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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. 

Litz is about starting a conversation from public structures like roads and bridges, water and sewer, schools, and energy.  A sound infrastructure is the basis of a sound economy.  Litz believes we need these Economy Boosting Jobs to put money into the pockets of people so that they can buy homes, cars, and goods.  Litz supports a transportation plan to make our roads and bridges safe.  In this way, we will create good paying jobs, get people to these jobs, our goods to market, and children to schools. 

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MEETING HIGHLIGHTS 2002

September 26, 2002

The Drought Task Force met. During public comment, Lewis MacNally, Shady Oaks Campground, Millcreek and Tammy Boltz, Lickdale Campground, requested that the burn ban be lifted. Provided there is a weekly review, Commissioners Arnold and Swanger voted to lift the ban.

Michael Kristovensky and Carol Levengood, Area Agency on Aging, presented Older Worker Week awards to Dawn Shultz, Boscovís for Employer of the Year and Barbara Wolfe and John Wengert, Wengertís Dairy for Richard Aurentz, the Older Employee of the Year.

A $24,434319 Nursing Home Intergovernmental transfer was completed to a Tax and Revenue Anticipation Note as proposed by Mellon Bank.

Kenneth Bachem and Charles Fairchild opened bids for Domestic Relations Renovations. Karen Hess and Earl Kiene were also present. Buckwalter in Newmanstown bid $97,000; Lobar in Dillsburg bid $112,381; ED Reider of Wyomissing bid $105,864; and Woodland Contractor in Lebanon bid $94,757.

James Holtry and William Sullivan presented service provider contracts for approval. Keystone Center, Chester PA will provide child welfare services for children and youth of Lebanon County. A $288 per day rate was approved for the Herbert A Schaffner Youth Center.

A $30,244 federal application as approved for funding under the drug Control and System Improvement Program for the Rapid Adjudication Program.

A Medical Assistance Transportation Program was approved to reimburse the Housing Authority for time staff spends in the MATP program.

Donna Lutz outlined a mandated $10 per document fee established in HB 2322 that must be charged by row offices to cover the cost of a computer system for the Supreme Court. The fee involves the Recorder of Deeds, Register of Wills, Prothonotary, and Clerk of Courts.

 September 18, 2002

The Lebanon County Bar Association awarded a $750 grant to Cedar Haven for nursing staff education.

The Cedar Haven Fall Frolic raised around $8,000 for a new Therapeutic Recreation bus, drapes, and furniture for the facility.

September 19, 2002

Commissioners passed a proclamation for National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery month. Substance abuse is a major public health problem and has huge medical, societal and economic cost.

Appointments:

bulletGloria Brown Ė Renova Center Advisory Board
bulletBarbara Heckard Ė Drug & Alcohol Executive Commission
bulletAbbey Beidler Ė Area Agency on Aging Advisory Board

James Earnshaw and Jason Nelson presented the new Lebanon County Government website at   http://www.lebcounty.org

Through the County Commissioners Association of PA, Lebanon is one of five counties receiving no cost first year support and hosting of their website.

September 12, 2002

At the commissionerís meeting, Dianne Rhoads presented the Treasurerís report, and Gary Robson and Melissa Light presented the personnel transactions for approval.

Jeffrey Steckbeck presented a Rehabilitation Plan for the Rexmont Dams.  Dam #1 would cost $727,283 to rehabilitate and $334,880 for park and recreational development.  Upper Dam #2 would cost $689,235 for a new spillway after the breaching.  Senator Brightbill was on hand to announce a $750,000 grant toward rehabilitation.  Also speaking were Lou Petry, James Mays, John Andrews, Robert Funk, Dale Nye, Amos Wenger, and Larry Cisney.

   Commissioner Swanger announced a $435,350 grant from Act 71 from the PA Department of Corrections to upgrade the County prison.

A request from Elaine Ludwig to form a Voting Modernization Study Committee was tabled.

A burn ban on any and all open outdoor burning in a burn barrel, fire ring, or on the ground was extended another thirty days through October 12, 2002.

Cedar Haven Linen bids were awarded to:  Standard Textile ($11,790 for items 1,3,4,5,6); Phoenix Textile ($1,930 on item 7); and Medline Industries ($474 on item 2).

Commissioners voted to admit Frank V. Ventrelli and Gloria R. Wanner to Cedar Haven.

Michael Salvo was appointed to the Lebanon County Library System Board.

September 5, 2002

At the commissionerís meeting, Dianne Rhoads presented the Treasurerís report, and Gary Robson and Melissa Light presented the personnel transactions for approval.

District Attorney Deirdre Eshleman presented a $54,192 Child Abuse Response Team CART grant and $28,385 Juvenile Prosecutor Continuation Grant for approval.

A $17,500 Human Services Development Fund contract was signed with the Good Samaritan Hospital for homemaker services. Commissioner Carpenter abstained.

August 29, 2002

At the commissionerís meeting, Dianne Rhoads presented the Treasurerís report, and Gary Robson and Melissa Light presented the personnel transactions for approval.

A proclamation was adopted for Glenn L. Moats for providing accurate tax services to attorneys, realtors, landlords and the general public for over twenty-one years.

Earl Meyer, Keith Harner, and Rick Bolt presented a Cocalico Creek Watershed stormwater management plan for approval. Resolution 8-29-02 was adopted.

Jeffrey Imboden presented a $45,112 Community Service Program grant application with the PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency for approval. Through Adult Probation, the grant will provide continued Community Service Program services for Lebanon County.

Susan Klarsch, Drug and Alcohol presented a 4th quarter report and $1,128,333.30 worth of grant contracts for approval: Micro League Software, Williamsport, for FACTS technical support and programming services at the rate of $75 per hour, unlimited technical support at $195 per month, and $495 per person per day for training.

A $3535 per month lease agreement with White Deer Run was signed.

A $15,925 alteration to the purchase of service contract with Discovery House was also signed.

Kevin Schrum and David Hartman presented a CABHC contract amendment providing 3% the first year and 2.75% in year two to CABHC.

The County Mental Health Mental Retardation plan for guiding efforts to provide the best mental health care and treatment in the most efficient and effective manner was approved. It is a plan for developing a unified system of care, which integrates the HealthChoices initiative, and traditional base funded services to prepare Lebanon County to effectively respond to the rapid changes occurring within the mental health system and human service systems.

An alarm connection device agreement was approved for the Lebanon County Detective Bureau.

A $7000 Catholic Charities counseling services contract was signed.

A $37,400 case management contract was signed with the Housing Authority.

A $122,706 Supported Work Program agreement was signed with the Department of Community and Economic Development.

The Lebanon Valley Economic Development Corporation LVEDC was appointed to represent the County in assisting with economic development and technical assistance initiatives.

August 21, 2002

The Fall Frolic at Cedar Haven will be held September 14, 10am-3pm.

The Occupancy Rate at Cedar Haven is holing at 93%.

Stacy Clauss, Renova Center, presented a $1000 per month contract for medical directors from the Good Samaritan Physician Services/Myerstown Family Practice for approval. Vote unanimous.

A $200,000 Department of Community and Economic Development Assistance grant for Clarence Shock Memorial Park at Governor Dick was signed.

August 22, 2002

Dianne Rhoads presented the treasurerís report for approval

Gary Robson and Melissa Light presented personnel transactions for approval.

James Gnecco of Spagnola Cosack, Investment Consultants, presented the second quarter retirement fund report.

Kenneth Bachem opened bids for Cedar Haven supplies, including wash cloths, hand towels, thermal blankets, bath blankets, and adult bibs.

Commissioners signed a $1Deed of Dedication, Deed of Release and Quitclaim with South Lebanon Township for a storm drainage easement on county lands south of East Cumberland St.

August 15, 2002

Jennifer Gettle and Carol Copeland, Office of District Attorney, presented a $46,169 Rights Services Act RASA grant to treat victims of crime with dignity, respect and compassion and to ensure victims are afforded their rights. Further, a $31,849 Victims of Juvenile Offenders VOJO grant was approved for submittal to ensure that victims of juvenile offenders are given the opportunity to exercise their statutory rights.

A ban on open burning was passed. Significant brush fires and wildfire potential are high due to lack of rainfall and warm temperatures. This fire potential poses a serious threat to life and property. In order to protect health, safety, welfare and property burn barrels and fire rings are prohibited. Any police officer can issues a summary offense carrying a fine of not more than $100 for the first offense, $200 for the second offense, and $300 for the third offense.

