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   Jo Ellen is a 5-term Lebanon County Commissioner who is the Boots on the Ground for local government implementing programs to Protect Children, Serve Families, Secure Justice, Manage Emergencies, and Safeguard Elections.  In short, Commissioner Litz Safeguards the Public Trust.

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Litz was elected by her peers from across the state of Pennsylvania to serve as the 2012 president and 2013 chairman of the Board for the statewide commissioner's association. 

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Meeting Highlights 1999

December 30, 1999

Without raising taxes, commissioners adopted the year 2000 budget with a $7500 amendment to the planning department's budget to cover an airport study. Total budget is $68,932,525. Millage also remains the same--22.8.

Robert Geiger received a proclamation and clock for his 23 years of service to the citizens of Lebanon County as the director of Veterans Affairs.

Mike Pavelek, Greater Lebanon Refuse Authority, received a five year extension to Act 101 granting the GLRA authority to manage municipal waste for Lebanon County. At the end of the five year period, the GLRA will have their bond paid off, and flow control will probably not be needed. At that time, the GLRA could be positioned to compete in an open market. Mike also informed the commissioners tipping fees were going down $1 per ton, but with increased costs for haulers, citizens probably will not see a reduction in their bill.

A subsidy agreement with the City of Lebanon was approved and signed for repayment of their debt on the electrical and mechanical upgrades to the Municipal Building. An annual payment of $50,000 is due each October 12 for eighteen years.

A $975 yearly lease agreement was signed with Ken Reist for the County's South Lebanon Township farmland near the Career and Technology Center.

Commissioners approved Honeywell's satisfactory completion of installed light fixtures and other energy saving devices in county-owned buildings. $10,864.90 per month will be paid for ten years. Savings in electric costs are guaranteed by Honeywell to equal or exceed annual payments.

A letter was signed for the "Time Capsule". Major issues outlined were: preservation of farmland and open space; property tax reform; managed care of human services; water quality, conservation and recreation; land use planning to reduce urban sprawl; vehicular traffic control; prison population issues; and technological advances.

Commissioners declared January 3 as Les Stewart day. Les is taking a new job after twenty years as a Courthouse reporter.

Effective January 1, 2000, court employees Ed Rutter, Linda Kerkeslager, and Donna Posey will be transferred to the State payroll.

Sharon Haldeman was hired as judge-elect Charles' secretary.

Clyde Miller, Annette Smith, Chris Miller, and John Wilson received approval for 0time and one-half for working December 31, 1999 into January 1, 2000.

A motion was approved accepting arbitration for the court-related non-professional employee's bargaining unit for the years 1999-2001.

An alarm connection was approved for Ed Gundrum at $80 per circuit and $10/month maintenance.

A hearing was held on JB Electric's bid withdrawal for the courthouse addition. John Curran, owner of JB Electric, presented worksheets to support his claim of a mathematical error where figures were transposed from $95,402 to $59,402 when carried forward to the summary page. A unanimous vote passed to allow JB Electric's bid withdrawal without collecting his10% bond.

A special sine die meeting will take place at 10AM Monday when Jo Ellen Litz will vote on today's minutes and officially leave office. At 10:30 AM Commissioners Arnold, Carpenter, and Swanger will be sworn in for a four year term. They will meet briefly at 12:30PM for liaison assignments and other necessary business.

December 23, 1999

Michael, a foster parent, expressed his feelings concerning a fifty cents per day pay raise for foster parents. Commissioner Swanger explained the goal of improving payments over the next three years while abiding by State guidelines and to keep in line with other fifth class counties.

On a motion by Jo Ellen Litz, a vote to preserve the county farm in perpetuity passed unanimously.

Conservation District directors for the next term were appointed: Tom Krall, 4 years, replacing farm director Maulfair; Earl Ziegler, finishing Bollinger's one year farm director position; and Jo Ellen Litz, public director.

Senator Brightbill and Representative Zug presented a Vietnam War #4 license plate to Commissioner William Carpenter. The first three numbers were assigned to Governor Tom Ridge, Senator Bob Robins, and General Lynch.

A six-year lease was renewed with Cleona Borough for the district justice office: 2000-01 $675; 2002-03 $700; and 2004-05 $725.

Norma Sando presented and received tax exempt status for two properties: Lebanon Valley College stadium to the west of Route 934 and St. Stephen's UCC on Grace Ave.

JB Electric Corp.'s math error on last week's bid withdrawal for the building addition was not explained in enough detail for the commissioners to forgo the 10% bond. Solicitor Snelling was instructed to follow procedure which may include a hearing on the matter to collect the bond.

Jim Rebert, Karen Alonzo, and Andy Silberman met with commissioners. Approval was given: on payment of the $311,812.21 Department of Public Welfare invoices for 4th Quarter FY 98-99; Certification core training for staff licensure; a contract with Susan Emerich at the rate of $10.50 per hour for 20 hours/week to enter data and run the new computer program for Children and Youth; and permission for Jim Rebert, James Holtry, Karen Alonzo and Connie Schneck to attend a State training conference at the total cost of $245 on January 27 in Harrisburg.

December 15-16, 1999

Commissioners met with Chuck Wertz and the Farmland Preservation Board including Marlin Bennetch, Clarence Kreider, Gary Lentz, Richard Moore, Dean Patches, Tim Sheffy, and Donald Umberger concerning the County Farm. Some points established include:

• farms with preservation easements sell for almost as much as farms without preservation;

• with more than 50% prime farmland, the County Farm is a target for preservation;

• South Annville has no plans to change the agricultural zoning on the parcel to residential;

• park use is permitted in an agricultural zone;

• Ron Copenhaver is still interested in farming the County Farm;

• According to the lease, the leasee (Copenhaver) must pay the taxes

No action was taken at this meeting.

Ron Copenhaver's lease was renewed for the County Farm at the rate of $6600 rent for the year 2000.

District Attorney Brad Charles submitted his resignation effective December 17 at 4:30PM. Sitting Judges should meet in the next day or two to select the next DA. Since swearing in ceremonies are January 3, and a sitting judge could not advise the new DA, Charles' resignation gives him two weeks to brief and answer questions posed by the new DA.

Commissioners approved the following court house addition low bids reported compliant to specs by Ken Bachem: Kamand Construction, Mechanicsburg for General trades contract #8, base bid $875,000; +$4500 for sound proof panels; +$3100 for wood panels; AH Moyer, Myerstown for Plumbing Contract #9, $32,100; and Houser Construction, Lebanon for Mechanical Contract #10, $198,900. Electrical Contract #11 was awarded to Blatt & Myers, Myerstown, $275,228. The low bid by JB Electric Corp was withdrawn due to a mathematical error. Before allowing a refund of the 10% bond, Commissioners asked for documentation of the mathematical error.

Cheri Prentice-Brown, Geographic Information System Coordinator for the County and City of Lebanon, presented three compliant bids for GIS work: ADR $892,833; 3Di $934,365; and Buchart/Horn $698,700. Buchart/Horn was not only the lowest bidder by about $200,000, they are located in York County, the closet firm; the County has past experience with the quality and delivery of their work; they have a Lebanon representative; and consultant ATS will oversee work in process. Commissioners voted to award the bid to Buchart/Horn, but the City of Lebanon Water Authority, who will pay 25% of the bill, must still review the proposals and make their recommendation.

William Kurtz presented a 12 year transportation improvement program for Lebanon County. After commissioners were assured the current plan does not endorse a preference for a one-way Route 72 south, the plan passed unanimously.

Priorities in the first four years for HIGHWAYS/BRIDGES:

• 1a Route 72 (9th Street Bridge) Overpass at Conrail

• 1b Citywide signalization project

• 2) Study and improve Route 934 & 422 intersection

• 3) Study realignment of Route 501 in Schaefferstown

• 4) Route 72 and 419 intersection - addition of left turning lanes on Route 72 N/S & changes to signal heads

• 5) Rexmont Bridge Removal

• 6) Route 72 design improvements recommended in corridor study (Rocherty-Summit Sts.) & implement short term improvements

• 7) Route 422 - Study bridge overpass at Conrail near Wal-Mart

• 8) Transportation Study in western Lebanon County to determine recent development impact

• 9) All other improvements listed on current 12 year program

• 10) Bridge Replacements, S Spruce St.


• 1) Muir Airfield at Fort Indiantown Gap - implement master plan improvements

• 2) All other improvements listed n current 12 year program

HIGHWAYS/BRIDGES - 2nd four years

• 1) Implement Route 501 improvements

• 2) Implement Route 72 mid-term improvements

• 3) Route 422 bridge replacement over Conrail near Wal-Mart

• 4) Study long-term improvements to East/West Corridor

• 5) Lincoln Ave Bridge replacement over Quittapahilla Creek

• 6) All other improvements listed on current 12 year program

HIGHWAYS/BRIDGES- 3rd four years

• 1) Implement selected long-term East/West corridor improvements

• 2) Study North/South long-term improvements

• 3) All other improvements listed on current 12 year program.

The 1999 Retirement Board meeting approved a number of items including a $207,182 cost-of-living increase paid from excess interest. Consultant Hank Stiehl said the fund is in excellent shape.

An easement was approved for GPU Energy to run lines on existing Bell telephone polls along County property at 3030 Chestnut St.

Commissioners passed a resolution declaring "Flash" Light day all day today.

Commissioners then met in executive session to discuss personnel matters.

December 15 at Cedar Haven, discussed placing a camera at the back door entrance.

Because state regulations will not allow unopened cereal boxes to be re-served to residents, instead of throwing the cereal away, commissioners approved dividing the boxes between the prison and food bank.

Ed Schlegel informed commissioners a 1987 appeal was won, and a refund of $11,350 was received.

Ed also demonstrated one of 35 talking watches donated by the North Lebanon Lion's Club.

While services provided by Allegheny and Chesapeake are adequate, approval was given to do a price comparison for physical, occupational and speech therapy by Genesis.

Next, commissioners met with Kevin Schrum and Dan Eisenhower from MHMR and Drug and Alcohol and consultant Allan Collautt concerning the mandatory Medicaid managed care initiative known as HealthChoices. A resolution passed to adopt the bylaws of the Captiol Area Behavioral Health Collaborative appointing Kevin and Dan as Lebanon County's representatives to the board.

During the prison board meeting, commissioners approved Michael Stukey's request to simplify the work release calculation for room and board to 20% of gross pay, $70 minimum and $150 maximum per week. In addition, to assure relatives aren't lax on inmates, at no time will an inmate be permitted to work for relatives while participating on the work release program. This does not apply to a business partner or corporate officer.

Finally, Warden Raiger received approval for ten weeks of training by the Department of Corrections for administrative, treatment and security personnel.

December 9, 1999

The Management Information System Committee including: Jim Earnshaw, Cheri Prentice-Brown, Kathy Pfleuger, Lee Meyer, Barry Hartman, and Andy Silberman gave a progress report:

bulletPHASE I
bulletUpgrade the County AS/400 computer and provide access for satellite offices like the prison, drug and alcohol, and the new probation building; Y2K compliance; computer training; Geographic Information System digital orthophotos of land and road centers merged by the end of 2000; new payroll and general ledger; standardization of equipment and software; and upgrade personal computer terminals.
bulletPHASE II
bulletCreate AS/400 Internet Server is in the design phase; research policies and procedures occurring; AS/400 website waiting for the server; and data security is ongoing.
bulletElectronic records management support; physical security; and project management.

