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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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Votes taken by the Lebanon County Commissioners FOURTH QUARTER 2000:

December 28, 2000

David Etter was reappointed to the Health Facilities Authority.

Earl Ziegler, James Dice, and Commissioner Ed Arnold were appointed to the Conservation District Board.

Farm Lease agreements were signed with:

bulletKenneth Reist, South Lebanon, in the amount of $880; and
bulletRonald & Brenda Copenhaver, South Annville and North Cornwall, $6,000 for the County farm--on a month-to-month basis. The farm is scheduled for public auction Monday, January 22, 2001.

Lebanon County's budget was adopted at 22.8 mills on each one hundred dollars of assessed value.

December 20 & 21, 2000

Jennifer Doody was admitted to Renova Center.

A Use of Space Agreement for inpatient drug and alcohol treatment as an alternative punishment to incarceration was signed with PA Counseling Services and Veterans Affairs Medical Center for 7,744 square feet in Building 18-3B, 1700 S Lincoln Ave., Lebanon. Rent is $10 per square foot or $6450 per month plus 3 meals at $26 per day for a total of $160,000 per year.

Perry Hilbert, North Cornwall Township, voiced concerns over the County farm easement verses a park as stated in minute book Volume 16, page 541.

Per a request by Deirdre Eshleman, James Grumbine was hired as a Detective.

Eugene Shaffer resigned from the Metal Health Mental Retardation Board. Edith Krohn, Robert Taudenski, and Evelyn Lane were reappointed to the MHMR Board.

An alarm connection device was approved for Craig Garloff, Environmental Services, Myerstown.

A $704,846 subgrant for Drug and Alcohol Treatment-Based Intermediate Punishment was signed with the Pa Commission on Crime and Delinquency.

Hank Stiehl, Hay Group, presented an actuarial report to the Retirement Board.

December 14, 2000

Perry Hilbert and Jeff Werner met with the Commissioners concerning the County farm. Jeff was concerned about "giving away" the development rights to the land. (Note: The County is not eligible for State reimbursement funds for the easement.)

Commissioners voted to tentatively adopt a general fund budget totaling $67,744,189 at 22.8 mills for fiscal year 2001 with a final vote on December 28.

Robert McNary, LVEDC, and Joe DiMaeo, BP Schott Pharmaceuticals received Tax Increment Financing support for construction of a new manufacturing plant and infrastructure extension in the Lebanon Valley Business Park. The project should create 120 new jobs.

Kenneth Bachem and Christopher Miller were present to open bids for EMA surplus equipment. James Parsons of Burlington KY placed the highest bid at $18,500 for a 1981 Hackney Squad Truck. No bids were received for two rotating lights or assorted phone equipment.

Commissioners voted to preserve the 106.2-acre Bachman Farm in Heidelberg Township by purchasing the development rights for $1.

On behalf of the District Attorney, a Project Modification Request for 5% or a $2,129 increase was submitted to the PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency. The new budget totals $127,815.

A $2700 contract for Bib Brothers and Big Sisters was signed.

Sondra Gepfer was appointed to the Lebanon County Library System board.

A grant was submitted to the PA Department of Community and Economic Development for funding of municipal services whereby Lebanon, Cumberland, Adams, Dauphin, Lebanon, Perry and York counties will have equal participation.

December 7, 2000

bulletJames Holtry and Karen Alonzo received a signed Purchase of Service Agreement Contract with Patricia Malay, 459 E Pine St., Lebanon for Adoption Home Studies at the rate of $13 per hour.
bulletCommissioners tentatively adopted the 2001 general fund budget at 22.8 mills.
bulletProclamations were adopted for the following employees retiring from Cedar Haven:
bullet   Ruth Knepp, Assistant Therapeutic Recreation Supervisor, 31 years
bullet   Mary Wolfe, Nursing Assistant, 37 years
bullet   Andrew Horner, Laundry, 23 years
bullet   Shirley Beard, Restorative Aide, 21 years
bullet   Dolores Haffey, Receptionist, 20 years
bullet   Ellen Deamer, Nurse Manager, 16 years
bullet   Joan Esbenshade, Nursing Assistant, 10 years
bulletAt a cost of $46,668, a Modification of Purchase and Installation Agreement was signed with NTs Data Services of Niagara Falls NY to provide electronic printing of bound poll books for both the primary and general elections from 2001 to 2005.
bulletPointing out the farm was originally purchased in 1970 by a former board of commissioners for use as a public park, Perry Hilbert, South Annville Township, presented a letter protesting the sale of the County farm.
bulletAs a result of a 2% cost of living increase, the Human Services Development Fund allocation was increased to $252,094. Crisis Intervention's allocation would increase to $95,529.

November 30, 2000

bulletOn behalf of the Assessment office, to cover the cost for processing the $100 Homeowner's Century Tax Rebate, the commissioners filed an assistance for reimbursement application in the amount of $5545.50 with the Department of Community and Economic Development office.
bulletA STOP Violence Against Women grant amendment will allow $41,270 in unspent funds to be used for equipment and training.
bulletJeff Imboden, Chris Shaak, Lisa Luquis, and Kensley Holtry were appointed to the drug & Alcohol Executive Committee.
bulletAn agreement was signed with Harry H. Bachman to conduct a public auction on Monday afternoon, January 22, 2001, on the County's 110-acre farm located on Bricker Lane, South Annville. For a $500 no-sale fee, commissioners reserve their right not to sell the real estate.
bulletCommissioners expressed appreciation to Nancy Miller, who is retiring from her positions as Volunteer Coordinator with the Area Agency on Aging.

 November 22, 1000

Commissioners both approved and signed a legal service contract valued at $19, 366 per year plus benefits with Joseph Hill, Jr., Esquire to maintain and improve the Child Support Enforcement Program.

A State reimbursed Medical Assistance Transportation Program budget was amended by $6,253 up to $53,569.

James Gnecco, Spagnloa-Cosack Investment counselor, presented the third quarter retirement board report.

November 16, 2000

James Holtry and Karen Alonzo presented first quarter invoices for Children & Youth:

IV-E Placement Maintenance $285,725.85
TANF    $61,682.29
IV-E Adoption Assistance       $22,846.79
Medicaid     $2,549.78
Total $372,804.71    

November 9, 2000

bulletJames Holtry and Karen Alonzo presented a revised Children and Youth budget that went from $561,414 to $1,095,031. However, Title VI-3 and TANF invoices will supplement and decrease the overage.
bulletKevin Anspach, Kristen Firedman, and Gregory Heverling were approved as Relief Houseparents.
bulletFor the sum of $1, the agriculture easement was purchased on the County Farm at 1225 Bricker Lane, Annville.
bulletUsing a ratio of 65/35 between Dauphin and Lebanon Counties, an intergovernmental cooperative agreement was signed between Dauphin and Lebanon Counties, as well as Derry and North Londonderry Township and both Derry and Palmyra School Districts to share the assessed taxes from Hershey Foods Corporation built across county lines.
bulletA Tax Increment Financing Agreement was approved in the amount of $1,445,000 for Jackson Township Industrial Development Authority on behalf of Elk Corporation.

