Corey O’Brien said an emotional goodbye to his Lackawanna County commissioner post Wednesday, praising commissioners Jim Wansacz and Pat “Cheese” O’Malley and thanking voters for giving him the “opportunity to serve.” He is moving on for a job in the private sector, but so far has refused to reveal where he will land.
Mr. Wansacz now adds commissioner chairman to the “8 million other things” on his plate besides sidestepping the most important regional issue in decades — the proposed expansion of Keystone Sanitary Landfill. After months of dodging the issue, Mr. Wansacz finally told staff writer Kyle Wind of The Times-Tribune that he’s been too busy to form an opinion on the expansion.
Aside from the vote to name Mr. Wansacz chairman, the only actual business done at Wednesday’s commissioners’ meeting hinted at the vital work that has consumed so much of his time lately. The commissioners:
■ Presented a “Good Works in Lackawanna County” certificate to the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Pennsylvania.
■ Proclaimed Wednesday “Ryan Wilkes Day” honor of the state champion pole vaulter from Valley View High School.
Then they adjourned with Mr. Wansacz’s stance on the landfill still up in the air. The message to taxpayers who expect leadership from elected officials was clear: Go take a flying leap.