Lackawanna County Commissioners Cut Ribbon At Covington Park

The Lackawanna County Commissioners, Covington Township Supervisors and other local officials cut the ribbon on May 9 to mark the unveiling of Covington Park’s $1.6 million construction and enhancement project.

“This was a great project and it represents our commitment to community reinvestment,” said Commissioner Corey D. O’Brien.  “It turned out tremendous and has something for everyone to enjoy.  You can walk the nature trails, play ball, relax with your family or watch your children have fun on the boundless playground.”

“This is a top-flight facility for the people of Covington and the surrounding communities to enjoy.  It was created to be the centerpiece for family-related activities, as well as community athletic events,” stated Commissioner Jim Wansacz.  “Once people see the park, they will want to keep coming back.”

“This is a great day.  The project turned out extremely well and it is an example of what can be accomplished when everyone works together,” said Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.  “This has everything you would want in a family park.”

The 400-acre Covington Park is the latest crown jewel in the County’s recreation network.  The work done was funded by a combination of grant money from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the County’s Landfill Trust.

The work, which was done by various local contractors, involved the construction of a little league field, a field house with a press box, a pavilion, and handicap accessible restrooms.   The project also included building park offices, a soccer field, a basketball court, and a volleyball court.

A boundless playground, designed for children of all needs and abilities, was installed.  A large parking lot and access to the lake were also incorporated into this development.

On the drawing board for the future are a lake trail and additional nature hiking trails.

William Davis is the County’s Deputy Director for Parks & Recreation.   

County Continues To Reduce The Size Of Workforce

Lackawanna County continues to do more with less.  The County’s workforce is at its lowest level since 1996.

The County currently employs 964 full-time employees and 120 part-time employees for a total workforce of 1,084.  This total represents a staff reduction of 37.16% from the 2007 employee count.

“Making county government smaller and more efficient for our residents remains an important priority, and we have worked hard to instill this philosophy in our government’s culture,” said Commissioner Corey D. O’Brien.  “We are committed to holding the line on expenses, and we are asking our staff to continue to do the same.”

“Our administration continues to find more creative ways to do more with less, while continuing to provide important programs and services,” explained Commissioner Jim Wansacz.  “This is the wave of the future; being lean and asking everyone to do a little more.  We are doing all that we can to hold the line on costs.”

The County’s workforce hit an all-time high in 2007 with 1,725 employees (1,361 full-time and 364 part-time).

Reductions began in 2008 when the staffing level dropped 11.83 % to 1,521 (1362 full-time and 159 part-time).  All workforce reductions have come with no interruption to the important programs and services offered by Lackawanna County.

The workforce reductions have continued on a steady pace since 2008.

A chart denoting the staffing level reductions is attached here: Chart