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Litz brings Local Government, Small Business, and Conservation Experience to the Table.

   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.

Whether it was the 2004 Campbelltown Tornado, Tropical Storm Lee in 2011, or the 30" 2016 Snowstorm Jonas,

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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. 

Jo Ellen served as the chair of the MPO (2012-15)--Metropolitan Planning Organization for Lebanon County--where she helps to prioritize local road and bridge projects with PennDOT and the Federal Highway Administration. 

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Meeting Highlights

December 29, 2005

District Attorney Deirdre Eshleman tendered her resignation effective January 1, 2006.  Mrs. Eshleman started her career with the County in 1987.

Elaine Ludwig presented two resolutions for approval:

¨      Certification for Maintenance of Effort, stating that Lebanon County did not use HAVA funds for general expenses; and

¨      Department of State resolution guaranteeing that Lebanon County will purchase new voting machines, provide education, training, and handicap accessibility for voters and personnel.

Commissioners signed an agreement reviewed by Solicitor Snelling.  Beginning in January 2006, at a cost of $27,830, Delta Development Group will perform a Continuity Operations Plan for Lebanon County.

Directors were appointed to the Conservation District Board--Calvin Miller, farmer representative and Bob Arnold, public representative.  Commissioner Litz was reappointed as the commissioner’s liaison to the Conservation District Board.

For a right-to-be-heard hearing from neighbors of farms slated for preservation, Brett Lentz and Charles Wertz presented the 105.087 acre Cowden Farm in Bethel and North Lebanon Townships; the 76.7952 acre Bomgardner Farm in South Annville; and the 83.7 acre Sellers farm in South Annville.  No comments were heard.  Funds to preserve these farms will be reimbursed to Lebanon County through the federal Farm and Ranch Land Preservation Program, which is part of the farm bill.  At a future meeting, closing will take place, which will bring land preserved in Lebanon County to a total of 9,645 acres.  In addition, with State funds, the Doris Bowman farm will be preserved bringing acres preserved to 9,856.  A 300+ acre North Annville Township farm will most likely put Lebanon County’s preservation program past the 10,000 acre mark in 2006.  This would be the largest farm preserved in the County to date.

Joined by Treasurer Sallie Neuin and the commissioners, Controller Mettley conducted a retirement board meeting.  Dave Reichert from the Hay Group explained Lebanon’s choices to use the “aggregate” or “entry age” calculations to determine a 13 or 30-year arc respectively, which spreads out potential losses through equalized County contributions.  Another way to dissolve any potential loss is a rise in portfolio value.  At the beginning of 2005, the retirement fund stood at $71 million, but ended the year at $83.5 million.  Because of an upswing in the market, commissioners chose to stay with the shorter “aggregate” calculation.

Other retirement board business conducted included paying 5.5% interest, adopting the 1/80th class, sending out statements at a cost of $1.75 each, and paying 90% of the COLA or 3.3%, which is equal to $801,600.

Finally, Commissioners adopted an $85,643,779  2006 budget by passing a 15.5 millage rate, which is the same rate as 2005.  To view a summary, visit http://dsf.pacounties.org/lebanon/lib/lebanon/06_Budget_Report.pdf .

December 22, 2005

Commissioner Stohler requested a moment of silence to honor the passing of Judge John Walter.

Sallie Neuin presented the Treasurer’s report and Gary Robson and Melissa Light presented personnel and conference and seminar requests.

Kathy Snavely and Pam Tricamo distributed certificates to Commissioner Bill Carpenter and former Commissioner Rose Marie Swanger for starting the Women’s Commission.  A certificate will also be presented to former Commissioner Ed Arnold.  Then, certificates were awarded to the founding board.  Further, Commissioner Litz received a certificate for researching and writing an article on the first women elected to office in Lebanon County.  Finally, Tricamo distributed a form for nominations for inclusion in the Women’s History Project.

Earl Meyer, Michelle Brummer, and Betty Conner presented an update on the Comprehensive Plan.

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Future Task Force meetings will be held on January 17 and March 16.

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Surveys will appear in the Lebanon Daily News, on the County web site www.Lebcocompplan.net , and some surveys will be sent to a random sample of citizens.

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The “Forums for our Future” sessions held at schools revealed:
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The need for more “family” supporting jobs;

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Transportation planning needs as a priority, to include public transit;

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Land use designations and infrastructure service areas need to be compatible;

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Our communities should think and plan regionally;

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Active recreation areas, land and water trails, and open space contribute to a high quality of life and must be planned for current and future residents;

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Water resources must be managed to ensure quality sources of potable water and resources for wildlife and recreation;

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A multi-faceted approach, including land use/land preservation, infrastructure, and agricultural business development, is needed for agriculture to thrive in Lebanon County.

 

Charles Blankenship, the new president of the Lebanon Valley Economic Development Corporation and Mary Ann Paul requested approval to participate in REDDI--a Regional Economic Development District Initiative--with eight south-central counties.  Most areas of the State already have a regional planning process.

Phil Hall received approval to submit a $66,784 2006 West Nile Virus grant application.

With a balance of $83,500,000, Archie Battistelli reported that the County’s retirement plan is at an all-time high.  Since Advest left Lebanon, Archie also introduced Steve Greenhut from Ryan Beck & Co, which was founded in 1946.  Commissioners, along with Treasurer Sallie Neuin and Controller Robert Mettley, moved to transfer the retirement fund to Ryan Beck who will maintain a presence in Lebanon County.  Money Market funds are insured for up to $1.3 million.  Existing managers like McQue, Sovereign, CS McKee, and American Century will be retained.

Because the State eliminated payment for travel time for providers, Administrator Wolgemuth presented MH/MR contract reductions totaling $55,642.

December 21, 2005

Cedar Haven

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Census is at 316—76 male and 240 female.

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To begin 2006, Medical Assistance rates will be $174.87 .

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The sprinkler contract is moving forward.

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In honor of their many years of service, Commissioners passed resolutions for Norma Sando and Paul Zechman.

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For $1, a trailer in Grantville was sold to Fort Indiantown Gap from the repository of unclaimed properties.  The trailer will be removed and destroyed.

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$1700 from the Affordable Housing Fund and $4710 from the Redevelopment Authority were approved for painting at the Bridge House.

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Commissioners accepted a $5000 grant to complete a Hazardous Materials Awareness Program for Lebanon County.