November 2, 2000

bulletCommissioners approved a $19,098 Medical Assistance Transportation Program for 7/1-9/30/2000.
bulletIn addition, a $120,000 contract was approved with the Housing Authority for the Homeless Assistance Program for 7/1/2000-6/30/2001 that supplies rental assistance. $9,165 was included for a bridge house staff person.
bulletA $346.00 liquid fuels application for Mt. Gretna Borough was approved to PennDot.
bulletA $58,000 grant application was submitted to the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for a feasibility study on the Rexmont Dams.
bulletRobert McNary, Ralph Rhoads, and John O'Neill met with the Commissioners and received approval for a Tax Increment Financing District to accommodate an infrastructure expansion at the Bayer facility.

October 26, 2000

bulletKevin Schrum, Brenda Mettley, and Daniel Eisenhauer, MHMR, presented contracts for update: Philhaven, Marthalee Brod, Rebekah Patrick Becker, Service Access & Management, Hempfield Counseling, Dr. Howard Homes, Denise Netz, Steve Weisblatt, Keystone Community Residence, Supportive Concepts, Northwestern Human Services, Lakeview, Cumberland Hospital, Capital Area Behavioral Health Collaborative, Computer Training Solutions-Connie Stamm, Exact Communications, AHEDD, Inc., Ephrata Area Rehab Serv, Lynch Homes, Phoenix Services, Community Services Group, Brooke Saylor, Margaret (Peg) Backo, Quest, Inc., Just Like Family, The ARC of Dauphin Co., Development & Disabilities Services, TMB Dev Therapy & Infant Massage., Inc., Lancaster-Lebanon IU 13, and Susquehanna Association for the Blind.
bulletA liquid fuels application in the amount of $6,000 was approved for the City of Lebanon

October 27, 2000

Commissioners Carpenter, Swanger, and Arnold met with Jamie Wogelmuth, Dianne Rhoads, Robert Mettey, Gary Robson, and Joyce Dissinger. Salary increases were approved: 3% for 2002 & 2003 and 3.5% for 2004 & 2005 for the Sheriff, Register of Wills, and Jury Commissioners.

October 19,2000

A Collective Bargaining Agreement for Social Services was signed for the years 2001 through 2004.

James Holtry and Karen Alonzo presented a $92,279 Supplemental TANF invoice from Children and Youth.

At the rate of $750 per month, a 26-month lease agreement with the PA Senate was approved for 575 square feet in Room 101 of the Municipal Building.

Susan Klarsch, Leianna Whitley and Kim Baebler received a proclamation for Red Ribbon Week promoting a drug-free lifestyle in Lebanon County. Ribbons will be distributed to schools, churches, and businesses as a symbol of each person's commitment to a drug-free lifestyle.

A $68,205 first quarter expenditure report for the Commission on Drug and Alcohol Abuse was also approved.

October 12, 2000

Jeffrey Imboden presented an amended $704,846 Drug & Alcohol Treatment grant application for financial support on behalf of the Adult Probation Department to provide collaborative treatment based intermediate punishment for Levels 3 and 4 non-violent drug-addicted offenders.

James Holtry and Karen Alonzo presented the Children & Youth Fourth Quarter Invoices for approval: IV-E Placement Maintenance $285,682.83; TANF $45,249.50; $IV-E Adoption Assistance $21,539.29; and Medicaid $2,464.36 for a total of $354,935.98.

Judge Brad Charles presented a $4,000 grant request for a videotape production to educate first-time juvenile offenders about placement options. The video can also be used at schools.

$210,000 was transferred from the General Fund to the 1985 General Obligation Bond Sinking Fund to the 85 Bond & Coupon Account at LV Farmers Bank to pay principal and interest due 10/15/00 for the 85 Series B Bond Issue.

$93,299 was moved from the General Fund to the 1996 Sinking Fund to the 96 Bond & Coupon Account at LV Farmers Bank to pay principal and interest due 10/15/00 for the 96 General Obligation Bond.

Finally, 790,662.71 was moved from the General Fund to the 99 Sinking Fund to the 99 Bond & Coupon Account at LV Farmers Bank to pay principal and interest due 10/15/00.

An $80.44 tax refund was approved for Russel & Carol Steffy of Fredericksburg to correct an assessment error.

October 5, 2000

An alarm connection device was approved for Wentling's in Lebanon.

Frederick Wolfson and David Twadell, representing the Lebanon County Health Facilities Authority, received a resolution for an $11,000,000 bond issue for Evangelical Congregational Church Retirement Village who purchased Stone Ridge Village, Myerstown. The $2.3 million in repairs and purchase price of $8.3 million will not impact County borrowing rates. A public hearing is set for November 1, 2000.

Kevin Schrum and Dan Eisenhauer presented a Transmittal Letter for Lebanon County to participate in a HealthChoices Program for MHMR.

James Earnshaw, Kathy Pfleuger, Robert Mettley, and Jamie Wogelmuth presented a Technology Systems Policy that outlines guidelines covering email and the Internet Specifically, content of transmittals are not considered confidential or private. Violation of the policy may be grounds for disciplinary action and restricted or revoked Internet access.


Commissioners approved a third draw for 2000-01 Tax and Revenue Anticipation Note Intergovernmental Transfer Program.

Commissioners approved a resolution designating the Lebanon Valley Economic Development Corporation administrator of the Lebanon Valley Economic Assistance Program.

Kevin Schrum, Dan Eisenhauer, Susan Klarsch, and Barry Hartman received approval for a computer system proposal for MHMR and Drug and Alcohol.

Carol Levengood, Area Agency on Aging, presented Older Worker Week Awards to WalMart, large business of the year; Mr. Sanderson, Sears; Jane Hansen, employee of the year at Sears; and Lee Laudermilch, Laudermilch Meats, small business of the year. A proclamation passed recognizing the valuable resource mature workers provide with unique skills and knowledge gained over the years by experience and hard work.


Lucille Laycock was admitted to Cedar Haven.

Due to staffing shortages and a heavy workload, effective 9/1/2000 Lehigh Valley Department of Health will conduct Cedar Haven inspections.

Beginning 9/16/00, then every five years, Cedar Haven employees will be tested for Manoux (tuberculosis).

bulletSeptember 21, 2000
Commissioners approved a resolution of support for the Swatara Rivers Conservation Plan being submitted to the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources by September 30 for inclusion on the Rivers Registry. Municipalities like the County of Lebanon who provide resolutions and have projects listed in the community plan can receive "bonus" points on grant applications, a hard copy of the plan, a CD of the plan, and a Geographic Information CD with ArcView mapping layers.
Cumberland County Commissioner Rick Rovengo presented a letter for signatures requesting the state house and senate appropriations committees to double funding for farmland preservation for Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lebanon, Perry, and York counties
through Growing Greener. 
bulletJeff Imboden submitted an $88,623 grant for federal funds covering 75% of the first-year salary and benefits for a community services coordinator to assign community service work--instead of jail time--like planting flowers, loading recycled newspapers, and cleaning prison vents, and cutting public grass as part of sentencing.
bulletCommissioners approved the full $3000 pledge for the successful ChemSweep/Household Hazardous Waste and Tire collection held by Penn State Cooperative Extension on August 12, 2000.
bulletCleona Borough received $25,000 in county aid for a municipal special liquid fuels application.
bulletCorrecting a mis-calculation, Kevin and Kristi Gettle will receive a $303.88 property tax refund covering 1997-2000.