Bid Openings for the Courthouse addition, contracts 8,9,10 & 11 were conducted by Ken Bachem, our purchasing agent:

Building Interiors, roof installation, including electrical and mechanical systems

CONTRACTOR 8- General trades 8-1-EMA floor 8-2-Sound proof panels 8-3-Terrazzo floor 8-4-Wood panels 9- plumbing 10- mechanical 11- electric
Kamand, Mechanicsburg $875,000 -$39,000 +$4500


-$41,600 +$3100      
Murry, Harrisburg $939,000 -$30,000 +$5500 -$39,000 +$1400      
Marroquin, Harrisburg $919,000 -$42,101 +$4500 -$45,300 +$7455      
Woodland, Lebanon $927,217 -$38,191 +$5845 -$41,060 +$4120      
AH Moyer, Lebanon           $32,100 $228,703  
GF Bowman, Cleona           $61,701 $299,991  
Houser, Lebanon             $198,900  
Smith, Myerstown $208,130
Spotts, Schuylkill Haven             $202,790  
JB, Minersville               $239,469
Blatt/Myers, Myerstown               $275,228
Meadow Valley, Ephrata               $322,625
High, Myerstown               $315,454
Smith, Myerstown               $295,900

Tentative adoption of the Year 2000 Budget of $68,925,025 at 22.8 Mills with NO TAX INCREASE passed. One mill is equal to $471,616.

2000 Budget   Revenue   Expenses  
General Fund $21,810,905 Real Estate Taxes $10,752,866 Administration $3,687,282
Renova Center $1,576,535 Other $11,237 Judicial $3,494,907
Area Agency on Aging $2,599,338 Court costs & fines $1,257,000 Public Safety $5,357,392
Construction Fund $5,526,224 Use of $ $552,129 Human Services $213,778
Mental Health/MR $10,999,596 Grants & gifts $2,385,449 Culture/recreation $240,650
Domestic Relations $1,313,586 Department charges $2,981,695 Conservation/development $597,996
Human Services $943,284 Non revenue receipts $1,385,751 Debt Service $1,562,924
Liquid Fuels $339,500 Investments $2,484,778 Employee Benefits $4,037,999
Crime Victims $76,330 Total General fund revenue $21,810,905 County support, Grants... $2,617,977
Drug & Alcohol $941,541     Total General fund expenses $21,810,905
Cedar Haven $18,192,210        
Children & Youth $4,605,976        
Total $68,925,025        

County Farm- Having reviewed the appraisal, Commissioners discussed possible scenarios for the County farm.  Chuck Wertz and members of the Farmland Preservation Board will be asked to attend next week's meeting to discuss the County Farm.

A six-year lease with Palmyra Borough for District Justice Lee Lehman's office was passed as follows: 2000-01 $675/month; 2002-03 $700/month; and 2004-05 $725/month.

Resignations of Allison Kline and Dr Provencio from the MHMR board were accepted, and Richard Fields and Dr. Verna Miller from the VA Medical Center were appointed to the MHMR board effective January 1.

Phyllis Holtry submitted a $144,889 work support grant for 44 clients with a 9th grade education or less, TANIF.... The program was assigned the Housing and Redevelopment Authority for implementation.

 December 2, 1999

Commissioners are taking MHMR in a new direction. In addition to his duties as the head of Drug and Alcohol, Kevin Shrum was promoted to acting director of Mental Health/Mental Retardation replacing William Mentzer. Since D&A handles dual diagnosed clients with drug and alcohol and mental health issues, and he has attended "managed care" meetings with surrounding counties, Kevin is on top of all the changes in the field. Therefore, commissioners find Kevin Shrum exceptionally well qualified to step into his new position.

Commissioners approved and signed a $10,000 contract with the department of Community and Economic Development toward the Center of Lebanon Association's $300,000 goal for downtown restorations.

A motion to preserve the County farm was tabled until all commissioners have time to review the appraisal.

An $89,455 grant application was approved for submission by Phylis Holtry for the Hispanic Outreach, employment development, bridges, HARP, and Bridge House programs.

November 24, 1999

Bonnie Meyer, Judge Eby's secretary is retiring, and received a proclamation and clock for twenty seven years of service to the County of Lebanon.

Commissioners will send a letter to the "Energy Consortium" asking for prices and research.

After a ten day advertising period where no public comment was submitted, ordinance 24, establishing the $1.25 public service charge on the phone bill for enhanced 911 improvements like the Computer Aided Drawing system, was approved. A parallel three year plan was also approved.

Also, after the appropriate waiting period, the donated 17.8 acre Maurer Farm Easement in Heidelberg Township was completed. Chuck Wertz, Tim Sheffy, and Mr. and Mrs. Maurer were on hand for the signing and $1 token check presentation.

Joe Seibert and Eric Forkner presented the results of KPMG Peat Marwick's 1998 County audit. Depending on the outcome of an appealed court decision, $910,000 continues to be deferred to cover potential 1995 personal property tax rebates. Pointing out the high occupancy and efficiency with which Cedar Haven is run, the statement highlighted $3.1 transferred to the General Fund. They were also pleased with the people, process, technology improvements and plans for implementation of the Management Information System committee. Seibert and Forkner said findings were reduced in half with the majority of findings recommending the elimination of shadowing accounting systems. They also forecasted new and different requirements for GASB #34 government report model. In comparison with other counties, Lebanon looks good with $49.83 vs. $133.48 total general obligation debt in relation to population; 31.2% vs. 18.6% unreserved general and special revenue fund balances or 111 days of operating revenue compared to the average PA counties 60 days of general and special revenue funds; administrative costs are 7.7% of budget vs. 15.7% on average in other PA counties....

Stacy Clauss, Renova Center Director, presented a beautician services contract with Joey Hollar for $7 per haircut.

An amendment to the Victim Witness Coordinator contract reflecting an increase of $4,053 in state funds to $125,685 was approved.

Also renewed was the $33,891 1999-2000 Sobriety Checkpoint and DUI roving patrol and cops in shops programs.

NOVEMBER 17-18, 1999

bulletAt Cedar Haven on November 17, 1999, Commissioners learned the Department of Health completed both their Long-Term Care and Life Safety Inspections.
bulletResidents who help in the recreation area are given $5 coupons redeemable for gifts.
bulletAn Alzheimers Support Group started at Cedar Haven is open to the public. Contact Jo Ann Reilly for meeting dates and times.
bulletAdmissions include: Sara Parsons, Allen Binkley, Arvella Swanger, Wladyslawa Mazurek, Dorothy Rothermel, Anna Bowman, and Josephine Sourwine.
bulletKevin Shrum, Drug and Alcohol, presented alternative treatments for consideration.
bulletAt the Prison Board meeting, staff agreed to ask doctors to evaluate prisoners on medication.
bulletNovember 18, David Carl gave a TMI update: 1) TMI is 100% operational after a 39 day shutdown for general maintenance; 2) As of September, TMI is Y2K compliant; To complete the Amergen Energy sale of TMI, an approval from New Jersey Board Public Utility is necessary. The transaction should occur by the end of 1999.
bulletBill Kurtz received approval for submission of a grant to complete the Master Plan for the airport. He will be meeting with Delta Associates of Charlotte North Carolina. To date, thirteen people have submitted applications for the technical and citizen advisory committees. Deadline for submission is December 15.
bulletKurtz also reported the twelve-year plan for Penn DOT will be submitted by the end of December 1999.
bulletChuck Wertz was present for a public hearing on the 17.8 acre Maurer Farm in Heidelberg Township along Old Mill Rd. No one from the public commented. This will be the third farm easement donation in Lebanon County.
bulletSenator David "Chip" Brightbill presented a $125,000 check to the Commissioners for improvements to Governor Dick and the Lebanon Valley Rails-to-Trails programs. The Senator said this is the first in a series of eight checks the County can collect for recreation in Lebanon County. Laurie represented DCNR Secretary Oliver, Frank Eichler who said, "this property is a gem," and John Weidman, board members of the SICO Foundation were present. Currently open for hiking, upon completion, Governor Dick will have an environmental center with a class room.
bulletA SARC extension request was approved for Jenny Murray Shifflet through the end of June 2000.

November 10, 1999

Commissioners voted to advertise Ordinance 24 for ten days. The ordinance is for the collection of a telephone subscriber fee of $1.25 for 911 emergency communications. A final vote will be taken November 24. Ordinance 17 was enacted in 1993 and due to expire.

Jim Gnecco, Spagnola-Cosack, presented the quarterly performance report for the Lebanon County Employees' Retirement Fund. The ten best performing stocks were Sun Microsystems Co., Amgen Inc., Sprint Corp., Intel Corp., Oracle Corp, Biogen Inc., Seagate Technology, Computer Assoc, Intl., Dollar Gen. Corp., and Cisco Sys Inc. The ten worst performing stocks were Avon Prods Inc., Boston Scientific C, Bank One Corp., Consec Inc., GAP Stores Inc, Raytheon Co., Fort James Corp., Xerox Corp., American Home Prods., Mattel Inc. The total fund stands at $67,696,218.00, down from $71,731,000.00. While the market dropped in the third quarter, to date, the fourth quarter has rebounded to recoup about one-half of the loss. Spagnola-Cosack oversees investments by CS McKee and Cohen Klingenstein & Marks. To diversify the portfolio further, Spagnola-Cosack will help the County choose an additional manager.

Jim Rebert, Children and Youth, received signatures for emergency relief house-parent contracts for Delora Philps, Natalie Phillips and Barbara Cikovic.

Because it was not mandatory, no credits were involved, and would have occurred in North Carolina, a request for detective training was turned down. County policy allows employees to attend training seminars in Pennsylvania.

November 4, 1999

Phyllis Holtry submitted a Medical Assistance Transportation grant for COLT to the Department of Public Welfare for direct client services in the amount of $41,188.

A special liquid fuels allocation in the amount of $15,000 was approved for the City of Lebanon to perform milling and overlay of Poplar Street between 10th and 12th Streets.

Josephine Sourwine was approved for admission to Cedar Haven.

Tax refunds to correct an assessment error in the following amounts were approved for John and Rebecca Gotwalt, Newmanstown: $206.16 county, $65.12 city, and $1,287.69 school district.

October 28, 1999

Liquid fuels were approved for the following municipalities:

Myerstown $4000 general maintenance

North Londonderry $6000 general maintenance

South Lebanon $8,000 salt and anti-skid

Richland $3000 storm-water projects

North Cornwall $4000 bridge repairs

Kevin Shrum, Drug and Alcohol, introduced Curt Bryan and Steve Wicki, co-owners of White Deer Run, and a contract was signed for services at the county-owned New Perspectives. Painting and other improvements are being conducted, and after November 1, New Perspectives will reopen. In the interim, clients will be serviced by White Deer Run at another one of their facilities in either Allenwood or Lancaster. White Deer Run will pay $3535.00/month to lease New Perspectives and charge $153.59 per day for detox, $129.00/day for rehab, $46.70/day for group counseling, and $19.78/day for individual counseling. Dual diagnosis patients are also serviced. Commissioners signed a three year contract that will expire 6/30/2002. However, per state directives, fees will be negotiated yearly.