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A one-half day workday was approved for the Friday before Christmas.

Prison

Census is at 487—432 males and 55 females.  168 are unsentenced and 28 are state-sentenced inmates.

In the coming weeks Commissioners will finalize the budget and prioritize Growing Greener II funds.

December 15, 2005

Jackie and Steve Grumbacher made a presentation about their concerns with the Diebold Voting System.

Sallie Neuin presented the Treasurer’s report.  Gary Robson and Melissa Light presented personnel transactions.  Of note, Chief Detective Paul Zechman will retire after 27 years of service to the County.  Also, Clyde Flickinger retired as an accountant from MHMR with 16 years of service.   It is with gratitude for their years of service that their resignations were approved.

Kevin Schrum, Melissa Heisey, Shem Heller, Brenda Mettley, and Carol Davies received approval on Phoenix contract modifications, which resulted when a home closed, and people had to be moved.  Expenses were reduced by $88,504.

William Sullivan and Alicia Arnold reviewed the Gatekeeper program, which provides accountability and intervention for first-time non-violent juvenile offenders by assigning the youth to work with trained community panels like painting over graffiti in the City or tending the “Garden of Youth.”  Since 1999, with an 80% success rate, over 450 juveniles have been given a second chance to start over without the encumbrance of a criminal record.  For the grant, the State contributes $10,000 and the County $1112.

Susan Klarsch requested a waiver for Drug and Alcohol Continuum of Care until a contract can be worked out with White Deer Run.  PA Counseling and Philhaven Hospital relinquished their license and no longer provide drug and alcohol treatment services.

Further, Susan presented contract amendments resulting in a reduction of $86,468 as well as treatment contracts, including an Amendment to the advanced Treatment Systems contract for the new methadone clinic.

Next, a Voting Machine Discussion took place.  Rather than passing a resolution provided by the state to commit to the purchase of new machines, Commissioners Bill Carpenter and Larry Stohler made a decision to purchasing voting machines immediately.  They chose Accupoll's Unisys machine.  Commissioner Litz reminded her colleagues that more machines were to be approved by the federal and State governments in the near future.  She also reviewed the pros and cons of the top four machines chosen by the public at the Town Meeting a few weeks ago.

Unisys AccuPoll

PA made?

First certified by Feds & State.

Bar Code printed out.

26 firsts, but 46 votes overall

 

 

Hart eSlate

Certified by Feds & State

Longest warranty 3-5 years

Longest life span--25 years

Longest battery life--18 hours on

  8 D cell batteries

Requires 2nd verification of password.

Also requires a digital signature

More secure than (an) eight-character

   standard alone.

Close proximity of devices & need for

  physical penetration of cables relieves

  concern that data will be modified or

  manipulated.

Hired 3rd party, Symantec, to do

  a separate assessment.

Data sent is encrypted, & Tally initiates

  communications to Rally.

12 firsts, but 43 votes overall

 CONS

Need to adjust to dial.

 

Advanced WinNote

Large Print Option

Proven history since 1997.

Preferred by poll workers.

Simple to set up and tear down.

Friendly hearing-impaired feature.

Can be placed in a lap.

15 firsts, but 50 votes overall

 

 

CONS for Unisys AccuPoll

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VVPAT not certified

Tustin CA made? International company?

Printer only holds 50 sheets

Paper must be fed through lid

Paper touches wires when lid is up

Paper jams would require printer restart.

Never used in an election anywhere.

Will "keys" disappear?

Will paper ballots "walk out the door?'

One contest per screen slows

  process, which may require more.

  machines.

Diebold AccuView

Screen colors help to highlight

  different races.

Large Print Option.

Tilts for accessibility & to

  eliminate glare.

Can be placed in a lap.

CONS for Diebold:

Public Trust lacking

Easily hacked using

   instructions publicized on web sites

Lawsuits filed against company

  raise the issue of financial stability

 

15 firsts, but 45

 

votes overall

 

 

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In good faith, Commissioners voted to award a 3% lump payment to EMA telecommunicators for 2005 wages.

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Mary Louise Sherk, Donna Hartraft, and Carol Christ were reappointed to the Library board.

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Joseph Morales was reappointed to the South Central Workforce Investment Board.

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The Jonestown District Justice office lease was executed.

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A 10-acre farm lease with Ken Reist was renewed for an annual $875 in rent.

December 8, 2005

Both Eric Wolfe and Carl Jarboe requested that the commissioners act individually or as a board to pass a resolution asking the City of Lebanon to table or withdraw their motion to terminate the Water Authority. 

Cedar Haven bargaining unit employees were present when Commissioners passed the agreed upon 5-year union contract that provides for 3% annual increases in salary.  For the first time, $200 individual and $400 family medical deductibles are incorporated into the contract.  In 2009, deductibles will increase to $300 and $600 deductibles respectively.  In 2006, co pays for prescriptions increase to $7/$15/$30; doctor visits $10; and emergency room visits $35.  In 2009, those co pays increase correspondingly to $10/17/35 for prescriptions; $20 for doctor visits; and $50 for emergency room visits.  In order to care for our seniors, Cedar Haven employees cover 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.  With surrounding counties closing their "homes," we feel fortunate to have good employees and a well-run home who/that can continue to provide safe and efficient services to residents.

Commissioners passed the first reading of the 15.5 mill 2006 budget.  Because employees help look for ways to keep department budgets trim, real estate tax revenue is up due to construction, interest rates are up, medical insurance dropped $1.5 million, no new positions were funded…, the $85,643,779 budget resulted in no tax increase.  The County will enter 2006 with a $3.2 million reserve fund, which is 11% of the general fund.  A reserve fund is necessary to cover payroll during the first three months of the year when tax revenue does not come in and for use in emergencies like flooding, a tornado, blizzard, or other disaster.  Final reading of the budget will occur on December 29.

Lynn Snead received support for a $65,000 DCED grant request to complete repairs to the 3-story spiral staircase, chimney, stained glass windows, furnace, heating system, insulation, flooring, and kitchen of the Domestic Violence Intervention shelter, which is on the National Trust’s Listing of Historic Places.

Commissioners approved an alarm device connection for the Lebanon Valley Brethren Home.

Two proclamations were approved:

¨      Sam R. Snyder, eagle scout and

¨      The Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce in honor of their 90th anniversary.

A request from the Lebanon Valley Economic Development Authority was tabled until next week.