A joint resolution was drafted concerning potential sale of Hershey Foods, a large employer of Lebanon residents.

Commissioners also approved renovations and expansion of the Domestic Relations Office at an estimated cost of $125,799.

August 8, 2002

Glenn Moatís retirement was accepted with appreciation for his many years of employment as the Tax Claim Office director.

James Holtry, Karen Alonzo and William Sullivan presented an Implementation Plan for needs based services including adoption, counseling, day care, life skills, protective services, emergency shelter, foster families, independent living, juvenile detention, and administration.

01-02 budget  $6,378,000 
01-02 estimate   $5,627,140  
02-03 budget $7,112,658  
03-04 budget $7,288,816 

Commissioners drafted a letter to the PA Game Commission and DEP concerning the draining of Rexmont Dams without notification. During the drought emergency, water could have been used for irrigation or to fight fires. 

 August 1, 2002

District Attorney Deirdre Eshleman presented a $47,209 Elder Crime Unit Grant to the Commissioners for approval. Funds will hire expert witnesses to prepare financial evidence for cases involving elderly victims, then testify in court. Further, funds will train police to effectively investigate financial crimes. Lebanon county will be responsible for a $15,736 match in funds.

Charles Wertz, Mark Chegwidden, and Laura Richenderfer, Lebanon County Conservation District, Attorney Tim Sheffy, and Marie Hill were present for a 36.77-acre farmland preservation easement donation at 230 Strack Drive, Myerstown. A symbolic $1 transfer took place.

Retiring John Russell, Deputy Warder of Treatment at the Lebanon County Correctional Facility, received a proclamation for 27 years of distinguished service from the Commissioners.

July 25, 2002

A $387,124 In-home services contact was awarded to the Visiting Nurses Association of the Good Samaritan Hospital. Commissioner Carpenter abstained.

Dean Mease, Area Agency on Aging, updated Commissioners on a Farmers Market Nutrition Program that will provide 1250 people with $25,000 in assistance.

Robert McNary, Lebanon Valley Economic & Development Corporation, and Andreas Sparing, Schott Pharmaceutical, presented a Tax Increment Financing TIF for approval. Resolution 7-25-02 created a South Lebanon Township TIF designating Jackson Township Industrial Development Authority to issue the Tax Revenue bonds for the project; and terminate certain tax abatements on the property.

On a related issue, 7-25-02A designated LVEDC to apply for $48,751 in LEDA funds to implement comprehensive economic development programs.

Using Resolution 7-25-02B to declare an emergency, Commissioners heard a proposal from Warden Robert Raiger, Michael Gerrity, Michael Stuckey, and Robert Karnes for security upgrades to the prison:

bullet$8100 plus installation for a Whelen, 2 stage Outdoor Warning system at the prison.
bullet$3545.50 and $1594.60 respectively for cameras and installation of color surveillance in the Max and Work Release Yards.
bulletUp to $35,500 for chain-link roofing in the same areas.
bullet$8000 for tinted security glass.

A Memorandum of Understanding MOU was renewed with the Department of Agriculture concerning operation of the Weights & Measures program in Lebanon County.

July 17, 2002

Donald Capwell and Doris Karli were admitted to Cedar Haven.

A Medical Services Agreement between Gateway Health Plan and Renova Center was approved to provide medical supplies.

The PA Board of Probation and Parole will provide $285,975 for reimbursement of probation staff salaries and for improved probation supervision and programs.

July 18, 2002

District Attorney Deirdre Eshleman presented a Rapid Adjudication Program grant application for approval. The $40,325 grant was submitted to the PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency. Funds will expedite cases through the judicial system on a "fast track" of prosecution for nonviolent misdemeanor offenses.

Chief County Detective Paul Zechman presented a $1500 Computer Crime Task Force Intergovernmental Agreement to be executed with the PA State Police. The funds will provide training and equipment for Task Force personnel.

Purchasing Agent Kenneth Bachmen, and Michael Kristovensky, and Joe Lescisko from the Area Agency on Aging opened bids for personal care, personal assistance, and home health services. The Visiting Nurses Association of the Good Samaritan Hospital submitted a $387,124 bid.

July 11, 2002

Gary Robson and Melissa Schneider presented personnel transactions for approval.

Mayor Robert Anspach and Police Chief William Harvey of the City of Lebanon proposed a Crime Commission. Commissioners contributed $50,000 from this yearís budget.

Attorney Frederick Wolfson and Attorney David Twaddell presented a $12,000,000 Lebanon County Health Facilities Authority request for tax exempt bonds to finance a Cornwall Manor Health Center on 85 acres south of Boyd Street. The bond will not impact the Countyís borrowing rate.

July 3, 2002

Commissioners adopted a dress code for non-uniformed County employees prohibiting: Blue jeans; shorts; athletic/work out clothing; offensive slogans, statements or pictures on articles of clothing; tank tops and halter tops without jacket or sweater and TOPS showing midriffs; sheer or suggestive attire without an opaque full-length undergarment underneath it. Even though these clothing may be attractive and allow employees to perform the functions of their positions, it has been determined that this type of attire disrupts work performance and contributes adversely to the overall effectiveness and purpose of County Government, who is in the business of public service. Everyone is asked to dress appropriately for his or her position so that a positive image can be projected. Individual elected officials and department heads reserve the right to raise this standard when deemed necessary. Offenders of the dress code may be sent home without pay to change. Repeat offenders shall face further disciplinary action.

A $273,000 Community Conservation Partnerships Program grant award from the PA DCNR for Rails-to-Trails Phase III completing the missing link between Elizabethtown, Lancaster County and South Lebanon Township, almost 18 miles.

The Governor Dick Park Project grant in Lebanon County was amended to close on June 30, 2003.

Pamela J. Segura paid $1.00 for a Repository Property at 102 N. 11th Avenue, Lebanon 17046.

Children and Youth services received approval on third quarter invoices totaling $323,668.21, which covers IV-E Placement Maintenance and Adoption Assistance, TANK, and Medicaid.

Stacy Clauss, Renova Center presented contracts for approval. Ephrata Area Rehab Services (EARS) will provide Adult Training services at the rate of $13.90 per half day, $27.80 per full day, and $13.37 per half-day work activities.

A Gateway Health Services medical supplies contract was put on hold pending re-negotiation of the per-day per resident rate from $3.75 closer to the $4.18 of actual costs.

Robert McNary, LVEDC, and Attorney Paul Lundberg met with Commissioners for a Public Hearing to create a Tax Increment Financing District TIF in the Lebanon Valley Business Park, South Lebanon Township.

Michael Kristovensky and Dean Mease, Area Agency on Aging, presented a Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program for approval. The program provides funds for seniors to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables grown in Pennsylvania.

June 27, 2002

The Drought Task Force met with the Commissioners in the conference room.

Gary Robson and Melissa Schneider presented personnel transactions.

James Holtry and Karen Alonzo presented 58 Children and Youth Contracts for approval:  Adelphoi Village, Alternative Rehabilitation, Ashler Manor, Bair Foundation, Bethanna, Bethany Children's Home, The Bradly Center, Catholic Charities, Children's Home of York, CHOR Youth and Family Services, Clearbrook Inc, Coby's Family Services, Commissioners of Berks, Concern Inc, Cornell Abraxas Group, Daron Shelter, Devereux, Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation, Evergreen youth Services, Families United Network, Family Care for Children and youth, Family Care Services, Foster Care & Adoption Resources, Friendship House, George Junior Republic, Glenn mills Schools, Hoffman Homes for youth, Hoplen village, Holy Family Institute, House of His Creation, The Impact Project, Kendu Aftercare, Kids Peace National Centers, Lancaster County Council of Churches, Laurel Youth Services, Lourdesmont, Lutheran Home at Topton, Meadows Children's Home, Mission Home Ministries, National Mentor healthcare Inc, Northwestern Human Services of PA, Northwestern Youth Services, Open Door Children & Youth Services, Philhaven Hospital, Pressley Ridge, Pyramid Healthcare, Schaffner youth Services, Specialized Treatment services, St. Gabriel's, St. Michael's Choll for Boys, Tressler Care, Viaquest, Vision Quest, White Deer Run, Wordsworth Academy, & Youth Services Agency.

