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Warren County Commissioners Public Meeting
November 23, 2016 12:00 p.m.
Commissioner Cindy Morrison called the meeting of the Warren County Commissioners to order with Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin and Commissioner Jeff Eggleston present.
Staff Present: Pam Matve, Chief Clerk, Fiscal Director Judith Albaugh, Deputy Warden Jon Collins, Lieutenant Rusty Barr, Dan Glotz, Caleb Gnage, Cody Brown, District Attorney Robert Greene, Judy Kuzminski, Phil Gilbert, and Linda Critzer
Citizens Present: Brian Ferry (WTO), Joe Scully, David Bauer, Ash Khare, Troy Clawson, Jesse DeLoof, John Able, and Dave Sherman
Approval of Minutes: Motion was made by Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin, seconded by Commissioner Jeff Eggleston to approve the minutes from November 9, 2016. Motion carried unanimously.
Fiscal Report: Fiscal Director Judith Albaugh stated there was cash on hand of $2,780,506.00 and in the Erie bank account a balance of $743,759.00. Accounts payable for last week is $593,500.00.
Fiscal Director Judy Albaugh went onto state that the reason that last week’s payable amount is so high is that there was a payment to the debt fund of $384,845.00.
Motion was made by Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin, seconded by Commissioner Jeff Eggleston to approve the fiscal report as presented. Motion carried unanimously.
Agreement with Glade Twp. For Wright Bridge Replacement: Dan Glotz explained that the county receives Act 13 monies that can only be used for structurally deficient bridges. Glade Township has placed an application in the amount of $56,979.00 for the Wright Bridge Replacement. Dan Glotz went on to state that everyone has reviewed this project including Penn Dot who stated that this project qualifies for the use of Act 13 funds.
Commissioner Jeff Eggleston stated that these funds have been building for a couple of years, and Glade Township is the first to apply in quite some time.
Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin stated that he is excited and thankful that Glade Township will be getting use of the funds. He then stated that Glade Township will be putting in a lot of in-kind labor into this project.
Motion was made by Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin, seconded by Commissioner Jeff Eggleston to approve the Wright Bridge Replacement Project for Glade Township in the amount of $56,979.00 in Act 13 funding. Motion carried unanimously.
Appointment of Warden and Deputy Warden: Commissioner Cindy Morrison stated that Sheriff Ken Klakamp has given his resignation as Warden effective December 1, 2016. We have taken his suggestion to heart and we would like to appoint Deputy Warden Jon Collins as Warden, and Lieutenant Rusty Barr as Deputy Warden. We feel that this is well warranted.
Commissioner Jeff Eggleston thank Sheriff Klakamp for his services as Warden for the past few years He has recognized these two gentlemen and their efforts.
Motion was made by Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin, seconded by Commissioner Jeff Eggleston to approve the appointment of Jon Collins as Warden and Rusty Barr as Deputy Warden effective December 1, 2016. Motion carried unanimously.
Approval of (5) vehicle leases for 2017: Commissioner Cindy Morrison stated that while we rare approving leases for 2017, these will be shared between departments. We are looking to reduce our fleet.
Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin stated that these quotes did not have to be brought to the agenda, but as stated at the last meeting, we do need to be more transparent.
Commissioner Jeff Eggleston stated that the consignment agreement will allow the lease company take our vehicles and sell for us getting us a larger return.
Motion was made by Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin, seconded by Commissioner Jeff Eggleston to approve the five lease quotes for 2017 as stated. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion was then made by Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin, seconded by Commissioner Jeff Eggleston to approve the consignment agreement with Enterprise. Motion carried unanimously.
Agreement with Long & Nyquist: Commissioner Cindy Morrison asked if her fellow commissioners would like an executive session to which neither said one was needed.
Motion was made by Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin, seconded by Commissioner Jeff Eggleston to approve the agreement with Long & Nyquist.
Commissioner Jeff Eggleston stated that he is in favor of this agreement. This is not the way we intended to roll this out that is for sure. This is new for Warren County; to use lobbyist to represent Warren County in Harrisburg. One the big reasons for this is the Rouse IGT project to get them more funding for the Rouse Home. By not being able to participate this year, the Rouse lost about 1.2 million in funding. I want to invest in our county, and this is a good way to do it.
Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin stated that he has gotten negative comments on this agreement along with positives. People stating that they do not see the value of spending $5,000 per month; if you have this then give that to other organizations. If we want to play the game, we should play by their rules. We cannot be both here and in Harrisburg at the same time. We need to have someone be our voice to educate them on our county.
Commissioner Cindy Morrison stated that she still has not seen or heard of any specific projects to hire a lobbyist. When a project comes up, then hire them. We have three well paid representatives to represent us in Warren County. I feel that hiring a lobbyist is extreme. If the IGT project is what you are looking at then the Rouse should hire a lobbyist.
After further discussions, the floor was turned over to the citizens for their thoughts.
Ash Khare stated that he understands the concerns of Commissioner Cindy Morrison but we should find a way to cross the party lines and a lobbyist is the way to go. Long & Nyquist is one of the best firms out there. I do believe this is worth a shot, and if it does not work then cancel the contract.
Joe Scully stated that 2 out of three people you see walking the halls of Harrisburg are lobbyists. What about the municipalities. Who is there to help us.
Commissioner Jeff Eggleston stated that we are hiring a company that can work through the county including municipalities.
Linda Critzer asked if would be beneficial to use that money to hire a grant writer; someone who can look for grants and write them.
David Bauer stated that he is disappointed; we have a corrupt government, please do not participate in this.
Commissioner Jeff Eggleston stated that the grant writer is a separate issue.
After further discussions, the question was called on the above motion. Motion was carried two to one. With Commissioner Cindy Morrison being the nay vote.
Children & Youth:
David Bauer stated that he was disheartened when he came to the courthouse to do business and had to go through security. In this past year, I have seen more screening before entering the courtrooms.
It is how you apply the law regarding security; why make it so radical.
When we come into this courthouse building it is ours as county citizen’s. Now we are telling everyone they are a suspect. Just because other counties are single point, why do we have to be. If there is a good reason I would not mind, but so far, we have not been given a good reason.
If you are that much for the safety of your employees then you should have a secured parking area for your employees, and they should not be able to use fobs to enter or exit the building. Single point is just that; one way in and one way out
Commissioner Jeff Eggleston stated that with regards to the lease company selling the vehicles for the county brings up another issue. During the last vehicle sealed bid sale we had someone buy several of our vehicles and when he went to move it found that the transmission needs repaired. We have talked among ourselves and our solicitor and came up with an agreement to help with the cost of the transmission repair up to $1,200.00.
Motion was made by Commissioner Jeff Eggleston, seconded by Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin to approve an agreement with Barry Whisner to fix the transmission in an amount of up to $1,200.00. Motion carried unanimously.
After no further comments the meeting was adjourned.
Adjournment: Motion was made by Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin, seconded by Commissioner Jeff Eggleston to adjourn the meeting. Motion carried unanimously.
Meeting adjourned 1:30 p.m.
Respectfully submitted, Approved:
Pamela J. Matve Jeff Eggleston, Secretary
Chief Clerk Warren County Commissioner