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Schuylkill Commissioners Take Action on Board Appointments

Appointments made to Planning Commission, Airport Authority, Senior Services Advisory Board, and more.

At their Jan. 10 Board Meeting, Schuylkill County Commissioners took action on numerous board appointments within County government.

While most appointment recommendations on that meeting’s agenda got unanimous approval, the Commissioners tabled a vote on re-appointing Eric Seitzinger to the Schuylkill County Zoning Hearing Board.

No reason for pausing this action was provided by Commissioners. An appointment to that board was not made at the Commissioners Work Session meeting on Jan. 17.

Here’s a look at the board appointments approved on Jan. 10:

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Schuylkill County Planning Commission

Three people got unanimous approval from Commissioners to re-appoint them to the Schuylkill County Planning Commission:

  • Nicholas Boyle, Walker Township;
  • Jesse Fey, Barry Township;
  • Robert Lettich, Hubley Township.

Their terms on the Planning Commission run from Jan. 1, 2024, to Dec. 31, 2027.

Schuylkill County Airport Authority

Seitzinger, of Orwigsburg, and Keith Masser, of Sacramento, were re-appointed to the Schuylkill County Airport Authority Board for a 5-year term from January 1, 2024 to December 31, 2028.

Senior Services Advisory Board

Commissioners also approved the re-appointments of the following people to the Office of Senior Services Advisory Board:

  • Paul Straka, Pottsville, Oct. 26, 2023 to Dec. 31, 2026;
  • Melissa Burke, Pottsville, July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2026;
  • Marie Beauchamp, Orwigsburg, Sept. 1, 2023 to Aug. 31, 2026.

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) Advisory Board

The following people were re-appointed to serve on the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) Advisory Board from Jan. 1, 2024, to Dec. 31, 2026:

  • Eileen Barlow, Shenandoah;
  • Rosalind Rux, Port Carbon;
  • Beth Travis, Orwigsburg.

And the following were appointed to the same RSVP board for the same term:

  • Eric Ziegmont, Pottsville,
  • Michelle Vasko, Orwigsburg.


Commissioners also voted to extend an agreement with Lehigh Engineering, Pottsville, to continue providing zoning services. Ed Wenger, of Lehigh Engineering, was named Schuylkill County Zoning Officer.

Ralph Hummel was approved as Assistant Schuylkill County Zoning Officer. Their terms from from Jan. 1, 2024, to Dec. 31, 2024.

Susan Smith, the County’s Planning and Zoning Director, will serve as alternate Zoning Officer.

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TYPO: Article updated to reflect “Paul” Straka appointment. Original article had Paula.

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  1. Tom

    January 22, 2024 at 9:16 am

    Let’s see how much the Airport Authority bigwigs ask for this year to keep their personal pet project running at taxpayer expense. What a waste.

  2. Chris

    January 22, 2024 at 3:19 pm

    I think it’s Paul (vs Paula) Straka for Senior Services Advisory appointment. Great job on the article! We appreciate you keeping us informed, Canary.

    • Canary Commenter

      January 23, 2024 at 6:58 pm

      Yikes! You’re right. Fixed it.

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