Further, 28 personal contracts were approved with Alpha Counseling & Mediation center, Childcare Programs of Luthercare, Children's Resource Center at Pinnaclehealth, Dynamic Response, Sue Emerich, Fredericksburg Family Therapy, Mary Groshans, Henry & Beaver LLP, Robert A Hopstetter, John T Hower, Keys and Burkett, Lebanon County Youth Advocate Programs, Lebanon Family health Services, Lebanon Valley Family YMCA Child Care, Georgianna Leininger/Lebanon County Juvenile Probation, Life Management Associates, Parentworks, Philhaven, Preventative Aftercare, Psychological health Affiliates, Renaissance Counseling Center, Rivera's Interpreting & Translating Services, Sexual Assault Resources & Counseling Center SARCC, John I Shearer, Nancy Stephens, Robert Sutherly, Chris Taylor, and Ventura Psychological Services.

Relief Houseparent contracts were approved with:  Jody Boger, Kevin Anspach, Jamari Davis, Elizabeth DiPasquale, Clare Ebersole, Kristen Friedman, Gregory Heverling, Melissa Houser, Stephanie Light, Crystal Moyer, Richard Olon, Jennifer Rudy, Karen Showers, Richard Showers, A Keith Smith, Richard Spears, Gina Stahl, Brett Swanger, and Michael Yakum.

A $72,362 Recycling Development and Implementation Grant to promote public education in Lebanon County was signed with the PA Department of Environmental Resources.

The Lebanon County hazardous Material Emergency (Haz-Mat) Response Preparedness Report was approved for submission to PEMA.

A 50 acre Property valued at $14,570 and owned by Falcon Foundation on State Drive and Evergreen Road was placed on the tax exempt roll.

June 20, 2002

A $621,024 Community Block Grant CDBG contract was submitted to the PA DCED.

A $222,726 Electronic Monitoring project modification was approved for submission to the PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency.

A State Food Purchase Program Grant Agreement was signed with the PA Department of Agriculture appointing Lebanon County Christian Ministries as the Lead Agency to receive and administer funds and distribution of commodities in Lebanon County.

Since Lebanon County was designated an Urbanized Area by the US Census Bureau with the potential to become a Metropolitan Planning Organization MPO, a letter requesting PennDOT to designate Lebanon County as the Commonwealth's next Planning Partner was approved.

Michael Kristovensky and Joe Lescisko requested the Commissioners adopt a $3,205,469 budget with $1,247,899 coming from a Block Grant and the rest from other sources.

Phyllis Holtry presented a $252,094 Human Services Development Fund HSDF program for submission to the Department of Public Welfare.

In addition, a $197,745 Homeless Assistance Program HAP agreement was approved for submission to DPW.  This program supports bridge housing and rental assistance in Lebanon County.

Further, $134,599 was designated for the Medical Assistance Transportation Program MATP to transport medical assistance clients to covered medical services from a provider who accepts the medical assistance care.  The Housing Authority determines eligibility, and COLT provides the transportation.

The final agreement reached today concerned the Supported Work Program SWP with the Department of Public Welfare to place 27 clients into jobs that pay at least minimum wage and provide at least 30 hours per week.  Target populations are adults receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families TANF or Food Stamp only clients with a 9th grade education or less.

June 19, 2002

Commissioners met at Cedar Haven, the county Home, to discuss personnel transactions and other pertinent business with Ed Schlegel, Administrator.

Lawrence Patrick McGee Jr was approved for admission,

A representative of Quest and Lebanon County Mental Health/ Mental Retardation also met with Commissioners to discuss Vocational Rehabilitation funding.

June 12, 2002

Kevin Schrum, Carol Davies, and Shem Heller presented provider contracts for the Office of Mental health.Mental Retardation: Pa Counseling Services, Philhaven Hospital, Ahedd, halcyon Activities, Catholic Charities Community Services Alternatives, Community Services Management Corporation, Kaleidoscope Creative, Quest, Sexual Assault & Resource Counseling Center, Area Agency on Aging, Development and Disabilities Services, Living Unlimited, Hempfield Counseling, Ventura Psychological, Steve Weisblatt, I Can Wish, Morris, Geraldine, Keystone Community Resources, K&W Medical, Crisis Intervention & Information Center, Mental health Association, Ephrata Area Rehab Services, Northwestern, PA Mentor, Lakeview, Neurohabilitation Center, GSH Care Inc, Integrated Practice Support, Compeer of Lebanon, Supportive Concepts for Families, Reading Specialist, Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services, Exact Communications, & International Services.

Commissioners provided a letter of support to establish a Forest Legacy Preservation program in Lebanon County.  The program is a project of the Lebanon Valley Conservancy to protect woodland and complement the already successful Farmland Preservation Program to conserve and manage our natural resources.  In other words, this is a willing seller/willing buyer program.  No County funds will be required for the 25% non-federal matching program funds, either now, or in the future.

June 6, 2002

Anthony Filipelli was appointed as a member of the Lebanon County Drug and Alcohol Executive Commission.

A $7,471 Dare Program application was approved.

Susan Klarsch and Melissa Heisey presented Drug and Alcohol Commission contracts for approval with:  White Deer Run, PA Counseling Services, Holy Spirit Hospital, Philhaven Hospital, Nammon Center, Discovery House, Gate House for Men/Women, Gaudenzia, Bowling Green, Clear Brook, Harwood House, Penn Foundation Recovery Center, Roxbury, St. Lukes Hospital, Evergreen House, Clem-Mar Associates, Catholic Charities, Lancaster General Hospital-Susquehanna, Nuestra Clinica, Pyramid, Daystar Center, Treatment Trends, Samara House of CYWA, Advanced Treatment, Caron Foundation, Kaleidoscope Creative Services, JD Streiff, Aids Community Alliance, & Contact Lancaster Helpline.

Michael Kristovensky and Dean Mease received permission to relocate the Quentin United Church of Christ Senior Center to Cornwall United Methodist Church.

Kevin Schrum and Brenda Mettley presented the 2003-2004 Planning Implementation year for approval.

May 30, 2002

Commissioners declared Janet M. Caldwell Pierce Day in Lebanon County.  Janet will graduate from the Academy of Medical Arts and Business in Harrisburg PA with a Specialist Associates degree in medical Office Management and Business on May 31, 2002.

A Certification of Undue Financial Burden Waiver of local match under Act 26 of 1991 and Act 3 of 1997 for the County of Lebanon Transit Authority (COLT) was signed.

Thomas Fisher was appointed to the Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council.

A Modification of Agreement with the Capital Area Behavioral Health Choices (CABHC) was approved.

A contractual agreement with the PA DCED for the third amendment to the present contract for the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) was signed for $278,098.  Total contract is now $783,793.

A PEMA Radiation Emergency Response Fund (RERF) agreement was signed din the amount of $9,316.

May 23, 2002

Joseph Morales, was appointed as Lebanon Adult Education Coordinator for the Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 to serve on the South Central Workforce Investment Board.

An alarm connection device was approved for Gene P. Otto III.

A $119,872 Community Service Block Grant contract was approved with the Housing and Redevelopment Authority.

James Holtry presented relief Houseparent contracts for Children & Youth at the rate of $8.50 per hour for both Elizabeth DiPasquale and Melissa Houser.

A Purchase of Service Agreement contract with the IMPACT project for foster care services for the Juvenile Probation Department was also approved.

John Spagnola of Spagnola Cosack met with the Retirement Board concerning Retirement Plan Investments.

May 15, 2002

Commissioners Swanger and Carpenter voted to submit a $1,000,000 Act 71 grant application to the PA Department of Corrections for increased cell space at the Lebanon County correctional facility with a total project cost of $2,318,892. Commissioner Arnold voted Nay.

May 16, 2002

Commissioners appointed the following individuals to the Area Agency on Aging Advisory council:

Angie Kettering, Rev. Harold Basehore, Paul Wood, Cathy Snell, Karleen Brubaker-Feree, Allan Shopp, and Mary Kreider.

Alarm connection devices were approved for Elvin Hurst, Sr. and Craig & Janeen Stechman.

Richard Rhoade and Marlene Keating, among others, received a proclamation form the commissioners for Childrenís Miracle network at Penn State, Hershey. Contributions to this worthy cause are of total benefit to the ill or afflicted children in Southcentral PA.

Kenneth Bachem, John Wengert, and Mark Wilson recommended award of the rail trail construction for 6.07 miles of trail between Lancaster county Line and Zinns Mill road to DL Stoner Excavating at the low bid of $374,397.10.

May 9, 2002

Eric Wolfe, City Of Lebanon, inquired whether Commissioners received a letter he sent to them.