District Justice office leases were approved for Jonestown, Palmyra and Cleona.

At 11AM the Metropolitan Planning Organization convened. 

Jon Fitzgee presented Hometown Streets and Safe Routes to Schools projects.  When Penn DOT’s Terry Adams said that we will have half as much money as we thought we had, Jon was asked to prioritize requests from South Lebanon, Jonestown Borough, Bethel Township, Northern Lebanon School District, and Rails to Trails.

Gary DeBerry presented Transportation Enhancement Project modifications for approval:  I-78 to the Schuylkill County line; $1 million increased costs to construct the 9th/10th Street bridges; $900,000 in increased costs for the Schaefferstown bypass; Main St. Annville to replace a PC box over a storm drain; and the Iron Master Road project adjoining Route 72 South. 

Tom Kotay reviewed the Congested Corridor Improvements resolution to bring Palmyra and North and South Londonderry Townships into the Lebanon MPO.

Helping to establish priority for upgrades, traffic studies for railroad crossings at 11th Avenue and Ramona Road clearly showed that the 11th Avenue location is more heavily traveled—9433/1070.

For the next five months, Earl Meyer presented a summary of transportation activities such as:

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Liquid Fuels letters to municipalities in time for their budget processes;

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Comment periods for air quality analysis schedules; and

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Hispanic/Latino outreach.

December 1, 2005

Eric Wolfe addressed commissioners concerning the Lebanon Water Authority and World Aids Day.

Jim Holtry and Karen Alonzo received approval for Children and Youth first quarter invoices, including $76,253.63 for Adoption Assistance; $265,692.30 for Placement Maintenance; $98,060 for TANF; $79,815 for State Transition Grants; and $1881.02 for Medicade or a total of $521,701.95.

Holtry also received permission to pay invoices directly, then reimburse the General Fund.

Commissioners approved a proclamation recognizing Driving Under the Influence Victim’s Remembrance Day in Lebanon County.

In executive session, Attorney Scott Feeman answered questions concerning Cedar Haven’s union contract and Solicitor Snelling and Chief Assessor Dan Seaman discussed Assessment Appeals.

November 23, 2005

Happy Thanksgiving!

A special Safety Committee award presentation took place today.  Out of 43 counties, the County Commissioner’s Association of Pennsylvania recognized Lebanon County’s Safety Committee for their stellar performance this past year:  thorough minutes; ongoing inspections and incident reports; their ‘safety orange’ newsletter; newly updated fire evacuation maps locating exits, extinguishers, AEDs, even water and electrical shutoff valves….  The Commissioners thanked the entire committee for their dedication and leadership in making all County premises safer for both workers and visitors.

Administrator Wolgemuth reminded everyone about the Town Meeting at the Lebanon Valley EXPO Center on Tuesday, October 29 from 10AM-7PM.  Help will be available to complete Medicare Part D pharmacy forms.  Further, five of nine vendors have confirmed that they will bring sample electronic voting machines for people to try out, then fill in a survey for the Election Board, which will provide valuable feedback concerning purchases to which the Commissioners must commit by December 31.

Currently, Accupoll version 2.50, Danaher Control’s Electonic 1242, and Hart Intercivic’s eSlate voting systems have passed both federal and state scrutiny.   According to Secretary Pedro Cortez, both Advanced WINNOTE and Diebold have been reviewed by the State and a stamp of approval is pending after federal certification.  To read the reports, visit http://www.hava.state.pa.us/hava/cwp/view.asp?a=1283&Q=445840 .

Accupoll-Harrisburg PA

www.unisys.com

Danaher-full face Gurnee, Illinois

 

 

 

 

 

www.guardianvoting.com

 

 

Hart-with dial-Austin TX

 

 

 

 

 

 

www.hartintercivic.com

Advanced/WinNote-touch screen-Orefield PA

 

www.advancedvoting.com

 

Diebold-touch screen

Columbia, SC

AccuVote TS

www.dieboldes.com

November 16, 2005

Commissioners sat as the Board of Cedar Haven where 312 residents receive care.  Administrator Schlegel requested that the 40 Medicare certified beds on 3F be increased to all 324 Medicare beds, which would allow patients to remain in the same room during a 100-day recovery period after hospitalization….

At a cost of $47,000, Kaylor Architects were approved to complete mechanical designs for sprinklers at Cedar Haven.  Kaylor had previously handled the smoke detector/fire alarm systems, and is intimately familiar with the building.  To eliminate the need for two sprinklers in each room, a decision must be made on whether or not to replace built-in closets with wardrobes and whether to use steel or PVC piping.

Monday night, Cedar Haven conducted their annual evacuation, which took two hours.

December 7 at 3:15, Commissioners will assist with awarding pins and on November 19 from 10AM-3PM is the Snowflake Bazaar.

Commissioners passed and signed a Farm City Week proclamation.

A $43,900 Delta Development Group contract for hazardous mitigation was approved.

Commissioners executed another contract requesting $72,528 in reimbursable salaries and benefits for EMA.

A $6281 painting contract was approved to eliminate or encapsulate lead-based paint at bridge house.

To satisfy grant requirements, a chimney needs replaced on the DVI shelter.

Prison Board:  464 inmates reside at the prison; including 154 unsentenced and 28 state-sentenced.

Michael Stuckey received approval to purchase self-contained urine testing cups at a cost of $10 each, which will provide results instantaneously, eliminating the need to ship the urine to labs and wait days for a report.

November 17, 2005

Sallie Neuin presented the Treasurer’s report, and Gary and Melissa presented personnel and training requests.

Archie Battistelli and Curt Muller reviewed the County’s Retirement fund.  Meryl Lynch bought Advest, and it is uncertain if either or both of these gentlemen will continue with the firm. 

Sallie Neuin then pulled 125 antler-less deer licenses (of which 25 are alternates) from 479 applications received to hunt in a special four-day hunt at Governor Dick.

Commissioners then met in Executive Session to discuss union negotiations with Attorney Scott Feeman.

At 1:30PM, Commissioners sat as the Board of Assessment Appeals to consider two residential appeals. 

In addition, a disabled veteran was awarded property tax exemption. 

Further, Dan Seaman reported that the Board of Realtors signed a $16,000 two-year agreement with the County for online assessment information.

At the request of Solicitor Snelling, Dan is also working on an online agreement to allow attorneys to complete research.

Finally, Dan is working on a fee schedule for custom exports of material.

