The LuLac Edition #1084, Jan. 31st, 2010
PHOTO INDEX: THE BIG BUILDING ON NORTH RIVER.
STOP IT NOW!!!!
Luzerne County Controller Walter Griffith said he’s not going to authorize any more extra pay for sheriff deputies to serve legal documents for civil court and mortgage foreclosures, so it will be up to the sheriff’s office and county officials to figure out an alternative. If you needed more evidence that things are so wrong in Luzerne County, you only had to hear the latest revelation dug up by the new Controller Walter Griffith. Griffith discovered that seven employees had been paid an additional $190,700 last year as compensation for using their own vehicles to serve the documents, often on county time. He said the employees should be using county sheriff vehicles to serve the documents and be scheduled to work some evening shifts to serve documents on people who aren’t around during regular work hours so little or no overtime is incurred.
The most disturbing part of this is that there were some workers earning more than their current salaries to serve documents. They earned the extra money on county time. That seems to me a double dip. My God who wouldn’t want to earn some extra cash while they were on the clock for their regular job!! And of course there’s the people who got this perk. Was it me? Was it that cousin of yours that has been out of work for two years? Was it that widow on your block trying to get her kids through college? Was it that 60 year old friend who just needs two more years to make it to the finish line for social security? Nope, it was the courthouse employees themselves in that department already earning a living on your tax payer dollars. This week the Commissioners took a first step in fixing this thing. A tax increase with no borrowing is a courageous step. I don’t mind paying taxes for essential services. And to pay a tax increase with the promise that the finances will come under control is something I don’t have a problem with. But the wide scale scamming and skimming off the top is something even Tony Soprano and his crew would be envious of. Raising taxes is part one. Part two is completing overhauling the Courthouse.
Folks, I have friends who tell me there are good, hard working underpaid employees under the dome. And that when I call for the place to be shut down that will hurt them. Maybe. But in life and any situation when something goes terribly wrong for so long, there is always collateral damage.
Again, given all of the abuses found in the Courthouse in almost every single department, I renew my call to freeze business for 30 to 60 days. Vacate every position there. Put everyone on unemployment compensation. Have everyone re-apply for their positions. This has got to stop.
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