Labor Attorney Timothy Sheffy; Detective Travis Souders; and Personnel Director Gary Robson recommended award of the Bargaining Agreement for 2002-2005 with the County Detectives Association.

James Holtry, Children & Youth, presented a $22 per hour revised contract for the Youth Advocate Program, increasing the number of Juvenile Probation slots from ten to seventeen. A $259.45 daily rate contract was signed with Summit Quest Academy, Ephrata.

A fire alarm device connection agreement with the City of Lebanon Water Filtration Plant was approved.

Liquid Fuels applications were approved for submission to PennDot.

West Cornwall $1363

North Lebanon $6489

May 2, 2002

Friends of Governor Dick: Pam Williams, Dr. Patricia Gibble, Steve Dove, and Bill Napp expressed opposition to the Environmental Center at Governor Dick.

Paul Zechman, Chief County Detective, presented a $33,572 Highway Safety Program Grant for approval. Funds are used for the Sobriety Checkpoint and Expanded DUI/Underage Drinking Enforcement Program.

Phil Hall, West Nile Virus Program Coordinator presented an overview of the tire collection scheduled for May 6 & 7 from 8am-8pm.

An alarm connection device was approved for hookup at the City of Lebanon WasteWater Treatment Plant and the Rescue Hose Fire Company.

Liquid fuels applications for PennDot were approved as follows:

bulletCity of Lebanon $21,000
bulletPalmyra $4862
bulletMt. Gretna $346
bulletUnion $3559
bulletSouth Londonderry $3527
bulletEast Hanover $4717

The third quarter $39,963 Medical Assistance Transportation Program MATP was approved.

Commissioners Carpenter and Swanger handed out a press release concerning their final decision on the Sheriff DeLeo lawsuit.

April 25, 2002

The Drought Task Force met today.

Student Government Day paired the following students with government officials:

bulletAmanda Soliday, CCHS with William Carpenter;
bulletKatie Beidler NLHS with Edward Arnold;
bulletAmy Martin ACHS with Jamie Wolgemuth.
bulletDavid Tedford PHS with Dianne Rhoads
bulletErin Longenecker ELHS with Gary Robson

Susan Klarsh, Drug and Alcohol, presented third quarter expenditure report totaling $143,573 and the Trend of Monthly Costs by Cost Center Report totaling $736,216.09

The Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation Program Contract was also signed.

Jenny Murphy-Shifflet received a proclamation for Sexual Awareness Month.

Michael Kristovensky and Joseph Lecisko, Area Agency on Aging, presented a budget agreement and amendment with a net $35,212 increase for approval. In addition, a $201,663 Tobacco/Bridge Agreement was signed.

2002 applications for county aid were approved to submit to PennDOT:

bulletSouth Lebanon $7614
bulletCornwall $3044
bulletNorth Cornwall $3335
bulletAnnville $3204
bulletBethel $4861
bulletMillcreek $3695
bulletSouth Annville $2036
bulletWest Lebanon $796
bulletMyerstown $2438
bulletJackson $5112
bulletSwatara $3695
bulletHeidelberg $4694
bulletNorth Londonderry $2910

Commissioners signed a PA Emergency Management Agency, Hazardous Material Response Fund HMRF grant application in the amount of $22,517.99.

April 17, 2002

Edward Schlegel, Cedar Haven, met with Commissioners to discuss business transactions.

April 18, 2002

Commissioners Swanger and Arnold approved Dianne Rhoadsí treasurerís report; Theresa Shenkís personnel report; and gave permission for employees to attend various educational sessions.

April 11, 2002

Proclamations for Nurses Week and National Health Care Week were presented to:

bulletGood Samaritan Hospital-- Robert Longo, Kathleen Williams, Lisa Thome, Ed Donley
bulletVeterans Affairs Medical Center-- Charleen Szabo, Rita Duval,
bulletPhilhaven--Ethel Shank

Kenneth Bachem, Mark Wilson, and John Wengert opened bids for the Rail trail Projectó6.07 miles between Lancaster and Zinns Mill Road, Cornwall Borough.

bulletRogele, $673,700; BR Kreider & Sons Inc $674,911; Handwerk Contractors $608,675.75; Doug Lamb Construction $698,845.30; Pflumm Contractors $592,660.80; DL Stoner Excavating, Inc. $375,304; Popple Construction $823,767.76.

Jeffrey Imboden, Adult Probation Chief, presented a Project Modification Request. The subgrant is for Drug & Alcohol Treatment Based Restrictive IPP Program in the amount of $754,066.

Daniel Seaman, Chief Assessor presented and received a disabled veteran exemption for Thomas E Perry, Elm St., Lebanon.

Kevin Schrum, Carol Davies, Brenda Mettley, Melissa Heisey, and Shem Heller from Mental Health/Mental Retardation presented an updated listing of provider contracts for the Office of Mental Health/Mental Retardation. The additional state allocation for the Direct Care Worker Initiative for recruitment and retention is $187,402.

James Holtry, Children & Youth, presented revised first and second quarter invoices totaling $6707.03.

April 4, 2002

A $21,879 Temporary Assistance to needy Families Block Grant TANFBG for juvenile probation emergency assistance services for delinquent children was signed for submission to the PA Juvenile Court Judges Commission.

On behalf of the Adult Probation Department, State Intermediate Punishment Funds Program authorization was signed and submitted.

Commissioners exonerated Lickdale Fire Company from paying property tax on map and lot 101A, 24.

An $875 yearly farm lease agreement was signed with Ken Reist.

Liquid fuels applications were approved

City of Lebanon $21000 Jackson $5112
Cleona $1421 Millcreek $3695
Cornwall $3044 North Annville $3083
Jonestown $945 North Cornwall $3335
Mt. Gretna $346 North Lebanon $6489
Myerstown $2438 North Londonderry $2910
Palmyra $4862 South Annville $2036
Richland $939 South Lebanon $7614
Annville $3204 South Londonderry $3527
West Lebanon $796 Swatara $3695
Bethel $4861 Union $3559
East Hanover $4717 West Cornwall $1363
Heidelberg $4694    

 

Development plans for Clarence Shock Memorial park were signed.

To pay interest and principal due,

$210,000 was moved from the General Fund to the 1985 Bond and Coupon Account

$30,761.83 was moved from the General Fund to the 1996 Bond and Coupon Account

$203,228.13 was moved from the General Fund to the 1999 Bond and Coupon Account.

James Holtry presented a $25,739 Independent Living Children & Youth contract for approval.

An $8.50 per hour contract for Relief houseparent was signed with Clare Ebersole.

Phyllis Holtry presented a $38,159 Community Services Block Grant for approval, of which $17,836 will be used to improve information technology in the Humans Services Agency.

March 28, 2002

Abigail Jarboe commented on a March 22 Daily News article. Commissioner Swanger provided a copy of a letter received from the inmate whom the article was written about.

Warden Robert Raiger was placed on a 3-day suspension without pay effective April 1, 2, & 3.

Ken Bachem was on hand to recommend purchase of the 2002 Emergency Management vehicle from Frederick Dodge at the low bid of $23,583.

Commissioners approved the Court Related Non-Professionals Labor Agreement for 2002-2005. The agreement covers employees in the Clerk of Courts, District Attorney, Register of Wills, Public Defender, and Sheriffís offices.

George Kunder was approved for admission to Cedar Haven.

Aaron Weigle was approved for admission to Renova Center.

Mary Louise Sherk and John Vickinovac were appointed the Lebanon County Library board.

A $50 bid was accepted from Stephen & Denise Ember to purchase 69 N 12th St. from the Repository of Unsold Properties.

A $32,353 Continuation subgrant for the Gatekeeper Program was signed.

A $17,500 grant for the Good Samaritan Hospital Home Health Aide Agency was signed with Commissioner Carpenter abstaining.

Art Gould requested a change of date and time for either Centralized Court or the Commissionerís meetings. His request was denied.

March 21, 2002

Phil Hall, West Nile Virus coordinator, announced a tire drive for May 6 & 7 from 8am-8pm. A $10,000 grant and $17,000 in municipal pledges will cover the cost of disposal.

Attorney Fred Wolf presented a resolution for Luthercare to refinance a project by the Millcreek-Richland joint authority.

Kenneth Bachem and Christopher Miller were on hand to open bids for a 2002 mid-size quad cab 4wd pick-up for EMA.

Ladd Hanford bid $24,371 E-Town Dodge bid $27,567 Frederick Dodge bid $23,583

Teri Giurintano, Allen Freed and John Elsworth announced a $300,000 PennDOT construction approval for a new bus terminal at 7th and Willow Streets, Lebanon. Groundbreaking in April or May and completion around October 2002.

