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Bechdel resigns as director of Veterans Affairs

Recreation Planner Greg Smith retiring in December

LOCK HAVEN — Clinton County director of Veteran Affairs William Bechdel has resigned that position effective Aug. 29. And Clinton County Recreation Planner Greg Smith has announced he is retiring at the end of the year.

The Clinton County Commissioners unanimously accepted both resignations at Thursday’s meeting.

“It is Bill’s choice to move on. He offered his resignation,” commissioner Robert “Pete” Smeltz, said. Approval of Bechdel’s resignation was followed by the temporary appointment of his assistant, Jennifer Hagaman as interim director, effective Aug. 30.

Hagaman’s salary was set at $32,331, which Smeltz said is five percent higher than her current salary.

The county will be posting Bechdel’s job online with the intent to restore that office to a two-person office, Smeltz said. He added that Hagaman is welcome to apply for that position.

Several in the audience spoke highly of Bechdel’s work as director of Veterans Affairs, saying he has helped many Clinton County veterans.

Meanwhile, Smith, who has served as recreation planner for more than 11 years, said his resignation is effective Dec. 27, 2019.

“I want to finish up a couple projects I’ve been working on before I leave,” he said. “Then I can go watch hockey and Penn State football whenever I want to, and I won’t have to worry about work.”

“He has struggled with this decision, as there are a lot of projects going on as far as recreation goes,” Smeltz noted.

In other personnel matters, the board hired Debra Litz as part-time custodial worker in the Maintenance Department, at a rate of $11.50 per hour not to exceed 1,000 hours per year, effective Aug. 26, and approved the appointment of Tom Keiffer to the SEDA Foundation Board, effective Aug. 22, 2019. Litz will be filling in when other employees are sick or off work for some reason.

The commissioners approved a Memorandum of Understanding between Clinton County and AFSCME Council 86 to amend section 7.1 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement for Corrections Officers, Cooks and Maintenance Workers of the Clinton County Correctional Facility, regarding use of compensatory time.

The change will allow employees to begin using comp time 90 days after their date of employment, rather than six months after the date they began working at the facility, Chief Clerk Jann Meyers explained.

Two bids were opened for repairing storm damage to the Bald Eagle Valley Rail Trail. The work includes slope repairs, cleaning ditches and adding pipes.

Bidders were Bowman Excavating, $78,627, and Mastsers Excavating, $147,316.

The commissioners voted unanimously to send the bids to staff and the solicitor for review and award the contract to the lowest bidder if the review is favorable.

The board approved the payment of county bills in the amount of $798,521.46, and net payroll in the amount of $292,923.53, for the two week period ending August 23, 2019.

Bill Invoices over $10,000 included:

∫ Payment of $13,583 to Centre County Youth Service Bureau for July services to the Children and Youth Services department.

∫ Payment of $128,008.06 to Clintoun County Tourist Promotion Agency for 2nd quarter 2019 hotel tax payment.

∫ Payment of $10,261 to Devereux Foundation for July services to the Children and Youth Services department.

∫ Payments of $105,924.53, for FICA taxes, and $13,689.41, for Pa. state tax, to M&T Bank.

∫ Payment of $212,711 to STEP, INc., for MATP Payment FY 19-20 1st quarter advance.

∫ Payment of $81,056.83 to Wellpath, LLC, for medical services to the Clinton County Correctional Facility.

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