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Warren County Commissioners Public Meeting

May 24, 2017 12:00 p.m.

Commissioner’s Conference Room

 

Commissioner Cindy Morrison called the meeting of the Warren County Commissioners to order with Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin, and Commissioner Jeff Eggleston present.

 

Staff Present: Pamela Matve, Chief Clerk, Fiscal Director Judith Albaugh, Tax Claim Director, Phil Gilbert, Register and Recorder, Lori Bimber, Director of Human Services Mary Kushner, Lorri Dunlap, Grants Administrator, Planning & Zoning Director, Dan Glotz, Michael Lyon, Zoning Officer

 

Citizens Present: Josh Cotton (WTO), Troy Clawson, Vince Duckett, Jenn Riggin, Nancy Holcomb, Richard Holcomb, Rusty Van Epps, Melvin Jacobson, John Gray, Arthur Stewart, Dave Clark, and David Bauer

 

Public Hearing:

 

#1 – Rezoning request R1 to R2 737 Pleasant Drive, Pleasant Township

Commissioner Cindy Morrison turned this over to Michael Lyon for explanation. Michael stated that this change would affect five properties, of which Mr. Holcomb owns three.

 

Mr. Holcomb has a building that was turned into an apartment and that is not allowed in a zone R1, but it is in a zone R2. The other two property owners have been notified, and neither are is disagreement with this action.

 

Commissioner Cindy Morrison asked if there were any comments from the public at this time to which there was none.

 

After no further discussion, Commissioner Cindy Morrison closed this public hearing at 12:04pm and moved on to the next public hearing.

 

#2 – Text change to Section 313 of Ordinance 249 regarding Wellhead Protection Overlay District creating a new section for North Warren Municipal Water Authority to protect water supplies: Commissioner Cindy Morrison turned this hearing over to Planning & Zoning Director, Dan Glotz for further deliberation.

 

Dan Glotz stated that the North Warren Municipal Authority had a source water plan put together in March of 2017. They are wishing to preserve the aquifers that provide the drinking water for some 1,600 residents of North Warren. Dan Glotz went on to state that this entire plan and the mechanism started last year. There are three zone areas that make up this text change, and the amendment defines these zones, and the uses within these zones.

 

The Planning Commission felt that the supervisors play a role and wanted to make sure they understood the zoning delineations. The township supervisors and the municipal authority were in attendance at the May 2, 2017 Planning Commission meeting and they are also here today.

 

Commissioner Cindy Morrison asked if there were any comments from the public at this time.

Arthur Stewart spoke in opposition of this text change. We do not have an issue now, and they are thinking into the future, I understand that. We need to find a balance, if this were to go through there would be such a restriction on the Oil and Gas industry. There are many, many oil and gas wells in the Allegheny National Forest yet they have the cleanest water streams around. Is oil your most dangerous item to balance?

 

David Clark stated that bio mediation studies have been done, and he spoke of these findings. We have multiple layers of regulations that are also regulated by educated people. I am not here today to put anyone down, but for the county to get involved in this, you do not have the educated, trained personnel to deal with this.

 

David Bauer stated that he is an attorney, for many people that are concerned with oil and gas, I represent drillers, residents, and I also have some wells myself, not in this area. I oppose this change as this subject is already highly regulated, why do you want to regulate something you know nothing about. We do not have any water contamination. I deplore you, don’t enter into this area, and do not approve this ordinance text change.

 

Rusty Van Epps of the North Warren Municipal Authority spoke, and said, no we do not have an issue now, but we do not want an issue in the future either. This is a preventative measure. Our focus is on zone 2 only. This zone was identified by a geologist that anything within these aquifers would reach our water within a year. You cannot decontaminate an aquifer. We don’t have a problem now, and we don’t want down the road. This recommendation came from DEP. This would only affect the State Hospital Grounds, Warren Commons and the North Warren residents.

 

Commissioner Cindy Morrison asked Mr. Van Epps what is the significant reason and why now to do this.

 

Mr. Van Epps stated that last year the project for the study was funded by DEP and recommended that public water suppliers have this study done. We got a grant to have this study completed.

 

Commissioner Cindy Morrison asked with five years of production on some of the wells, has there been any contamination, to which Mr. Van Epps stated no that he was aware of.

 

Commissioner Cindy Morrison asked if there were any comments from the public at this time to which there was none.

