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Luzerne County Council is set to vote Tuesday on county Manager Robert Lawton’s proposed long-range capital plan.


Lawton anticipates spending $30.7 million on improvements to county-owned properties, including roads and bridges, through 2016.


The projects include a courthouse roof replacement, reconstruction of the rear courthouse parking lot and grounds, and construction of a record storage facility.


About $14.4 million of the projects would be covered by past-borrowed bond funds and $17 million in reimbursements are expected from various sources, according to Lawton’s plan, which is posted under the council meeting agenda at www.luzernecounty.org.


• Lawton will brief council on the switch to a new financial software system during Tuesday’s meeting. The new system was not operational Monday as promised because of delays loading data. County Controller Walter Griffith complained workers weren’t able to access financial data throughout the week because the previous system had been terminated.


• Authorization to replace the South Main Street bridge over Toby’s Creek in Kingston Township, which was destroyed in 2007 flooding, is up for council approval Tuesday. A new bridge will cost $2.2 million, with the state and federal government picking up most of the expense.


The administration also is seeking permission to design bridges replacing two aging county spans over the Big Wapwallopen Creek in Dorrance Township — projects also expected to be covered by state and federal funding.


• Council’s confirmation vote on county assistant engineer Christopher Belleman’s nomination as operational services division head also is slated for Tuesday’s meeting. Belleman would receive $75,000 to oversee engineering, roads and bridges, recreation, solid waste/recycling, environmental projects, planning/zoning, emergency management, 911 and building and grounds.


• Interim county Sheriff Jack Robshaw has proposed a parking ordinance for council’s approval Tuesday. The policy will provide authority to issue parking tickets on county-owned property, including the Water Street parkade, rear courthouse lot and courthouse annex lot on River Street.


Robshaw stressed no fines will be issued unless pavement markings and signs are added so motorists know where they can and can’t park.


• Tuesday’s meeting begins at 7:15 p.m. in the council meeting room at the county courthouse in Wilkes-Barre.


• Today is the first review of applications for four positions traditionally held by elected row officers: coroner, sheriff, clerk of courts/prothonotary and recorder of deeds/register of wills. Information about job openings is on the county’s website.


A review of applications — as opposed to a firm application deadline — means the administration is free to continue accepting resumes until a job is filled.


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