A proclamation was signed for the Lebanon Lions 75th anniversary.

Jim Rebert, Children and Youth, submitted an independent living grant for fiscal year 1999-2000 in the amount of $25,739. The county's share is $3,000 in administrative support. The program supports a life-skills curriculum for 12-16 sixteen and older youth. There were fourteen graduates last year.

Commissioners also decided several assessment appeals, from the Quality Inn, to a pig farm, the Farmer's Trust building, and the Farmers Market. In general, down-town building assessments were reduced almost in half. The Quality Inn assessment remained the same, and the pig farm floor, based on a state exemption, received a 25% adjustment as part of a lagoon.

Phyllis Holtry submitted the quarter Medical Assistance Transportation Program costs for approval. 1,831 one-way trips serving 178 clients were made at a cost of $11,688.

Commissioners signed an acceptance for adult probation supervision fees covering May of 1999 to April of 2000.

An alarm connection device was approved for 303 Chestnut St., Annville for the Annville Housing Center.

October 20-21, 1999

Wendie Dimatio Holsinger and Robert McNary received a proclamation supporting tax relief for manufacturers that would result in a neutral situation for local companies like ASK Foods. Repeal of a 100 year old exemption by the courts would have added a new burden of taxes on businesses. In the case of ASK, without relief, an additional $200,000 in taxes may result. Nearby states like Ohio and New York are four and two times more competitive prior to any neutral tax credit that may be available. The change came about when PPG appealed a case requesting interstate commerce receive the same exemption afforded in-state companies. Instead, the courts repealed the entire exemption.

Commissioners approved a temporary increase in the shift differential for the 3-11 nursing staff at Cedar Haven to $1.00 per hour, effective October 31, 1999. The current shift differential is $.45 per hour.

Kevin Schrum, Drug and Alcohol, presented three contracts for approval: Maternal Assistance Program, Renaissance, and Dauphin County administration and case management supervision.

A special liquid fuels allocation of $7,000 was awarded to North Lebanon Township for microsurfacing of slick curves.... The total project is costing North Lebanon $19,119.

Jennifer Shay, Renova Center Director, received a proclamation for 25 years of service.

The commissioners met in the afternoon to decide outstanding assessment appeal cases heard over the last several months.

Bob Gallagher, Tim Rollins, Earl Grier and alternate Mel Kaplan were approved for nomination to the Youth Council for the South Central Workforce Board.

Sara A Parsons was approved for admission to Cedar Haven.

October 14, 1999

Lieanne Whitley, Kim Baebler, and Kevin Shrum received a proclamation for "Red Ribbon Week." Distribution of ribbons includes 25,000 to schools and 10,000 to the general community for wearing, and 600 large ribbons on polls along Route 422. Students in the high school SADD clubs assist with hanging ribbons. Other student activities include buy one, get one free, games of bowling at Cedar Lanes, 24 school assemblies by clowns and a magician with self esteem and drug prevention messages, book covers, and buttons.

William Kurtz notified the commissioners Governor Ridge received word of block grant ($136,116) and aviation development ($7,562) funds for Muir Field. The county's share is also $7,562 to conduct a feasibility study (phase I) and airport master plan (phase II). Commissioners will appoint two committees--a technical and citizens committee each consisting of five members. Penn DOT and the military will each be asked to recommend one appointment. Any county resident with a sincere interest and/or expertise is encouraged to send their name, address, phone number, and request for consideration to William Kurtz, 400 S. 8th St., Lebanon PA 17042.

General Smoker received a proclamation for the week of October 8-14 for the Mighty Eighth Air Force recognizing their sacrifice to perpetuate the freedom and way of life we enjoy today. In World War II, over 5 missions, 148 bombers were lost over Europe.

The Housing Authority received approval to administer the Medical Assistance Transportation Program for the County.

Commissioners also accepted a grant in the amount of $77,300 for Section 901 Municipal Waste Planning funds for the Greater Lebanon Refuse Authority.

The following funds were transferred to make bond payments from the general fund to the general obligation sinking fund, then to the coupon account for payment by Lebanon Valley Farmers Bank:

bullet1985 $210,000
bullet1992 $286,440 (last payment)
bullet1996 $94,438.75
bullet1999 $81,735.31 (first payment).

Commissioners approved Ken Bachem's recommendation to award bids to Stewart Masonry (contract 6) in the amount of $172,000 and Security Elevator (contract 7) in the amount of $51,000.

In the afternoon, Commissioners heard 17 assessment appeals .

October 7, 1999

The drought emergency was lifted.

Jim Gnecco, Spagnola Cosack advisors, reviewed Small Cap Equity Managers to diversify the Lebanon County Employees' Retirement Fund. The Retirement Board unanimously chose Morgan Stanley Dean Witter to handle two million dollars. On a four to one vote, Schneider Cap Management received the nod over Berger Associates to handle another two million dollars. Preferring a more conservative investor with a steady five year history, Litz vote against Schneider who is more aggressive with higher "good times" but lower "bad times".

Ken Bachem opened bids for contracts six and seven of the courthouse addition. Stewart Masonry submitted a base bid of $172,000 for masonry work. Because of a brick shortage the bid is $17,000 over projections, but the first bids came in under projections. Therefore, the overall project is still under budget. Security Elevator, York, submitted the lowest base bid of $51,000 for the elevator. An alternate bid to drill a shaft hole after steel is $6,000. The contract specs will be reviewed for compliance, and awards will occur next week.

Lios Meilly and Carol Hickey presented an update on the Union Canal Tunnel Park North Portal restoration. Scaling knocked loose rock from the tunnel roof. The arch was repointed, and the top four feet of the wall over the arch was relaid. The east bank was stabilized with soil nailing, a process of shooting 10' stainless steel anchors filled with grout into the ground to hold layers of mesh and gray tinted concrete in place to form a manmade surface with nooks and crannies that will allow moss and ferns to grow.

The Good Samaritan Hospital Human Services Contract was approved with Commissioner Carpenter abstaining.

In the afternoon, commissioners heard 21 assessment appeals.

September 30, 1999
Tony Cek, received a proclamation for the Compeer Program declaring Mental Illness week. The Compeer program matches a trained volunteer with a client based on factors like age, interests, and location. Cindy and Lorraine, the first match, joined the commissioners to share their experiences. They do crafts and shop together. To date, twelve clients have been served by ten trained volunteers while two volunteers await training starting 10/13. Phone 272-8317 for more information.

Attorney Fred Wolfson and Dave Waddel, bond councilor, received approval for up to $35,000,000 in bond financing for the United Church of Christ Homes to refinance a 1994 debt at a lower rate and replace a roof and expand a kitchen at their Carlisle facility. Section 6 of the contract assures that the County will not aggregate debt that will impact their bond rating or borrowing capacity.

Adult Probation's lease runs out in February, and a newly negotiated lease raises the rent five percent to $840 per month but makes available five parking spaces at $5/month less than the current price of $20 each.

Commissioners also signed a letter for Penn DOT assuring them compliance with their request to submit written testimony in December and requesting Senator Brightbill be allowed to address the board on behalf of Lebanon County.

May Kreider was appointed to a three year term on the Area Agency on Aging Board.

William Mentzer and Clyde reviewed and submitted SDS expenditures validating $49,211 in wages and benefits for reimbursement.

While all categorical funds were expended in MHMR's budget, there was a base carry-over of $133,524.

AL Hanford will receive a County proclamation on his 90th birthday, October 3.

Tom Reilly will receive a proclamation for twenty years of service to the County as an appraiser in the Assessment Office.

Raymond W McNelis was approved for admission to Cedar Haven.

The Drought Task Force convened at 8AM. Because the State has not recommended removal of the drought emergency and the Highbridge Reservoir is still down 12 feet, Commissioners voted to extend the drought emergency another thirty days.

WADE, the Working Advocacy for the Disabled and Elderly addressed the commissioners concerning accessibility improvements planned for the court house. A closer parking spot to the current ramp entrance, an automatic door opener to allow visitors to wait in a sheltered area for monitors,an intercom, a wall directory, and accessible telephones are in the works. Also, with the new addition, prisoners will no longer use the ramp entrance.

James Rebert and Karen Alonzo, Children and Youth, submitted the third quarter State Department of Welfare invoices for fiscal year 98-99 for signatures of approval: Placement maintenance $224,736.25; TANAF $47,168; Adoption assistance $16,271.96; and Medical administration $1,628.55 for a total of $289,804.76. Of 174 children, 80% of Children and Youth services were eligible for State reimbursement. Of 52 juvenile probation youth, 29% of services were eligible for State reimbursement.

Kevin Schrum, Drug and Alcohol, recommended, effective this fall, the hiring of a new treatment service provider, White Deer Run, Inc., to run New Perspectives. Serving on the Evaluation Committee were: Kevin Schrum, Cheryl Floyd, Michael Fry, Michael Filanowski, Smittie Brown, Jack Carroll, and Penn Ketchum. Other contracts were submitted by Bowling Green-Brandywine, Roxbury/New Perspective, and Firetree Limited.

Since the commissioners are running for re-election, Judges Tylwalk and Eby as well as Elaine Ludwig and Jamie Wogelmuth reviewed the election ballot for approval. In addition, approval was given to return the 5th Ward polling place back into the precinct and to the Rescue Fire Company at 4th & Lehman Streets.

Bill Mentzer and Clyde Flickinger, Mental Health and Mental Retardation, presented a bill from Susquehanna Development Services for $121,317. Since State reports are due net week and we no longer use Susquehanna's services, Bill and Clyde were asked to have SDS provide written confirmation and sort out legitimate expenses for consideration at next week's meeting.

Detective Zechman and Chief Wahman worked out the details of the $25,457 in County-City Disparit Jurisdiction block-grant funds. $4300 are to be used for maintenance of a finger printing machine and $6100 for a digital photo machine.

An alarm connection device was approved for Outlook Point, 860 Norman Drive at a cost of $80 per circuit and $120 yearly maintenance fee.

A $50,527 intermediate punishment grant for electronic monitoring was submitted to cover salaries and benefits.

A pass-through grant in the amount of $10,000 from Representatives Krebs and Zug for revitalization of the down-town central business district was presented.

9/16/99 Because of the death of Paul Quarioli, Commissioners approved Coroner Jeff Yocum's request to send Doug Leiby for one-time mandatory training as a deputy coroner.

James Rebert submitted four addendum detention contracts for approval. Daily rates:

*Cove Forge, Williamsburg PA, for juvenile sexual offenders at a cost of $217.00;

Open Door, Reading, for Spanish speech and cultural family settings, $64.00;

*Northwestern, Allentown, for teenage mental health services, $59.50;

Berks Commissioners, Reading, detention center $155.00 and for shelter care $143.

*Unless referred to Children and Youth as a criminal adjudication, funds are EPSDT-Early Periodic Screening & Diagnostic Testing-reimbursable. Last year, EPSDT reimbursement saved the General Fund almost $200,000.

Phyllis Holtry submitted three contracts for approval:

$44,889 for administration support work to help low income individuals secure employment

$40,000 to provide case management services, and

$33,050 for rental shelter assistance and staff support at the Bridge House.

