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Proclamations, Hirings, and Improving Emergency Communication Dominate Clarion County Commissioner Meeting

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 @ 12:03 AM

Posted by Ron Wilshire

commissioners money businessCLARION, Pa. (EYT) – It was a routine business meeting on Tuesday for Clarion County Commissioners, but one could think there was also a little monkey business going on, judging from the animal front and center.

It was only a chew toy for Commissioner Ted Tharan’s dog.

During the Tuesday morning meeting, Clarion County Commissioners Tharan, Ed Heasley, and Wayne Brosius announced five proclamations related to the Clarion Chamber of Business and Industry annual meeting that was held on Saturday night.

The proclamations honored the awards’ winners and included the following:

  • 2018 Business of the Year: Economic Development Division, Clarion Psychiatric Center
  • 2018 Business of the Year: Community Service Division, Highland Oaks at Water Run
  • 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award: Stephanie Wilshire
  • 2018 Douglas L. Sharar Volunteer of the Year: Kimberly Titley
  • 2018 Citizen of the Year: Tracy Myers

Commissioners approved a contract on behalf of public safety with Tesco, Inc. to buy voter radio equipment through CoStar State contracts at a cost of $18,673.32. Another contract was approved with Mobilcom to install the voter radio equipment at the cost of $4320.00.

Clarion County Director of Public Safety Jeff Smathers explained that the new equipment is part of the county’s efforts to improve emergency communications and has nothing to do with the elections.

“This goes back to our efforts to strengthen emergency signals in Clarion County,” said Smathers. “The voter we are getting is a countywide voting receiver for our communication system, and what this does is bring in all audio from six sites, and we ‘vote’ the best audio and send it back out to the rest of the county. Right now, we have some choppiness within the county, and this will clean that up. The nice thing is that it is also going to be IP compliant, so when we move forward to digital, it will be ready to go. All we will have to do is flip the switch because it is digitally ready.”

In other business:

• Approved multiple leases at the Human Services Building on Seventh Avenue with term dates from March 1, 2019, to June 30, 2019. Leases included Human Services Development at $471.00 per month or a total of $1884.00; CYS for $9826.00 per month or a total of $39,304.00; and Justice Works Youth Care at $911.00 per month or a total of $3,644.00.

• Approved a contract with Fyock’s Lawn Care Plus for summer maintenance at the Helen Furnace Park. The steep landscape is maintained bi-weekly from May to October at a cost of $145.00 bi-weekly. Fyock has provided services since 2015.

• Approved a contract on behalf of Central Accounting with Maximus Consulting Service to develop a cost allocation plan over a term of March 1, 2019, to March 31, 2022, at a cost of $5,500.00 or a total of $16,500.00.  The plan is designed to allocate costs from overall areas to specific Clarion County departmental budgets such as rental charges for the Human Services Building.

• Commissioners regretfully accepted the retirement of Roxie Randolph in assessment effective June 28, 2019.

• Approved the repositioning of Lauren Albert into the vacant position of Director of GIS. The position is full-time, 30 hours per week, non-exempt, effective March 25, 2019, at a salary of $35,000.00.

• Hired Charity Rittmeyer to fill the vacant position of Director of Assessment, a full-time, 35 hour per week, non-exempt position effective March 25, 2019, at a salary of $36,000.00.

• Approved the repositioning of April Shoemaker into the vacant position of temporary officer in charge of the Clarion County prison. The position is full-time, non-exempt, 36 to 48 hours per week, effective March 11, 2019, at a salary of $18.96 per hour.

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