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United Way moving into Garden building

LOCK HAVEN — On Thursday morning, the Clinton County Board of Commissioners announced a “space agreement” with the Clinton County United Way, approving a memorandum of understanding between Clinton County and the Clinton County United Way for use of space in the county’s Garden building.

The county’s Garden Building, at 232 East Main Street, Lock Haven, currently has three vacant offices, explained commissioner Jeff Snyder.

“They will be responsible for all of their own cleaning, maintenance, cleaning, telephone bills, etc. They will be moving in on Feb. 6, a Wednesday, at a time where there will be no disruption to the tenants of the building,” he said.

Asked about the possibility of an open house or opening event, Snyder remarked “I do not know about that, but the two people in those offices will be celebrating. They are excited.”

“There is no rent for the space, and heat, electricity, trash removal and water/sewer are included with no cost. United Way will pay for their own phone service, internet, and cleaning, all of which they must arrange for. Any County IT service provided will be billed to them at the County’s prevailing rates for such services. The County is not providing them with any parking spaces,” added county chief clerk Jann Meyers.

The commissioners noted that the third vacant office will be used by the United Way as a storage room.

A proposal for a 3-year full service maintenance agreement with Port Elevator for the two elevators at the Piper Building was also approved, at a monthly cost of $372, effective Jan. 1, 2019, along with a separate proposal for fire extinguisher inspection and maintenance services from Swartz Fire and Safety Equipment Co., Inc., and a software maintenance contract renewal with Net Motion Software, Inc. for a one year period for the amount of $3,803.63.

2019 county funding for the Agricultural Preservation Program was also passed, with a total of $31,976 in funding included in the motion.

Chief clerk Jann Meyers also opened bids received for the county owned 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer that has been posted for sale at the county courthouse.

The county received two bids on the vehicle, one in the amount of $250 from Peggy Heller, and another in the amount of $1,500 from Brandon Coleman, representing the Keystone Central School District.

Snyder noted that the bid from KCSD would be accepted.

Commissioners approved the appointment of Jessica Furlonge to the Children and Youth Advisory Board, effective Jan. 24, 2019.

Snyder noted that Furlonge had previous employment with CYS, but currently works with the Clinton County Housing Authority.

“It is a non-paying position. With her experience, it just makes sense,” he said.

The appointment of Traci Bletz to the Victim of Crime Act (VOCA) Funding Committee was also approved, a one-year term expiring Dec. 31, 2019. Bletz replaces Sandy Ludwig.

“This is also a volunteer board position,” noted commissioner Robert “Pete” Smeltz. “Bletz is employed by the Clinton County Women’s Center.”

Also on the agenda Thursday was the resignation of Charles Shoemaker, part-time Detective in the District Attorney’s Office, effective Jan. 18, 2019.

“Charlie wants to get out of that business,” said Smeltz. “I don’t know what else to say on that. It is a grant funded position and we will be discussing his replacement.”

The board of commissioners also approved payment of the County Bills in the amount of $209,316.35, and Net Payroll in the amount of $299,994.60 for the period ending Jan. 25, 2019.

Bill invoices over $10,000 included:

r $15,000 to Chestnut Grove Recreation Authority for final payment.

r $14,677.39 to Sirius Computer Solutions for CAD upgrade.

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