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Warren County Commissioners Public Meeting

January 23, 2019 12:00 p.m.

Jackson Courtroom

 

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

 

Staff Present: Pamela Matve, Chief Clerk; Eric Hern, Fiscal Director, Director, Ed Burris, Director of Veteran's Affairs, Lori Bimber, Register and Recorder, Phil Gilbert, Tax Claim Director, Lisa Rivett, Director of Elections, Ronna Tipton, Human Services Director, and Solicitor Nathaniel Schmidt

 

Citizens Present: Josh Cotton (WTO), Joe Scully, Connie Zaffino, Wendy Hollabaugh, Sally Eaton, Karen Black, and Steve Bloom

 

Announcements:

 

Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin stated that there three instances in which at least two if not all three Commissioners were together but no decisions were made nor were they executive sessions.

 

Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin then noted the three pieces of correspondence that the office received of which is important to the constituents; A letter that the Director of Election received asking if she or any officials have accepted gifts or trips that were paid for by the vendors of the election equipment. Secondly a letter from DCNR announcing the recreation and conservation grants program is open, and third is a letter stating the PA Game Commission is looking to potentially acquire land in Pine Grove Township, and there is a public comments period on January 27th and Monday January 28th with their meeting following on January 29, 2019.

 

Commissioner Jeff Eggleston stated that with regards to the letter the Elections Director received, I am not aware of anyone here that has accepted any gifts or trips from vendors.

 

Public Hearing:

 

Public Comment:

 

Consent Agenda:

 

  • Agenda Content:

 

Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin stated that he would like to table the following items as we did not get our information to the solicitor in time for him to review. One is the Agreement for Lonnie Heeter, and the second is the consulting agreement with Todd Lake.

 

Minutes from the January 9, 2019 Meetings: there are no changes or corrections

 

Fiscal Report: Eric Hern, Fiscal Director stated there was cash on hand of $2,034,156.00.00 and in the       Erie bank account a balance of $197,573.00.

 

                Proclamation(s):  none

 

Motion was made by Commissioner Cindy Morrison, seconded by Commissioner Jeff Eggleston to approve today’s agenda with the changes requested by Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin, the January 9, 2019 minutes, and the fiscal report as presented. Motion carried unanimously.

 

Old Business:

 

Appointment of Phil Gilbert to the Warren County RDA: Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin this is still tabled as the RDA is looking into their bylaws.

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Business:

 

Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin stated that while the solicitor is not on the agenda he would like to address the board along with the departments of the county on how to get items of importance to him.

 

Solicitor Request: Solicitor Nathaniel Schmidt stated that he is proposing that the county adopt a standard service form that is housed by the Chief Clerk. Anyone wishing to request consulting or services from the solicitor first see the Chief Clerk to fill out a form, from there the Chief Clerk will log and forward this request to me.

 

All requests regarding agreements and or contracts that must go onto a public meeting agenda for approval need to get to me no later than the Monday one week prior to the public meeting. I will then review and make any edits, and forward back to the Chief Clerk to send to the vendor and then they must make any changes and get it back to the Chief Clerk to submit to me no later than the Wednesday prior to the meeting.

 

This will allow the county a proper record of what I am working on and where the projects stand.

 

All Commissioners and the Chief Clerk were in agreement with this process.

 

Resolution #3130 Appointment of WCCBI as the Industrial Development Organization: Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin stated that in the past the Commissioners has designated the Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry as the Industrial Development Organization for the county.

 

Commissioner Cindy Morrison asked Pamela J. Matve, Chief Clerk if this is done yearly to which Ms. Matve stated yes, it is to be done yearly, but has been forgotten therefore the language of Resolution #3130 has been changed so that this does not have to be done until a change is made.

 

Motion was made by Commissioner Cindy Morrison, seconded by Commissioner Jeff Eggleston to approve Resolution #3130 designating the Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry as the Industrial Development Organization for Warren County. Motion carried unanimously.

 

Reappointment to the Warren County Hospital Authority: Motion was made by Commissioner Cindy Morrison, seconded by Commissioner Jeff Eggleston to approve the reappointment of Ms. Ann Ferguson to the Warren County Hospital Authority for another five year term effective March 13, 2019. Motion carried unanimously.

 

Joe Scully asked what exactly does the hospital authority do. Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin stated that they are the organization that runs the hospital; they are over Mr. Allen.

 

Resolution #3131 Opposing Changes to the MATP Service Delivery: Commissioner Jeff Eggleston reviewed the need for this resolution opposing the changes the state wants to make to the Medical Assistance Transportation Program (MATP).

