January Planning Commission Meeting Canceled

The Clarion County Planning Commission scheduled for tonight (January 16, 2019) has been canceled. We are sorry for any inconvenience this has created.

The next meeting will be held 7 pm February 20, 2019 in the Administrative Building's confrence room.

Clarion County Hosts NWCCA Meeting

CLARION – Clarion County Commissioners Ted Tharan, Wayne Brosius and Ed Heasley hosted the Northwest County Commissioners Association (NWCCA) quarterly meeting on January 14 at the Eagle Commons facility at Clarion University. The meeting was well attended by approximately 50 people including commissioners from more than a dozen counties and representatives from Sen. Pat Toomey’s office and Congressman Glenn "GT" Thompson's office. The NWCCA is made up of county commissioners from the region who gather each quarter to discuss current events on the local and state level.

County Commissioners gave a warm welcome to County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania’s Executive Director Doug Hill who discussed a few topics CCAP has been focusing on. Many of his points were based on state budget predictions which will be announced by Governor Tom Wolf on February 5. Hill said Pennsylvania residents should not expect new taxes but there is a possibility the state will declare new revenue streams to help cover the more than $1 billion state deficit. Hill also brought up the topic of county commissioners running for office again in 2019 who will not be eligible to be on their county’s election boards. This is creating an unusual situation for counties as Wolf has mandated that all voting equipment must leave a paper trail by the end of 2019. Hill reported CCAP is investigating this to find details of when commissioners must step off election boards and how involved they can or cannot be. CCAP is also working to get voting equipment available through the COSTARS program. This will not only make ordering the equipment a simpler process but potentially save counties money.

The guest speaker at the meeting was Mary Ann Daniels, CEO of Mercer County Behavioral Health Commission to discuss mental health issues for counties’ forensic population. It is a collaborative plan being put together by Armstrong, Butler, Crawford, Indiana, Lawrence, Mercer, Venango, Washington and Westmoreland Counties. The plan was put together to address problems such as county jails having been housing an increasing number of mentally ill individuals; the forensic state hospital system has become difficult to access as a resource to transition individuals out of county jails for assessment and treatment regarding competency and restoration; and the wait times to access a bed has been varying from three to six months, causing a backlog of individuals in our jails without adequate mental health resources. The goal of the program is to reduce the incarceration and re-incarceration of individuals with mental illness by providing both community-based residential services, supportive housing and boundary spanner staff as alternative services and supported for CJ involved clients; provide additional local resources for restoration to competency services; and significantly expand and develop new residential alternatives for these individuals. The group intends to build capacity for individuals who qualify and add 30 additional beds using a variety of the residential services. Daniels said, “The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will be footing the bill—this push from the state for forensic interventions is directly related to a lawsuit against the state regarding mentally ill individuals being incarcerated without treatment or movement. The Commonwealth allocated additional dollars for these services into both our Medicaid Health Choices budgets and our county Mental health base budgets. Mercer County Commissioners agreed to pass the dollars through Mercer, one of the two non-block grant counties, avoiding the “up to 10% match;” the additional base funds would have been required if passed through other counties individually.” The report stated the total annualized operating budget is $3,243,460. An additional $1.2 million was received for residential programming start up at the beginning of January.

Public Notices

 

 

Jan. 15, 2019 - Clarion Board of Commissioners Work Session Highlights
Notice: The following is a list of proposed actions for the Commissioners' Meeting scheduled for 10 a.m. Jan. 22, 2019. This information is subject to change and/or be removed from the meeting's agenda.

 

 

1. Contract on behalf of behalf of Corrections with Pest Management for pest control services at a cost of $1,656 per year. This service is for preventative measures.

 

2. Clarion County is continuing to work with Geological Information Services to put mapping and assessment information online.

 

3. The county will be starting to work on 5-10 year Capital Improvement Plans and Long Term Financial Projections and Goals.