Robert Mettley reported even with DMG Maximus $500 increase, their auditing services are $3000 cheaper than the next closest quote, and three other accountants contacted wanted an additional start-up fee.


9/9/99 Effective noon September 10, 1999 a conditional lifting of the countywide "Burn Ban" will occur. Commissioners remind everyone we are still in a drought situation, and the Burn Ban could be reinstated if sufficient rainfall does not replenish the moisture content of the soil. Everyone is asked to use common sense and caution. Clyde Miller will monitor the situation and report any change or recommendations from the District Forester and Fire Chiefs to the commissioners. Once again, municipal ordinances will take effect. Check with your township, borough, or city for they're current status.

In preparation for preserving the County farm in perpetuity, a corrective deed was signed. By running the description on a program at the Conservation District, it was discovered two numbers were transposed in the description which didn't allow the perimeter to close.

Jamie Wogelmuth reported the biggest reason for the submission of a $1200 addendum for Transitional Housing projects resulted when the water was turned on, and leaks and dry toilet-seals were discovered. When the houses were purchased, the water was not turned on. Commissioners approved the request.

Robert Mettley reported DMG Maximus would not reconsidered the 20% audit increase. Mettley agreed to call for quotes from other firms.

Since time had elapsed since the Pleasant View Retirement Community hearing on 5/3/99, commissioners reapproved a revised request from Attorney Fred Wolfson supporting a loan for $32,825,000 more or less. This loan will not impact the county's financial rating.

September 2, 1999
Bill Mentzer presented the Lebanon County Mental Health and Mental Retardation 2000-02 Plan. The approved plan increases services to develop a crisis response/outreach team, enhances supports for persons with a dual diagnosis, expands psychiatric time, supports minority populations, and expands respite care options.

Phylis Holtry submitted a Human Services Development Fund request for $36.60 per hour up to $8,000 for services provided by Catholic Charities. Further, the Transitional Housing projects are to be finished by 9/10/99. A request for an additional $1200 to cover spot painting, plumbing and glass replacement was tabled for further clarification. Commissioners wanted to know why these items weren't covered in the original contract.

PMG Maximus, formerly David Griffith, wanted an increase of $2000 for services on the quarter and year end accounts. The request was tabled, and Bob Mettley was asked to call and negotiate the fee.

On their anniversary, a proclamation passed for Mr. & Mrs. Illis honoring their 50 years as citizens of the United States.

Approved admissions to Cedar Haven included: Doris Fox, Allen Kern, and Allen Binkley.

At 8AM, the Lebanon County Drought Task Force met for an update.


PA American Water Company said conservation measures have reduced consumption about 10%. Water supplies are adequate but low. They are in Stage 1 of the drought emergency which means there is about 40 million gallons of water per day flowing past their plant on the Swatara Creek. Stage 2 mandatory conservation, then rationing, kicks in if the flow gets down to 21.1 mgd.

• Ed Keener said the Christian Seigrist Dam is down 14.5'. The Water Authority is in a state of concern, not panic. Another 20' means rationing.

• Myerstown wells are down an average of 7.5'.

• Richland shut down well #3, but they are holding their own.

• Jenifer Hershey reported farmers can get cost-share funds to replace wells that went dry, but federal crop assistance will only be available after harvest time. Farmers are urged to call their legislators.

• Alletta Schadler has a drought video of the satellite down-link available for viewing.

• Cornwall Chief Harris had three calls since the last meeting. One report was about someone washing their car; another about watering shrubs; and another about a fountain and waterfall. When approached, all residents cooperated with his request to stop the function.

• Good Samaritan Hospital posted signs and was able to recycle another 2500 gallons of water per day from vacuum pumps back into cooling towers. They have reduced their total daily consumption by 5000 gpd.

• Based on daily monitoring, the Veterans Administration also decreased usage by 7600 gpd by shutting down a dishwasher in building 18. They also posted signs and stopped watering shrubs and flowers.

• Wengerts Dairy also posted signs and their maintenance crew found and repaired leaking lines in the crate washing system. They are also using more hand scrubbing and foam cleaning to cut down on water consumption.

• O'Sullivan Corporation reported saving 11000 gpd reducing their usage by 11% by setting back their blow-down controls and asking employees for help by inserting requests into paycheck envelopes.

• While the paper process is water intensive, Henry Molded has reduced their water consumption by a total of 33%. This was accomplished this past month by implementing steps to increase recirculated water.

• Clyde Miller, EMA director, reported where townships are serviced by the State Police, they must enforce the County Burn Ban Ordinance.

• Jack Kurry, DEP, reported only a few anomalies within the State had higher water.

• Jeff Fry and Jim Jones spoke on behalf of the golf courses and turf grass council. They want to be good neighbors and are working with Penn State, the Susquehanna River Basin Commission, and DEP concerning education.

• Keath Haak also addressed the task force concerning landscapers and lawn care professionals whose business is down 75%. He inquired about financial assistance for their industry, but Jenifer Hershey said lawn care does not come under the Department of Agriculture.

• The next meeting was set for 9/23/99.

August 26, 1999
The drought emergency and burn ban were extended for thirty days. Litz stopped with City Engineer Ed Keener prior to the meeting. The Christian Seigrist Reservoir is down 13'2". Current rain stabilized the water level in the last week, but there was no gain in the Reservoir depth. The emergency declaration is to encourage residents to conserve water before we reach the 35' emergency rationing stage. A poll of Fire Chiefs in Cornwall Boro, Annville, Lickdale, Bellegrove, Goodwill Myerstown, Campbelltown, Weavertown, Fredericksburg, Keystone Myerstown, Richland, Neversink, Lebanon City and the District 18 Forestry Office in Cressona recommend the Ban on Open Burning be extended another 30 days. The ban is attributed with the reduction of wild fires, thus helping to save our water supply. DEP received 186 requests for variances from the non-essential water use restrictions. Many of the variances received were for watering athletic fields, and they are being denied. The next drought task force meeting is at 8AM next Thursday. PS. If enough rain falls to refill the reservoir, Commissioners can lift the burn ban and drought emergency declaration prior to September 30.

Ken Bacham opened bids for improvements to the Myerstown Senior Center host site. Improvements including an enclosed ramp and improved rest rooms meeting the Americans with Disabilities Act resulted in a rescind motion. The County received a $20,000 grant from the State, and the Area Agency on Aging identified $12,000 to set aside a total of $32,000 for the improvements, but that wasn't enough to cover bids ranging from $76,376 to $129,860. The job will be placed for bid again in hopes of a contractor who can meet our budget.

Jenny Murphy-Shifflet, director of the Sexual Assault Resource and Counseling Center, Detective Paul Zechman and Domestic Violence Intervention presented a $150,000 Commission on Crime and Delinquency Grant application for approval. Matching funds will come from the Department of Community and Economic Development and Bell Atlantic.

Commissioners signed a letter of credit to notify PA National Bank of a $12,600 storm water management plan in North Londonderry Township that was not implemented.

Commissioners voted to participate in a job fair at the Quality Inn on 10/18/99. Equivalent to placing ads for employees, Cedar Haven and other County departments will use the fair to recruit employees. $500 includes twenty-five thirty second radio spots on WLBR & WQIC.

August 18, 1999, Commissioners met at Cedar Haven. Ed Schlegel reported the State reimbursement or disproportionate allowance for medical assistance residents known as a case mix went from $129 to $133 per resident per day this quarter.

Cedar Haven's Fall Frolic is September 11 from 10AM-3PM. Resident's crafts are sold, and the Frolic is open to the public.

At noon, commissioners met at the prison. Warden Raiger requested we stop recording mail. A motion by Litz to continue recording legal (13%) and first class (57%) mail passed unanimously. Thirty percent of the mail including bulk and third class no longer has to be recorded.

Further, using canteen income, Commissioners approved the purchase of additional cots to house an escalating inmate population.

August 19, 1999, James Rebert received approval for an emergency relief pool for group homes: John Daub, Rebecca Kirias, and Constance Schneck. Pay is $6.50 per hour.

Dennis Heckard presented a $64,501 Grant-In-Aid for Juvenile Probation covering 7/1/99-6/30/00 which includes 100% reimbursement for 3 new employees plus equipment.

Bids were awarded for Phase I of the Courthouse Addition:

Concrete FoundationsBertolet Construction $63,925Site Work John Reigel Excavating$71,857Pilings GA & FC Wagman$72,000Structural Steel Miles T Weaber$231,000Mechanical/Electrical ModsAH Moyer$12,800

While Reigel will start moving ground this coming Monday, a formal ground breaking will take place 9AM on September 2. Please be advised, parking will be restricted at the rear of the Court House. The addition should be completed by early summer, 2000.

Jeff Bohn, Ono Industries; Gary Andrews, Joel Inc; and Robert Gallagher, printer were appointed as business representatives to the State Workforce Investment Board and George Custer, Lebanon Career and Technology Center, was appointed as Lebanon's education representative. Francis Ulishney and Carol Levengood were submitted in a pool for consideration to represent the Department of Welfare and the Area Agency on Aging respectively.

Phyllis Holtry presented the Department of Public Welfare's Supported Work Program for the period 7/1/99-6/30/00 to remove obstacles/barriers facing low-income county residents in their efforts to secure and maintain employment. All referrals come from the County Assistance Office and the Housing Authority is the subcontractor. Our allocation for 99-00 is $144,889 for 44 clients. In addition, the Medical Assistance Transportation Program is for 312 clients with an access card at a cost of $47,316.

Kevin Schrum presented the fourth quarter Drug and Alcohol Report. Excess interest covered an overage of close to $9,000 in a $963,886 budget.

In the afternoon, Commissioners heard sixteen Assessment Appeals.

Ken Bachem, Purchasing Agent, opened five bids for the Courthouse addition. The bids will be reviewed for compliance with specs. Ground should be broken next Friday.

Foundations & Structural Framing Site Work contract #1

    Bertolet Construction, Wernersville $78,535

    J Reigel Excavation, Lebanon $71,857   

    AH Moyer, Myerstown $74,000

    Reading Site, Pottstown $83,890

Pilings Contract #2

    GA & FC Wagman, York $72,000

Concrete Foundations #3

    Bertolet Construction, Wernersville $63,925   

    Hartman Concrete, York $71,375

Structural Steel/Misc. Metals #4

    Steel-Fab Enterprises, Lancaster $322,000

    Miles Weaber, Lebanon $231,000

Mechanical/Electrical Mods #5

    AH Moyer, Myerstown $12,800

    Houser Construction, Lebanon $17,900

    GF Bowman, Cleona $14,520

Investment Consultant Spagnola Cosack, provided a Retirement Fund Update:

    Equity in Common Stock is $46,76,574 or 64.4% of the fund;

    Cash in Temporary Investments is $2,454,316 or 3.4% of the fund; and

    Fixed bonds total $23,124,206 or 32% of the fund.

    Expenses were $24,344 with a total fund value of $71,730,752.

The County currently invests $50,420,968 with CS McKee and $21,309,784 with Cohen-Klingensteen. While investments are represented in the large and mid cap companies, the plan is approaching the $75 million mark when we will consider a third manager--in small cap stocks to cover a third investment style.

The ten largest holdings were in: Computer Assoc Intl, GAP Stores Inc, Oracle Corp, American Home Prods, Intel Corp, Seagate Technology, Becton Dickinson, Biogen, and Tandy Corp.

