NEW CASTLE Man sues commissioners over work he did on board

A hearing is set for mid-May.
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- Tom Fee is taking the Lawrence County commissioners to court over a salary dispute for work he did on the county elections board.
Fee filed papers in District Justice Melissa Amodie's court asking that commissioners pay him $943.73.
Fee, who has an unlisted telephone number, could not be reached to comment.
What he wants
Fee wants to be compensated for 61 hours and 21 trips he made to the Lawrence County Government Center as part of his duties on the county elections board in 2001, according to the suit.
The commissioners were precluded from being on the board because of a question on the ballot concerning a county government study.
Fee, a former county commissioner; Luanne Parkonen, a county law clerk; and Philip Boudewyns, the court administrator, were appointed to replace the commissioners by Common Pleas Judge Ralph D. Pratt.
Fee, in court papers, said he and Judge Pratt agreed that Fee would be paid $15 per hour and 34.5 cents per mile while serving on the elections board.
Parkonen and Boudewyns, both county employees, have not asked to be compensated for their work on the board.
Lawrence County commissioners rejected Fee's request for payment at a March salary board meeting.
Commissioners Roger DeCarbo and Ed Fosnaught voted against paying Fee, and Commissioner Brian Burick and county Controller Maryann Reiter voted to pay Fee.
A hearing on the matter is set for 8 a.m. May 15 before Amodie.

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