September, 14, 2000

Kevin Schrum and Daniel Eisenhauer, MHMR, presented the $4,004,562 Mental Health Plan.

Further, the Capital Area Behavioral Health Collaborative will administer the State mandated HealthChoices initiative.

A $58,863 contract was signed with COLT-County of Lebanon Transit- to help citizens gain access to jobs, schools, medical facilities, and other fundamental services. In a "Try Transit Week" proclamation, alleviating traffic congestion and wasted productive time were listed as reasons to use public transportation.

James Holtry and Karen Alonzo, Children & Youth, presented the $33,044.13 third quarter invoices for approval.

September 7, 2000

Commissioners Carpenter and Swanger voted to file a Civil Court Action against Sheriff Michael J. DeLeo for repayment of collections to the General Fund for photos and lamination.  Commissioner Arnold voted Nay.

James Holtry was promoted to administrator of Children and Youth Services.

District Attorney Deirdre Eshleman and Chief Detective Paul Zechman received an endorsement for a $54,698.80 grant to hire a County Detective to assist with child abuse investigations.

Commissioners voted to send a letter to the Army Corps of Engineers to request a public hearing on the potential breaching of the Lower Rexmont Dam.

At the cost of $80 for a control board and $120 per circuit, an alarm device was approved for the George Washington Tavern.

An appropriation of $50,279 was approved for COLT public transportation.

James Rebert and James Holtry received approval for Children and Youth to use Bradley Center of Pittsburgh.

James Rebert day was declared in a proclamation for his 26 years and seven months of faithful service to Lebanon County.

August 31, 2000

The fourth quarter expenditure report in the amount of $1,017,030 was approved for Drug and Alcohol.

Commissioners voted to approve Kenneth Bachem's recommendation of the $196,755 winning bid for replacement of the F-Wing HVAC Unit at Cedar Haven to LTS Plumbing & Heating, Shamokin.

Tod Dissinger and Mark Wilson were present for the awarding of the $215,273 Phase 1 Rail Trail construction to Zeigler Excavation, Lebanon.

Mary Knott was awarded an assessment refund of $62.56.

An agreement was signed with DEP for a $41,699 Recycling Development and Implementation Grant.

On behalf of the Domestic Relations Office, a Title IV-D cooperative agreement was approved with the Department of Welfare.

Cornwall Borough received support for a $10,000 special county aid application to Penn DOT.

MHMR received approval for a $477.16 per day provider contract with Lakeview Neurorehabilitation Center, New Hampshire.

August 24, 2000

Jenny Murphy-Shifflet, Deirdre Eshleman, Paul Zechman, Danita Kauffman, and Nicole Soliday received approval for a $135,000 STOP grant to facilitate collaboration of law enforcement, prosecution and victim services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault to navigate "systems" with greater safety and less intimidation.

Due to a $500 tax assessment adjustment, a $33.51 tax refund was authorized for Mark and Elaine Landis of Myerstown.

Eugene Martin was appointed to replace resigning Dean Patches on the Lebanon County Agricultural Land Preservation Board. Dean's dedicated service was acknowledged.

A special liquid fuels application in the amount of $4500 was approved for West Cornwall.

Kenneth Bachem opened bids for an HVAC Replacement System in F-wing of Cedar Haven. GF Bowman, Cleona bid $219,992; AH Moyer, Myerstown bid $248,740; LTS Plumbing, Shamokin bid $196,755; and Woodland Contractors, Lebanon bid $216,748.

A $318,622 Grant-In-Aid application was signed for the Adult Probation Supervision program.

August 16, 2000

At Cedar Haven, Ed Schlegel informed the Commissioners that the Department of Public Welfare effective 10/1/2001 would implement HealthChoices. As a result, to pay for their first thirty days of care, new residents at Cedar Haven will select one of four providers.

The Fall Frolic at Cedar Haven is scheduled for September 9, 2000 from 10AM-3PM.

Arlene Gerhart was approved for admission to Cedar Haven.

A Professional Services Agreement between Drug and Alcohol and Micro League Software of Williamsport PA was approved for a Fiscal and Client Tracking Software program.

August 17, 2000

Effective September 8, 2000, the retirement of James Rebert, Director of Children and Youth, was accepted with appreciation for his years of service to the County.

A $39,854 Juvenile Offenders grant for the Victim/Witness Program was approved for submission to the PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency.

Michael Barlett and Jennifer Corrado were approved as Relief Houseparents at the rate of $8.50 per hour.

Carol McLaughlin was re-appointed to the Governor Dick Board of Directors through June 30, 2001.

Special applications approved for county aid to Penn Dot were Jonestown Borough, $339; Richland Borough $5,000; and Myerstown Borough $3000.

Michael Cosack, Spagnola-Cosack Retirement Consultant, reviewed the 2nd quarter performance of the Retirement Fund. Due to bad performance, CS McKee, one of the County's managers, was put on a "watch list."

August 10, 2000

To help cover a shortfall in funds, John Rutherford Jr., Penn State Cooperative Extension, received a $3000 donation towards the Chemsweep program with the stipulation that donations received the day of the event shall be subtracted from the County's pledge. Most municipalities and the Department of Environmental Protection also contributed to the August 12 collection of household hazardous waste and tires.

Phyllis Holtry received a signed certification statement for the final Human Services Development Fund report.

The Department of the Army was authorized to do work on the Union Canal, North Lebanon Township, to return the canal to its original navigational capacity.

A $499,480 contract was authorized with the Department of Community and Economic Development for the Home Investment Partnership Program to be administered by the Housing and Redevelopment Authority.

A reimbursement grant for computer networking equipment purchased by Adult Probation was submitted to the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania.

August 3, 2000

James Rebert and Karen Alonzo, Children and Youth, presented a State Plan and Budget proposal for approval. Holpen Village, Winfield PA will provide emergency shelter for hard-core placement, mentally retarded individuals at a cost of $135 per day. Melinda Kissling and Richard Spears were approved for house-parent relief services at the rate of $8.50 per hour. A 20% pay increase was also approved for Foster Parents.

James R Cannon was approved for admission to Renova Center.

Kathryn E Daub and Alma Lengel were approved for admission to cedar Haven.

Lebanon County Christian Ministries received approval to submit a plan to the PA Department of Agriculture for the purchase, storage, and distribution of food.

Plans for the first phase of the Lebanon County Rails-to-Trails plan were signed. Bids will be advertised for widening and grading of the 4.76-mile portion of the 15-mile trail from Twin Kiss in Colebrook to the Route 72 overpass

July 27, 2000

Jeffrey Imboden, Susan Klarsch, and Ruth Davis received support for concept papers submitted to the PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency for a drug and alcohol treatment-based restrictive intermediate punishment funding.

Probation Officers Week was declared from July 23-30 to recognize their essential contributions to the criminal justice system. These trained professionals uphold the law with dignity to protect and safeguard the public from criminal activity. Officers also work in partnership with community agencies, services and local law enforcement in an effort to rehabilitate criminal offenders.

