County hires part-time custodial staff workers

By JOHN RISHEL

jrishel@lockhaven.com

LOCK HAVEN — Moving forward, the county will employ their own cleaning crew to provide janitorial services to county buildings.

The Clinton County Commissioners confirmed the hirings of Hunter Duck, Lorie Grieb, Chester Rogers and Susan Goodman on Thursday morning, as part-time custodial workers in the Maintenance Department.

“We are done with our outside cleaning services company as of tonight,” chief clerk Jann Meyers said, as the county’s contract with Kohen Cleaning Services LLC, 213 W. Park St., Lock Haven, is set to expire.

These hires are effective Feb. 1, except for Goodman, whose is effective Feb. 4 due to a prior commitment.

The salaries of custodial workers in the county’s Maintenance Department is $11.50 per hour, not to exceed 1,000 hours per year.

“I have received several emails and notices from people around the offices and they seem to really appreciate this change,” said commissioner Jeff Snyder.

The county is going to have a vacancy , according to commissioner Robert “Pete” Smeltz, after they also confirmed the resignation of Mary Elizabeth Strouse, part-time Clerk 1 in the Magisterial District Judge 2 Office, effective Jan. 29.

In relation to the Bald Eagle Valley Rail Trail, the board approved a bill of sale that transfers title of the Railroad Bridge over the Susquehanna River west of Avis from the Clinton County Solid Waste Authority to Clinton County, at the cost of $1.

“The county will be taking possession of the bridge for the rail trail, as the trail goes across the Susquehanna River. This has been in the works for a long time, and once approved by the Solid Waste Authority, it can be sent to PennDOT for grant purposes,” explained county planning director Katherine de Silva. “The Solid Waste Authority maintains use for utility purposes as it flips to the county.”

The board also approved a proposal from Daeco for fencing and other work in the parking area of the rail trail at 15 Logan Avenue, where the Train Station in Castanea is located, in the amount of $18,000.

Smeltz noted that the project involves adding seven or eight parking spots, a path around the parking area, fencing and draining to protect neighbors’ properties, and expanded space for people pulling in and backing out.

The cost will be paid out of the Marcellus Legacy fund once the work is finished, he noted.

Meyers noted that preparation has also started to add a restroom at that location, which would be the first restroom along the trail.

In relation to the IT department, the commissioners approved purchase of service agreement with Sirius Computer Solutions, Inc., for one year of hardware and software maintenance for the CAD AS-400 and the TSM Backup Solution installed at the 911 Center, in the amount of $21,010.31 and another purchase of service agreement with Sirius for the same, installed at the Garden Building, for the amount of $16,048.92.

“We have the capacity to backup up to 48 terabytes of data, and are currently using 80 to 85 percent of that capacity. We have 75 servers, 380 users and 25 departments worth of data. This agreement provides maintenance for those items for a full year,” county IT Manager Suzy Watson said.

Other items on the agenda included approval of a proposal from Cody Systems for a Cody Desktop New World/Tyler CAD Interface, for the amount of $9,000 and annual software support and maintenance for $1,575 per year; approval of a 60-month fair market value lease agreement with maintenance contract with Willits Copiers, Inc., for a Copystar Full Color copier/scanner/document processor for Magisterial District Judge 1, for a monthly amount of $188.52.

Commissioners also approved a rental agreement with Jason and Rachel Bishof for use of a parking lot in Flemington for an amount of $100 per month, effective from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2019.

“It is a reduction… the lot is for overfill parking at the 911 Center. We were paying $150 a month but we found that it wasn’t being utilized to that degree. Flemington Borough suggests that we maintain this parking, but we were able to get a reduction on the cost,” explained Snyder.

The payment of county bills was also approved in the amount of $486,006.31, for the period ending Feb. 1, 2019.

Bill invoices over $10,000 included:

r Payment of $14,990 to CCAP for 6th Class County Dues.

r Payment of $81,056.83 to Correct Care Solutions for a prison medical contract.

r Payments of $124,337.71 and $15,193.16 to M and T Bank for federal and state income tax (payroll).

r Payments of $48,811.27 and $51,833.84 to M and T Investment Group for retirement.

r Payment of $24,776.57 to the Penn State University Agriculture Extension for the county’s portion of Veronica Smith’s salary.

“It is a shared position, and we each pay 50 percent of that salary,” explained Smeltz.

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