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County’s furloughed employees are returning to work

LOCK HAVEN — Half of the 50 full- and part-time county employees who were furloughed at the beginning of the pandemic are back at work, Clinton County Chief Clerk Jann Meyers announced at Thursday’s meeting of the board.

It was noted that county government remained open during this time, even though county buildings were closed. Now, with the county in the yellow phase, the buildings are open to the public, who is asked to call ahead for appointments and wear masks when entering the building to do business.

Under commissioner’s comments, Snyder related that two candidates for the 25th District Senatorial seat stopped at the Piper Building recently. He said he and Kessinger were photographed with one of the candidates and the photograph was made into a postcard with a message that they had endorsed this candidate.

“I did not endorse him. I did not endorse anybody. It’s up to the citizens to find out about the candidates and decide who to vote for,” Snyder stated emphatically.

In other business, the commissioners:

— Approved a proclamation designating June 1-5 as Child Welfare Professionals Appreciation Week.

— Approved the Fair Housing Resolution for 2020.

— Approved citizen participation in the plan for 2020 Community Development Block Grant funding.

— Approved a contract with Central PA Workforce Development Corp. to receive $3,105 in funding through the state Local Internship Program for a summer intern in the commissioners office from June 1 through July 24.

— Approved two grant agreements with the PA Department of State for funding in the amount of $16,917 and Cares Act funding of $14,496 to be used for election and COVID-19 expenses.

— Approved the 2019 CDBG subrecipient agreement with Renovo Borough Water Authority for its water line project in the amount of $195,226.

— Approved liquid fuels requests from Lamar Township for annual lighting costs at the Auction Road interchange in the amount of $729.47 and from Lamar Township for the annual lighting costs at Salona in the amount of $1,231.73.

— Hired Hope Oishi as an intern under the SLIP program, effective June through August 17, at a rate of $10.35 per hour, with 65 percent of the cost reimbursed through the grant from the Central PA Workforce Development Corporation. This is Oishi’s second year in the program.

— Appointed five people to the Clinton County Redevelopment Authority. They are Ken Bressler, a one-year term expiring Dec. 31, 2020; Beth Riccardo, two-year term expiring Dec.. 31, 2021; Robert Smeltz Jr., three-year term expiring Dec. 31, 2022; Albert Jones, four-year term expiring Dec. 31, 2023, and Kyle Stewart, five-year term expiring Dec. 31, 2024.

— Approved payment of bills in the amount of $3,140,519 and net payroll in the amount of $246,841 for the two-week period ending May 29,2020.

The commissioners will continue to meet bi-weekly via Zoom. The next meeting of the commissioners is a work session on Monday, June 1, at 9 a.m. There will be no commissioners meeting on Thursday, June 4.

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