Susan Klarsch, submitted drug and alcohol contracts for approval: PA Counseling Services; Renaissance; White Deer Run; New Perspective; WDR of Lancaster, Evergreen, Harrisburg, Allenwood, Williamsport, and Reading; Cove Forge of Williamsburg, Belleville, Lutheran Center, and Renewal Center; Holy Spirit Hospital; Maternal Assistance Program; Philhaven Hospital; Naaman Center; Discovery House; Abraxas Foundation I, II, III, and Adolescent Female; Gatehouse for men/women; Gaudenzia; Chambers Hill; Common Ground; Concept 90; Fountain Springs; Vantage; Kindred House; New Image; People with Hope; Re-entry; West Chester; Bowling Green Brandywine; Clear Brook Lodge; Manor; Fire Tree, LTD; Conewago Wernesville & Place; Harwood House; Penn Foundation Recovery Center; Roxbury Shippensburg; St. Luke's Hospital; Halfway Home of Lehigh Valley; Evergreen House; Tink & Peg's Place; Clem-Mar House; Catholic Charities

Deidre Eshleman presented an $8,350 project modification for the Victims of Juvenile offender service provider and Victim Advocate allowing use of excess personnel and benefit funds for other categories.

Phyllis Holtry presented a $58,864 budget and service estimates and quarterly reports concerning Medical Assistance Transportation for approval to the Department of Public Welfare.

Beatrice Nye, Laverne Longenecker, Leon Kurtz, and Lucy Flecha were re-appointed to the Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council while Anna Marie Fink, Vivian Ezell, Douglas Stump, and Joan Marie Norman received their first appointment to the board.

A proclamation honoring former Lt. Governor Ernie Kline for his many years of service, from 1948 radio broadcaster in Charlerol PA, to his seat on Beaver Falls Council, then the PA Senate and finally Lt. Governor in 1970. After living in the Lt. Governor's mansion near Fort Indiantown Gap, Ernie and Josie, his wife, chose Lebanon County as their home.

 July 20, 2000

A $57,851 Victim Services grant for a coordinator, assistant, personal injury crimes advocate, and Hispanic outreach provide was submitted for the District Attorney to the PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency.

A $30,423 Gatekeeper grant was submitted to the PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency as part of a Juvenile Accountability Incentive Block Grant.

July 19, 2000

The Department of Welfare completed an audit of Cedar Haven. No paperwork fraud was found.

The Medical Assistance reimbursement rate is now $141.62 per day.

Two new handicapped spaces will be added to parking lots at Cedar Haven.

July 13, 2000

Members of the Americans with Disabilities Act Committee: Raymond Bender, William Carpenter, Arthur Gould, Earl Kiene, and Jamie Woglemuth, presented an accessibility proposal for approval. Railing on open side of ramp

bulletAdditional Handicapped parking spaces
bulletCreation of a lobby inside the ramp
bulletModify 28 double doors to a minimum 32" width
bulletAdditional handicapped table(s) in the cafeteria
bulletModify the last row of seating in the auditorium
bulletSigning and markings
bulletComplete the rest room modifications

Independent contracts for MHMR were approved with Steve Wisblatt, $6000; Denise Netz, $10,000; and Peg Backo, $7,500.

Dr. Bruey was approved at a $75/hour rate and $30/travel hour to provide a minimum of four hours of direct psychological services to MHMR for evaluations for Development and Disability Resources.

An Advanced Air Ambulance Agreement was also signed to provide $4220 in services to MHMR.

At a cost of $300 for one day, Deb Andrea will facilitate a Person Centered Plan and timeline for a client.

Providing Commissioners are notified, Signatory authority was given to the Administrator of MHMR for agreements under $10,000. When an aggregate of expenses total $10,000, Commissioners must also receive notification.

Kenneth Bachem presented the following lowest qualifying bids for approval:


bulletATD American, 600 doz. wash cloths, $2448
bulletATD American, 400 doz. hand towels, $3968
bulletPC Linens, 150 doz. bath towels, $2398.50
bulletZ bath towels, $2398.50
bulletStar Linen, 20 doz. spreads, $2671.20
bulletStar Linen, 20 doz. thermal blankets, $1855.20
bulletPC Linens, 10 doz. gowns, $4573.50
bulletALRAN Sales, 200 doz. bibs, $3927
bulletStar Linen, 10 doz. bath blankets, $507.60

NURSE CALL system:  Milton Eshleman Co., $39,876.

David Carl updated the Commissioners on Three Mile Island.

Commissioners signed up for the second-draw Intergovernmental Transfer Authorization.

$99,865 in Liquid fuels applications for County Aid to municipalities was approved to submit to PennDOT.

$7,593.33 in interest was paid to the IRS for a missed payment.

A formal complaint was filed with the State Ethics Commission concerning Sheriff Michael Deleo.

Commissioners rode the Area Agency on Aging's new "Q" bus.

July 6, 2000

Mayor Parker and John Cain, Dunleavy & Associates, requested Act 127 Affordable Housing Funds for housing rehabilitation. Commissioners agreed to provide $58,750 after a $250,000 PA grant and a $60,000 Community Block Grant appropriation is exhausted.

Michael Kristovensky, Joseph Lescisko, and Caro, Davies received approval for a revised $2,797,958 budget for the Area Agency on Aging. Signatory authority was also given to Administrator of the Area Agency on Aging for documents relating to contracts, budget amendments, and revisions.

Kenneth Bachem was present to open bids for linen and a nurse call system for Cedar Haven.

June 29, 2000

Thomas Shay, Charlie Boyer, Karl Weise, and Bill Faber received a Proclamation fifty years after the Korean War claimed 54,246 men and women, 14 who called Lebanon County their home.

A Community Development Block Grant in the amount of $586,108 was approved for submission to the PA Department of Community and Economic Development.

Kevin Schrum, Brenda Mettley, and Daniel Eisenhauer presented the state 1 MR Plan and Budget for approval. In addition, a financial agreement was approved with Cumberland--A Brown Schools Hospital for Children and Adolescents in Virginia--for long-term neurobehavioral program at an average $550 per day rate.

Michael Kristovensky, Joseph Lescisko, and Carol Davies submitted an Area Agency on Aging budget, but a discrepancy on the projected budget amount for staff tabled an approval motion.

Phyllis Holtry presented the Human Services Development Fund in the amount of $247,151 for approval.

A $1000 refund was denied for a taxpayer who didn't have sufficient funds in their bank account to cover a check written for payment.

June 21, 2000

Commissioners met at Cedar Haven where they voted Resolution 6-21-00 into effect raising private pay rates at Cedar Haven to $185 per day for skilled nursing care and $145 per day for nursing facility services. Not covered are tobacco, prescription drugs, rehabilitative therapies and other personal expenses which are billed to residents individually.

Melvyn Kaplan outlined ACCESS, a new program providing grants to individuals for handicap accessibility modifications to their homes.

EARS, Ephrata Area Rehab Services, will provide adult training services for Renova Center residents at the cost of $13.36 per half day and $12.85 per half day for work activities.

June 22, 2000

Michael Pavelek, GLRA director, received approval for the 10-year waste management plan for Lebanon County.

