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DCNR Secretary Attends Climax Tunnel Celebration, Views Brady Township Tunnel Project Site

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 @ 12:08 AM

Posted by Ron Wilshire

image (54)CLARION, Pa. (EYT) – Chris Ziegler, of the Allegheny Valley Land Trust, thanked Clarion County Commissioners at their Tuesday morning for attending the opening of the recent Climax Tunnel celebration along the Redbank Rails to Trails.

(Pictured above: Chris Ziegler)

She also reported on the continued efforts to expand the trail system in the East Brady area, including the Brady Township Tunnel project.

“The Armstrong County Conservation District was awarded a Pennvest Phase III grant that we needed a letter of support from Madison Township,” said Ziegler. “The grant is for $904,000.00 and of that, we’ll be able to use $636,000.00 towards a DCNR grant for next year. It pushes the Brady Township Tunnel project more favorably, and we already have $1.1 million in two years of match money.  We thank Madison Township because without their letter of support it would all be much harder.”

Climax Tunnel

Climax Tunnel

DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn attended the Climax celebration and was also able to take a look at the Brady Township project.

“We did have the opportunity to take her to the Brady Tunnel and show her that project,” Ziegler said. “Her seeing the project in person, rather than reading about it is very beneficial for them making decisions on grant awards which usually happens anytime between October and December.”

In other Clarion Country business:

• Sheriff Rex Munsee hired Melissa Crispin as a full-time sheriff’s deputy effective August 27; hired Melinda Warnsing as a part-time sheriff’s deputy effective August 27; and repositioned Austin Burney from full-time to part-time.

• Judge James Arner repositioned Alyssa Dolby into the position of director of domestic relations effective September 17.

• Approved the repositioning of Nicole Peterson from 911 telecommunicator trainee to 911 certified dispatcher at a salary of $11.73 per hour, effective August 24.

• Approved the Public Safety hire of Megan Rizzuto into the vacant position of 911 telecommunicator trainee at a salary of $10.40 per hour effective, August 27.

• Approved the hiring of Autumn Rapp to fill the vacant position of 911 telecommunicator trainee fulltime at 42 hours per week at a salary of $10.40 per hour, effective August 17.

• Under Corrections, hired Michael Kuhns to fill the vacant position of part-time corrections officer up to twenty-nine hours per week with a salary of $10 dollars per hour, effective August 27.

• Hired Matthew Mitchell to fill the vacant position of part-time corrections officer part-time up to 29 hours per week at a salary of $10 dollars per hour, effective August 27.

• Hired Jay M. Nugent to fill the vacant position of seasonal maintenance help at a salary of $9.40 per hour effective August 24 as a temporary full-time at thirty-five hours per week.

• Carol Klinger was approved to fill the vacant position of temporary part-time confidential administrative assistant at no more than 29 hours per week at her current salary, effective September 10.

• Taylor Best was approved to fill the vacant position of chief clerk, full-time nonexempt at 35 hours per week at a salary of $34,000.00, effective September 10.

• A separation of employment of Cara Klein at 911 was approved and the resignation of Curtis Marino and the sheriff’s department was also approved.

• Approved a letter of intent to purchase the Affinity Tower in St. Petersburg for a total of $20,000.00. The tower is part of the current county’s communication efforts.

• Approved a contract on behalf of Developmental Disabilities with UCIP to train staff on supported employment in the DD field at a cost of $4,420.00, effective August 2.

• Approved contract amendment on behalf of Central Accounting with Justiceworks Youth Care for their human services building lease cost of $12,120.00 with a term of September 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019.

• Approved a contract amendment on behalf of central accounting with the Center for Community Resources for their human services building lease at a cost of $23,190.00 with the term of September 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019.

• Motions for approval of cooperation agreements with Clarion Borough and Clarion Township for their 2016 and 2017 CDBG programs were tabled because the municipalities have not yet approved the agreements.

• Approved a contract on behalf of Public Safety with Mobilecom for a maintenance agreement at a cost of $4,960.00 per month for a total of $59,520.00 for the term of October 1, 2018, to September 30, 2019.


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