Commissioners honor AmeriCorps, public service

LOCK HAVEN – AmeriCorps Week, Clinton County Commissioners announced, will be held March 12 through 17 to honor the STEP AmeriCorps volunteers serving Clinton County.

Their proclamation said AmeriCorps “enriches the lives of its members.” In Pennsylvania, there are more than 14,000 AmeriCorps volunteers in 2,674 locations around the state.

Also Thursday, commissioners focused on approving several grants that came before them.

They approved a 2016 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for a sewer disinfection system upgrade of $70,193 with the Western Clinton County Municipal Authority.

County Grants Administrator Leah Mothersbaugh said that the authority’s current gas chlorination equipment is over 40 years old and does not comply with state Department of Environmental Protection wastewater standards. There was a delay because the county finally received approval to use the funds in fall 2017 and just bid the project out Wednesday.

Commissioners approved another 2016 CDBG with STEP, Inc. of $34,100 for the second part of the Housing Rehabilitation Project, which covers about two houses in Castanea and Pine Creek Townships.

They also invested $48,364.40 of the county’s Act 13 Bridge Improvement Fund toward Flemington Borough’s construction cost to replace a culvert under the Canal Street Bridge.

“I find it a good project to get involved in…to make it safe,” said Commissioner Paul Conklin.

Commissioner Pete Smeltz said it was the first time the county has allocated Act 13 funds to a municipality.

Also Thursday, commissioners approved a change order for the county prison with Lecce Electric, Inc. for a $6,329.52 credit.

The original cost of the electric-related projects at the prison was $275,900, but with changes it cost an additional $14,957, bringing the new total to $290,851. With the credit from the new change order, the cost is still higher than the original sum.

Commissioners voiced concerns about approving a five-year lease of Hewlett Packard data storage equipment for $44,922.54 annually, but eventually accepted it.

Both Commissioner Jeff Snyder and Smeltz said they want the county’s IT department to engage in more negotiations regarding the price of technological equipment because of rising prices.

Commissioners approved two liquid fuels requests from Lamar Township in the amounts of $747.98 for highway lighting of the interchange at Auction Road and $1,726.02 for highway lighting of US-220 interchange near Salona.

Commissioners also approved several personnel items Thursday:

r The termination of Rebecca Mitch, part-time archival records assistant in the Assessment office.

r The hiring of Mary Ellen Stern as a full-time resource conservationist in the county Conservation District with an annual salary of $36,297. “I’m very eager to get us back to full staff,” said Mary Ann Bower, manager of the Conservation District. “It was a challenging process.”

r The resignation of Rachel Kenyon, full-time correctional officer at the county prison.

r The resignation of Christopher Reuss, part-time correctional officer at the county prison.

r The termination of Derek Zales, full-time correctional officer at the county prison.

r The hiring of Shianne Eby, Scott Eck and William Carrero as full-time correctional officers at the county prison with annual salaries of $28,891.

r The hiring of Christopher Bonk, Brigette Breault, Tammy Camacho and Brandon Hughes as part-time correctional officers at the county prison at $11.50 per hour.