 

After no further discussion, Commissioner Cindy Morrison closed this public hearing at 12:34pm and moved on to the next public hearing.

 

#3 Human Services Block Grant for Mental Health: Commissioner Cindy Morrison turned this over to Director of Human Services Mary Kushner for explanation.

 

Director of Human Services Mary Kushner stated that this has to do with our annual plan and it deals with many intellectual disabilities, such as developmental disabilities, drug & alcohol issues, help in providing permanent housing to which we work with EOC, and the Human Serviced Development fund help the aging population.

 

Director of Human Services Mary Kushner went onto state that the larges is the mental health consumers, transitional youth, and the elderly. We try to help the youth transition into adult hood by helping them find employment or help the elderly to stay out of nursing homes if possible.

 

This will now put the plan out for review.

 

Commissioner Cindy Morrison asked if there were any comments from the public at this time to which there was none.

 

After no further discussion, Commissioner Cindy Morrison closed this public hearing at 12:39pm and moved into the normal business.

 

Old Business:

 

New Business:

 

Approval of Minutes: Motion was made by Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin, seconded by Commissioner Jeff Eggleston to approve the minutes from May 10, 2017 after specified corrections are made. Motion carried unanimously

 

Fiscal Report: Fiscal Director Judith Albaugh stated there was cash on hand of $942,983.00 and in the Erie bank account a balance of $745,147.00. There will be no accounts payable this week as bills were paid last week, but the payroll and healthcare to be paid is in the amount of $357,512.00.

 

Motion was made Commissioner Jeff Eggleston, seconded by Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin to approve the fiscal report as presented. Motion carried unanimously.

 

Approval of Text change to Section 313 of Ordinance 249 regarding Wellhead Protection Overlay District creating a new section for North Warren Municipal Water Authority to protect water supplies:

Commissioner Jeff Eggleston stated that having read through this and attending the Planning Commission meeting my perspective is that the Municipal Government should have a say in their community. They have an aquifer and they want to protect it.

 

Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin stated that we should make a motion so that we can open for discussion.

 

Motion was made by Commissioner Jeff Eggleston, seconded by Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin to approve Ordinance 249 with text change to create a new section for North Warren Municipal Water Authority.

 

Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin then stated that he has spent many hours weighing the pros and cons; this is not about water quality and gas rights. I am not opposed to this, but I am not inclined to approve this at this time. If it is not fixing a real harm, why add an overlay to add additional burden to the county to regulate. The DEP may have made this suggestion, but they should also be the ones to regulate these situations.

 

Commissioner Cindy Morrison stated that Commissioner Jeff Eggleston brought up the fact that municipalities should have a control, but in the end the expense is on the forefront for any liabilities. We as a county should not tale on this responsibility. I don’t feel we need to take this on. Oil industry is over 150 years old. There are no concerns with contaminated water, I am opposed this text change.

 

The question on the above motion was called, and the motion failed one to two with Commissioner Cindy Morrison and Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin in opposition.

 

Approval of Ordinance 250 for the rezoning request R1 to R2 737 Pleasant Drive, Pleasant Township: Motion was made by Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin, seconded by Commissioner Jeff Eggleston to approve ordinance 250 allowing the change to be made from R1 to R2 as presented. Motion carried unanimously.

 

Proclamation-Memorial Day 2017: Motion was made by Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin, seconded by Commissioner Jeff Eggleston to adopt the proclamation proclaiming May 29, 2017 as Memorial Day in Warren County. Motion carried unanimously.

 

 

Notice to Award Willow Street Water Line Replacement Project: Motion was made by Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin, seconded by Commissioner Jeff Eggleston to award the Willow Street Water Line Replacement Project to Klinginsmith Enterprises at a cost of $102,725.00. Motion carried unanimously.

 

Reappointments to the Warren County Transit Authority Board: Commissioner Jeff Eggleston stated that he is surprised that a Commissioner does not sit on this board, and asked that he be appointed in place of David Reagle.

 

Motion was made by Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin, seconded by Commissioner Jeff Eggleston to approve the following appointments to the Transportation Authority of Warren County for a five year term; Jamie Steffan, Gene Conklin, and Commissioner Jeff Eggleston. Motion carried unanimously.

 

Commissioner Cindy Morrison stated that she did speak with Wendy Winkles, and David Reagle will gladly step aside for a commissioner to be appointed to the board.

