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If Luzerne County budget projections hold true, county District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis will be paid $173,597 next year, a $5,056 increase.

The district attorney must receive $1,000 less than the salary for a county Court of Common Pleas judge.

The exact salary won‚??t be known until the end of the month or early December, when the state sets the 2013 salaries of judges, officials said.

Judges typically receive pay increases based on the consumer price index, said Art Heinz, spokesman for the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts, or AOPC.

County judges currently receive $169,541. Their salaries, which are funded by the state, increased $4,939 from 2011 to 2012, or around 3 percent.

‚?Ę County government offices are closed today for Veterans Day, except for public safety operations such as the prison and 911.

‚?Ę Council will meet at 6:01 p.m. Tuesday in the county‚??s Emergency Management Agency building on Water Street, Wilkes-Barre.

‚?Ę County assistant solicitor Brian Bufalino will explain the differences between employee classifications during the work session portion of Tuesday‚??s meeting.

The distinction is of interest to county officials because they have been discussing whether the manager and other department heads should have more latitude filling about 350 mostly non-union positions classified as exempt from overtime rules under the Fair Labor Standards Act, including attorneys, management staff and executive assistants.

‚?Ę Council also is expected to discuss Councilman Stephen J. Urban‚??s suggestion to create a special technology advisory committee of three council members, two county staffers and two residents.

Urban said the committee could ensure the county gets the best price on future technology purchases. His motion was tabled by majority vote at last week‚??s council meeting.

Councilwoman Elaine Maddon Curry expressed concerns about council attempting to micromanage day-to-day operations.

‚?Ę A second county budget hearing will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the EMA building.

The tentative schedule: district attorney‚??s office, 6:01 p.m.; judicial services, 6:30 p.m.; court system, 7 p.m.; human services, 7:30 p.m.; and the operations division, including a discussion on outstanding debt repayments and the capital budget, 8 p.m.

The schedule is subject to change and will be posted before the hearing on the council section of the county website, www.luzernecounty.org.

‚?Ę An unspecified number of county employees who will be laid off on Dec. 1 as part of a ‚??rightsizing‚?Ě effort should receive written notice of their furlough in coming days, officials said.

‚?Ę An old train car at the corner of Market Street and Wilkes-Barre Boulevard should be cut up for scrap and removed by the end of the month, said Andrew Reilly, acting director of the county Redevelopment Authority.

The authority auctioned the car in May, and there were delays negotiating a removal agreement because the car contains asbestos. Reilly said one of the buyers, Lackawanna County metal recycler Jim Williams Jr., requested an extension until the end of November because his father and business partner unexpectedly died.

‚?Ę County residents can reserve Nov. 20 on their calendars if they want face time with county Manager Robert Lawton. The home rule charter requires an annual manager public forum for citizens to offer comments and suggestions. The session begins at 6 p.m. in the council meeting room on the first floor of the courthouse in Wilkes-Barre.

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