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Snyder receives award for Local Government Excellence

Jeff Snyder

LOCK HAVEN — Clinton County Commissioner Jeffrey Snyder got a surprise at Thursday’s county commissioners meeting.

The commissioners had secretly invited Lisa Schaefer, executive director of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP), to the Zoom meeting to offer some pretty special congratulations to the three-term commissioner.

It seems Gov. Tom Wolf and Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin announced that Snyder is a recipient of the 2021 Governor’s Awards for Local Government Excellence.

Snyder, who served as president of CCAP last year, was nominated by CCAP for the honor which is bestowed on communities, organizations and individuals for their dedication and commitment to strengthen their communities and better serve their residents.

He was one of 10 communities, five organizations and eight individuals from across the commonwealth recognized excellence in government, in this the 25th Annual Governor’s Awards for Local Government Excellence.

“He was an extraordinary county leader in an extraordinary year. It was a true pleasure to nominate and now recognize Jeff,” Schaefer said.

She said each statewide organization nominates someone.

“With his leadership last year, there was no question who we would nominate,” she continued, saying the honor is “well deserved,” Secretary Davin said, “After being faced with an unprecedented pandemic that impacted communities across the state, this year’s awards truly speak to and honor the resilience and proactive efforts of the inspiring Pennsylvania community leaders and groups that we are celebrating today. From tackling homelessness, to addressing limited personal protective equipment supplies for older adults and students’ access to online education, and more, these projects have brought critical services and assistance to residents in need statewide and in many cases position communities for long term success in their project areas.”

A proposal to purchase 12 body worn cameras with power supplies, docking stations license, training and support for the sheriff’s department was approved unanimously. The cameras will be purchased from Motorola Solution for $27,742, which will be fully funded through a grant from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.

The commissioners approved three proclamations — celebrating National Emergency Medical Services (EMS Week, May 16-22; declaring May 2021 as Community Action Month and recognizing STEP Inc.’s 55 years of service; and recognizing Corrections Officers and Employees Week, May 2-8. Commissioner Harding noted that May 6-12 is Nurses Week, May 5-9 is Police Week and this week is National Education Week.)

Under personnel, the commissioners rescinded the hiring of Ashley Moll as Agricultural Resources Conservationist at the Clinton County Conservation District and approved the hiring of Samantha Zaner to that position. Zaner will begin employment on May 17 at an annual salary of $36,297.

The commissioners approved the resignation of Amy Reeder, custodial supervisor, effective May 28.

On the COVID-19 front, Andrew Kremser, director of Emergency Services, reported that the clinic in Dunnstown may soon be closing, as there are no new first round vaccine appointments, only second dose vaccines scheduled.

“It seems getting the vaccines is becoming easier. There’s more availability … with walk-in clinics,” Kremser said.

“It seems we’ve hit the tipping point in the county with folks getting vaccines,” added Scott Kemmerer, emergency management coordinator. He noted that the Dunnstown clinic will likely go to a shorter, all-day clinic for awhile since no first dose shots are scheduled.

Harding reported 96 positive cases in the last 10 days in Clinton County. She said 9,630 county residents are fully vaccinated and 2,800 are partially vaccinated. She urged residents to talk to their doctors and consider getting vaccinated.

Also, the commissioners, approved a contract and supporting documents with NRG Curt Ailment Solutions for energy curtailment program services at the Clinton County Correctional Facility; approved a letter of request to DCNR to extend the deadline for the 2018 C2P2 grant project to June 30, 2022 for the Bald eagle Valley Trail bridge crossing design project; approved a letter of engagement between Clinton County and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency for implementation of the Next General 9-1-1 statewide system.

As the meeting ended, Commissioner Miles Kessinger corrected an error that appeared in another news media’s coverage of last Tuesday’s special meeting.

Kessinger said the meeting was held to award the bid for the Peale Avenue bridge replacement in Mill Hall to the second lowest bidder, Clearwater Construction Company, after the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation rejected the bid from the low bidder, Glenn O. Hawbaker Jr., because the firm is facing theft charges.

Kessinger said he was upset because the story, which included an incorrect bid from Hawbaker, went wild on social media and blamed the commissioners for not telling the truth.

He said the correct bid from Hawbaker was $1,284,000. Clearwater’s bid was $1,295,000.

In addition, Kessinger noted that of the 14 bids received, 13 were under budget. And, he said 85 percent of the money for the project is coming from federal funds, 10 percent from state funds and only five percent from the county through ACT 13 money, which comes out of the Marcellus Shale impact fee.

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