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Luzerne County’s Recreational Advisory Board has asked county officials to activate a rarely used fountain at the River Common complex at least one day per week from Memorial Day to Labor Day, suggesting Fridays.

County officials decided in 2011 to use the fountain only for major special events, saying the county can’t afford the state-mandated water testing that must be completed twice a day when the fountain is operating.

The county could cover or offset the expense with some of its $260,000 to $270,000 in annual recreational funding received from natural-gas drilling, the board said.

• Council members Jim Bobeck and Edward Brominski expressed frustration with each other in a recent email exchange that began with Brominski asking why 911 Executive Director Jack Robshaw handled a personnel matter and had “free access” to departments after his last day of work March 9.

County Manager Robert Lawton wrote back that Robshaw agreed to remain with the county until March 24.

Bobeck replied that “it would be nice” if Brominski’s source was fully informed “before spreading rumors” and said the “old game of ‘gotcha’ that some on council play” is not amusing.

“Perhaps you can tell your well placed source to speak with his supervisor or HR before spreading rumors. It would certainly be a more adult thing to do than spreading undermining rumors,” Bobeck wrote, encouraging him to share his feedback with the source.

In response, Brominski said he was satisfied with Lawton’s explanation and was seeking clarification, not spreading rumors. Brominski asked council Chairman Rick Morelli to pass on a message to Bobeck, though he didn’t refer to Bobeck by name and instead called him “the junior lawyer on council.” Bobeck is an attorney.

“Please advise him to put on his ‘BIG BOY’S’ pants and start accepting the facts that things in ‘Mayberry’ are not as rosy as he perceives,” Brominski wrote.

• The county is seeking proposals to provide food services in the courthouse basement cafeteria. Responses are due April 15.

United Rehabilitation Services opted to stop operating the cafeteria, effective April 4, due to declining sales.

• The filling of more than 25 expired seats on 16 county boards, authorities and commissions is scheduled for discussion at Tuesday’s council work session, which follows an all-council committee meeting starting at 5:30 p.m. in the courthouse council meeting room.

The vacancies include one seat on the Transportation Authority, Community College Board of Trustees, Assessment Appeals Board, Housing Authority, Flood Protection Authority, Ethics Commission and the Convention Center Authority overseeing the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre Township. There are two vacancies on the Election Board and three on the Planning Commission.

• Council also will discuss a proposed resolution requiring elected tax collectors to turn over revenue twice a month instead of once to help with cash flow.

• Serving on a temporary committee, Council members Linda McClosky Houck and Harry Haas reviewed proposed ethic code changes last week and voted to forward them to the full council for consideration. McClosky Houck suggested adding regular ethics training.

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