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Passionate public debate

A contentious budget hearing between the Warren County Commissioners and Sheriff Ken Klakamp concluded the first of three days of hearings that kicked off Monday. Commissioner Ben Kafferlin said that the 2018 budget for the Warren County Sheriff’s Office was set at $973,500, noted that the ...

Critical time for budgeting

The Warren County Commissioners kicked off a set of public budget sessions Monday morning. The Warren County Sheriff’s Office, District Attorney, Domestic Relations Elections office and magisterial district court judges were before the commissioners on Monday. “This is a critical time to ...

The Department of Community and Economic Development

Line up projects, especially along the river, and apply for funding. That was the message Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin delivered to officials in Warren during a Monday visit. Davin and DCED Northwest Regional Director Kim Thomas toured ...

City ends paving contract

The City of Warren has terminated a contract for paving and hired a new company. Department of Public Works Director Mike Holtz said Signature Paving and Sealcoating of Jamestown was the apparent low bidder of four bids received for the 2018 paving program. City Council approved a ...

The future of work

Renovating the PNC Building at the corner of Liberty St. and Second Ave. is just the first piece of the puzzle. Occupying the building will come next. Warren County Commissioner Ben Kafferlin has been advocating for a coworking space as part of the project. And a group – including an ...

Northwest Bank promotes Lisa Sano to corporate vice president

Lisa M. Sano, branch operations manager of Northwest Bank, was recently promoted to corporate vice president. Melody Schott, senior vice president, support services manager, made the announcement. In her role, Sano strives to achieve a consistent process across all of Northwest’s retail ...

County Commissioners offer tax settlement for Lowe’s property

The company that owns the North Warren Lowe’s location appealed its property tax assessment over 18 months ago. Warren County has made an offer. And it’s an offer that would decease Lowe’s tax bill. A proposed settlement agreement was before the Warren County Commissioners for ...

EIP Report examines fee schedules

Part of oversight of county resources is knowing what the services you provide cost. And adjusting fees accordingly. “A lot of the row offices provide services to the public,” Mark Morgan, director of the consulting firm that the county contracted with for the Early Intervention ...

The Early Intervention Report recommends greater oversight

The Warren County Commissioners hold the purse strings to the county’s finances. So it’s not surprising that many of the recommendations and calls for change from the Early Intervention Program report fall at their feet. “The county needs to really challenge all of the budget ...

CEO Send-off

When Bill Wagner became Chief Financial Officer of Northwest Bank in 1984, the company had nearly $550 million in assets. Today, the company is close to crossing the $10 billion threshold. In 1992, Wagner became Northwest’s Executive Vice President and was named Chief Operations Officer ...

Property tax reassessment

Property tax re-assessment is always a politically-charged concept. But it made the Early Intervention Report presented to the Warren County Commissioners earlier this week. The county was last reassessed in 1989. Mark Morgan, director of Susquehanna Accounting & Consulting ...

Early Intervention Report, Part 3

Some of the items included in a Early Intervention Plan unveiled to the Warren County Commissioners on Monday are future improvements. Though some of that fiscal work will have to happen soon. The report states that “the County’s books and records do not agree to the audited ...

Higher taxes?

If the Warren County Commissioners adopt the recommendations made in the Early Intervention Program report, then our taxes will inevitably be going up. The plan estimates budget deficits from a low of $1.4 million in 2018 escalating to a high of $3.1 million in 2023. Mark Morgan, directors ...

EIP Report: Policies and Procedures

“(You) do have a lot of good people working for the county. They know their business.” That was part of the message brought to the Warren County Commissioners by Senior Consultant Edward Zack with Susquehanna Accounting & Consulting Solutions, Inc. as part of the county’s Early ...

RDA grants room for improvements

A wave of improvement could be coming soon to downtown Warren. The city Redevelopment Authority (RDA) offered facade improvement grants of up to $5,000 for downtown businesses. Owners are taking them up on the offer. “We provide up to $5,000 — they have to match that amount,” City ...

To lease or not to lease?

A downtown developer asking for parking space on city property drew discussion at Monday’s meeting of Warren City Council. HIY, Inc., whose president is Ruzhdi Bakalli, petitioned the city for parking on a city-owned gravel parcel at the base of Liberty Street in between the parking ...

At home on Dutch Hill

The Old Wenzel Farms has been a fixture on Dutch Hill for over a century. The property became Wenzel property in 1863 when Henry and Salome Wenzel moved there from New York in 1863. The pair, who’d married in Germany, moved to Warren County with six children in tow. It was no random ...

Warren Chamber of Business and Industry seeks award nominees

The Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry is seeking nominations for its annual Community Service Award. “The WCCBI offers individuals and/or organizations throughout Warren County the opportunity to honor volunteers who have made significant contributions to our community ...

FirstEnergy transfers contracts to Exelon Generation Company

If FirstEnergy Solutions is your electric generation supplier, then you’re headed for a change. A subsidiary of FirstEnergy, Akron, Ohio-based FirstEnergy Solutions (FES) filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on March 31, according to a notice sent to FES customers. “As part of ...

Northwest Names Spencer Vice President, Chief Information Security Officer

Lance L. Spencer has been named vice president and chief information security officer (CISO) of Northwest Bank. Drew Young, chief information officer, made the announcement. As chief information security officer, Mr. Spencer oversees the bank’s cybersecurity programs, manages information ...