November 10, 2005

Commissioner Carpenter was attending a funeral.  Commissioners Stohler and Litz presided.

Commissioners approved and signed a letter endorsing Harrisburg Area Community College and the Chamber of Commerce to seek funding for an Early Child Professional Development course for daycare providers, which will result in Child Development Associate credentials.

Commissioners accepted a resignation from Lydia Flores from the Area Agency on Aging board.

Commissioners heard a health care presentation by the County Commissioners Association of PA and Riverside Health Care Program.  The plan recommends self-insurance for medical coverage with Highmark and prescription drug coverage with Pharmacare.  Lebanon County is currently self-insured for pharmaceuticals.  Using a stop-loss maximum payment of $175,000, ten percent projected savings are possible over a three-year period.  At a cost of $9041 per employee per year, savings are expected by eliminating profit, margin, and tax from our costs, as well as addition of a Personal Vitality Management Program that can result in savings of $1000 per employee times 1000 employees, or $1,000,000 annually, which is equivalent to one mill of tax.  Both York and Chester counties were cited as examples of counties that are self-insured for 10 to 20 years.  No self-insured counties are known to have stopped self-insurance.

November 3, 2005

Phyllis Holtry presented a $282,029 Community Services Block Grant for the Domestic Violence shelter to rehabilitate the roof, windows, and electrical fixtures.  Another $199,832 will fund operations of the shelter, the remolding of the kitchen and installation of central air conditioning.  Finally, $146,158 will fund Shelter Program staff positions for bridge house, HARP, Bridges, Employment Development and Hispanic outreach. 

73,248 voters were certified for the upcoming election—21,025 Democrats, 42,989 Republicans, 404 Libertarians, 120 Green, 94 Constitution, and 8616 others.

Commissioners approved an alarm connection device.

Snowberger, Hoover, Marquet, Whitman, Heckard, and Rozario, all current members of the Children and Youth board, were reappointed for another term.

Commissioners then met in executive session to discuss medical insurance.

October 27, 2005

Melissa Light presented both Personnel transactions and Conference and Seminar Requests.

Kevin Schrum, Melissa Heisey, Shem Heller, Brenda Mettley, Carol Davies, and Sue Klarsch presented $4836 in Medical Assistance Realignment Contracts and $7500 in Children and Youth placements.  Kevin Schrum and Jamie Wolgemuth received signatory authority.

Elaine Ludwig submitted $26,484 in HAVA reports to reimburse two landlords for Polling Place Accessibility projects already completed at the Lebanon Valley Brethren Home and St. Matthews Lutheran Church as well as to complete accessibility to Richland Neptune Fire Company.  In March, there may be a special election on Act 72.

For $1, Dennis Firestone received approval to sell the final property out of Repository.  The upset sale price was $1303 in September 2003, and the judicial upset sale price was $404.20 in December 2003.  Jason Leedy was the successful bidder.  This is the first time in recent history that there are no homes in the repository.

Bob Mettley requested approval of a $6000 Maximus contract to prorate internal charges for data processing services to various departments.

Jeff Achey reviewed a $55,000 grant agreement with DELTA to formulate a hazardous waste transportation plan that will become part of the County Comprehensive Plan.  The 75/25-match requirement puts the County share of costs at $14,870.  The professional service will make this plan consistent with other EMA plans.  Municipalities will be included in the planning process, and both the County and the municipalities will be asked to adopt resolutions of support for the plan.

Signatory authority was granted to Earl Meyer for DEP sewage modules.

At a cost of $78,000 per year, the Auditing firm of Reinsel, Kuntz, and Lesher, from Wyomissing, received a three-year contract.  This is a significant savings over the cost of previous year’s audits.  Both Berks County and the County of Lebanon Transit Authority (COLT) satisfactorily use Reinsel.

October 16, 2005

Cedar Haven

Administrator Schlegel reported that a team of five-six people arrived from the Department of Health eight weeks early.  DPH approved a plan of action for three minor deficiencies.

Life Safety will also issue their results within ten days.  As a courtesy, the report will outline impacted areas that will be enforced in 2006.

Also completed is a 2003 audit.

Cedar Haven is at 98% occupancy rate with eight people on the waiting list.

The County’s disproportionate share and flu vaccines arrived.  At a cost of $11 each, shots will take place on November 3 at the Municipal Building.

Prison Board

September 30, the number of inmates stood at 466--401 males and 65 females.  190 inmates are unsentenced, and 17 are state-sentenced inmates.

October 20, 2005

Weekly Meeting

In support of the Chamber of Commerce and Business at the EXPO, Commissioners Stohler, Carpenter, and Litz issued a joint proclamation with the Mayor Anspach.

Assessment Board

As the Board of Assessment, Commissioners approved a $244,000 assessment for Keystone Weaving Mills, which translates into a $1.52 million resale value.  Chief Dan Seaman and Assessor Karl Stump also received approval for exoneration for a disabled veteran.

Lebanon Daily News reporter John Latimer asked about the projected $3 million shortfall in the 2006 budget.  Approximately $870,000 of the deficit is attributable to Juvenile Probation, and another $218,607 will cover costs like software and training for newly mandated electronic voting machines.  (The federal/state contribution towards voting machines is $626,379.43.)  The balance includes a 3% pay increase for employees, and projected increases in fuel costs and towards medical insurance.

Commissioners met in executive session to discuss union negotiations with Attorney Feeman.

October 13, 2005

Carpenter and Litz sat as the board of commissioners today.  Commissioner Stohler was absent.

Curtis Troutman and George and Carol Hollich presented a Lebanon County Community Concert Association calendar of culturally significant music programs:

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Nathan Granner, Tenor, on Wednesday October 26, 2005;

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Artie Shaw Orchestra on Sunday, November 13, 2005;

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The Eaken Trio, piano, base, and cello, on Sunday, April 2, 2006; and

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Quartetto Gelato (for the young and young at heart), 5 instruments including an accordion, on Thursday, April 27, 2006.

To attend a single concert at 7:30 PM at Lebanon High School, cost is $20. Individuals can purchase season tickets at a reduced rate of $45 per adult or $10 per student.  For more information, you can email LCCCA@comcast.net or pick up a brochure at Marty’s Music, Loser’s Music, or the Allan Theater.

Congratulations to Nicole Eisenhart (Courts), David Dresher (District Attorney’s office), and John Hamme (District Attorney’s office) who passed their bar exams. 