The ten best performers were Computer Assoc Intl, Alcoa, Inc, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Oracle, Bell Atlantic, SBC Communications, Willamette Inds, Fort James Corp, and Raytheon Co.

Jeff Imboden, Chief of Adult Probation, presented a grant-in-aid application for improvement of criminal court probation services totaling $246,428.

Phyllis Holtry submitted a report stating $2,820.82 given to Children and Youth for Juvenile Probation placements was left from a $242,305 grant.

The Medical Assistance Transportation Program completed 7,295 trips. A report also stated overspending of $248 will be reimbursed by the Department of Welfare. Total cost of the program was $51,320.

Joe Pierce of Eckert, Seamans, Cherin & Mellot, presented closing documents for the $9,645,000 1999 Bond Issue at 5.15%.  Terry Feaman represented Lebanon Valley Farmers and Stuart Juppenlatz represented Fulton Bank.  The 1992 Bond Issue was retired.

Commissioners approved receipt of a $5000 PEMA grant from the Radiation Transportation Response Fund for EMA to conduct a two-day Weapons of Mass Destruction Exercise for 200 people each day.

The County signed a new lease agreement with the City of Lebanon and Congregation Beth Israel for 38 parking spaces which will cost $400 per month through 2003; $440 from 2003-06; and $475 from 2006-09.

On behalf of the Greater Lebanon Refuse Authority, Commissioners accepted a $174,735 recycling grant for equipment and public education.

A $35,786 Crime and Delinquency grant was also received for the Victim Witness program.

After findings from an internal investigation and after a personnel session, Prison Sergeant Dan Frederick was terminated.  There was no criminal activity, and there will be no further action.

Carl and Beth Longenecker's assessment was set at $46,400 for their poultry farm.

James Rebert and Karen Alonzo from Children and Youth and Dennis Heckard, Juvenile Probation, presented and received approval for a joint implementation plan (99-00) and needs based budget (00-01).

At 8AM, the Lebanon County Commissioners met with the Drought Task Force.  Clyde Miller and Annette Smith presented the purpose of the committee as follows:  In coordination with the Lebanon County Emergency Management Agency, the county task force shall coordinate, monitor, and manage all drought reporting and response activities and water conservation measures undertaken within Lebanon County, as necessary, to ensure the provision of safe and reliable drinking water sources.  All information and/or recommendations shall be forwarded to the Lebanon County Board of Commissioners who have the ultimate authority to institute any measures needed for the protection and well-being of the citizens of Lebanon County.

Gary Witmer said PA American Water Company, servicing Annville, and parts of North and South Annville as well as Palmyra, stopped using the Manada Creek as a source.  100% of their 6 million gallons per day is coming from the Swatara Creek.

Ed Keener, Lebanon Water Authority, reported the Highbridge Reservoir is down ten feet.   Water is being drawn 80% from Highbridge and 20% from the Swatara.

Myerstown, in the Delaware River Basin, is at higher water levels than the same time last year.

Alletta Schadler, Penn State Ag Extension Agency, extended an invitation to farmers and the public for a satellite down-link on the drought for Tuesday, August 10 from 7-9PM.

Jenifer Hershey, US Farm Bureau, said farmers are being hit with both low markets and low yields.  Milk production is down 10-15%.  She says common sense is applied when watering crops.  If the pond gets low, the crops are usually sacrificed.

Mr. Hendrick said the Good Samaritan Hospital is saving 3,000 gallons per day by reusing captured air-handler water and another 100 gallons per day with the dish washer.

The VA Medical Center is educating employees about conservation methods.

According to Mr Rudy, who "monitors the monitor," Lebanon County seems to have fewer brush fires than neighboring counties.  He's glad Lebanon is proactive rather than reactive about the drought.

According to John Wengert, Wengert's Dairy is studying conservation methods that will cost some dollars to implement.

Lebanon Chemical just came off a five week shut-down, so their recycled water tanks are full.  They collect and recycle water from steam drains.

In addition to other conservation methods, O'Sullivan has elevated temperatures from 70 to 80 degrees to save water.  They also mentioned an interest in drilling a well.

Henry Molded Products is striving to increase their recycled water rate from four gallons for every one taken into the plant.

To save water, ASK Foods has successfully installed a test water
restricting device and plans to install twenty more devices as well as dropping their water pressure into the plant.

July 29, 1999
For the health and safety of Lebanon County residents, several resolutions were passed that can be renewed by the commissioners every thirty days as needed:
1)  Effective Monday, August 2, 1999 a county-wide BAN ON OPEN BURNING will be enforced.  Summary offenses in the following amounts can be assessed:  first offense $100, second offense $200, third offense $300.
2) Concurring with the Governor's action, a DROUGHT EMERGENCY was declared for Lebanon County which allows the purchase of services without having to go out for bids and could later help residents file loss claims.
3)  A drought task force was appointed including Commissioners Carpenter, Swanger, and Litz; EMA staff Clyde Miller, Annette Smith and Christopher Miller; Officer Bruce Harris; County assistant fire marshall Rick Rudy; Health care representatives William Hendrick, VP GSH and Dennis Herb, VA Med Center; as well as Ed Keener and Harry Gamble from Lebanon City Public Works; Gary Witmeyer, PA American Water Company and John Brown, Myerstown Borough; Denise Noll, Richland Borough Water Authority; Jenifer Hershey for agriculture; and from the business community John Wengert, Wengert's Dairy; Bill Leo, Lebanon Chemical; William Sherwood/Bill Longenecker, O'Sullivan; Douglas Henry Jr./Glenn Smith, Henry Molded Products; and Jerry Crawford/Larry Gurreru, ASK Foods.   Their mission is to UPDATE THE DROUGHT CONTINGENCY PLAN.

Jim Reppert, Children and Youth, introduced Stephanie Jo Light who will be Lebanon County's first employee to take advantage of the State's advanced education reimbursement plan.  For two years, Stephanie will take courses with the University of Pittsburgh towards her master's degree.  During the two years, the State will reimburse Lebanon County 95% of Stephanie's salary, and Stephanie will be available to work for the County during summer vacations.  Stephanie has to sign an agreement to maintain a "B" average and commit to two years of County employment after finishing her degree.  (Side-bar:  Stephanie says a "B" is unacceptable.)

Bob McNary and Ray Newsome, ELK Corporation, received a resolution of intent for a Tax Increment Financing District which would direct 50% of ELK's taxes toward infrastructure improvements.  ELK plans to locate on 125 acres in Myerstown, next to the railroad.  ELK will produce 150 jobs in the plant and impact approximately another 150 local jobs purchasing items like limestone, wood pallets, and electricity.

Ed Schlegel, Administrator and Marcia Krause, Assistant Administrator presented the commissioners with the status of existing and new applications for Cedar Haven.

Before adjourning, commissioners met in Executive session to discuss personnel matters.

James Rebert submitted 41 Children and Youth provider contracts for 1999-2000 for approval. All but The Terraces were approved: Abraxas Group, Adelphoi Village, Alternative Rehabilitation, Ashler Manor, Bar Foundation, Bethanna, Bethany Children’s Home, Catholic Charities, Children’s Home of York, CHOR Youth & Family Services, Coby’s Family Services, Commissioners of Berks, Concern, Daron Shelter, Families United Network, Family Care for Children & Youth, Family Care Services, Friendship House, George Junior Republic, Glen Mills Schools, Harborcreek Youth Services, Hoffman Homes for youth, Holy Family Institute, House of His Creation, Kids peace, Lourdesmont, Luther Place, Manor House, Mechanicsburg Children’s Home, Mission Home Ministries, North Penn, Northwestern Academy, PA Mentor, Philhaven Hospital, Presley Ridge, St. Gabriel’s, St. Michael’s School for Boys, Tressler Care, Vision Quest, and Youth Services of Bucks County.

19 Children and Youth personal contracts were submitted and approved. Childcare Programs of Luthercare, Jonathan Davis Ph.D., Fredericksburg Family Therapy, Henry & Beaver, Jenny Horner, John T Hower, Keys and Burkett, Georgina Klahr, Lebanon Family Health Services, Lebanon YMCA-SACC Program, Penn State Geisinger clinic, Preventative Aftercare, Pinnacle Health Systems, Renaissance Counseling Center, Sexual Assault Resource & Counseling Center, John I Shearer, Connie Stamm, Nancy Stephens, Vetura Psychological Services.

14 Children and Youth House-parents were approved: Kevin Anspach, Debra Crout, Kristina Cunningham, Christopher Davies, Stephanie Light, Wendy Mannion, Constance Schneck, Yvonne Shepherd, Richard Showers, Jennifer Smith, Keith Smith, Gina Stahl, Brett Swanger, and Cornell Wilson.

Ken Bacham presented acceptable Linen bids totaling $22,047.80 from Arlan Sales, Medline, Charm Tex, and Harbor Linen for commissioner approval.

Commissioners heard an Annville Cleona School District Occupational Assessment appeal from Robert Martin, an MSC Warehouse employee. Norma Sando reported the school district was willing to drop his assessment to $75 plus the millage. Commissioners agreed this was a fair assessment for 1999 and 2000. Mr. Martin requested a refund for 1997 and 1998. Commissioners know of no jurisdiction to refund retroactive school taxes. Therefore it was suggested Mr. Martin approach the school’s business manager and/or the school board about the matter.

The following individuals were appointed to the Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council:   Rev. Harry Bashore, Paul Wood, Karlene Brubaker Ferry, Allan Sharp, and Angie Kettering.

Jennifer Shay presented eighty-two year old Ethel Sands admission for approval to Renova Center.  Originally a resident of Myerstown, Ethel is being transferred from Selinsgrove.  The move will allow her to be closer to her four sisters still living in the area.

EARS--Ephrata Area Rehabilitation Service contract was approved dropping the rate from $13.16 to $13.10 per hour.  One Renova resident uses a half day at the work activity center.  A contract price increase from $10.94 to $12.60 per hour was also approved for the activity center.

Phyllis Holtry presented a Human Services Development Fund (HSDF) pre-expenditure plan for 1999-2000.  Funding is also through the Department of Public Welfare, Bureau of Social Programs totaling $242,305 which is the same as last year.  Funding for the following was approved:  Drug and Alcohol Student Assistance Program & Intervention (DARE); Human Services; Catholic Charities; Homemakers; Children & Youth protective & day care; Transportation to Focus Program; Housing Authority; Medical Transportation out of county; AAA meals, adult day care, home support & Personal Care; and
Crisis Intervention.

The Homeless Assistance Program (HAP) pre-expenditure plan for 1999-2000 was also approved.  The funding level is at $174,305 which is an increase of $3,969 from 98-99.

1999 Liquid Fuels Fixed Tax Distributions were awarded:
Bethel $4861; E Hanover $4717; Heidelberg $4694; Jackson $5112;
Millcreek $3695; N Annville $3083; N Cornwall $3335; N Lebanon $6489; N Londonderry$2910; S Annville $2036; S Lebanon $7614;
S Londonderry $3527; Swatara $3695; Union $3559; W Cornwall $1363; City of Lebanon $21000; Cleona $1421; Cornwall $3044; Jonestown $945; Mt Gretna $346; Myerstown $2438; Palmyra $4862; Richland $939; Annville $3204; W Lebanon $796.