Kevin Schrum, Daniel Eisenhauer, Clyde Flickenger, Kathleen Pflueger, Darla Barker, and Susan Ayers, presented Mental Health/Mental Retardation contracts for approval.

A Law Enforcement School Cooperative agreement with the PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency was approved for the District Attorney's office to continue DARE services to Northern Lebanon High School at a cost of $6675.

Michael Kristovensky received approval for the 4-year $2,663,753 Area Agency on Aging plan.

James Rebert and Karen Alonzo presented personal contracts for Children and Youth Services.

bulletA PA Automated Child Welfare Information System training grant in the amount of $2,243 was approved.
bulletAn emergency relief contract was approved for the Boys Group Home with Edwin Boyer for house parent services.
bulletThe following people received contracts at the rate of $8.50 per hour with a cap of $136 per 16-hour shift: Kevin Anspach, Cheryl Bross, Kristina Cunningham, Barbara Cikovic, John Daub, Christopher Davis, James Kennedy, Rebecca Kirias, Stephanie Light, Delora Philips, Joseph Plum, Julie Sarver, Patrick Schneider, Richard Showers, A Keith Smith, Gina Stahl, Robert Swanson, Brett Swanger, Cornell Wilson, and Edwin Boyer.

 June 15, 2000

Commissioners met in executive session concerning possible litigation with the Sheriff.

Lickdale Fire Company received tax exemption for a property used to create revenue for general fire company expenses.

John Wengert and Tod Dissinger were present for a deed exchange for the Lebanon Valley Rails to Trails property, South Londonderry, South Annville, and West Cornwall townships and Cornwall borough. While the County will hold the deed, LVRT will maintain the property.

Kenneth Bachem, Michael Kristovensky, and Joseph Lescisko were present for the awarding of a personal services contract to the Visiting Nurses Association in the amount of $329,645.

June 8, 2000

William Dohner purchased a home at a Sheriff’s Sale in February 2000, but was not aware of back taxes resulting in penalties. After discussion with Glenn Moats, tax claim director; Sheriff Michael Deleo, Chief Deputy Sheriff Deborah Miller, and Clerk typist Patricia Hartman, the County tax was forgiven.

Melvyn Kaplan, Raymond Bender, and Elizabeth Bowman presented the Lebanon County First Time Homebuyer Program for approval raising the maximum purchase price from $85,000 to $90,000. Commissioners also approved participating bands: First National of Fredericksburg, Harris Savings, Lebanon Federal Credit Union, Northwest Savings, Lebanon Valley Farmers , and Jonestown Bank and Trust Company. In addition, the Lebanon County Redevelopment Authority was approved for program administrator for the County OBO Community Development Program, South Lebanon Township.

Purchasing Agent Kenneth Bachem and Michael Kristovensky, and Joseph Lescisko from the Area Agency on Aging were present for the awarding of a Meals on Wheels contract to Canteen Vending totaling $399,493. In addition, a bid was opened from the Visiting Nurses Association in the amount of $329,645 for personal assistance service and home health services.

Teri Giurantano, COLT Director, was present for the Shared Ride Program resolution 6-8-00B granting permission to file an application for a Senior Citizens community transportation capital equipment grant.

A letter of support was given to Kevin Schrum, MH/MR administrator, in support of a proposal for consultation and technical assistance to develop customer driven projects with mental retardation for CCAP funding consideration.

Resolution 6-8-00, a Tax and Revenue Anticipation Note for the County of Lebanon to participate in an intergovernmental transfer of $24,434,319 with Mellon Bank provides a note not to exceed 85% of the taxes levied for the fiscal year.

At the cost of $3,000, DMG-Maximum Inc., Harrisburg received a professional consulting contract to develop an updated cost-based internal charge-back methodology for the Management Information Services Department.

For a total three-year (2000-01) contract price of $25,500, DG-Maximum was also retained to provide professional consulting services to develop Lebanon’s annual cost allocation plans.

June 1, 2000

On behalf of Lebanon County Planning, William Kurtz and Gordon Sheetz were sanctioned to apply for designation effective January 1, 2001, from DEP as a "Local Authority" for Sewage Module reviews.

Susan Klarsch, Drug and Alcohol Director, presented the third quarter expenditure report in the amount of $550,975 for submission to PA Department of Health.

A revised Lease/Purchase agreement with Citicorp Leasing, Harrison NY, was approved for equipment acquired during the 1999 Energy Savings Program.

Kenneth Bachem opened bids for the Area Agency on Aging meal transportation program. Canteen Vending Service, Lancaster bid $399,493.

Commissioners approved a letter of support for a $319,000 grant application to the County Commissioner's Association of PA for consultation services to the Capitol Area Behavioral Health Collaborative better known as Health Choices.

May 25, 2000

John Stormfeltz was hired as a part time bus driver for the Area Agency on Aging.

Phyllis Holtry, County Human Service Coordinator, presented a Supported Work Program totaling $144,889 and the Homeless Program Agreement totaling $178,353 for approval.

James Rebert, County Children and Youth Coordinator, presented $353,930.57 for IV-E Placement Maintenance & Adoption Assistance, TANF, and Medicaid.

Because Lebanon County falls within a ten mile radius of TMI, on behalf of the Lebanon County Emergency Management Agency, a Radiation Emergency Response Fund grant application in the amount of $8,968 was approved for submission to PEMA.

Reverend John Lengel was appointed to the Lebanon County Library System Advisory Board.

An $8,840 Hazardous Material Emergency Response Preparedness update was approved and signed.

An agreement was approved with Integrated Practice Support of Lancaster for billing services at the rate of 10% of net collections (approximately $7,000 yearly) for Mental Health and Mental Retardation.

South Lebanon Township received a $25,000 Liquid Fuels allocation toward removal of the Wilhelm Bridge.

May 18, 2000

A contract amendment raising the Union Canal Tunnel Park Keystone Grant Project (PRD-3-112) from $200,000 to $300,000 was passed.

Mayor Jackie Parker joined the Commissioners in presenting Miracle Child Week proclamations to Rick Rhoade, John Pechar, Marlene Keating, Chuck Fields, Andrew Rhoade and Wilton Godimos.

John Spagnola of Spagnola Cosack, independent investment consultants and Norm Allen, CS McKee, presented the 1st quarter Retirement Fund report.

On a Swanger/Arnold vote, a grant application was approved in the amount of $83,684 for Adult Probation to hire a full-time coordinator for a Community Service Program application to manage non-incarcerated offenders. Commissioner Carpenter voter "nay."

An alarm connection device was approved for Lebanon County Probation services, 508 Oak St., Lebanon Pa.

May 11, 2000

Abigail Jarboe presented a video entitled "From Decadence to Decency" and a book titled Regulating Sexually Oriented Businesses which was turned over to County Planning for review.

James Rebert, Administrator of Children and Youth, presented numerous items for approval:

bulletA Juvenile Probation contract at $22 per hour for 15 hours of face-to-face consultation and $20 per hour for five contact hours per week.
bulletTitle IV-E supplemental invoices in the amount of $9,636.09 for the first quarter of 1999-2000 to the Pa Department of Public Welfare.
bulletA contract with KG Projections for computer services from 3/1-6/30, 2000 for two technicians at the rate of $85 and $125 per hour.
bulletMichael Barlett and Jamie Bohr received contracts for $8.50 per hour as Group Home Summer Aides.
bulletJennifer Corrado received a contract for $8.50 per hour as an emergency Group Home Houseparent.
bulletHeidi Good received a contract for $13 per hour to provide adoption studies under the Family Safety Act from 5/8-6/30/2000.

