Huntingdon County Commissioners announced at their weekly meeting Tuesday morning that a county employee who retired from the recycling coordinator position is now back on a part-time basis.

Lou Ann Shontz, who retired as veterans affairs director and recycling coordinator in December, was hired as the recycling coordinator at the salary board meeting Feb. 5.

Mark Sather said they are welcoming back Shontz, as she’s expressed keen interest in making sure the recycling program is successful in Huntingdon County.

With Shontz’s retirement in December, the recycling coordinator position went to Melody Mason, community development administrator for the county planning department, which she would have done in addition to her duties with Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds.

“With previous discussions we had with the planning department, we thought the additional duties could be included,” said Sather. “But, they came to us late (last month) and told us they were unable to do so.”

“The planning department (and Mason) have their hands full with CDBG funds,” added commissioner Jeff Thomas.

The county also approved a resolution to encumber $99,000 liquid fuel funds to help with the resurfacing of the Neffs Mills Bridge in West Township. The overall estimated cost for resurfacing the bridge would be around $750,000.

“We’ve encumbered money toward this project through the years so we’re able to pay for this project,” said Thomas. “Unlike bridges that are on the TIP (Transportation Improvement Program), the county is responsible to pay for the full project.”

Walls added encumbering these funds allows them to use this money specifically toward this project, and they won’t have to return the money to the state if it’s unused.

Also Tuesday, the commissioners approved a ratification of the 902 Municipal Recycling Program for $64,633.

Shannon Walborn, Children and Youth Services administrator, also received approval for four staff members to attend the Pennsylvania Children and Youth administrators training at the Nittany Lion Inn in State College March 20-21 at a combined cost of $475, and three staff members to attend the Governor’s Institute Plans of Self Care training session, at a time and place that best suits the three staff members, plus three others from county service agencies, to attend later this year at no cost to the county.

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