A $19,525 architectural agreement with Johnston Associates, Mt. Gretna to design the new Governor Dick Environmental Education Center was signed. 

March 20, 2002

The Cedar Haven Spring Fling was held March 16, 2002, and netted $4800.

2002 Influenza vaccines were ordered for this flu season.

Contract amendment number two with Drug and Alcohol Abuse and the PA Department of Health was signed to receive funds for prevention, intervention and treatment services related to September 11 terrorist attacks.

Outpatient provider rates will be consistent with approved Medical Assistance and Healthchoices rates.

A revised Methadone Services Policy was adopted for clients of Lebanonís Commission on Drub and Alcohol Abuse.

 March 14, 2002

Martha Gregory, Sue Werner, Alex Werner, Elizabeth Garrett, Timothy Garrett, Tim Garrett, and Michelle Campbell were present to receive a 4-H Proclamation recognizing advance agricultural technology, home economics, and youth development through "learning by doing." 4-H members exemplify outstanding American values, continuous personal development, and service to their community and nation.

Clyde Miller, Annette Smith, John Wilson, Matthew Clements, and Fred Short presented a communication system upgrade proposal for EMA in the amount of $6,650,000.

Commissioners adopted a proclamation in recognition of Tall Cedar Week in Lebanon County. Tall Cedars are deeply committed to the search for a cure for neuromuscular diseases and continued support of the Muscular Dystrophy Associationís research programs through the Tall Cedar Foundation.

March 7, 2002

Carl Jarboe and Art Gould expressed concerns about being prevented from taking pictures in the County-city Municipal Building. Both men were advised to talk to President Judge Robert Eby concerning the policy.

Paul Zechman and Carol Copeland presented a $102,461 Victims of Crime Act Funding VOCA request to continue direct services to all victims of crime including victims of juvenile offenders, Hispanic speaking victims and personal injury crime victims.

Mark Wilson and Tod Dissinger of Lebanon Valley Rails-To-Trails presented an update for Phase 2 of the rail trail. In addition a $500,000 Penn DOT grant was signed.

Further, a permanent easement for a recreational trail between Cornwall Manor and the County of Lebanon was executed to develop, construct, establish, operate, and maintain the trail over a one-mile portion of the property.

Joseph Lescisko, Michael Kristovensky, Kevin Schrum, Shem Heller, and Kathleen Pflueger presented a $207,471 Direct Care Worker Initiative to recruit, retain and hire direct care workers for in-home care or residential care for the Area Agency on Aging.

George J. Perry was admitted to Cedar haven.

A $16,200 subgrant was awarded from the Governorís Community Partnership for Safe Children Program to implement a "Motivational Weekend Camp" in Lebanon County for Juvenile offenders.

The third Pre-Expenditure Plan for Medical Assistance Transportation MATP with the Department of Public Welfare was increased from $81,656 to $85,132.

February 28, 2002

The Drought Task Force met at 8:30AM.

At the regular meeting of the County commissioners, a letter of agreement was signed with Teamsters 429 for Adult Probation Officers to receive tuition reimbursement from the State to encourage graduate level courses.

Jeffrey Imboden, Helene Heisey and Katie Rumpilla were reappointed to a second term on the County Drug and alcohol Executive Commissioner. Carol Checket was also appointed to the commission.

On behalf of Edward Anspach, Edward Cosgrove, David Etter, John Hess, Robert McNary, Dale Snader, Trudy Trautman, Timothy Zimmerer, and Glenn Wolgemuth, Retired General Frank Smoker presented the Lebanon County Airport Advisory Committee LCAAC briefing on a proposal to expand and create a joint civilian/military use at Muir Army airfield located at Fort Indiantown Gap. The Committee recommends that the Commissioners adopt the Airport Master Plan and incorporate the plan into the proposed new County Comprehensive plan.

On behalf of Carl Jarboe, Gwen Arnold, Jason Probst, Eric Wolfe, Ruth Dietz, Carla Peetros, Gordon Strauss, Susan Hurd, Bonita Probst, and Francis Ditzler, Chris Peetros presented findings of Citizens Opposed to expansion of Muir Airfield.

After lengthy discussion, Commissioners Carpenter and Arnold voted to accept both the Airport Master Plan and the citizenís study for consideration. Commission Swanger was absent.

 February 20, 2002
Commissioners adopted the following mission statement for Cedar Haven:
Cedar Haven is committed to provide total health care to all our Residents in order to prevent a decline in their physical, mental and Psychosocial function unless it is due to their normal aging or disease process.

Cedar Haven is committed to supporting all Residentís Rights.  Residents and their families will be included in decisions involving care.  Resident choice will be given priority in all situations.

bullet
Cedar Havenís resident needs always come first.
bullet
Cedar Haven will provide support to the residentsí families.
bullet
Cedar Haven will treat all employees with respect and dignity.  Staff concerns and ideas are valued.
February 21, 2002
Ramon Ballister paid $1.00 for property from the county repository, 1128 Brandywine St., Lebanon PA  17042.
Commissioners appointed the following individuals to the County Drought Task Force:  Commissioners William Carpenter, Rose Marie Swanger, and Ed Arnold; Administrator Jamie Wolgemuth; EMA staff Clyde Miller, Annette Smith, Christopher Miller, Michael Houser; Chief Bruce Harris; Ronald Miller; William Hendrick and Kenneth Gingrich; Charles Burkholtz Jon Beers; Gary Witmeyer; Roger Karsnitz and Robin Hemperly; Dwight Belleman and Edward Friedrich; Edward Hartman; James Heisey; William Care; Anthony Louwerse; John Brenner;  Raymond Dundore; Jeffrey Harnish; John Cantner; Jennifer Hershey; Del Voight; John B. Wengert; Hank Rohland; William Longenecker; Douglas Henry Jr.; and Craig Cole.
The Airport Feasibility Study is available for review.
James Holtry and Karen Alonzo presented the Children & Youth 2nd quarter invoices for approval:  IV-E Placement Maintenance $287,084.65, IV-E Adoption Assistance $29,644.73, TANF $84,304.73, Medicaid $2,753.91 for a total of $403,788.02.
A Purchase of Service Agreement contract was signed with Chris Taylor for Individual/Family Counseling Services at $55 per session, and with Dynamic Response Counseling Services for Individual/Family Therapy at $50 per hour.   Group Therapy at $70 per hour and Court Testimony at $70 per hour for a minimum 2-hour appearance.
A contract amendment was also signed with Berks County Youth Center for juvenile detention:  Shelter Care $216 per day and Juvenile Detention $126 per day.
February 13, 2001
Commissioners approved the 2002 Civil Service Compensation Plan for the Office of Mental Health/Mental Retardation, Children & Youth, Area Agency on Aging, and Drug & Alcohol Commission.
Melvyn Kaplan, Raymond Bender, and Betsy Bowman presented a $494,409 Community Development Block Grant application for approval:
 
bulletPalmyra Boro Curb Cuts $30,000
bulletJonestown Boro Handicap Improvements to their Park $33,000
bulletSwatara pave Plum Lane $11,000
bulletPave E. Mill $22,000
bulletEast Hanover Street Improvement, $32,000
bulletMillcreek Street Improvement$31,500
 

Lebanon County:
 

bulletHARP $40,000
bulletRehab $50,000
bulletHomebuyer $100,000
bulletGeneral Administration $67,509
bulletPlanning $10,400
bulletAudit $2,000
The Home Investment Partnership will make $500,000 available for low to moderate income hoe buyers.
Raymond Bender also received ratification of the Clarence Schock Governor Dick Trust Support Committee.
The Retirement Board met, including the County Treasurer and Controller.  Norman Allen, CS McKee and Michael Cosak, Spagnola Cosack reviewed the 4th quarter pension and retirement fund performance.
Both a $65,716 and $20,000 STOP VAWA continuation subgrant was submitted to the PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency.
James Connors and Donald Umberger were reappointed to the Farmland Preservation Board.
Clyde Miller relayed a letter from PEMA requiring a drought task force be convened.

February 7, 2002

Susan Klarsch and Carol Davies submitted the $380,726.49 Drug and Alcohol second quarter expenditure report.

Based on a Court Order dated January 28, 2002 issued by Senior Judge William W. Lipsitt, the county solicitor will contact Sheriff Deleoís attorney to establish a time frame for presentation of the spending account of county funds by the Sheriff.