Kevin Schrum, Administrator of MH/MR; Daniel Eisenhauer, MH Coordinator; and Susan Klarsch, Executive Director of Drug and Alcohol met with the Commissioners to present a contract with the Lehigh/Capital program (Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon and Perry Counties) for the Department of Welfare’s HealthChoices.

A $52,100 grant covering 100% funding for education, outreach and surveillance of the West Nile Virus in Lebanon County was approved by the Commissioners.

Commissioner Carpenter abstained on a $175,909 contract vote with the Good Samaritan Hospital for Crisis Intervention.

At a cost of $91,500, KPMG LLP was hired to provide an audit report in accordance with OMB Circular A-133 (required by Government Auditing Standards) of Lebanon County’s general purpose financial statement ending 12/31/99. A special report required by PEMA is included.

May 3, 2000

Jo Ellen Litz, president of the Swatara Creek Watershed Association, presented a Mills and Bank Barns book to each commissioner.

David Lasky, president of the Quittapahilla Watershed Association, received a letter of support and approval to protect wetlands and create an educational center on County owned property in South Lebanon Township near where Walnut Street meets Route 422 on the east end of the City.

District Attorney Deirdre Eshleman and Alicia Fioravanti received approval for a $33,804 Gatekeeper Continuation grant application and a $39,854 grant application for the Victims of Juvenile Offenders program.

Commissioners endorsed the concept of the County of Lebanon Transit Authority transportation assistance program for needy families in the Welfare to Work program.

Commissioners approved a Geographic Information System contract to ADR of Pennsauken NJ in the amount of $584,571.49.? The City of Lebanon Authority will pay $375,596.85 of the total contract of $960,168.24.

April 27,2000

Ellen Deamer, Registered Nurse, retired from Cedar Haven.

R Scott Feeman was moved from the District Attorney’s Office to the Public Defender’s office.

Susan Klarsch was moved from the Area Agency on Aging to Administrator of the Drug and Alcohol Program.

Kevin Schrum, Brenda Mettley, Daniel Eisenhauer, and Clyde Flickinger presented MHMR contracts for approval with: PA Counseling Services, Philhaven, Halcyon Activities Center, Community Services Group, Chris Taylor, Gary Rusen, QUEST, Sexual Assault Resource Counseling Center, Development and Disabilities Services, Dr. Georgette Ventura, Ephrata Area Rehab Services, Compeer of Lebanon, Susquehanna Development Services/Community Services, Phoenix Services, Halycon Activities Center, Allegheny Valley Schools, Friendship Community, Keystone Children & Family, and TMB Dev Therapy & Infant Massage. County Solicitor Adrienne Snelling was asked to review the contracts before a vote will be taken.

The Management Information Systems Committee consisting of: James Earnshaw, Kathleen Pflueger, Lee Meyer, Jamie Wogelmuth, and Robert Mettley presented a Computer Network Implementation Schedule costing $46,865.

A grant application in the amount of $20,930.03 for Lebanon’s Emergency Management Agency to Pennsylvania’s EMA for a Hazardous Materials Response Fund.

April 19 & 20, 000

Marcia Krause, Assistant Administrator of Cedar Haven reported the Medical Assistance reimbursement rate rose from $134.63 to $136.07 per day effective April 1, 2000.

Richard H. Sweigart and Charles W. Steiner were admitted to Cedar Haven.

Charleen Szabo, Dell Snyder, Robert Longo, Joyce Dissinger, Kathleen Williams, Robin Hartman, Karen Wampler, and Emma Verna representing the Good Samaritan Hospital, Veterans Administration Medical Center, and Philhaven Hospital received proclamations for National Health Care and Nurses week.

On behalf of the Sexual Assault Resource and Counseling Center, Jenny Murphy Shifflet received a proclamation for Sexual Assault Awareness month.

William Sullivan, Chief of the Adult Probation Department, presented a $61,609 grant application for two Aftercare positions in the Juvenile Probation Department.

A third quarter report in the amount of $35,811 for the Medical Assistance Transportation Program was approved for submission to the Department of Public Welfare.

April 6, 2000

The County owed the Internal Revenue Service $326,343.33 from August 1999 ($235,825.93 social security and withholding taxes, $83,128.10 penalty, and $7,389.30 taxes). Attorney Paul Lundberg is working on getting the penalty reduced. In the interim, the base taxes were paid.

The Union Canal Tunnel Park received a PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Community Conservation Partnership Initiative check in the amount of $100,000 for work on the North Portal. Lois Meilly received the check from Pete Zug.

Tamara Shartle was admitted to Cedar Haven.

An additional $64,053 appropriation grant application was submitted to the PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency for the Electronic Monitoring Program.

A $15,000 Communities That Care Project application was submitted to the PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency for Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention funds.

Children and Youth submitted the first quarterly invoices: IV-E Adoption Assistance $16,842.91; IV-E Placement Maintenance $241,651.63; Temporary Assistance to Needy Families $340, 769.25; and Medicaid $2,099.12 for a total of $601,362.91.

A contract was approved with Robert Swanson to serve as a relief Houseparent at the rate of $8.50 per hour.

Phyllis Holtry presented the Community Services Block Grant breakdown: $71,355 Human Services; $31,500 HARRP; $3,000 Transportation; $10,466 Bridges; $11,568 Bridges; $35,002 Hispanic; $40,000 Childcare, and $8,109 Bridge House for a total of $211,000, a $6,000 increase over 1999.

A proclamation was approved for Willam C. "Bill" Coleman, recipient of the J. Robert Ladd Service to Mankind Award.

Kenneth Bachem and Joseph Lecisko recommended Smith & Smith, Pottsville be awarded a $35,870 contract for additions and alterations to the Myerstown Senior center.

April 13, 2000

Dan Seaman was promoted to Chief Property Appraiser/Industrial Appraiser in the Assessment Office.

$210,000, $33,298.75, and $225,608.82 were moved from the General Fund to the 1985, 1996, and 1999 Sinking Funds, then the Bond and Coupon Accounts respectively for payment of principal and interest.

March 29, 2001

Jenny Murphy-Shifflet received a Proclamation for sexual Assault Awareness Month:

bulletNon-stranger and stranger rape and sexual assault affect women, children and men of all racial, cultural and economic backgrounds. Women, children and men suffer multiple types of sexual violence, and the department of Justice reports that a sexual assault occurs every 90 seconds. It is estimated by the Bureau of Justice Statistics that over 70% if rapes are never reported to police. In addition to the immediate and emotional costs, sexual assault may also have associated consequences of post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, major depression, homelessness, eating disorders and suicide.
bulletIt is important to recognize the compassion and dedication of the individuals, who provide services to survivors and work to increase the public understanding of this significant problem through education and important partnerships formed with criminal and juvenile justice agencies, allied professionals and victim services. Individual and collective efforts reflect our dream for a community where no sexual assault victim goes unserved or ever feels there is no path to justice and where citizens work toward eliminating all forms of sexual violence.