Bill Mentzer, Mental Health and Mental Retardation Director, submitted a plan to meet the critical needs of Lebanon County residents with mental retardation for the fiscal year 2000-2001 for the Office of Mental Retardation.  One time only projects were also submitted.  Items like computers, replacing an oil burner, and a van were included and approved.

A lease agreement with the synagogue was tabled in order to add an "out" clause if the County no longer needs the 38 parking spaces.

Ken Bachem, purchasing agent, came before the commissioners to open linen bids.   Eleven firms from NY, PA, NJ, and MD submitted proposals for consideration.   Ken will review the bids for compliance and make a recommendation at the next commissioner's meeting.

Commissioners recessed to take an inaugural COLT bus ride on the "Loop" from the Municipal Building to downtown businesses.  Riders can leave their cars parked and ride for only 25 cents.

Reconvening at 11:30 AM, commissioners approved Ordinance #23 authorizing a $9,645,000 bond issue for projects and appointing Lebanon Valley Farmers Bank as the trustee.   Projects include: the courthouse addition, $2,589,970; Mechanical/electrical upgrade (25% city share) $2,682,421;
Geographic Information System Implementation $1,600,000; Lebanon Internal Medicine Building $975,000; and Payroll/general ledger software $380,000
for a total of $8,227,391.  In addition, the 1992 bond issue was refinanced at a savings of $29,000.  The County's down-payment totaled $460,000.

Editorial comment:  "This bond issue is an investment in technology and real estate that puts Lebanon County into an offensive position going into the 21st century."

Compared to per capita debt with other fifth class counties, Lebanon falls just below the middle:

County           Total debt   Population     Per capita


Lycoming         $46,740,000       118,710       $393.73


Monroe           $21,190,000     95,709         $221.40
Blair              $24,977,400     130,542         $191.34
Lawrence         $14,701,462 96,246     $152.75
Northumberland  $12,845,000 97,771     $131.38
Lebanon        $14,000,000     116,419     $120.26
Mercer            $7,051,667     121,003     $58.28
Franklin        $6,565,000     121,082     $54.22
Centre            $2,540,000     123,786     $20.52

The meeting closed with a vote to approve an electronic monitoring grant application for submission to the State in the amount of $50,527.

June 24, 1999

A proclamation passed congratulating the Palmyra Cougar Boys Varsity Baseball Team on their 7-2 PIAA State Championship against Waynesburg.

An emergency was declared to replace the interior of a hot water boiler at the Lebanon County Prison at a cost of $12,000 using inmate labor.  The existing boiler was put in service in 1980.  A recent inspection by Carlos R Leffler revealed three intermediate cast boiler sections were damaged.  Title 37 requires hot water at the prison for food preparation and sanitation.  Emergency status allows immediate replacement of the boiler without bidding.

Appeals to the Assessment Board resulted in a reduction of the assessed value of a Yingst Drive property in Union Township from $16,500 to $14,200 and an Elizabeth Road property where a modular replaced a double-wide from $14,500 to $13,300.  In addition, the following properties were granted tax exemption:  North Lebanon Municipal Authority Pumping Station; Cornwall Boro's building on Cornwall Road formerly occupied by Dauphin Deposit; and the Lebanon Valley Family YMCA Day Care facility at Allwein's in Annville; and Stony Ridge Parochial School, 800 E Main Ave., Jackson Township.

William Kurtz presented a grant application for an airport feasibility study to be completed at Muir Field, Fort Indiantown Gap to consider if Lebanon County is a candidate for a publicly owned public-use airport.  Lebanon County's 5% share amounts to $3,505.  A matching 5% will come from the Bureau of Aviation and 90% from a Block Grant.  Delta Airport Consultants has agreed to conduct the study.  The study does not obligate the County to the airport.  FIG currently has 70,000 flights per year, mostly helicopters.  Bill Kurtz was appointed to represent the County .

June 17, 1999

The Area Agency on Aging bus bid was approved.  The bus should arrive in Lebanon County the end of January 2000, but it will take 4-6 weeks for the wheel chair lift installation.

A mathematical correction was made to $36,487.10 for Canteen Vending's year-long bid to deliver meals for the Area Agency on Aging. 

bulletRichard Heverling Jr. was appointed to the COLT board.
bulletA $500,000 DCNR grant for Governor Dick was presented to the Commissioners for approval and signing.  The funds will be used for trail development, maintenance, rehabilitating the tower, and possibly an environmental education center.

Approval was given to submit a plan for intermediate punishment to the Commission on Crime and Delinquency.  Sentencing authority will include items like victim restitution, fines, electronic monitoring, work camps, half-way houses, house arrest, and pretrial release.

Resolution 61799A was passed for the county to participate in the PA Department of General Services Cooperative Purchase Program--a fancy name for state contract pricing.

Resolution 61799B passed authorizing the Lebanon Valley Economic and Development Authority to receive assistance grants.

Court ordered refunds of County property taxes for appealed assessments were reviewed and passed:  Garden Oaks $406.66 and $671.44; Dauphin Deposit at 760-764 Cumberland St., Lebanon $1,585.31.  In addition, a correction was made on David and Catherine Bowman's assessment which resulted in return of $513.92.

Commissioners acknowledged Judge Eby's request to pay $12.00 per hour to Christiana Worchester to continue auditing Domestic Relations 1996 accounts.  She has four months in 1996 to complete.  

June 10, 1999

Jim Rebert presented and received approval for supplemental invoices and contracts for Children and Youth totaling $203,984.61 beginning with the 4th quarter 96-97 through and including the 2nd quarter 98-99.

Ken Bachem opened bids for the Area Agency on Aging's 37 passenger, handicap accessible "Q" bus.  A local bid from MA Brightbill Body Works was received in the amount of $209,723.45.  An upgraded coach air conditioning unit is included in the price.  Mike Kristovensky recommends selling the existing bus privately.   Anticipated income is $20,000.  Seniors riding the bus help finance the purchase with their $5 per trip fee.  The proposal will be reviewed and presented for a vote next week.

Ken also opened a bid from Canteen Vending, Lancaster to deliver 300-500 meals-on-wheels per day at twelve drop points in the County.   The cost per day is $143.65 or $36,544.87 per year.  Former local "hauler,"Jack Miller, Super Cab Company, declined to bid.

bulletA $6,381 grant application was approved for the District Attorney's office to run the DARE program for Northern Lebanon High School.

As requested by Gary Andrews, Pharmaloz, Commissioners agreed to provide a letter supporting Lebanon's official Careerlink site as the Job Center, 243 Schneider Dr., Lebanon for one-stop job assistance.

Norma Sando and Dan Seaman recommended keeping an assessment for 645 S 14th Ave. at $18,200.  Motion carried.

An alarm connection device to EMA was approved for 307 Willow St., Lebanon at the cost of $80 per circuit and $10 yearly fee.

June 3

The Workforce Investment Act replaces the 1983 job Training Partnership Act to coordinate training for potential employees.  Governor Ridge denied the five county organization of Lebanon, Dauphin, Cumberland, Perry, and Juniata.  Instead, he'd rather see York, Adams, and Franklin join the group.  While Lebanon County has no problem with the additions, in case some of the three counties do not want to be a part of the larger group, SETCO asked the commissioners for a resolution authorizing an appeal.  Resolution 6391 was granted.  In addition a motion to advertise the related Ordinance 23 passed.

Spagnola Cosack, our independent consultant, reported CS McGee is in compliance with their investment philosophy for our retirement fund.  Next quarter will include a partial report on Cohen Klingenstein, our newly hired second manager.  We invested $20 million with them beginning in April.  Both funds total $68,871,529.

May 26 -

Jennifer Shay, Renova Center, received contract approval to hire Stacey Devert to cut hair for eighteen residents.

Lee Meyer presented at a public hearing and received approval  on Ordinances #21 and #22 for the Lebanon County Flood-proofing code and Lebanon County Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance.  These ordinances update FEMA requirements to facilitate flood plain insurance for local residents.

Both the County Commissioners and Deb Gates, representing the City of Lebanon, presented proclamations to Rick Rhoades, Steelworkers Local #445, and Sue Kauffman, Hershey Medical Center, for the Children's Miracle Network.  There will be a radiothon on June 3, 106.7 CAT and a telethon on June 5, live at Chocolate World, on channel 8.

Kevin Shrum received a requested appointment of Carol Baase  to the Drug and Alcohol Board.

Cindy Riss accepted a contract appointing Lebanon County Christian Ministries as Lebanon County's designated agency to receive $103,236 in State assistance for the food bank and meal sites.  In addition, an amended grant in the amount of $7,120 was designated to LCCM for a food recovery program.

An intergovernmental transfer of tax revenue anticipation notes that allows PA to match federal dollars for nursing homes passed.  The millisecond transaction totals $300,000,000 statewide.  Lebanon's share is $24,434,319.  In the past, the transaction occurred once a year, but for the first time, the transaction will occur twice a year.  As a result, Lebanon County will receive approximately two $10,000 administrative fee payments verses one past $13-$16,000 payment. 

Amy DiBosco, GLRA recycling coordinator, provided a grant acceptance for Commissioner's signatures to receive $4,205 for public education.

An EMA grant for Radiation Response Equipment was also signed for $9,007.  This grant is for counties within ten miles of TMI.  Masks with filters, radio upgrades, radiation meters...will be purchased. 

In addition, a $6,840 HazMat Response Preparedness Planning grant was accepted for chemical assessments for manufacturers.

Finally, Commissioners signed a letter addressed to Attorney General Mike Fisher supporting the City of Lebanon for police force funding through block grants.  With the intergovernmental cooperation, the City should reap approximately $25,457.  Since we incarcerate prisoners, the County is the "Disparate jurisdiction."

May 19

The commissioners met at Cedar Haven and the County Prison. 

A contract between the Lebanon County Commissioners and the PA Economy League to conduct a salary survey and revised pay plan for county employees at a cost of $7,000 was passed.

Under the guidance of a contractor, boiler number one will be rebuilt with inmate labor.

Cutting the cost of Polaroid pictures, employees shared examples of video imaging pictures and posters of inmates created on a computer.  Adult probation is interested in coordinating pictures of their clients.  Details should be worked out with Judge Eby.

A $5000 contribution from the canteen account was approved for Jubilee Ministries.

May 20 A proclamation congratulating the Lebanon County Conservation District on 50 years of service caring for our soil and water was passed.  

James Rebert, Children and Youth, presented second quarter invoices for approval.  

Adoption Assistance $15,577.34
Placement Maintenance $213,544.59
TANF Dependent $139,645.00
TANF Delinquent $176,422.00
Medicaid $1,952.70
Grand Total $547,141.63

Funds are expendid in the following sequence:  federal, state, then county funds.

William Mentzer presented a County Commissioner Association of Pennsylvnia grant application for $191,905 to hire a consultant to help Lebanon County determine how to administer State dollars in a State mandated managed care setting.  For example, the consultant can help analyze if it would be prudent to give a lump sum distribution, monthly, or quarterly installments to families.   Families caring for mentally retarded members will receive a set amount of money each year to pick and choose their services from a list of approved providers.  There are zero county dollars needed for this grant.

