By Mary Grzebieniak
NEW CASTLE, Pa.
Lawrence County commissioners unanimously elected third-term Republican Commissioner Dan Vogler as chairman of the board of commissioners when they met for their first meeting of the new year Tuesday.
Vogler will lead the new board of commissioners, which has a Republican majority due to the election of local businessman Robert DelSignore. The third commissioner is second-term Democrat Steve Craig, who had been chairman. DelSignore replaces Commissioner Rick DeBlasio, who lost his bid for re-election.
Commissioners re-appointed County Administrator Jim Gagliano as the County Chief Clerk and Atty. Tom Leslie as Lawrence County Solicitor for 2012. Both will get the same 3 percent increase as other county administrators in 2012. Their salaries will be available after the salary board meets this month.
Commissioners also made allocations to several community organizations from the general fund. The allocations are an optional donation traditionally made by commissioners. The amounts remain the same as last year, when they were cut for budgetary reasons. The allocations are as follows:
Agricultural Land Preservation, $5,760
Airport Authority, $2,880
Ellwood City Chamber of Commerce, $2,880
Ellwood City Historical Society, $576
Ellwood City Arts/Crafts Festival, $4,032
Ellwood City Community Enrichment, $1,152
Hoyt Institute, $3,693
Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce, $17,280
Lawrence County Conservation District, $64,800
Lawrence County Cooperative Extension, $75,816
Lawrence County Farm Show, $2,880
Lawrence County Firefighters Association, $5,760
Lawrence County Historical Society, $4,608
Lawrence County Humane Society, $2,246
Lawrence County Economic Development Corporation, $54,720
New Castle Area Transit, $8,640
Police Chiefs Association, $4,500
Special Olympics, $864
Tourist Promotion Agency, $3,456
Villa Maria Education Programs, $1,728
Westminster College, $576
Fireworks Festival, $576.
Commissioners also reappointed to four-year terms all three members of the Lawrence County Board of Assessment Appeals.
They are Charles Thomas Dean of Volant, chairman, Cheryl Watters of New Castle and Joe Carofino of Wayne Township.