Commissioners also voted to continue the Sobriety Checkpoint and Expanded DUI/Underage Drinking Enforcement grant for $31,041 for the County Detectives Bureau.

Abigail Jarboe filed a suit against the County of Lebanon objecting to free envelopes provided to attorneys in the Prothonotary/Clerk of Courts Office.

March 21, 2001

Marcia Krause, Assistant Administrator of Cedar Haven, and Melinda Peiffer, Director of Human Resources, met with the Commissioners at Cedar Haven.

Resolution 3-21-01 established private pay rates for Facility and Therapeutic Leave days as follows:

bulletNursing Facility Services in the Medicare Certified Unit, 3f, $200/day
bulletNursing Facility Services in other units, $160/day
bulletHospitalized resident's beds will be reserved for a 50% discount rate--$100 and $80 respectively.

A Utilization Management Review Team inspected medical records.

Jamie Wogelmuth, James Earnshaw, Jason Nelson, and M Lee Moyer will attend a "Building the Virtual Courthouse" seminar in Harrisburg.

A $20,000/$100,000 STOP Grant split-award notice was submitted for 2000/01 to the PA Commission on crime and Delinquency.

March 15, 2001

A $239,939 CSBG-Community Services Block Grant budget amendment was approved:

bulletHousing Assistance Resource Program (HAPP) $32,100
bulletEmployment Transportation $3,000
bulletBridges $16,290
bulletClient Eligibility $11,280
bulletHispanic Outreach $40,000
bulletChild Care $56,000
bulletCase Management $17,951
bulletHuman Services $61,508

A$1 bid from Dale Yingst was accepted for a mobile home sold from the Repository of Unsold properties in the Tax Claim Office.

An alarm connection device was approved for Elvin & Helen Hurst of Nemanstown.

The PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency grant funding cycle for Adult Probation Intermediate Punishment programs was approved.

The Capital Area Behavioral Health Collaborative intergovernmental agreement with Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon and Perry Counties was signed to jointly manage behavioral health services for Medicaid citizens.

A $215 per day agreement was signed with Dauphin County Juvenile Probation for secure detention services at the Herbert A Schaffner Youth Center.

A $180 per day service agreement was also signed with Berks County for Youth Center bed space at the detention center and $150 per day for shelter care.

March 8, 2001

Chuck Wertz and Brett Lentz presented Farmland Preservation agreements for signing: Amy Bennetch for a 125 acre farm in Millcreek Township and Richard & Mary Brubaker for a 131 acre farm in Jackson Township.

Jennifer Gettle, Carol Copeland, and Alicia Fioravanti presented an $86,626 grant application for Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) for a Coordinator and two advocates and a Hispanic Outreach Provider to direct services to all victims of crime including juvenile, Hispanic, and personal injury crime victims. In addition, they presented a $1,000 Falcon Foundation Project Grant application for Gatekeeper Board operations costs targeting first time non-violent juvenile offenders in the Cornwall-Lebanon School District.

Ingrid McGill, Nancy Cotton, Mark Hoffman, and Brenda Mettley presented a Mental Retardation Awareness Month proclamation to the Commissioners. Mental retardation originates before or during birth; or in early childhood resulting in a slowness or limitation in intellectual, emotional or social development.

James Holtry and Karen Alonzo presented a $512,931.47 Children and Youth invoice and contract for approval:

bulletIV-E Adoption Assistance $19,139.43
bulletIV-E Placement Maintenance $320,981.68
bulletTANF $116,495.00
bulletMedicaid $2,551.66
bullet1st Quarter Supplement $53,763.70 (TANF)

The Lebanon County Historical Society will receive $16,000 for general operating support from county government

A $289,197.74 engineering agreement with Wilson Consulting to inspect and inventory eighty (80) county and municipal bridges was signed.

Municipal liquid fuels applications for county aid were approved for North Cornwall, $3,335 and North Cornwall, $10,000.

Olga Stoner was reappointed to the Drug and Alcohol Board.

Commissioners signed the County farm deed transferring ownership to Ronald and Brenda Copenhaver for $365,000. The Bricker Lane farm in South Annville and North Cornwall Townships was auctioned on January 22, 2001.

 March 1, 2001

A $23,743 agreement for TANF-Temporary Assistance to Needy Families Block Grant-for the provision of juvenile probation emergency assistance services for delinquent children was approved.

A three-year $150,000 ($50,000 per year) grant application for a Lebanon County "Communities that Care" prevention plan through Human Services was approved for submittal to the PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency.

A $27,017.60 agreement was signed to maintain and improve the effectiveness of the Child Support Enforcement Program through financial payment for services to Joseph M Hill, Jr. to assure functions are properly, efficiently, and effectively carried out.

Michael Cosack, Spagnola-Cosack, presented the 4th quarter retirement fund report.

 February 21&22, 2001

Carmelle Hernley, Therese Cordaro, and Commissioner Arnold were reappointed to the Renova Center Advisory Board.

James Holtry received approval to submit a $22,514 grant for Title IV-E Independent Living for Children & Youth Services.

Ken Bachem opened bids for a Folder Stacker at Cedar Haven: Telematic, Huntingdon Valley PA, no bid: GA Braun, Syracuse NY, $42,700; CILS, Palmyra, $41,200.

At the rate of $1000 per month, Medical Care of Lebanon County/Myerstown Family Practice will provide services to Renova Center.

February 15, 2001

The Commissioners signed a Court Appointed Professional Labor Agreement covering 2001-2004.

Melvyn Kaplan and Raymond Bender received approval for a $445,588 Community Block Grant application as follows:

bulletPalmyra Boro Curb Cuts $47,000
bulletE Hanover Street Pave $50,000
bulletSwatara M'ville Sewer $50,000
bulletMillcreek Street Pave $10,500
bulletMid Pen Legal Services    Legal Services $7,500
bulletCounty Housing Rehab $50,000
bulletCounty Homebuyer $130,383
bulletCounty Building ADA $20,000
bulletCounty General Admin $68,385
bulletCounty Planning        $10,820
bulletCounty Audit        $1,000

                    TOTAL $445,588

Robert DiMatteo was reappointed to the Housing & Redevelopment Authority Board.

Norm Allen presented a 4th quarter Retirement Fund investment review for CS McKee.

Michael Steiner, Karen Sitler, and David Gates recognized the Lebanon Planning Department as the first state delegated agency in southcentral PA authorizing final responsibility for the County's on-lot sewage program. Bill Kurtz, Gordon Sheetz and Lori Books also took part in the event.

A $10.71/hour purchase of service agreement contract with Georgianna Leininger was approved and signed by Commissioners.

A $62,924 Emergency Management Performance Grant was signed for federally assisted projects for EMA: Emergency Program Manager, $23,859; Emergency Management Executive $16,485; and Operations and Training Officer, $22,580.

Sighting heavy truck traffic and excessive water usage, Commissioner Arnold expressed concern over a corporate egg farm proposed for South Annville Township.

February 8, 2001

The Department of Community and Economic Development, in the form of an amendment, raised the Human Service Agency's allocation for direct services from $211,000 to $220,756, and will return a total of $9,756.

