CLARION - The Penn State Cooperative Extension office in Clarion is moving. The office will be moving from its current location at 8 Grant Street, Clarion to the Applewood Center at 160 South Second Avenue, Clarion.

Extension Business Operations Manager Cheri Micale said she hopes to be moving into the new office in January.

Clarion County Commissioner Ted Tharan said Nov. 27 the lease would be finalized in the near future.

Meanwhile, progress continues on the District Court 18-3-01 office and Probation Department building in Clarion.

The structure was damaged by fire and has been rehabilitated by the county's maintenance crew.

A fire damaged the building at 22 North 6th Street on Sept. 5.

Tharan said the cause of the fire appeared to be a cigarette that was placed in a plastic container outside the building. County legal counsel Christy Logue is working on obtaining the state police fire marshal's report on the cause of the fire.

Tharan said that new concrete sidewalks were poured last week. Drywall and painting have been completed, the bathrooms are completed, the new doors have been installed and the flooring is "99 percent done" according to Tharan.

In other business, the commissioners officially named Denny Logue as the new emergency management coordinator effective Dec. 1. Logue replaces Randall Stahlman who has retired.

Logue has been employed by the county's public safety department as a trainer. Logue's starting salary is $33,000 with a $1,500 increase upon attaining his Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency certification.

Stahlman's resignation was effective on Nov. 30. He had been employed by Clarion County since 2004.

The county will advertise for a replacement created by the promotion of Logue.

Also under personnel action, the commissioners approved salary increases for three Children and Youth workers. Erin Mackinlay, Eiley McGregor and Amanda Gregory will move from a salary of $28,267 to $29,698 because of the successful completion of Foundations Training. The same three employees were then moved to a salary of $30,878 after completing their probationary period.

Two county employees, Mindy Frampton and Cindy Fleming, were granted a stipend of $2,500 for "working out of their class" and doing additional duties of the fiscal assistant and payroll administrator.

The commissioners meeting was moved from Tuesday to Wednesday last week because the board members were attending the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania fall meeting in Harrisburg on Monday and Tuesday.