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The Susquehanna County Commissioners moved rather quickly through a heavy meeting agenda last week. In less than two hours, the commissioners minus Lee Smith who was attending another meeting out of the county disposed of a busy regular-meeting agenda, and completed other business while meeting as the countys Salary Board, Retirement Board, and Board of Elections.
Perhaps the most noteworthy action came during the Board of Elections meeting where a complaint from Barney Wilkins, county campaign coordinator for Governor-elect Ed Rendell, was referred to the district attorneys office.
"It will be up to the district attorney to investigate this matter," Board Chair Gary Marcho said.
In his complaint to the board, Mr. Wilkins alleged that David and Diane Burman of Ararat Township removed Rendell campaign signs contrary to state election laws.
Due to the current special session of the state legislature, no state legislators were present at Thursday (11/14) night's legislative meeting of the Susquehanna County School Boards Association. However, a legislative assistant from the Pennsylvania School Boards Association was there to give an update on bills that are before the state legislature, as well as to prioritize items in the PSBA legislative platform for 2003. Each county selects five items which are tabulated with all the other counties' selections to decide what should be the organization's focus for the year.
A dozen people representing four Susquehanna County Schools, Elk Lake (where the meeting was held), Montrose, Blue Ridge and Mountain View heard from the PSBA representative (author's note: these reps always ask that their names not be used) and agreed with the basic premise that the state should be funding more of the money needed to run the local schools. The percent is currently around 37, and "it should be 50 or more."
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