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Clarion Commissioners Unveil New Conference Room, New Position Titles

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 @ 01:06 AM

Posted by Ron Wilshire

fullsizeoutput_4cc3CLARION, Pa. (EYT) – Clarion County Commissioner held their regularly scheduled public meeting on Tuesday morning in the Main Street Administrative Building and also announced some changes in position descriptions and titles.

(Pictured above: The new Clarion County Main Street Conference Room with a table stretching from wall to wall gave the appearance of an update to the DaVinci’s Last Supper painting.)

The new first-floor conference room was previously used for human relations and remodeled to accommodate larger crowds and offer easier access.

The Clarion County Salary Board met first to approve the creation of five positions and abolishing of three similar ones. Clarion County is in the process of reviewing all job descriptions and has completed ones for maintenance, central accounting, commissioner’s office, and 9-1-1.

The new positions included Director of Building and Grounds, Supervisor of Maintenance and Construction, Maintenance Supervisor, Accounts Payable/Procurement Coordinator, and Temporary Corrections Officer.

Commissioner Ted Tharan said the new maintenance positions were under discussion for some time but delayed because of steady schedule of work projects such as the renovated Courts office building at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Liberty Street, Human Services Building, and even the new Main Street conference room.

Moving on the regular commissioners meeting, Commissioners Tharan, Wayne Brosius, and Ed Heasley approved the following personnel actions:

• Repositioned John Stieglitz into the position of Director of Buildings and Grounds at a salary of $44,000.00, effective June 18.  It is a full-time, 40 hours per week exempt position.

•  Repositioned John Wolbert into the position of Supervisor of Maintenance and Construction. at a salary of $34,000.00, effective June 18. It is a full-time, 40 hours per week non-exempt position.

• Repositioned Cindy Fleming into the position of Accounts Payable/Procurement Coordinator at a salary of $34,000.00, effective June 18. It is a full-time, 35 hours per week non-exempt position.

• Repositioned Kara Kline at her request from CYS Caseworker to Department of Public Safety – 9-1-1 Dispatch Trainee at a salary of $10.40 per hour, effective June 11.

• Austin Reddinger in Corrections completed 360 hours training per union contract and was approved for an increase of $10.75 per hour, effective May 25, 2018.

• Georgianna Carlson in Public Safety became a Certified Telecommunicator/Supervisor. She was approved for at $16.68/hour, effective May 30.

Clarion County Planner Kristy Amato reported Clarion County was approved for a $399,268.00 PA Department of Economic and Community Development Community Development Block Grant.  The total figure includes funding also awarded to Clarion Borough and Clarion Township that meet entitlement on their own.  Planning and Development administer their programs.

Commissioners announced they had received $30,969.00 as a UC Trust Dividend from CCAP as part of their self-insurance program.

In other business:

Coroner Randall Stom was granted permission to apply for two, $10,000.00 grants in funding for the Coroner’s Office through the PA Department of Health if Clarion County enrolls in the PA-VDRS (PA Violent Death Reporting System).

• Added the Pennsylvania Local Government Investment Trust (PLGIT) added to Clarion County’s list of approved depository banks.

• Approved a contract on behalf of the Department of Public Safety with Zito Media headquartered in Potter County for Internet connections. The contract term is 24 months and a cost of $100 per month, effective March 2 and a contract term of 24 months.

• Approved a PHARE agreement for PHFA better to meet Fair Housing Guidelines for low-income housing.

• Approved Resolution # 9 of 2018 – Hazard Mitigation Plan.

• Purchased a vehicle for the District Attorney’s office effective May 29 at the cost of $32,053.00 (100 percent from DA funds).

• Approved the conversion of Penn Court Apartments to Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) for the Clarion County Housing Authority. Assists in the renovation of the project.

• Delegated Sandy Ion the authority to approve rent, utility, payroll, and employee insurance premium payments for the county general fund as Director of Central Accounting, effective June 4.

• Authorized the Department of Public Safety to apply for grant funding from Walmart and the Walmart Foundation.

• Approved multiple contracts on behalf of Developmental Disabilities with terms from July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019, with county matches up to 10 percent.

Tharan closed the meeting by announcing that he has some exciting news—for the next meeting on Tuesday, June 26, at 9:00 a.m. in the new conference room. Not wanting to reveal more information, Tharan jokingly admitted that it was a cliffhanger to attract more attendance.

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