Approval of a $351 bid by Brian H. White was granted for him to purchase 359 N. Harrison Street, Lebanon from the Repository List of Unsold Properties.

The final report and recommendation of the Airport Committee concerning Muir Airfield at Fort Indiantown Gap will be presented February 28, 2002.

January 31, 2002

Commissioners approved the second quarter Medical Assistance transportation Program (MATP) report that outlined $53,926 in expenditures out of $67,300 received.

An $85,379.10 West Nile Virus Program agreement was signed with the Department of Environmental Protection.

The County certified $335,000 in matching funds to purchase agricultural easements for Farmland Preservation.

Jeffrey Geesaman and Susan Bates were present to receive a proclamation for Boy Scout Expo Week, February 3-9, at the Lebanon Valley Mall. Scouting is available to youth regardless of race, religion, or socio-economic level. They are taught character, citizenship and fitness.

Stephanie Harmon and Mark Chegwidden received a letter of support for a Growing Greener Grant to create "roofed mortality composters."  This grant will help to supplement Chesapeake Bay program funds. Landowners must provide a 20% match. Commissioner Arnold abstained.

To provide a Motivation Weekend Camp Program for juvenile offenders, Judge Bradford Charles presented a $15,000 state grant for approval.  By placing an emphasis on education, discipline, and community service, the program targets juveniles who have a history of uncooperative behavior or who violate probation.

January 24, 2002

Daniel Seaman was promoted to Chief Property Appraiser for the Assessment Office of Lebanon County, and Norma Sando was appointed as a Property Appraiser.

A $27,238 Child Abuse Response Team (CART) program subgrant was submitted to the PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency.

A $46,935 subgrant for the Victim/Witness Coordinator and Victim/Witness Services Aide program was also submitted to the PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency.

Jody Kasperowicz was reappointed and Joyce Daub was appointed to the County of Lebanon Transit Authority (COLT) Board.

Mary Louise Sherk, Ann Thompson, Rev. Roger Bucy, and Sara Fuller were reappointed to the MH/MR Advisory Board.

January 16 & 17, 2002

The Pa Department of Health inspected Cedar Haven and found no deficiencies.

Helen N White was approved for admission to Cedar Haven.

A $200 per month lease was approved with South Annville Township.

A $476 monthly lease with Joseph E Zimmerman was also approved to the Housing Assistance Rehabilitation Program (HARP) at 718 Walnut St., Lebanon.

The United Way Committee recognized the County of Lebanon for the "Greatest percentage Increase" in the 500 to 1000 employee group.  Serving on the committee were Theresa Shenk, Faye Bingaman, Cecilia Putt, Leslie Fillak, Melissa Santella, and Antonia Deraco.

District Attorney Deirdre Eshleman presented a $3594.73   Gatekeeper Program Continuation Grant for first time non-violent juvenile offenders who will work with trained community panels.

Bringing the total grant to $2,963,638, Michael Kristovensky presented a$29,581 Area Agency on Aging budget amendment for Jump-Start providing in-home services such as meals on wheels, personal care, environmental modifications, home support, adult day care, and consumer reimbursement.

Melvyn Kaplan presented a $150,000 Act 137 funding request that was denied for Lebanon County Affordable Housing to build 26 units of low to moderate income apartments in North Lebanon Township.

A $349,449.78 County Liquid Fuels Tax Report was approved for submission to PennDOT.

Commissioner Ed Arnold was appointed to the South-central Employment Corporation  Board of Directors.  Gary Robson was named his lawful proxy.

A $704,846 Intermediate Punishment Drug and Alcohol continuation subgrant for Restrictive Intermediate Punishment was signed.

A $34,374 Victims of Juvenile Offenders continuation subgrant for Service Provider and Victim Advocates was also signed.

A proclamation was adopted honoring Jesse P Arnold, an Eagle Scout with Boy Scout Troop 445 for his Union Canal Tunnel project where he donated 163 hours of service.

Administrator Jamie Wogelmuth announced that a $229,594 JNet grant was not received, but the County will implement a scaled-down version.

January 10, 2002

Jason Probst raised concern about the effect on his chickens from the proposed civilian/military Muir Airfield at Fort Indiantown Gap.

Commissioners signed an $11,125 PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency subgrant amendment  for a STOP Grant for the Sexual Assault Resource and Counseling Center.

bulletPaul C. Dunkelberger was reappointed to the Lebanon County Health Facilities Advisory Board.
bulletLikewise, Jean Rohrer, Fred Wolf, Linda Weindel, and George Zimmerman were reappointed to the Lebanon County Children and Youth Advisory Committee.
bulletAlso, Margaret Hatt, Martin Lebanon, and Jack McCaffery were reappointed to the Renova Center Advisor Board.

Disaster Relief Emergency Proclamations were passed covering floods and blizzards that would allow the County to waive the bid and contract procedures and formalities for the duration of the emergency.

Succession for the direction and control of Lebanon County government activities follows:

bulletChairman, Board of County Commissioners
bulletVice-Chair, County Commissioners
bulletSecretary, County Commissioners
bulletCounty Administrator

Making them eligible for general operating support, the Lebanon County Historical Society was designated as the official County Historical Society for Lebanon.

January 3, 2002

Summary of reorganization of the Board of Commissioners:

bulletWilliam Carpenter, Chairman
bulletRose Marie Swanger, Vice Chairman
bulletEdward Arnold, Secretary
bulletJamie Wogelmuth, County Administrator
bulletAdrienne Snelling, Solicitor
bulletAll employees on the County payroll were all reappointed to their respective positions.
bulletWeekly Meetings will be held each Thursday in Room 207 of the Municipal Building, Lebanon PA at 9:30AM.  If a holiday falls on Thursday, then the meeting will be held the preceding Wednesday.
bulletOn the third Wednesday of each month, a meeting is held at Cedar Haven beginning at 10:30AM.
bulletCommissioners may also meet on Wednesdays at 9:30AM in Room 207 of the Municipal Building.
bulletTo receive priority and avoid unnecessary delay, call (274-2801, extension 2202) in advance and ask to be placed on the agenda.
bulletThe salary board also meets during the Commissioners Thursday meetings.

Liaison assignments for the Commissioners follow:

Carpenter Swanger Arnold
Area Agency on Aging Children & Youth Ag Extension
Assessment City of Lebanon Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development Corporation
Building & Grounds Conservation District County of Lebanon (COLT)
Emergency Management Agency Elections Mental Health/Mental Retardation
Housing & Redevelopment Drug & Alcohol PA Rainbow Region Vacation Bureau
Planing Management Information Systems South-central Employment Corporation
Veterans Affairs United Way  

The following depository banks were approved for 2002:

bulletFirst National Bank of Fredericksburg
bulletFirst Union
bulletJonestown Bank & Trust Company
bulletLebanon Valley Farmers Bank

To provide public transportation service, COLT will receive $50,279 from the  Rural Operating Assistance Transportation Project.

A $21,578 Community Service Program subgrant from the PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency will continue.

Kevin Schrum and Carol Davies, presented contract modifications:

Catholic Charities $98,499; Area Agency on Aging +$985; Keystone Community Resources +$20,440; Exact Communications +$115; Northwestern CRR $+258; Tri-County Human Services $474, +$1950; Community Services Group ++$12,035; Healing Touch Physical Therapy ++$6506; ARC of Dauphin & Lebanon Counties ($350); and International Services Center $4000. (+ increases MH deficit and ++ indicates contract value)

Carl Jarboe discussed Central Court in the Auditorium.

March 28, 2002

Abigail Jarboe commented on a March 22 Daily News article. Commissioner Swanger provided a copy of a letter received from the inmate whom the article was written about.

Warden Robert Raiger was placed on a 3-day suspension without pay effective April 1, 2, & 3.

Ken Bachem was on hand to recommend purchase of the 2002 Emergency Management vehicle from Frederick Dodge at the low bid of $23,583.

Commissioners approved the Court Related Non-Professionals Labor Agreement for 2002-2005. The agreement covers employees in the Clerk of Courts, District Attorney, Register of Wills, Public Defender, and Sheriffís offices.

George Kunder was approved for admission to Cedar Haven.

Aaron Weigle was approved for admission to Renova Center.

Mary Louise Sherk and John Vickinovac were appointed the Lebanon County Library board.

A $50 bid was accepted from Stephen & Denise Ember to purchase 69 N 12th St. from the Repository of Unsold Properties.

