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(Front Row from left; Tim McGinley, Rick Williams, Kathy Dobash, Eileen Sorokas, Linda McClosky Houck (Chair), Harry Haas; Back Row from left: Stephen J. Urban, Edward Brominski (Vice-Chair), Rick Morelli, Jim Bobeck; not pictured: Stephen A. Urban)

Jim Bobeck                               Edward A. Brominski(Vice-Chair)   Rick Williams
Kathy Dobash                             Harry Haas                                Stephen A. Urban
Linda McClosky Houck (Chair)       Tim McGinley                            Stephen J. Urban
Rick Morelli                                 Eileen M. Sorokas


Phone: (570) 825-1634 

Fax:     (570) 825-9343


200 North River Street

Wilkes-Barre PA 18711 


 Group email address (each Council member receives the email)


Luzerne County Council Members    



 The Luzerne County Council is pleased to announce that application for the County’s new Recreation and Conservation Fund Request for Support Program is open. The purpose of the Luzerne County Recreation and Conservation Fund is to provide annual financial support for ready-to-go projects in Luzerne County that advance priorities identified in approved local, regional and/or state recreation, conservation and land use plans and/or provide programming for and promotion of the county’s outdoor recreation resources; parks, trails and outdoor events that are free and offered for the public benefit.  It is funded with the annual Act 13 Marcellus Legacy Fund dollars.  Municipalities and non-profit organizations or educational institutions located in Luzerne County may apply for recreation or conservation projects that focus on implementation, education, outreach or promotion or that need to raise a local match for other grants. 

 Implementation projects are ready-to-go projects that will advance or complete priorities identified in one or more approved local, regional and/or state recreation, conservation and/or land use plans such as open space, greenway, trail, recreation, watershed or rivers conservation plans. Eligible projects can address park and trail improvement, significant maintenance items, playground and other equipment purchase, green infrastructure improvements, materials, storm water management techniques, site amenities, riparian buffer stabilization, in-stream habitat improvements, invasive plant removal and native plant restoration. Education, outreach or promotion projects provide environmental and conservation education outreach and/or programming that is free; that has the ability to reach and serve large numbers of county residents; and that market and promote the county’s recreation assets locally. Eligible projects can address signage and way-finding; program provision and materials; efforts to promote the physical; mental and health benefits of recreation/conservation; promote the use of local recreation resources; and training, workshop and meeting expenses.  Projects that must raise matching funds in order to apply for larger grants for projects that meet the prior criteria are also eligible to apply.  The 2015 total to be awarded is $65,000; the county hopes to fund a wide variety of small and larger projects throughout the county. 

 All applicants must attend a required pre-application meeting on Thursday November 5th to review the application process and discuss proposed projects. The mandatory, pre-application meetings will be held at 10 am or 4:30 pm at the Pennsylvania Environmental Council office, 175 Main Street, Luzerne. 

 Applications will be due by 3:00 pm on Friday, November 20, 2015 and awards will be announced by the end of December 2015.  The Recreation and Conservation Fund Request for Support application and instructions are available to download from the Luzerne County website at starting this week. Please call the Clerk of County Council, Sharon Lawrence, at 570-825-1634 or Email: to make reservations for one of the pre-application meetings or if you have any questions.


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.


County Council By-Laws

County Goals Chart 

2015 MEETING SCHEDULE 11/20/15 thru 12/15/15 (includes Budget Work Sessions) REVISED 11/20/15


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




The Luzerne County Council is accepting applications for all County Authorities, Boards, and Commissions on a rolling basis.  The following Authorities, Boards, and Commissions have members whose terms will expire during 2015, and 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.

  • Advisory Council on the Aging
  • Agriculture Preservation Board
  • Children and Youth Advisory Board
  • Conservation District Board
  • Drug and Alcohol Executive Commission
  • Flood Protection Authority
  • Forty Fort Airport Advisory Board
  • Housing Authority Board
  • Industrial Development Authority
  • Luzerne County Convention Center Authority
  • Luzerne County Community College Board of Trustees
  • Luzerne­­-Wyoming Counties Mental Health and Developmental Services Program Advisory Board
  • Luzerne County Recreational Facilities Advisory Board
  • Redevelopment Authority Board
  • Luzerne County Transportation Authority Board
  • Workforce Investment Board
  • Zoning Hearing Board 

Please visit for a complete list of Luzerne County Authorities, Boards, and Commissions and to download an application, or contact the Clerk of Council at 570-825-1634.  Applications for the above vacancies should be submitted to the Clerk of Council in order to be considered for appointment.  All who submit applications will be contacted for an interview.  


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Last Updated: 11/20/15 12:55:55
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