 

4. The Commissioners are proposing to accept new guidelines for Hotel Tax grants.

 

6. Contract on behalf of Early Intervention with Joanne Keller for Early Intervention therapy services that has had an increase in utilization. The term of the contact is July 1, 2019 through June 30 2019 at a cost of $20,000 with a county match up to 10%.

 

7. Contract on behalf of Developmental Disabilities with Clarion County Taxi for taxi services for individuals with DD that has had an increase in utilization. The contract term is from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2019 at a cost of $5,000 with a county match up to 10%.

 

8. Renew the county's Surety Bond of $5,000 with GH Harris for 2019.

 

9. Darlene Wolbert from the Sheriff's Office plans to retire Mach 1, 2019. Wolbert has been a county employee since 1996.
The county is now accepting applications for this position.

 

10. Contract with McCleary Business Machines and Clarion Office Equipment for copier services.

 

11. The county is researching additional recycling services throughout the county buildings.

 

 

Jan. 8, 2019 - Clarion Board of Commissioners Meeting Highlights
Notice: The following actions have been discussed and approved by the Board of Commissioners but have not been approved for the meeting's minutes. These actions will be approved for minutes during the next Board of Commissioners Meeting at 10:00 a.m. January 22, 2019.

Announcements

  • The next Work Session is 10am Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019 in the conference room.
  • The next Commissioner/Salary/Retirement Board meeting is 10am Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019 in the conference room.
  • Marsha Adams in Courts will be retiring Feb. 22, 2019.


Meeting Action Items

1. Resolution #2 of 2019 was passed. (See Resolutions)

2. A 2019 Ford F-350 will be leased from Clarion Ford for four payments of $11,983.66 through COSTARS. This vehicle will replace the former county truck which is no longer in running condition.

3. A contract was renewed with Kevin Reichard as County Engineer with a term from Jan. 1, 2019 through Dec. 31, 2019 as a cost of $50 per hour.

4. The 2019 Administrative Entity Operating Agreement between PA Department of Human Services, Office of Developmental Programs, and Clarion County CYS effective March 1, 2019. This replaces the current agreement that was put into affect July 1, 2017.

5. Susan Risher was hired to full the vacant position of part-time Corrections Officer effective Jan. 2, 2019 at a rate of $13.59 per hour based upon completion of certification.

6. Judy Myers was promoted to the Children & Youth Services vacant position of full-time Caseworker 3/Foster Family Coordinator position from current Caseworker 2 position effective Jan. 7, 2019 at an annual salary of $30,942.70.

7. Rebecca Maguire was hired to fill the vacant position of temporary part-time Caseworker 3 effective Jan. 7, 2019 at a rate of $18.84 per hour.

8. Mathias Smerkar was promoted to 911's vacant position of full-time Shift Supervisor effective Jan. 6, 2019 at a rate of $19.96 per hour.

9. A contract was agreed upon on behalf of Public Safety and Mobilcom for license modifications for $2,800.00.

10.A contract was agreed upon on behalf of Courts with Joyce Bailey for cleaning services at District Judge Jeff Miller's office from November, 2018 until termination at a cost of $120 per month, $1,440 total for year.

11. An internal change was made on an internal control policy requiring all purchased over $100 to be approved through the County Requisition process. The policy currently states purchases over $300 must be approved. Commissioner Ted Tharan said this change is to have a better understanding of what purchases are being made throughout the departments. All purchases in need of approval go through the County Procurement Officer, Cindy Fleming.

12. Under the Tax Claims department, a $3.00 fee will be added to the account of each delinquent tax payer for every property that gets reported in January. Clarion County Tax Claims Director Megan Kerr said approximately 2,300 parcels get turned as delinquent per year. This money is us to help cover legal and auctioneer fees.

13. A request was approved for Keystone High School students to tour the treatment system at Clarion County Park for Earth Day on April 26, 2019.

14. The Tri-County Animal Rescue center was approved to use the Veterans Memorial Park on August 17, 2019 for their annual International Homeless Animals event.

 

 

 




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