 

Approval of Insight Technology Agreement: Motion was made by Commissioner Jeff Eggleston, seconded by Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin to approve the three year agreement with Insight Technology for services as presented. Motion carried unanimously.

 

Commissioner Jeff Eggleston took a moment to thank Bill Gallagher and his staff for the services they provide to the county and because of this they do save a lot of money for the county.

 

Commissioner Cindy Morrison stated that she has read both the current contract and the new contract and all is the same except for the compensation portion.

 

Agreement with LexisNexis: Commissioner Cindy Morrison asked Tax Claim Director, Phil Gilbert to touch on this issue briefly. As explained in the work session, currently we are using Spokeo to track down property owners, which is a basic program such as white pages. We are getting a lot of notices returned at about $20.00 each so I am trying to find a more reliable source and LexisNexis is it at an increase cost of $170 more per year.

 

Tax Claim Director, Phil Gilbert did go on to state that he spoke with LexisNexis, and we can get out of this agreement at any time, if we feel that the program the Sheriff currently uses would work for Tax Claim, and be cheaper.

 

Motion was made by Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin, seconded by Commissioner Jeff Eggleston to approve the agreement with LexisNexis for the Tax Claim Department. Motion carried unanimously.

 

Human Services:

 

Human Services Block Grant for Mental Health: Motion was made by Commissioner Jeff Eggleston, seconded by Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin to approve the Human Services Block Grant. Motion carried unanimously.

 

 

 

 

Children & Youth:

 

Approval of the 2017/2018 Children & Youth Contracted Providers: Motion was made by Commissioner Jeff Eggleston, seconded by Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin to approve the providers list below for the 2017/2018 Fiscal Year. Motion carried unanimously.

 

311 Liberty Law PLLC Warren PA CYS Solicitor
Alaskey & Busch, PLLC - (Michelle M. Alaskey & Alyce M. Busch) Warren PA Guardian-Ad-Litem
Avanco International Upgrades Wormleysburg PA CWIS
Avanco International (ASP) Wormleysburg PA CAPS application
Avanco Consulting Wormleysburg PA CAPS consulting
The Bair Foundation of Pennsylvania Pittsburgh PA Private foster care homes (ages 0-18)
Barbara Litten Tionesta PA CYS backup Solicitor
Bethesda Children’s Home Lutheran Social Services Meadville PA Institutional residential care (ages 12-18)
Children’s Center for Treatment and Education Bradford PA Shelter and residential care (ages 10-18)
Children’s Center for Treatment and Education (MST) Bradford PA Community based in-home therapy (ages 10-18)
Cornell Abraxas Pittsburgh PA Institutional residential care (ages 10-18)
Cove PREP (White Deer Run) Lewisburg PA Institutional sexual offender & ATOD treatment (ages 12-18)
Cynthia K.D. Klenowski Warren PA Guardian- Ad-Litem
Deerfield Behavioral Health Warren PA Record review and consultation
Dr. Peter von Korff Erie PA/Westfield NY Psychological & bonding assessments
Erie County Office of Children and Youth (Edmund L. Thomas) Erie PA Secure detention (ages 10-18)
Family Services of Warren County Warren PA Intake psychologist evaluation
Family Services of Warren County ART Warren PA Aggressive Replacement Training
George Junior Republic in Pennsylvania Grove City PA Residential care (ages 10-18)
Harborcreek Youth Services Harborcreek PA Institutional residential care (ages 10-18)
Hermitage House Youth Services Edinboro PA Institutional residential care (ages 10-18)
Keystone Adolescent Center Greenville PA Institutional residential care (ages 10-18)
MHY Family Services Mars PA Acute treatment facility/Institutional residential (ages 9-17)
Pathways Adolescent Center, Inc. Oil City PA Community based placement (ages 12-18)
Perseus House Erie PA Institutional residential care (ages 10-18)
Project Point of Light, Inc., dba Manno Therapeutic Services Shippenville PA Psychiatric Diagnostic Interview Examination
Wagner Behavioral Health Services, LLC Titusville PA Evaluations (including Abel screening) and Court appearance

 

Public Comment/Concern:

 

Adjournment: Motion was made by Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin, seconded by Commissioner Jeff Eggleston to adjourn the meeting. Motion carried unanimously.

 

Meeting adjourned 1:11 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted,                                                                     Approved:

 

Pamela J. Matve                                                                                  Jeff Eggleston, Secretary

Chief Clerk                                                                                           Warren County Commissioner