A $32,353 Continuation subgrant for the Gatekeeper Program was signed.

A $17,500 grant for the Good Samaritan Hospital Home Health Aide Agency was signed with Commissioner Carpenter abstaining.

Art Gould requested a change of date and time for either Centralized Court or the Commissionerís meetings. His request was denied.

March 21, 2002

Phil Hall, West Nile Virus coordinator, announced a tire drive for May 6 & 7 from 8am-8pm. A $10,000 grant and $17,000 in municipal pledges will cover the cost of disposal.

Attorney Fred Wolf presented a resolution for Luthercare to refinance a project by the Millcreek-Richland joint authority.

Kenneth Bachem and Christopher Miller were on hand to open bids for a 2002 mid-size quad cab 4wd pick-up for EMA.

Ladd Hanford bid $24,371 E-Town Dodge bid $27,567 Frederick Dodge bid $23,583

Teri Giurintano, Allen Freed and John Elsworth announced a $300,000 PennDOT construction approval for a new bus terminal at 7th and Willow Streets, Lebanon. Groundbreaking in April or May and completion around October 2002.

A $19,525 architectural agreement with Johnston Associates, Mt. Gretna to design the new Governor Dick Environmental Education Center was signed. 

March 20, 2002

The Cedar Haven Spring Fling was held March 16, 2002, and netted $4800.

2002 Influenza vaccines were ordered for this flu season.

Contract amendment number two with Drug and Alcohol Abuse and the PA Department of Health was signed to receive funds for prevention, intervention and treatment services related to September 11 terrorist attacks.

Outpatient provider rates will be consistent with approved Medical Assistance and Healthchoices rates.

A revised Methadone Services Policy was adopted for clients of Lebanonís Commission on Drub and Alcohol Abuse.

 March 14, 2002

Martha Gregory, Sue Werner, Alex Werner, Elizabeth Garrett, Timothy Garrett, Tim Garrett, and Michelle Campbell were present to receive a 4-H Proclamation recognizing advance agricultural technology, home economics, and youth development through "learning by doing." 4-H members exemplify outstanding American values, continuous personal development, and service to their community and nation.

Clyde Miller, Annette Smith, John Wilson, Matthew Clements, and Fred Short presented a communication system upgrade proposal for EMA in the amount of $6,650,000.

Commissioners adopted a proclamation in recognition of Tall Cedar Week in Lebanon County. Tall Cedars are deeply committed to the search for a cure for neuromuscular diseases and continued support of the Muscular Dystrophy Associationís research programs through the Tall Cedar Foundation.

March 7, 2002

Carl Jarboe and Art Gould expressed concerns about being prevented from taking pictures in the County-city Municipal Building. Both men were advised to talk to President Judge Robert Eby concerning the policy.

Paul Zechman and Carol Copeland presented a $102,461 Victims of Crime Act Funding VOCA request to continue direct services to all victims of crime including victims of juvenile offenders, Hispanic speaking victims and personal injury crime victims.

Mark Wilson and Tod Dissinger of Lebanon Valley Rails-To-Trails presented an update for Phase 2 of the rail trail. In addition a $500,000 Penn DOT grant was signed.

Further, a permanent easement for a recreational trail between Cornwall Manor and the County of Lebanon was executed to develop, construct, establish, operate, and maintain the trail over a one-mile portion of the property.

Joseph Lescisko, Michael Kristovensky, Kevin Schrum, Shem Heller, and Kathleen Pflueger presented a $207,471 Direct Care Worker Initiative to recruit, retain and hire direct care workers for in-home care or residential care for the Area Agency on Aging.

George J. Perry was admitted to Cedar haven.

A $16,200 subgrant was awarded from the Governorís Community Partnership for Safe Children Program to implement a "Motivational Weekend Camp" in Lebanon County for Juvenile offenders.

The third Pre-Expenditure Plan for Medical Assistance Transportation MATP with the Department of Public Welfare was increased from $81,656 to $85,132.

February 28, 2002

The Drought Task Force met at 8:30AM.

At the regular meeting of the County commissioners, a letter of agreement was signed with Teamsters 429 for Adult Probation Officers to receive tuition reimbursement from the State to encourage graduate level courses.

Jeffrey Imboden, Helene Heisey and Katie Rumpilla were reappointed to a second term on the County Drug and alcohol Executive Commissioner. Carol Checket was also appointed to the commission.

On behalf of Edward Anspach, Edward Cosgrove, David Etter, John Hess, Robert McNary, Dale Snader, Trudy Trautman, Timothy Zimmerer, and Glenn Wolgemuth, Retired General Frank Smoker presented the Lebanon County Airport Advisory Committee LCAAC briefing on a proposal to expand and create a joint civilian/military use at Muir Army airfield located at Fort Indiantown Gap. The Committee recommends that the Commissioners adopt the Airport Master Plan and incorporate the plan into the proposed new County Comprehensive plan.

On behalf of Carl Jarboe, Gwen Arnold, Jason Probst, Eric Wolfe, Ruth Dietz, Carla Peetros, Gordon Strauss, Susan Hurd, Bonita Probst, and Francis Ditzler, Chris Peetros presented findings of Citizens Opposed to expansion of Muir Airfield.

After lengthy discussion, Commissioners Carpenter and Arnold voted to accept both the Airport Master Plan and the citizenís study for consideration. Commission Swanger was absent.

 February 20, 2002
Commissioners adopted the following mission statement for Cedar Haven:
Cedar Haven is committed to provide total health care to all our Residents in order to prevent a decline in their physical, mental and Psychosocial function unless it is due to their normal aging or disease process.

Cedar Haven is committed to supporting all Residentís Rights.  Residents and their families will be included in decisions involving care.  Resident choice will be given priority in all situations.

bullet
Cedar Havenís resident needs always come first.
bullet
Cedar Haven will provide support to the residentsí families.
bullet
Cedar Haven will treat all employees with respect and dignity.  Staff concerns and ideas are valued.
February 21, 2002
Ramon Ballister paid $1.00 for property from the county repository, 1128 Brandywine St., Lebanon PA  17042.
Commissioners appointed the following individuals to the County Drought Task Force:  Commissioners William Carpenter, Rose Marie Swanger, and Ed Arnold; Administrator Jamie Wolgemuth; EMA staff Clyde Miller, Annette Smith, Christopher Miller, Michael Houser; Chief Bruce Harris; Ronald Miller; William Hendrick and Kenneth Gingrich; Charles Burkholtz Jon Beers; Gary Witmeyer; Roger Karsnitz and Robin Hemperly; Dwight Belleman and Edward Friedrich; Edward Hartman; James Heisey; William Care; Anthony Louwerse; John Brenner;  Raymond Dundore; Jeffrey Harnish; John Cantner; Jennifer Hershey; Del Voight; John B. Wengert; Hank Rohland; William Longenecker; Douglas Henry Jr.; and Craig Cole.
The Airport Feasibility Study is available for review.
James Holtry and Karen Alonzo presented the Children & Youth 2nd quarter invoices for approval:  IV-E Placement Maintenance $287,084.65, IV-E Adoption Assistance $29,644.73, TANF $84,304.73, Medicaid $2,753.91 for a total of $403,788.02.
A Purchase of Service Agreement contract was signed with Chris Taylor for Individual/Family Counseling Services at $55 per session, and with Dynamic Response Counseling Services for Individual/Family Therapy at $50 per hour.   Group Therapy at $70 per hour and Court Testimony at $70 per hour for a minimum 2-hour appearance.
A contract amendment was also signed with Berks County Youth Center for juvenile detention:  Shelter Care $216 per day and Juvenile Detention $126 per day.
February 13, 2001
Commissioners approved the 2002 Civil Service Compensation Plan for the Office of Mental Health/Mental Retardation, Children & Youth, Area Agency on Aging, and Drug & Alcohol Commission.
Melvyn Kaplan, Raymond Bender, and Betsy Bowman presented a $494,409 Community Development Block Grant application for approval:
 
bulletPalmyra Boro Curb Cuts $30,000
bulletJonestown Boro Handicap Improvements to their Park $33,000
bulletSwatara pave Plum Lane $11,000
bulletPave E. Mill $22,000
bulletEast Hanover Street Improvement, $32,000
bulletMillcreek Street Improvement$31,500
 

Lebanon County:
 

bulletHARP $40,000
bulletRehab $50,000
bulletHomebuyer $100,000
bulletGeneral Administration $67,509
bulletPlanning $10,400
bulletAudit $2,000
The Home Investment Partnership will make $500,000 available for low to moderate income hoe buyers.
Raymond Bender also received ratification of the Clarence Schock Governor Dick Trust Support Committee.
The Retirement Board met, including the County Treasurer and Controller.  Norman Allen, CS McKee and Michael Cosak, Spagnola Cosack reviewed the 4th quarter pension and retirement fund performance.
Both a $65,716 and $20,000 STOP VAWA continuation subgrant was submitted to the PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency.
James Connors and Donald Umberger were reappointed to the Farmland Preservation Board.
Clyde Miller relayed a letter from PEMA requiring a drought task force be convened.