Joe Lescisko presented a $207,504 PA Department of Aging Waiver Program request for people aged 60 and over who are both income eligible and nursing home eligible, but who wish to remain in their home.  Funding pays for casework, staff wages and benefits, support staff, RN consultant costs, supplies and administration overhead (10%).

TOWN MEETINGS:  FREE.  OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.  Register by calling 273-9262 or online at www.lebcoaaa@lebcnty.org .

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Tuesday, November 29, 2005 at the Lebanon Valley Expo Center.  Seniors can learn more about Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Coverage.  It's voluntary.  There is extra help for those people with lower income.  At the seminar, a representative of Social Security and several companies covering prescriptions will be on hand.  Bring your list of medications and information on your annual income and assets.  Seminars will take place at 10AM, 2PM, and 5PM.

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Monday, December 19, 2005 at the Senior Center, 710 Maple St., is an alternate date to attend the seminar at either 3PM or 6PM.

Commissioners accepted a $209,192 grant-in-aid award from the JCJC-Juvenile Crime and Justice Commission—for reimbursement of salary, benefits, and overhead in Juvenile Probation.

Commissioners also approved bond payments that are due tomorrow:

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2003A – General Obligation Bond to Fulton Financial for $106,155;

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2003B – General Obligation Bond to Fulton Financial for $846,543.75;

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2004 – General Obligation Bond (for refinancing of the 1999 GOB) to Fulton Financial for $918,193.13.

October 6, 2005

At 9:30AM, Commissioners convened in their regular weekly meeting.
 
Commissioner Stohler announced that the official vote count following November's election will take place on Veteran’s Day, the Friday after the election. Commissioner Litz noted that she had no objection to the date, but that the decision whether or not to complete computation on Friday or immediately recess and reconvene to count the votes on Monday was made outside of a public meeting.
 
Craig Zumbrun reviewed the history of the South Central Assembly for Effective Governance, which formed after two summits to address regional issues through research and information.  The 57 board members include commissioners and mayors, business people, academia, and others from Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry, and York.  Zumbrun distributed samples of successful programs including Predatory Lending, Drive shed studies of downtowns, and white papers on housing and health and human services.  Mr. Zumbrun then asked what issues Lebanon County is facing.  He also provided a summary of issues shared by other counties in the Assembly.  Loss of farmland was the number one issue in south-central Pennsylvania.  Other common issues thus far include transportation, Homeland Security, and Health and Human Services funding.

Commissioners approved a $532 Visiting Nurses contract for the Good Samaritan Hospital.  Commissioner Carpenter abstained.
 
Then, Commissioners approved a $22,834 (plus benefits) contract with Attorney Joseph Hill Jr. to enforce paternity through the child support enforcement program.

Next, commissioners approved a $6558 Elder Crimes Unit and a $40,288 Project Safe Neighborhoods grant application for the District Attorney's office.

The 11AM Metropolitan Planning Organization covered a host of topics.  For example,
 

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Jon Fitzgee presented a long-range transportation plan and a transportation profile for review and comment by the end of November.

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Tom Kotay presented a Partner's guide to agility that would allow the County and Penn DOT to "swap services."

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$60,000 was received by Rails to Trails for a tractor.

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The Black's Bridge Road bridge is also scheduled for replacement, and Commissioner Litz asked that aesthetics be considered because of the 1700s navigable river (Swatara Creek) and it's significance in the National and State Water Trail system.  Further, she requested that the bridges be signed for canoeists who need orientation, especially if they need help.

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I81 will open to four lanes by Thanksgiving.  Litz reminded Penn DOT that the contractor needs to remove the construction bridge that washed out in Ivan, and the balance of the foam ballast that washed down stream needs cleaned up.

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Both the 11th Avenue and 15th Avenue railroad crossings are in line for gating.  According to Commissioner Stohler, that leaves three ungated crossings at Gannon and Partridge Streets and Ramona Road.
 

At 1:30, Commissioners convened as the Board of Assessment Appeals where they heard 13 commercial appeals.  This was the last week of hearings for 2005.

September 29, 2005

To make sure that all quotes for medical insurance are on a level playing field, while pertinent data may be shared, Gary Robson received authorization to amend a letter for CCAP authorization, which would not mandate sharing of renewal rates by Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

Elaine Ludwig presented a sample November 8 ballot for approval.  Further, she asked commissioners to consider whether to open the Municipal Building for the public to observe computations on Veterans' Day, Friday, November 11 as prescribed by law (P.S. 3154(a) or to convene as a board, then recess and reconvene on Monday, November 14 at 9AM.  A decision will be made next week.

Tony Cek received a proclamation declaring October 2-8 Mental Health Week, which will help to remove any stigma or fear of seeking early intervention, effective treatment, and recovery of a mental illness.  Cek emphasized personal responsibility to manage the illness.  To learn more about the program, visit www.cspLebanon.org .  Beginning at 9th and Cumberland Sts., an awareness walk is scheduled for October 7 at 5:30PM.

Because the Foster Care Kinship program exceeded the budget by $263,337, James Holtry presented a Children and Youth budget amendment. Residential requests are under budget, which will create an even exchange of funds.

Tom Harlan and Ray Bender received approval to ask the court to rule on whether or not to allow deer hunting at the Clarence Shock Memorial Park, which could provide temporary relief for a controlled hunt.  Bender states that physical evidence like no under-story of saplings, droppings, and trail use supports the request.  If the hunt is allowed, permits will be issued through Treasurer Sally Neuin, and the Game Commission will police the four-day hunt.  Mr. Bender believes that once the deer realize there are hunters on the Governor Dick property, the deer will revert back to the State Game Lands.  Over the course of a year, there are currently 20-28 deer per square mile, but because an infrared count is too expensive, the total number of deer is unknown.

Further, similar to an ordinance for Monument Park, commissioners agreed to advertise an ordinance that would allow enforcement for violating Clarence Schock Memorial Park rules prohibiting:

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Commercial use of the land;

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Removal or defacing of signs and posters;

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Hunting or discharging firearms, slingshots, bow and arrows…without the consent of the Park Board;

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Building or maintaining fires;

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Picking, removing, cutting or digging of flowers, plants, shrubs and trees;

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Depositing, leaving and/or disposing of trash—unless placed in containers;

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Smoking;

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Unlicensed motorized vehicles;

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Trespassing between sunset and sunrise;

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Horseback riding and mountain bicycling on non designated trails and roads;

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Overnight camping;

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Possession, consumption or transportation of alcoholic beverages; or

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Boisterous, immoral or indecent conduct.