 

TAWC and our local Human Services organization work very close in getting those with disabilities to their appointments. If these changes are approved, this will go away, and those with disabilities will have to talk to someone somewhere in the region to make these appointments. I feel strongly that if these changes are made there will be a loss of service. If approved I will forward this resolution to the Governor, Senator, and other county commissioners in the state to get them on board to do the same.

 

Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin asked to get a motion so that we can open for discussion.

 

Motion was made Commissioner Jeff Eggleston, seconded by Commissioner Cindy Morrison to approve Resolution #3131 Opposing Changes to the MATP Service Delivery.

 

Commissioner Cindy Morrison stated that anytime the State gets involved it is not always in the best interest of our constituents. It is important that we let them know how we feel and this resolution will get that done.

 

Sally Eaton from the City of Warren, stated that she is opposed to the changes they want to make. We have a great staff here in Warren. She then thanked the Commissioners for doing everything in their power to see that this does not happen.

 

Ronna Tipton, Human Services Director stated she has discussed this many times with the Commissioners as we have clients that utilize the service.

 

Joe Scully asked if they knew how the State Representatives, and the State Senators feel and how did they vote.

 

Commissioner Jeff Eggleston stated that this was all part of a large packet so no one really read it, or understands what will happen if the changes are made.

 

Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin stated that Representative Rapp voted against these changes.

 

Wendy Hollabaugh stated tht there were very few negative votes. This was put into the packet at the last minute so there was no time to really read and understand it. She went on to state that Senator Scarnati wants to fight this, but all others on the east side of the state feel it ok.

 

Joe Scully stated that we are rural Pennsylvania and we need to get the state to recognize this; what is good for Philadelphia or Harrisburg is not good for the rural areas. Your phone calls mean a lot.

 

Commissioner Jeff Eggleston stated that Representative Rapp is the Chair of the Health and Services Committee, you can also send your correspondence to her.

 

Commissioner Cindy Morrison stated that correspondence includes, letters, emails, or a phone call.

 

Steve Bloom thanked the Commissioners for doing this step. It really needs more consideration.

 

Ed Burris stated that if this resolution is approved today, please give me a copy so that I can forward this to the State Veterans Affairs Office, and Directors.

 

After nothing further the above motion was called to question and the motion carried unanimously.

 

Resolution #3132 Liquid Fuels Allocation: Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin stated that the Liquid Fuels allocations and the various amounts were presented by Pamela J. Matve, Chief Clerk at yesterday’s work session. We are all in agreement to go with the suggestion of Ms. Matve and approve $155,000.00 for total allocation for 2019.

 

Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin went on to state that while the municipalities receive their own liquid fuels moneys, the county does not own any roads or bridges, therefore we take our funds and distribute to the municipalities based on road miles, per capita etc.

 

Motion was made by Commissioner Cindy Morrison, seconded by Commissioner Jeff Eggleston to approve Resolution #3132 to allocate county liquid fuels funds as follows, also noting the changes in application filing for the funds to be done by June 2019 and the MS999 application for payment must be done on or before November 2019. Motion carried unanimously.

 

BROKENSTRAW $9,027 PITTSFIELD $6,875
CHERRY GROVE $798 PLEASANT $4,267
COLUMBUS $11,967 SHEFFIELD $3,978
CONEWANGO $9,260 SOUTHWEST $6,695
DEERFIELD $4,529 SPRING CREEK $11,109
ELDRED $7,871 SUGAR GROVE $11,253
ELK $3,688 TRIUMPH $5,663
FARMINGTON $10,266 WATSON $527
FREEHOLD $9,872 BEAR LAKE BORO. $360
GLADE $5,123 CLARENDON BORO. $600
LIMESTONE $2,392 SUGAR GROVE BORO. $817
MEAD $3,436 TIDIOUTE BORO. $1,229
PINE GROVE $7,897 YOUNGSVILLE BORO. $2,608
CITY OF WARREN $12,892

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Personnel Report:

Warren County

Personnel Transaction Report

As of

January 23, 2019

 

 

New Hires for Warren County

Changes for Warren County Employees

 

Separations

 

Motion was made by Commissioner Cindy Morrison, seconded by Commissioner Jeff Eggleston to approve the Personnel as presented. Motion carried unanimously.

 

Closing:

 

Commissioner Comments:

 

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

 

Meeting adjourned 12:30 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted,                                                                     Approved:

 

Pamela J. Matve                                                                                  Jeff Eggleston, Secretary

Chief Clerk                                                                                           Warren County Commissioner