February 7, 2002

Susan Klarsch and Carol Davies submitted the $380,726.49 Drug and Alcohol second quarter expenditure report.

Based on a Court Order dated January 28, 2002 issued by Senior Judge William W. Lipsitt, the county solicitor will contact Sheriff Deleoís attorney to establish a time frame for presentation of the spending account of county funds by the Sheriff.

Approval of a $351 bid by Brian H. White was granted for him to purchase 359 N. Harrison Street, Lebanon from the Repository List of Unsold Properties.

The final report and recommendation of the Airport Committee concerning Muir Airfield at Fort Indiantown Gap will be presented February 28, 2002.

January 31, 2002

Commissioners approved the second quarter Medical Assistance transportation Program (MATP) report that outlined $53,926 in expenditures out of $67,300 received.

An $85,379.10 West Nile Virus Program agreement was signed with the Department of Environmental Protection.

The County certified $335,000 in matching funds to purchase agricultural easements for Farmland Preservation.

Jeffrey Geesaman and Susan Bates were present to receive a proclamation for Boy Scout Expo Week, February 3-9, at the Lebanon Valley Mall. Scouting is available to youth regardless of race, religion, or socio-economic level. They are taught character, citizenship and fitness.

Stephanie Harmon and Mark Chegwidden received a letter of support for a Growing Greener Grant to create "roofed mortality composters."  This grant will help to supplement Chesapeake Bay program funds. Landowners must provide a 20% match. Commissioner Arnold abstained.

To provide a Motivation Weekend Camp Program for juvenile offenders, Judge Bradford Charles presented a $15,000 state grant for approval.  By placing an emphasis on education, discipline, and community service, the program targets juveniles who have a history of uncooperative behavior or who violate probation.

January 24, 2002

Daniel Seaman was promoted to Chief Property Appraiser for the Assessment Office of Lebanon County, and Norma Sando was appointed as a Property Appraiser.

A $27,238 Child Abuse Response Team (CART) program subgrant was submitted to the PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency.

A $46,935 subgrant for the Victim/Witness Coordinator and Victim/Witness Services Aide program was also submitted to the PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency.

Jody Kasperowicz was reappointed and Joyce Daub was appointed to the County of Lebanon Transit Authority (COLT) Board.

Mary Louise Sherk, Ann Thompson, Rev. Roger Bucy, and Sara Fuller were reappointed to the MH/MR Advisory Board.

January 16 & 17, 2002

The Pa Department of Health inspected Cedar Haven and found no deficiencies.

Helen N White was approved for admission to Cedar Haven.

A $200 per month lease was approved with South Annville Township.

A $476 monthly lease with Joseph E Zimmerman was also approved to the Housing Assistance Rehabilitation Program (HARP) at 718 Walnut St., Lebanon.

The United Way Committee recognized the County of Lebanon for the "Greatest percentage Increase" in the 500 to 1000 employee group.  Serving on the committee were Theresa Shenk, Faye Bingaman, Cecilia Putt, Leslie Fillak, Melissa Santella, and Antonia Deraco.

District Attorney Deirdre Eshleman presented a $3594.73   Gatekeeper Program Continuation Grant for first time non-violent juvenile offenders who will work with trained community panels.

Bringing the total grant to $2,963,638, Michael Kristovensky presented a$29,581 Area Agency on Aging budget amendment for Jump-Start providing in-home services such as meals on wheels, personal care, environmental modifications, home support, adult day care, and consumer reimbursement.

Melvyn Kaplan presented a $150,000 Act 137 funding request that was denied for Lebanon County Affordable Housing to build 26 units of low to moderate income apartments in North Lebanon Township.

A $349,449.78 County Liquid Fuels Tax Report was approved for submission to PennDOT.

Commissioner Ed Arnold was appointed to the South-central Employment Corporation  Board of Directors.  Gary Robson was named his lawful proxy.

A $704,846 Intermediate Punishment Drug and Alcohol continuation subgrant for Restrictive Intermediate Punishment was signed.

A $34,374 Victims of Juvenile Offenders continuation subgrant for Service Provider and Victim Advocates was also signed.

A proclamation was adopted honoring Jesse P Arnold, an Eagle Scout with Boy Scout Troop 445 for his Union Canal Tunnel project where he donated 163 hours of service.

Administrator Jamie Wogelmuth announced that a $229,594 JNet grant was not received, but the County will implement a scaled-down version.

January 10, 2002

Jason Probst raised concern about the effect on his chickens from the proposed civilian/military Muir Airfield at Fort Indiantown Gap.

Commissioners signed an $11,125 PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency subgrant amendment  for a STOP Grant for the Sexual Assault Resource and Counseling Center.

bulletPaul C. Dunkelberger was reappointed to the Lebanon County Health Facilities Advisory Board.
bulletLikewise, Jean Rohrer, Fred Wolf, Linda Weindel, and George Zimmerman were reappointed to the Lebanon County Children and Youth Advisory Committee.
bulletAlso, Margaret Hatt, Martin Lebanon, and Jack McCaffery were reappointed to the Renova Center Advisor Board.

Disaster Relief Emergency Proclamations were passed covering floods and blizzards that would allow the County to waive the bid and contract procedures and formalities for the duration of the emergency.

Succession for the direction and control of Lebanon County government activities follows:

bulletChairman, Board of County Commissioners
bulletVice-Chair, County Commissioners
bulletSecretary, County Commissioners
bulletCounty Administrator

Making them eligible for general operating support, the Lebanon County Historical Society was designated as the official County Historical Society for Lebanon.

January 3, 2002

Summary of reorganization of the Board of Commissioners:

bulletWilliam Carpenter, Chairman
bulletRose Marie Swanger, Vice Chairman
bulletEdward Arnold, Secretary
bulletJamie Wogelmuth, County Administrator
bulletAdrienne Snelling, Solicitor
bulletAll employees on the County payroll were all reappointed to their respective positions.
bulletWeekly Meetings will be held each Thursday in Room 207 of the Municipal Building, Lebanon PA at 9:30AM.  If a holiday falls on Thursday, then the meeting will be held the preceding Wednesday.
bulletOn the third Wednesday of each month, a meeting is held at Cedar Haven beginning at 10:30AM.
bulletCommissioners may also meet on Wednesdays at 9:30AM in Room 207 of the Municipal Building.
bulletTo receive priority and avoid unnecessary delay, call (274-2801, extension 2202) in advance and ask to be placed on the agenda.
bulletThe salary board also meets during the Commissioners Thursday meetings.

Liaison assignments for the Commissioners follow:

Carpenter Swanger Arnold
Area Agency on Aging Children & Youth Ag Extension
Assessment City of Lebanon Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development Corporation
Building & Grounds Conservation District County of Lebanon (COLT)
Emergency Management Agency Elections Mental Health/Mental Retardation
Housing & Redevelopment Drug & Alcohol PA Rainbow Region Vacation Bureau
Planing Management Information Systems South-central Employment Corporation
Veterans Affairs United Way  

The following depository banks were approved for 2002:

bulletFirst National Bank of Fredericksburg
bulletFirst Union
bulletJonestown Bank & Trust Company
bulletLebanon Valley Farmers Bank

To provide public transportation service, COLT will receive $50,279 from the  Rural Operating Assistance Transportation Project.

A $21,578 Community Service Program subgrant from the PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency will continue.

Kevin Schrum and Carol Davies, presented contract modifications:

Catholic Charities $98,499; Area Agency on Aging +$985; Keystone Community Resources +$20,440; Exact Communications +$115; Northwestern CRR $+258; Tri-County Human Services $474, +$1950; Community Services Group ++$12,035; Healing Touch Physical Therapy ++$6506; ARC of Dauphin & Lebanon Counties ($350); and International Services Center $4000. (+ increases MH deficit and ++ indicates contract value)

Carl Jarboe discussed Central Court in the Auditorium.