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The Susquehanna County Commissioners apparently are overwhelmed by the number of grievances filed by county employees who are represented by the Teamsters Union and believe the solution may be to hire a personnel director and dump the problem in his/her lap.

Gary Marcho decided to see how his colleagues on the Board of Commissioners felt about the idea of hiring a personnel director. He closed the discussion almost in disgust when Commissioners Lee Smith and Cal Dean managed to hem and haw their way through a 20-minute discussion on the subject without making a commitment.

"I just wanted to see if the other two commissioners are interested in the idea," Mr. Marcho said, "but apparently they aren’t so let’s move on."

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Hallstead Foundry Moving Along

With the exception of Martin Brown, all members of the Hallstead Boro Council were present for their October 21 meeting.

The first item to be discussed was a complaint, in the form of a letter from a Dayton Ave. resident, who reported an incident that occurred at the Franklin St. Park. According to the letter, a pit bull had attacked a woman walking her dog; she was accompanied by her (small) children at the time. When the incident occurred, according to the letter, there were many other kids nearby who could also have been in danger of being attacked. The letter reported an additional incident, where the writer’s daughter had been in a group of volunteers cleaning the area by the riverbank, when a rock had been thrown at her. The letter related that charges had been filed, and asked council to "do something" about the problem before the situation escalated to include knives and guns; it went on to say that council should be aware that a lawsuit could be brought due to the boro’s "lack of action."

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