On October 16 between 9AM and 3PM, the Stony Creek trail will open for a drive between Highbridge Reservoir and Dauphin County. 

Commissioners approved a letter of support for ColorTech’s $100,000 grant application for capital improvements, upgrades and additions, which should result in additional jobs.

Commissioners designated the Lebanon Valley Economic Development Corporation as the local agency to receive and administer $44,873 for economic development in Lebanon County.   Funding comes from DCED.

Commissioners accepted three grants:

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Community Health Councils’ $16,663 for Communities that Care;

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Northern Lebanon High School’s $2326 for a DARE program administered by the District Attorney; and

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Rapid Adjudication Program funds for $9142 from PCCD.

Darla Ann Gettle and Diane L. Stoudt were appointed to the Women’s Commission.  Letters of commendation will be sent to Josie Ames and Harriet Faren for their past service.

At a cost of $60,000, Commissioners approved the purchase of a 60-space parking lot from Lebanon County Christian Ministries.

Commissioners approved a bridge engineering contract for replacement of the 151’ long Inwood Bridge over Swatara Creek.  Built in 1899, the iron structure stands at the gateway to Swatara State Park, and the current 5-ton weight limit is prohibitive.  The $315,000 contract will be paid as follows:  Lebanon County 5% or $15,750 from liquid fuels funds; Pennsylvania 15% or $47,250; and 80% or $252,000 will come from the federal government.  Bridge design is not completed.  Options may include repairing the pins and abutments, but this would not allow for widening of the structure to meet today’s codes or raising the road to meet with Route 72.

In addition, Mark Wilson was designated as the Lebanon County bridge inspector for our 14 county bridges and 82 municipal bridges.  Since 2000, Mark has served the County in this capacity.

September 21, 2005

Cedar Haven:  Census stood at 317—74 males and 243 females.  Occupancy rate is at 98% while processing of the waiting list is completed.

The replacement Honeywell Boiler received as part of the Energy Audit agreement is in place and almost operable.

The Fall Frolic netted about $9,000 profit.

Discussion ensued concerning the close or sale of Dauphin and Lancaster County nursing homes.  At this time, Cedar Haven would not be able to accept more than two emergency admittances.

In honor of CLAs nomination of him as Business Person of the Year, Commissioners passed a resolution marking September 22 as Bill Kolovani Day in Lebanon County.

Prison Board:  488 inmates—428 males and 60 females.  165 unsentenced inmates and 16 state-sentenced inmates reside at the prison.  The expansion project is approximately 65% complete.

September 22, 2005

Personnel Director Gary Robson received approval to create five part-time positions in central booking.  The positions will increase the pool of available staff, but not increase hours worked within the allotted 96 hours per week.

Don Lesher, Dave Henise, and Troy Williams met with the Commissioners to receive a five-year appointment for Lebanon County Christian Ministries to serve as our facilitator to dispense Lebanon County's Department of Agricultural government surplus payment, which is $112,000 annually or about 10% of LCCM’s total budget.  While LCCM distributes food, toiletries, clothing, and heating oil to needy families, the County allotment can only be used for food.  Also, while Pennsylvania provides cash, the USDA actually provides surplus food for distribution.  During this past year, LCCM identified distribution sites at Trinity Untied Methodist Church in Lickdale and at St. Paul’s UCC in Schaefferstown.  Next year, a site should open in Palmyra.

In addition, LLCM discussed a sixty-space, 90 x 160’ County Parking lot expansion on the old Dutch Miss parking lot, which is adjacent to the existing north County lot.  Commissioners are awaiting a second appraisal before proceeding with the $60,000 acquisition using 2003 Bond Issue funds.

In the afternoon, Commissioners sat as the Board of Assessment Appeals.

September 15, 2005

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William Sullivan and Howard S. Rosen, PhD, Hemfield Behavioral Health, Inc., presented a $400,000 PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency grant that is for a 25-year old science-based program where masters and PhD holders work to re-parent defiant juveniles aged 10-17.  Because of a behavioral change, there is a phenomenal success rate after three years.  The grant covers thirty cases, which avoids placing juveniles in treatment by working with their parents, teachers, and peers.  There are currently 44 juveniles in placement.

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Cecilia Putt presented a $35,712 Sobriety Checkpoint Grant for the District Attorney's office.  The Department of Transportation funds help operate a Roving Patrol (11 arrests for DUI and 49 citations); Checkpoint (2 arrests for DUI and 14 citations); Cops in Shops (10 furnished alcohol to minors, 12 underage drinking, 2 operators driving on suspended licenses, 11 citations issued); and 9 Mobile Awareness operations programs.

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Michael Kristovensky and Joe Lescisko presented a $3,342,023 Area Agency on Aging budget.

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At a $462 cost to the County, Dan Kauffman presented a request for three oxygen regulators and one suction unit.  Further, at a cost to the County of $14 each for 1469 new Daviscomm Bravo 802 pagers, commissioners approved a contract to replace the CommTech 6120 models that originally cost $149 each.  To cover the balance of the swap, MaCom is contributing an additional $14 per pager, and CSS will cover shipping costs and reprogram the pagers at no cost to the County.  Finally, until MaCom replaces Master 3 transmitters with commercial paging transmitters, each pager can receive up to three of the same pages.  Around the end of November, all pagers should be swapped and a simulcast on seven towers should eliminate the need for dual dispatch to four companies in areas where signals are not always strong.

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Commissioners accepted a $326 DARE grant for Northern Lebanon High School.

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Commissioners approved $75,000 in Liquid Fuels funds as a contribution towards $169,000 in improvements of a traffic light upgrade at Evergreen Road and Lincoln Avenue in South Lebanon Township.

September 8, 2005

Assistant Public Defender Dave Arnold resigned his position with the County of Lebanon.

For Children and Youth, James Holtry presented $88,903 in TANF invoices and 4th quarter invoices totaling $324,360.64; 1st quarter supplemental invoices for $.38; 2nd Quarter Invoices for $2461.24; as well as 3rd quarter invoices for $34.45.  Finally, at a daily rate of $104.17, commissioners approved Bowling Brook Prep School as a new provider for the Juvenile Probation Office.  The new contract is for first and second time offenders, and the rates are sixty to seventy dollars per day cheaper that other providers.  Next week, to continue efforts to reduce C&Y costs, Holtry will present a new two-year grant, which will bring in $200,000 annually from the PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency.