Norm Allen, CS McKee, presented the quarterly retirement fund report.

Beginning Market Value $69,206,664
Net Disbursements to a second investor with a different investment style $20,657,152
Adjusted Beginning Balance $48,549,512
Ending Market Value $48,291,629
Change in Market Value ($257,883)

While there is a loss this quarter, Norm is confident the year will balance out.

With thanks for her years of service, Commissioners accepted Jacquelin Orwig's (she is moving), resignation from the COLT Board. 

Commissioners approved an agreement with SETCO (Susquehanna Employment Training Company) to provide job training for teenagers at the Municipal Building, Monument Park, and the Union Canal Tunnel Park.  Services provided by the teenagers will include trimming bushes and maintaining the grounds.

May 13

Attorneys Fred Wolfson and David Twaddell received conditional approval for a $24 million bond issue to expand Pleasant View Retirement Community in Penn Township, Lancaster County.  If there was increased interest on our bond rating, the conditional approval provides a clause that would make Pleasant View responsible to pay any and all additional costs.  In 1998, a $7.7 million Alzheimer's Unit bond was approved.  Together these bonds would total $31.5 million.

William Mentzer, MHMR, presented 1998-99 Contract Amendments for approval.

bulletCommissioners certified Lebanon County as a drug free workplace for purposes of state grant applications.
bulletAn alarm connection device was approved for Robert Hallis, Palmyra, at a cost of $80 per circuit and $120 yearly monitoring fee.
bulletCommissioners approved a proclamation supporting the American Cancer Society Relay for Life on 5/21&22.

May 6 
Proclamations for National Health Care Week were passed and presented to Robert Longo, Good Samaritan Hospital; Steven Young, VA Medical Center; and LaVern Yutzy, Philhaven Hospital.

Another proclamation was presented to nurses for Nurses Week.

Dennis Heckard, Lebanon County Juvenile Probation Officer, requested permission to apply for a new $64,501 appropriation for Specialized Probation Services that would provide funds for two new people specializing in community services like transportation of youth, finding them jobs to make restitution, and arranging for volunteer work.  No matching county funds are needed.  Dennis agreed that if the funds dry up, the positions are cut.  Motion carried.

April 29 Gary Robson presented, and the commissioners passed, a four year arbitration agreement with the County Detectives effective 1/98 @ 5%; 3% in January and 3% in June 1999; 3% in January and 3% in June 2000; and 5% in 2001.  There is a 1% sergeant differential; a $25 clothing allowance in 1999 & 2001; and $3 & $10 prescription plan co-pay for generic and name brand medications.

In addition, a Social Service Provider labor agreement was signed with Teamsters local 429 for agencies such as Children & Youth and Mental Health Mental Retardation.

Phyllis Holtry received approval for an additional $205,000, two-year Department of Community and Economic Development grant for child care, transportation, education, housing....

42999B - A reimbursement bond Issue resolution for up to $9.5 million for the addition-$2.4 million; GIS mapping-$1.6 million; payroll and general ledger software-$400,000; the Internal Medicine building-$975,000; mechanicals to update the existing courthouse when it comes to items like electrical connections, heating and air conditioning-$1.9 million; and refinancing of the 92 Bond Issue-$2.3 million passed.

42999C - An authorization resolution permitting Hopper-Soliday to prepare the documents for the bond issue and Eckert Seaman... to act as Bond Council also passed.

The League of Women voters may not use the municipal building address nor advertise the municipal building phone number as their headquarters.

Frank Nye and Katie Rumpilla were appointed to the Drug and Alcohol board.

A contract for Housing and Redevelopment Authority renovations totaling $15,133.80 for 319 & 321 S 10th St., and 537 N th St was approved.

An annual EMA grant application for Hazardous Material Response Fund equipment like a chain saw, infrared thermometer, litters, and chemical analyzer was approved for $21,887.18.

Due to a large expense in processing juvenile delinquents, Jim Rebert, Children and Youth Executive Director, submitted a revised State Budget for 97-98.  Approval for $301,000 Emergency Shelter Care; $360,000 Residential Placement; and $108,575 Counseling was approved.

Bill Mentzer and Brenda Mettley recommended the approval of Community Services Group to provide Mental Retardation services to County residents.  The maximum cost is $2,118,318 with the county share at $33,198.  Gia Royer, president of Family Support Services, was present and acknowledged their
satisfactory participation in the process of choosing the provider.  Motion carried.

Finally, the commissioners approved a resolution for the Capital Area Behavioral Health Care Initiative which will join together Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, and Perry Counties to provide services to medical assistance clients.  A ceremonial signing will take place on May 5, 3PM, at the Dauphin County Courthouse.  Without the initiative which makes administrative costs affordable, the State would select providers for local
residents.   With the Initiative, Lebanon County will be able to have input in local services.

4/21/99  Elaine Ludwig received approval to promote the Wellness 2000 program to county employees.  From May through October 1999, participants will spend an average of 30 minutes, three times a week walking, swimming, dancing, jogging, bike riding, skating, playing tennis or doing aerobics. 

Kevin Shrum sent a letter announcing the Capital Area Behavioral Health Collaborative which includes Lebanon County will sign a joint resolution on May 5 at 3PM in Harrisburg.

Phyllis Holtry received approval for the Medical Assistance Transportation Program providing services to 298 clients with 5,429 trips at a cost of $37,597.

Jim Rebert, Lebanon County Children & Youth, received approval for the first quarter State invoices:  Placement Maintenance, $191,962.49; TANF, $301,765.00; Adoptions, $16,503.95; and Medical Assistance, $2,224.43.

In addition, Lisa Schrack,Rehrersbug, a senior at Lebanon Valley College; and Kara Heilman, Annville, a senior at PennState, were approved at the rate of $6/hour for summer jobs in the Group Home Program.

Connie Stamm was approved at the rate of $45/hour to provide computer training for children & Youth.

Lebanon Valley Economic Development Corporation brought Dale Weist, representing Terre Hill concrete, before the board to receive a resolution regarding the financing of a 20 acre $2,715,000 expansion project. A public hearing will be held by the Jackson Township Authority in the Jackson Township Municipal Building, Ramona Rd., on April 29th at 7PM.   The local business will expand from 45 to about 70 employees in the coming years.

JoEtta Shultz received support for Crime Victim Rights Week during the week of April 25.

Jennifer Wisniewski received a proclamation for the child Abuse Response Team designating April as Prevention month.  40 cases were reported in Lebanon County in 1998.  84 cases were prosecuted.

Cedar Haven was the only Lebanon County facility listed in Good Times, the lifestyle magazine for mature Pennsylvanians, by the Health Care Financing Administration as a deficiency free Medicare and Medicaid certified facility in Pennsylvania.

4/15/99 Payment of General Obligation Bonds and Notes were approved as follows:

Account Balance Payment
1985 Construction Fund $2,520,000 $210,000
1992 Bond Issue $2,295,000 $59,423
1996 Improvement Fund $1,440,000 $34,439

Bill Mentzer, MHMR, was given approval for a new contract with Lackawanna/Susquehanna/Wayne MHMR to provide case management services to one individual who is going to be placed in a Scranton facility.  Due to a condition known as Praeder-Willi Syndrome, a structured environment and specialized services are needed, and there are only a few such programs existing in PA.  This is the only facility with an available bed.

Bob McNary and Aerial Innovations, a fire truck ladder manufacturer located in the old Cleaver Brooks property at 16th & Lehman Sts., Lebanon, requested and received a resolution regarding the financing of an expansion project by the Jackson Township Industrial Development Authority.  Aerial's workforce will increase from 35 to 200 employees over three years. 

David Lasky received a letter of support for a $30,000 Watershed Restoration Grant to complete fencing and streambank stabilization along the Quittapahilla Creek.

Norma Sando brought the Leroy Grub poultry farm before the assessment board.  A motion to set the assessment at $57,500 for the 46 acre farm passed unanimously.

In addition, 6.19 acres in South Lebanon were added to the State Game Lands and placed on the non-taxable list.

Also, Jackson Township requested and received exemption for a public park on E. Main St.

Brad Charles presented the Gatekeeper Program for the commissioner's approval.   Currently, 46% of juveniles are repeat offenders, and their record follows them throughout their life.  With a 10% County match to the $41,351, for the next two years, the Gatekeeper program will establish panels of trained community volunteers who will get to know the first time offender, his or her family situation, and interests.  The committee will establish a rehabilitation program for the youth.  If successfully completed, the charges are dismissed.  This program has successfully been implemented in Lancaster and Chester counties.  Fifteen of the needed 30 community volunteers have already been identified.  Others may contact the District Attorney.

4/8/99  Beers & Schillaci, LTD were hired as architects for the addition to the Municipal Building at a rate of 7% on the projected  $2 million construction project.   Arthur Funk & Sons, Inc were hired as Construction Managers in place of a general contractor at the rate of 5%.  This will allow the project to be fast-tracked by about three months.  Construction could begin as early as the end of May.

A bid was awarded to Quality Building & Renovations, 1245 Washington St., Lebanon for housing rehabilitation work at the following sites:  319 S 10th St., 321 S 10th; and 539 N 7th Sts.

Phyllis Holtry secured a $13,661 increase through a unified state formula for all counties in the HSDF Act 78 Amendment.  Crisis Intervention will receive $11,661 and the Area Agency on Aging will receive $2,000.

Amy Debaso secured a $33,519 grant for the Greater Lebanon Refuge Authority for recycling education in class rooms through Act 101 Section 902 funds.

Dennis Heckard secured an additional $25,774 in juvenile Probation funds for the General Fund through the TANIF (temporary assistance for needy families) Program.

4/1/99  A resolution was passed honoring the Annville Cleona Boys basketball team for their PIAA Class AA State Championship on March 27 against Quaker Valley.  Final score was 69-57.

Commissioners tabled a request from the City of Lebanon requesting $58,750 in funding from Act 137 for lead based paint testing and abatement.  Since its inception in 1992, the program has acted as a revolving fund, lending money for projects, specifically first-time home buyers and Community Homes of Lebanon Valley.   The fund currently has a value of $750,000.  Commissioners will discuss the project request with the Housing and Redevelopment Authority who administers the program for the county.

The mileage rate for county employees will go to 31 cents to match the IRS rate effective 4/1/99.

After the meeting was adjourned, commissioners instructed Chief Administrator Wogelmuth to notify banks we will accept proposals to provide banking services, like a MAC machine, at the court house.

In addition, commissioners shared a recent donation by John & Marie Wengert in honor of their parents.  The original columns that stood in front of the 1800's court house on Cumberland St. were acquired at an auction in East Hanover Township last night.   The commissioners agreed to try and find a way to incorporate the columns into the new addition.wpe6.jpg (13728 bytes) wpe7.jpg (15793 bytes)

3/25/99  In honor of the girls basketball State Championship, the commissioners declared ELCO day in Lebanon County.

Commissioners voted to preserve the Vince Fauci farm.  A ceremonial $1 check was presented to Mr. Fauci to preserve his 52 acres of development rights in perpetuity. 

Jody Kasperowiz was appointed to the COLT board.

The retirement board chose not to offer early retirement.  According to Henry Stiehl, there would be little or no savings to the County, and we would lose up to 107 valuable experienced employees.  The County has services to perform and would have to hire individuals to replace each retired employee.

