI WILSON

The county entered into a 50-year lease with the Silver Lake Fire Company for use of land for a new 911 tower, effective May 10 through May 31, 2073. Cost is $1 a year.

During an April meeting, the commissioners approved the purchase of a communications shelter at the new proposed tower site in Silver Lake Twp., at a cost of $65,961 and paid with Act 13 funds.

The May 24 meeting of the county commissioners was rescheduled to May 31 at 9 a.m., to be held in the meeting room of the county courthouse.

The following actions were also approved by the commissioners:

*Tax Claim Bureau exoneration request for a parcel in Harford Twp. Notice was received from the assessment office that the trailer had been removed;

*enter into an memorandum of understanding with Bigaj/Fischer, PC, of Honesdae, to serve as solicitor for the county auditors office, effective Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, at a cost of $1,500;

*installation of two 30,000 BTU ductless units for the data/server room in the Public Safety Center, at a cost of $21,900;

*accept, with regret the resignation for purpose of retirement of Sally Hawley from the position of System Database Administrator – Budget Coordinator, effective May 31. H;awley was recognized at the start of the meeting for 10 years of service in the commissioners’ office;

In personnel, Daniel Osborn was hired as an IT Technician, effective May 4, and Christopher Xabrowski transferred to the full-time position of Assistant Director/Systems Administrator; Vicki Walsh was hired as the 2nd Deputy Prothonotary/Clerk of Courts.

The commissioners proclaimed May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and May 14-20 as Police Week in Susquehanna County. Sheriff Lance Benedict accepted the proclamations on behalf of law enforcement agencies in the county.

The commissioners also issued a proclamation of the county’s support for AMERICA250PA to commemorate the United States’ upcoming 250th anniversary. David Palmer has been appointed as the America250 coordinator in Susquehanna County.

On June 28, The Dennis Farm will be honored during a special semiquincentennial Bell Presentation Ceremony as one of Pennsylvania’s most revered historical landmarks in celebration of the nation’s upcoming 250th anniversary in 2026. The ceremony will take place at The Dennis Farm in Brooklyn Township, followed by a luncheon at Keystone College. In addition to members of the Keystone community and officials from The Dennis Farm, the event  will include numerous local, state, and national public officials and dignitaries.


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