Through the PA Commission of Crime and Delinquency, a $15,000 project modification is available to bridge a funding gap for a LCD projector and consultant for Human Services.

A consultant agreement in the amount of $10,350 was signed with William L Carl for the purpose of developing and delivering 19 Purchase of Service contracts for Drug and Alcohol contractors.

A Certification of Undue Financial Burden waiver for $50,279 of local match was signed on behalf of the Rural Operating Assistance Transportation project for the County of Lebanon Transit Authority.

February 1, 2001

Jeffrey Geesaman and Jason Wolfe received a proclamation declaring February 4-10, 2001 as Scout Expo Week.

Alletta Schadler was appointed to the Lebanon County Library System Board.

The following 2000 Liquid Fuels Report was signed and submitted to PennDOT:

2000 Revenue $249,450.17
2000 Expenditures $153,966.23
Encumbrances $200,439.00
Available Funds $31,868.70

A $5,546 Century Rebate Grant was submitted to DCED.

A $66,467 Community Service Program application for Adult Probation to acquire federal funds was submitted to the Drug Control and System Improvement Program.

A $4000 grant for the Courts Juvenile Justice Video program was also submitted to DCSI.

The Lickdale Fire Company was exonerated from paying 2001 taxes on their property at map and lot # 101A/24.

The County was exonerated from paying 2001 taxes on their county farm at map and lot # 29/041/030.

A proclamation was approved for Robert P Hoffman of Beers, Schillaci and Hoffman for presentation at the Lebanon Valley Sertoma Club's J Robert Ladd Community Service Awards banquet.

James Holtry and Karen Alonzo of Children and Youth received approval for a $65,000 Supplemental IV-E invoice. 

January 25, 2001

Joseph Seibert presented KPMG Peat Marwick's 1999 audit results of County records.

Deirdre Eshleman and Alicia Fioravanti presented a $34,160 Gatekeeper Program grant for approval. In addition, commissioners approved a $25,000 Prosecutorial Advocate grant funded under the STOP Violence Against Women Grant from SARCC.

Namoi Hernandez-Fields was appointed to the MHMR Board.

Marlin Bennetch and Gary Lentz were reappointed and Patrick Kreiser and Ed Arnold were appointed to the Agricultural Preservation Board.

The 106-acre county farm was sold with proceeds included in $693,000 placed in a restricted account for matching funds for the purchase of agricultural conservation easements. Funds not used by December 31, 2002 will be available for the same purpose in subsequent years.

An $18,036 Medical Assistance Transportation report was approved and signed.

William Kurtz was authorized to sign a Delegation Agreement with the DEP Bureau of Water Quality Management.

January 17-18, 2001

On F-Wing floor of Cedar Haven, the HVAC replacement started today should be completed in one month. Since residents may experience minor disruptions, the PA Department of Health was notified.

A Supplemental Highway Safety Grant extension was signed for Sobriety Checkpoints and Expanded DUI/Underage Drinking Enforcement.

A 5-year agreement was signed with Wilson Consulting to inspect county and municipal bridges. The Federal Government pays Eighty percent (80%) of inspection costs.

Assessment Appeal hearing dates were approved as follows:

January 18 July 12 October 11
February 15 August 16 October 18
March 15 August 30 November 1
April 19 September 13 December 6
May 17 September 20  
June 14 October 4  


Perry Hilbert produced newsletter articles and a 1979 map about park concerns.

As a result of additional TANF funds available from the State Department of Public Welfare, a $65,000 TANF supplemental invoice was approved.

At a cost of $8.50 per hour capped or $136 per 16-hour shift, Gregory Clews was hired for consultation and care services to Children and Youth.

Commissioners signed a $39,854 continuation subgrant award for VOJO-Victims of Juvenile Offenders.

A $41,024 application for federal funding through the PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency for the Child Abuse Response Team (CART) was approved.

January 11, 2001

To utilize the House Mosquito Integrated Pest Management Program, a $49,846 grant was submitted to the PA Department of Environmental Protection for the West Nile Surveillance and Control Program.

Over the next two weeks, ten additional hours of straight time were approved for employees of the Recorder of Deeds Office.

Wilson Consulting, Lewisberry PA was hired as the County's bridge engineering consultant.

Because of programmatic issues, a modification request to extend a STOP grant was submitted to the PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency.

To suppress gypsy moth, a $7,828 grant was submitted to the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for aerial spray of 1,619 acres.

Housing and Redevelopment Authority Representatives Melvyn Kaplan, Raymond Bender, and Betsy Bowman submitted a $487,360 Homeownership grant application. Commissioners voted to forward the application to the PA Department of Community and Economic Development.

Robert Copenhaver suggested using 10+ acres of the County farm to educate troubled youth about nature--thus, building character.

Perry Hilbert inquired about 1970's Project 500 funding for the County farm.

Ed Roznowski Jr. expressed concerns about Children and Youth Services.

January 4, 2001

A dozen citizens asked to have the County owned farm retained as a recreational area. Perry Hilbert, Ken Wenger, Joe Waybright, Kathy Ditzler, and Karen Light spoke for the group.

Robert "Bob" Copenhaver thanked the commissioners for the opportunity to farm the land over the past years.

Votes were taken for board reorganization:

bulletWilliam Carpenter, Chairman pro-tem and Chairman of the Board;
bulletRose Marie Swanger, Vice-Chairman;
bulletEdward L Arnold, Secretary;
bulletJamie Wogelmuth, Administrator;
bulletAdrienne C Snelling, Solicitor; and
bulletAll employees on the County payroll were reappointed to their respective positions.

The following meeting schedule was adopted:

bulletRegular and salary board meetings every Thursday, 9:30AM, Room 207, Municipal Building;
bulletThird Wednesday 10:30 AM at Cedar Haven;
bulletOther Wednesdays, 9:30 AM, Room 207, Municipal Building.
bulletFor handicap assistance or to be given priority on the agenda, contact the Board of Commissioners at 274-2801, extension 2202.

Department Assignments:

Carpenter Swanger Arnold
Area Agency on Aging Children & Youth Ag Extension
Assessment City of Lebanon Chamber of Commerce & LV Economic Development Corp
Building & Grounds Elections Conservation District
Emergency Management Agency Management Information System County of Lebanon Transit
Mental Health Mental Retardation Drug & Alcohol Housing & Redevelopment Athy
Planning South-central Employment Corp PA Rainbow Region Vacation B
Veterans Affairs United Way Renova Center

Bank Accounts will be established with: First National bank of Fredericksburg, First Union, Jonestown Bank & Trust, and Lebanon Valley Farmers Bank.

Marc Hess, Chris Kalenoski, Jan Richmond, Janet Simpson, and Edgar Miller were appointed to the Children & Youth Advisory Council.

Joyce Betz, Margaret Garman, and John Meyer were admitted to Cedar Haven.

Proclamations for emergency disaster relief were passed for floods and snow.

The Continuity of Government line of succession for direction and control of activities during a nuclear attack, man made or natural disaster is: Chairman Carpenter, Vice-Chair Swanger, Commissioner Arnold, and Administrator Wogelmuth.

A $20,946 grant for court-related services to domestic violence victims and Protection from Abuse plaintiffs was submitted for the District Attorney to the PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency.