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                              LUZERNE COUNTY COUNCIL

         Linda McClosky Houck (Chair)                       Tim McGinley (Vice-Chair)
Edward A. Brominski                                RickWilliams                                Kathy Dobash 
        Harry Haas                               Stephen A. Urban                          Eugene Kelleher
Eileen M. Sorokas                          Jane Walsh Waitkus                           Robert Schnee 


Phone: (570) 825-1634 
Fax:    (570) 825-1802
200 North River Street
Wilkes-Barre PA 18711 
 Group email address (each Council member receives the email)
Luzerne County Council Members    


Luzerne County Council Announces NEW 2017-2018 Recreation and Conservation Fund Grant Program Application and Process

The Luzerne County Council is pleased to announce the NEW application and process for the County’s 2017-2018 Recreation and Conservation Fund (Act 13) Grant Program is now available on the County website. The purpose of the Luzerne County Recreation and Conservation Fund (Act 13) Grant Program is to provide an opportunity for governmental entities in Luzerne County and established non-profit organizations (with tax-exempt 501c(3) status) that serve Luzerne County to apply for money made available through Act 13 Marcellus Legacy Funds in order to fund specific projects.


2017-2018 Recreation and Conservation Fund (Act 13) Grant Program

Application and Process


DCNR's PA Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan 2014-19

Open Space, Greenways and Outdoor Recreation Master Plan for Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties


Although the 2017-2018 total amount of funds to be awarded has not yet been determined, applications may be completed and submitted in advance. The awards are subject to vote of County Council, contingent upon the County’s receipt of Act 13 funds. Applications are due by Friday, September 1, 2017. 

Please call the Clerk of County Council, Sharon Lawrence, at 570-825-1634 or email  with any questions. 





The Luzerne County Council accepts applications for all County Authorities, Boards, and Commissions on a rolling basis.  All interested citizens of Luzerne County are invited to submit an application of interest.  Please note that seats on some of these bodies are subject to specific requirements or qualifications.

  • Accountability, Conduct and Ethics Commission
  • Advisory Council on the Aging
  • Agriculture Preservation Board
  • Blighted Property Review Committee
  • Board of Elections and Registration
  • Children and Youth Advisory Board
  • Conservation District Board
  • Convention Center Authority
  • Drug and Alcohol Executive Commission
  • Flood Protection Authority
  • Forty Fort Airport Advisory Board
  • Hospital and Higher Education Authority
  • Housing Authority Board
  • Industrial Development Authority
  • Luzerne County Community College Board of Trustees
  • Luzerne­­-Wyoming Counties Mental Health and Developmental Services Program Advisory Board
  • Luzerne County Planning Commission
  • Recreational Facilities Advisory Board
  • Redevelopment Authority Board
  • Tax Assessment Appeals Board
  • Tourist Promotion Agency
  • Luzerne County Transportation Authority Board
  • Workforce Investment Board
  • Zoning Hearing Board 

Please visit to download an application, or contact Sharon Lawrence, Clerk of Council at 570-825-1634. 

Completed applications should be submitted to Sharon Lawrence, Clerk of Council, Luzerne County Courthouse, 200 North River Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711 or emailed to, in order to be considered for appointment.  All who submit applications will be contacted for an interview.  


 Mission Statement

The Mission of Luzerne County Government is to provide honest, effective, efficient, and equitable services to the residents of Luzerne County and to enhance the quality of life in the County through sustainable economic development and evironmental stewardship.


Luzerne County will be a safe and healthy community with a diverse, prosperous, and sustainable economy, offering excellent services while perserving the natural environment, local history, and culture.


    1. Practice sound fiscal management.
    2. Provide excellent service delivery.
    3. Encourage a spirit of teamwork in which County operations are conducted in an ethical and fair manner.
    4. Treat all with dignity, fairness, honesty, and respect.
    5. Conduct government deliberations in an open and transparent manner.
    6. Strengthen the diversity and improve the stability of the economic base.


2017 MEETING SCHEDULE (revised 1-24-17)

PLEASE NOTE: The June 13, 2017 Council Meetings will be held at the Hazleton One Community Center, 225 East 4th Street, Hazleton, PA 18201


NOTE: Council meetings will be broadcasted live on Service Electric Cable TV, Channel 19, and streamed live on:



FY2016 BUDGET - proposed by County Manager

FY2015 BUDGET -  Approved Ordinance 2014-10 - amended position budget




County Goals Chart 


County Council By-Laws



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