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County moves commissioner meetings inside

LOCK HAVEN — The Clinton County commissioners are coming in out of the cold.

Not that the weather has really been that cold, but knowing it won’t be long, the county commissioners announced Thursday that they are moving meetings from the pavilion outside the Piper Building into the commissioners meeting room at the Piper Building beginning Oct. 26.

The group has been meeting outdoors for the last couple of months, allowing more room for attendees while following guidelines for social distancing, wearing masks and the number of people to gather.

Moving inside, the commissioners said the room will allow only 10 people at a time when following the guidelines, so staff and others will enter the room when they have something to present to the board and then leave.

Also, the commissioners said they will continue to livestream meetings on their Facebook page and meet bi-weekly, with work sessions at 9 a.m. Monday and voting meetings at 10 a.m. Thursday.

Thursday’s meeting saw the commissioners act on several personnel matters, approve the 2021 holiday schedule for employees, and approve various contracts and agreements.

Commissioner chairman Miles Kessinger was not in attendance.

The board aproved the retirement of Carol George, a computer operator in the Assessment Office, retiring after 21 years of service, effective Oct. 5. Chief County Assessor Keith Yearick accepted a certificate of appreciation for George, who could not be present.

Wendy Walsh and Maria Sanner were hired as part-time election assistants in the Voter Registration and Elections Office at a rate of $12 an hour not to exceed 1,000 hours annually, effective Oct. 15.

Commissioner Jeff Snyder noted the need for this additional help with the large number of mail-in ballots that are being dropped off. He said the collection boxes are being emptied several times a day.

Commissioner Angela Harding said employees in the voter office are working hard to make sure the county has a secure election process.

The board approved the reassignment of William Harber to dispatacher in the Department of Emergency Services, effective Oct. 5, at an annual salary of $32,138.

Two compromise grievance settlements between the county and AFSCME Council 86 for personnel at the Clinton County Correctional Facility were approved.

Three bids for repository properties were accepted. All three bids are $500 and all three bids are from the same group, Sea Investments LLC. The properties are at 43 Gratzmar Ave., Renovo, in the name of Harold D. and Tracey E. Williams; 6 Keepler Lane, Renovo, in the name of Debra Perry, and 425 Ontario Ave., Renovo, in the name of Donald L. Lininger.

Contracts were awarded to PCBI Allen Mechancial and Electrical in the amount of $48,678 for radiant floor heat repairs at the Clinton County Correctional Facility; with Johanna M. Berta for legal services for Children and Youth Services Agency and juvenile probation office at an hourly rate of $75 an hour, effective Oct. 2 through June 30, 2021; and between Clinton County and Keystone Counseling and Evaluation to provide evaluation, assessment and counseling services effective Oct. 2 through June 30, 2021.

The commissioners also approved the 2021 holiday schedule for county employees. Paid holidays for regularly scheduled employees are New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President’s Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day and the Friday after Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve Day. For the Christmas holiday, county offices will be closed 1/2 day early on Dec. 23, closed all day Dec. 24, Dec. 25 and Dec. 27.

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