Ken Bachem received approval to award a prison boiler bid to GF Bowman.  Also approved were two alternates for a grand total of  $43,366. 

Administrator Wolgemuth presented documents for an intergovernmental transfer of funds.  Commissioners executed the documents.

Beginning at 10AM, both Lebanon Emergency Management Agency and Cedar Haven are holding events this Saturday.  LEMA will have an open house where you can learn more about emergency services in the community.  LEMA is located in Station 50, which is across the street from the City garage behind the Municipal Building.  Cedar Haven will hold a Fall Frolic where resident’s crafts are sold to support their activities.

September 1, 2005

Ted Anspach received support for raising $12,000 to send bolognas to over 4,000 troops for Christmas.  He will approach the Chamber of Commerce to request assistance to coordinate the project.  Funds will be deposited in the Lebanon Valley Farmers Bank.  Residents of Lebanon will also be asked to write a hand written note to a soldier.

Janet Frick and parents of children who committed suicide were present for a proclamation declaring September as suicide prevention month.  They will distribute yellow ribbon wallet sized cards for students to hand to someone if they need help.  The 15,000 cards contain instructions and phone numbers like 1-800-suicide.  The Greater Harrisburg Foundation provided $1750 to print the cards.  According to Frick, every 18 minutes someone in the United States commits suicide, and sixty percent of suicides involve guns.

Elaine Ludwig requested signatures on various Help America Vote Act agreements.

Ken Bachem and Chris Troop reported that Landis Deck would not fine-tune their $126,980 storm water detention basin bid to reflect work already completed.  Therefore, commissioners voted to reject the bid.  Also, Ken opened a $41,396 bid from George Bowman to replace a duel fuel boiler/burner at the Lebanon County Correctional Facility.  If gas or oil prices rise or the temperature drops below 15 degrees, the boiler has the ability to switch from gas to oil and back again.  Ken will review the contract and report back to commissioners next week.

An executive session followed the regular meeting to discuss personnel issues.

In the afternoon, Commissioners Carpenter and Stohler sat as the Board of Assessment Appeals while Commissioner Litz represented Lebanon at an emergency meeting of the South Central Employment Corporation.

August 25, 2005

Susan Klarsch, Carol Davies, and Melissa Heisey presented a 4th quarter Drug and Alcohol Expenditure report.  In addition, Commissioners approved contract amendments: $839.23 for the Lebanon Family Health smoking cessation classes, White Deer Run New Perspective rates that dropped to $28, and Gateway at $84.

Chamber President Harriet Faren, Randy Folmer, Ken Phelps, and Bud Katzman, all members of the Chamber of Commerce Small Business Committee, asked Commissioners for their cooperation in working with high school students for the 2006 Apprentice Challenge.  Commissioners accepted the “challenge.”  The LVC Foundation funds the Apprentice Challenge, and each team is given an expense budget.  Direction for this year’s Challenge is to ask students to share their ideas about continuing to make Lebanon County a viable place to live, work, learn, and do business.  Student teams will create specific recommendations to stimulate countywide economic development through a combination of attracting new business, expansion of existing businesses, and addressing quality of life issues and tourism.  Students will do research, create a written plan (including marketing objectives and strategies, media and communications plans), and present their plans and recommendations orally to a panel of judges.  Finally, each student must answer this question, “What would it take for me to want to build my own future in Lebanon County once my education is completed?”

Brenda Keefer and District Attorney Dierdre Eshleman presented both the $53,011 RASA and $32,320 Victims Of Juvenile Offenses continuation grants for approval.

Earl Meyer, Mandy Eisenhower, Lori Books, and Sheila Wartluft updated Commissioners on the Sewage Management pilot program in North Lebanon Township and administered by the Planning Department.  Only four properties need to respond for 100% participation and compliance with the mandated Act 537 plan.  PA reimburses 85% of the program, and a $10 per property charge covers the administrative fee.  East Hanover, North Londonderry, and West Cornwall Townships are also interested in the County run program.  Within two years, these additional townships should be on board. 

Phyllis Holtry presented $283,052 in Human Services Development Fund and $268,074 Medical Assistance Transportation Program 4th Quarter Contracts for approval.

Commissioners approved a contract with Crisis Intervention at Philhaven Hospital.

Phil Hall phoned in a report that Southern Lebanon County confirmed a positive human case of West Nile Virus.

Commissioners met in executive session to discuss a personnel issue, union contracts, litigation, and insurance with David P. Wuenschel of the Benecon Group.

August 17, 2005

Cedar Haven:  309 residents, including 235 female and 74 male.

For Cedar Haven, Commissioners passed a resolution establishing private pay rates for facility and therapeutic leave days on “ 3F" (the Medicare Certified Unit) at $225 per day and all other units at $190 per day.

The Fall Frolic is scheduled for September 10.

Prison Board:  473 inmates including 416 males and 60 females.  180 inmates are unsentenced inmates; 118 are on work release; and 19 are state sentenced.  At a cost of $1.29 per person per day, the prison served inmates 275,907 meals so far this year.

August 18, 2005

Clyde Flickinger, Julie, Barb Audi, and Victoria Williams presented commissioners with tshirts and reviewed Bowl for Kids Sake, a fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters.  The $9,130 raised will stay in Lebanon to support the 150 matches, and a new “Bigs” program in schools.  A golf outing is scheduled for Pine Meadows, and followed by a steak dinner at Pine Meadows.

Ken Bachem and Kris Troup opened bids for a Jonestown storm water detention basin.  Looking for a bid equivalent to a bond held for incomplete work by a bankrupt contractor (around $40,000), this is the third time commissioners requested bids.  The first time, no bids were received; during round two, Landis Deck from Bernville bid $126,980.  Commissioners received the only bid from the same contractor at the same price in today’s third round.   Ken verified that a clay liner is installed, which lessons the scope of the project, but that work is not deducted out of the bid price.  Commissioners will make a decision next week.  Commissioner Litz questioned the technical aspects of the job, and whether or not the County could contract with Jonestown Borough staff, provided they have the time and equipment necessary to complete the installation.