For Y2K compliance, a new Infinium payroll software will be purchased at a cost of $370,940.

bulletBased on a recommendation by Spagnola-Cosack, commissioners voted to place 30% or $21 million dollars of the employee retirement fund with Cohen, Klingenstein, and Marks Inc, New York.  Up to this date, C.S. McKee, Pittsburgh, was the sole manager of all of the county's retirement funds.  Since the move avoids "having all the eggs in one basket,"  Commissioner Litz was pleased with the move. 

3/18/99   Commissioners Litz and Carpenter voted to notify the Greater Lebanon Refuse Authority that in its present form, the zone plan dictating trash haulers would not receive approval at the County level.

Employers of the year were announced by the Area Agency on Aging:   Lowe's Home Centers and Lebanon Valley Enterprises Inc. for employing a significant number of senior citizens.

Linda Jackson was appointed to the COLT board replacing Franz Dengler.

Sarah Fuller was appointed to the MHMR board

Court-appointed professionals--23 probation officers and domestic relations intake and hearing officers--will receive contract rates established through binding arbitration for the period Jan 1, 1999 through Dec 31, 2000.

6.2% 5.7% 5.2%

At Cedar Haven, the commissioners voted to establish the following private pay rates effective January 1, 1999:

Skilled Nursing Facility Services - $160 per day
Nursing Facility Services for all other levels of care $135 per      day.
The costs that are not covered by the per diem charges are      tobacco, prescription medications, rehabilitative therapies        and other personal expenses which are billed to each              resident individually.


bullet3/11/99The American Red Cross was granted tax exemption for their new property at 1220 Mifflin St. (the old Lebanon Valley Cable building) in Lebanon.
bulletDavid Carl, Dickinson Smith and John Cotton explained the sale of Three Mile Island by GPU to Amergen Corp.  Unit 2 stays in the ownership of GPU.  Amergen will acquire and operate the rest of the Island.  All fuel is stored on site and will stay there.  Control of the Company is with the United States, but there is 50% foreign ownership.
bulletA public hearing was held on the Vince Fauci farm concerning donation of 52 acres of development rights to preserve the farm in perpetuity.  No negative comments were heard.  Vince is the second Lebanon County farmer to donate his easement rights.  Thirty-six farms are on the list waiting for preservation.
bulletSupporting a recommendation by Bill Mentzer to send seven psychologists, based in schools, to a seminar to prevent violence in schools--at the cost of $20 each, Commissioner Litz expressed the contractors were being asked to train for an additional service that wasn't in their contract.  Commissioners Carpenter and Swanger voted nay.
bullet3/4/99  Commissioners voted to accept a computer from the State Police at no cost.   The computer is capable of conducting criminal background checks for the juvenile probation office.
bulletAlletta Schadler announced her retirement as Lebanon County's Ag Extension agent and Home Economist effective December 1999.  Alletta has been with the Extension Agency since 1974.  Her replacement will need a Master's Degree and five years administrative experience.  While salary is commensurate with experience, the base salary is $26,800 with a $1200 yearly management stipend.
bulletAlletta also assured commissioners the Master Gardeners would be landscaping the front of the municipal building this year.
bulletMerritt Marks was reappointed to a five year term on the Housing and Redevelopment Authority.
bulletDue to closing of several firehouses, Elaine Ludwig informed the commissioners there would be a change in polling places for the
fifth ward middle YMCA, 201 N 7th St.
seventh ward Salvation Army building, 1031 Guilford St.
first ward west lobby of the Municipal building

Casting of lots in the primary will take place Thursday March 18, 10:30AM in the Municipal Building.

bulletBecause the commissioners are up for re-election, Judge Eby, Judge Tylwak, and Jamie Wogelmuth will serve as the election board.
bulletKaterine Griffin and Rebecca Hostetter were appointed through December 2001 to the Children & Youth board.
bulletDr. Dennis Gilbert was approved for an alarm devise connection at the cost of $120 per year. 
bullet2/25/99  Commissioners voted to accept a $50,482 EMA grant toward salary reimbursements.
bulletA contract extension and project modification for a SARCC grant was approved.

Mel Kaplan presented a $20,000 Community Revitalization Program for approval to expedite services like a hot-line, counseling, support groups, and legal and medical expenses.

In addition, the Commissioners agreed to own and maintain the former Ehrgood property along the Union Canal Tunnel for fifteen years.  The agreement clears the way for Phase II of the restoration project on the "Wing Wall" at the north portal.

2/18/99  Commissioners met at Cedar Crest High School. 

Commissioner Litz moved to print 20,000 more Homestead Exemption forms at a cost of $1400 and mail them to property owners at no or little postage cost with their March property taxes.  Commissioners Carpenter & Swanger voted no, and the proposal failed.   

2/11/99 Jim Earnshaw and the Management Information System steering committee consisting of Anita Haulman, Sarah Lopez, Bob Mettley, Lee Meyer, Kathy Pflueger, Andy Silberman, Mike Stuckey, and Jamie Wogelmuth presented a three phase long-range plan for the county's computer needs.  No action was taken.

Phase 1 Phase II Phase III
Upgrade AS/400 Create AS/400 Internet server Electronic Records Management support
Y2K Procedures & policy Physical security
Training AS/400 Website Project management
GIS Data Security  
New Payroll & General Ledger    
AS/400 access for all county departments    
Standardize equipment & software    
Upgrade terminals & personal computers    
bullet2/11/99 MHMR Director Bill Mentzer received approval to include Allegheny Valley Schools mobile work crew for employment of clients.
bullet2/4/99  Commissioners approved the purchase of a "Q" bus with an upgraded suspension, seats, and interior lights for the Area Agency on Aging.  The committee, including bus driver Stanley Gerst,  presented their research and felt at $190,000 the "Q" bus was affordable and provided a good ride for passengers.  Riders will continue to pay a $5 fee for use in purchasing and maintaining the bus.   Approximately $20,000 per year is generated.  These funds will also match state and federal funds.  
bulletCommissioners added Invest through the PA State Treasurer's office as a possible investment opportunity for county funds.  An intergovernmental agreement outlining wire transfers, confidentiality, due diligence...was signed.
bulletThe commissioners signed a contract presented by John Witmer representing Lebanon Valley Farmers Bank for the Ingram Micro Tax Increment Financing District between the Commissioners, LV Farmers, Fulton Bank, Lebanon Valley Economic Development Corporation, Northern Lebanon High School, Union Township, Crossgates, Jackson Industrial Development Authority, and MIT/JPM (Meridian Industry and JP Morgan) who will own the land and provide a triple-net lease to Ingram Micro making them responsible for taxes....  Closing actually occurred 2/3/99.  The agreement sets Ingram Micro's assessment at $2,336,350 upon completion of the building and Crossgates assessment on the balance of the land at $115,866.  50% of the taxes for up to 17 years will be split proportionately between Union Township, NLHS, and the county of Lebanon.  The other 50% of taxes will pay for infrastructure site improvements.

The commissioners signed a request for waiver of local match for a COLT grant.

bulletSitting as the Election Board, the commissioners acknowledged three political parties (as provided in Section 901 of the Election code) for the County of Lebanon:   Republican, Democratic, and Constitutional.

1/28/99  Signed an agreement to purchase Lebanon Internal Medicine's building at 508 Oak St.  When available, adult and juvenile probation will share this facility. Included is a storage facility, the former PA Dutch Birch Beer building on Broad St.

In the interim, five adult probation staff members will process paperwork in the Farmer's Trust building.  A one year lease was signed at the rate of $800 per month, reimbursed by the judge.

bulletA proclamation was signed declaring Boy Scout week beginning February 7, and representatives Sue Bates and Sarah Bomberger outlined activities like Monday's Parade of Flags at 6:45pm, autographs by Hershey Bear Mitch Lamareux, a knot ID challenge, tiger cub rally, and Friday's Weeblos sleepover.

1/21/99 Housing Authority representatives Mel Kaplan, Betsy Bowman, and Ray Bender, and Penny from Harris Savings outlined the first time homebuyer program for Lebanon County.  To overcome obstacles to purchasing a home, up to 17%, including down-payment, repairs, and closing costs, can be a deferred payment as a second mortgage until the home is sold.  Current interest rate is 5.375% fixed over 30 years with no points.  A State grant application for $443,000 to assist 30 homebuyers was approved.

Alletta Schadler asked the commissioners to participate in planning meetings for the coming year to educate the public about concentrated animal feeding operations.

In addition to the Commissioners $85,000 allotment, the following municipalities are contributing to farmland preservation in Lebanon County:  South Annville $10,000; South Lebanon $5,000; and South Londonderry $6,000, putting the total set aside for farmland preservation in Lebanon County up to $106,000.

1/20/99 Commissioners approved a new worship schedule which provides multiple services to eliminate overcrowding and accommodate different cell blocks each Sunday for inmates at the prison.   

To save water and reduce sewer bills, Commissioners voted to accept a revised schedule allowing inmates to shower three times per week from October through March.

1/14/99  Emergency proclamations were placed on file for a nuclear, flood, or miscellaneous disaster.  The following line of direction and control was established for manmade or natural disasters:  commissioner chair, commissioner vice chair, commissioner, chief administrator.

The following liquid fuels report was accepted:

beginning balance $43,615.83
amount received $236,252.74
interest $1119.53
subtotal $237,372.27
expenses: road repairs $69,417.10
bridge repairs $180,992.00
grant received $250,409.10
unpaid encumbered projects (State behind on payment) $159,089.00
unpaid balance $128,510.00
bulletThe commissioners sent a thank you letter to BISYS Insurance Services Division and their employees in Harrisburg for their generous donation of two Gateway computers to the Boy and Girl Group Homes run by Children & Youth.
bulletDrawings were held for United Way winners:  Ruth Gordon will receive a gift certificate to the Evergreen; Richard Showers to the Blue Bird, and Susan Mazza to the Old Gin Mill.  Norma Sando won the $25 gift certificate sponsored by the county commissioners.  The ten employees who will receive a chance to dunk the administrator in the dunking booth are:  Rimma Baker, Louise Wilson, Mary Umberger, Joe Lacisko, James Donmoyer, John Salem, Frances Whitehurst, Stephanie Hamersky, Francis Hemmler, and Elaine Ludwig.
bullet1/7/99 Reorganizational Meeting:  Carpenter elected chairman; Swanger elected vice-chair; and Litz elected secretary.  Adrienne Snelling reappointed as solicitor; Tom Long as assistant solicitor; and Jamie Woglemuth as chief clerk.  Norma Sando was reappointed chief assessor and Elaine Ludwig chief of voter registration.
bulletKaye Braaten, National Association of Counties Service Representative, spoke on the advantages of NACO membership.  There are 3,056 counties in the US.  Over 1800 are NACO members.  In addition to the benefits of a national lobbing arm, Kaye challenged the commissioners to track whether or not they save more than the $2004 annual dues using other NACO benefits like satellite training and pre-bid purchasing contracts that can be used for local leverage purchases.
bulletNorma Sando, chief assessor, received permission to submit a grant to the Department of Community and Economic Development in the amount of $52,433 to cover the cost of an additional person in her office to facilitate implementation of the tax reform option for school districts who need a median assessment of all properties in their district.