Joe Seibert and Eric Forkner, KPMG Peat Marwick, reviewed findings of the County’s 2004 audit.  On the up side, there was an increase in property tax revenues of $1.5 million; an investment and note receivable for the Ag Center in the amount of $1 million; a $9.5 million radio upgrade; and $300,000 in savings by refinancing a $7 million bond.  However, due mainly to depreciation and a $1.9 million unfunded pension obligation (interest rates were down, and are expected to recover), net assets were reduced by $5.8 million and the General Fund cash balance declined by $3.8 million.  A reserve of $7,419,853 will allow the County to operate for 36 days.  Joe said that this year’s audit cost $143,500.  Commissioners budgeted $129,000.

Commissioners appointed Leroy Leach to the Housing and Redevelopment Authority board and Frank Kocher to the Workforce Investment Board.

Commissioners Carpenter and Stohler commented on District Attorney Deirdre Eshleman’s action that turned over an investigation of a contaminated spring to the PA Attorney General.

In the afternoon, commissioners sat as the Assessment Appeal Board where they heard one residential appeal.

August 11, 2005

Mr. Barondik addressed the commissioners concerning the Clarence Shock Memorial Park, known for years as Governor Dick.  He thinks the Shock will should be upheld, and is opposed to thinning the deer herd.  Sico and the commissioners each appoint three members of the board that requested a judge’s decision on whether or not to allow thinning of the deer herd. 

Kevin Schrum and Carol Davies requested and received approval for a provider contract amendment of $157 with Exact Communications and $30,099 with Phoenix Services.  Both requests are within the Mental Health Mental Retardation budget.

Archie Battistelli and Kurt Muler, Advest financial advisors, reported on the County’s retirement fund, which stands at $81,500,000.  The County has a conservative portfolio that currently contains 33% in fixed income and 67% in equity investments.  Managers include CS McKee, McHugh Associates, Sovereign Asset Management, ABN Amro (value oriented), American Century Equity Income (large cap), Royce Total Return (small cap), and Kensington Investment Group.

Deborah Harchuska, Mary Ann Reppert, Gary Robson, Melissa Light, and Shem Heller updated commissioners on wellness committee activities.  They held two seminars where 50 employees learned about a walking program and body composition analysis.   Afterwards, pedometer kits were sold.  RV Goodman is offering healthy choices in vending machines.  A Health Awareness Week is scheduled for October 17 though 21.

James Holtry and Bill Sullivan presented the Juvenile Probation and Children and Youth budget. The implementation budget is $8,139,011 of which the County share is $2,076,435. 

Ken Bachem reported disqualification of the low bidder who is not a certified rubber roof installer for a new Cedar Haven roof.  Without certification, we would have no warranty.  Therefore commissioners approved a $48,748 re-roofing contract with Banes Roofing, Telford PA.

Commissioners then joined Chamber of Commerce president Harriet Faren and Mayor Bob Anspach who jointly sat as the Metropolitan Planning Organization.

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Actions on TIP flex funding for COLT added $69,312 in federal highway funds from the statewide Transit Flex Reserve of $344 million in FFY 2006 for COLT Preventative Maintenance.

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The Quittie Bridge is moving forward.

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The board approved an annual self-certification statement.

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Then, the board reviewed congested corridor improvements:
   
·A Congestion Management System Plan totaling $75,000 in special project funding;
    ·Urbanized Area Parking, circulation, and traffic operations study/CMS technical assistance $100,000
 

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A vote of affirmation took place on the results of a July 27 email ballot to adjust tasks to cover GIS, aerial photography…in last year’s budget.

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Lancaster repaid Lebanon $45,156 for the SRTP program on April 13, 2005. The STP funds are put into the 5/08 Highway Reserve line item in FFY 2005. HATS is paying back $106,406. York previously repaid $37,617.

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The South Lebanon bike trail is on hold.

Jon Fitzgee and Tom Kotay presented a PowerPoint overview of ongoing project/program initiatives.
· The South Lebanon Trail Project;
· A flashing light in East Hanover Township by Harper’s Tavern;
· 419 pavement markings for the Lebanon Valley Rail Trail;
· A Cornwall Road passing lane;
· Prescott and Iona roads resurfacing and drainage improvements;
· 117 improvements, a potential Mt. Gretna PA Byway;
· High school driver safety education;
· Community municipal outreach meetings;
· Clear Spring Rd., bridge project in North Annville;
· Intersection improvements at Evergreen Rd., and Lincoln Avenue.

Future projects were outlined.
A Public hearing and workshop will take place at the courthouse for municipal officials on August 29 at 7PM. The session will be interactive with help to fill out new project request forms.

Jon Fitzgee will represent Lebanon County at a State Transportation Committee meeting next Friday in Lancaster.

Tea 21 is signed for implementation through 2009.
 

Responding to safety concerns at highway and rail grade crossings with an automated horn system that sounds downward toward the roadway at intersections. There are eleven ungated crossings in Lebanon County.

An extension to Tuck Street for an expanding medical complex.

Preservation of general aviation in Lebanon County at Deck airport. Lebanon County has five airports, and airports are decreasing across the state. Lebanon has more airports than any other county in District 8. Deck Airport hosts flights by the Andretti’s.

Bicycle/pedestrian network expansion.

Finally, commissioners sat as the Board of Assessment Appeals where they heard 16 residential appeals.

August 4, 2005

Today’s commissioner’s meeting took place at the Lebanon Valley Exposition Center on Rocherty Road.

Commissioners approved an agreement with H. Ed Black Associates allowing Rick Bolt to perform inspections for the Lebanon County Planning Department.

Commissioners appointed Doris Bergman, Lucy Fletcha, Robert Devers, Cindy Weaver, Tom Fisher, and Jessica Penchard to the Area Agency on Aging advisory board.

Chuck Wertz introduced Ken and Miriam Kreider and their children.  The Kreiders raise sheep, and theirs is the second farm that the commissioners preserved in South Londonderry Township.  9,379.163 acres on 90 farms are now preserved in Lebanon County.

Phil Hall presented a West Nile virus update.  In addition to the tire collection program, preventative treatment with BTI and methoprene seem to have helped to reduce the number of incidents in 2005.  Two sites that received preventative treatment measures include the Quittie Wetland and a Myerstown wetland at Mill and Quarry Roads.

Dennis Grumbine updated commissioners on the Tourist Promotion Agency:  50,000 guide books are distributed at 54 locations; 10,000 monthly hits are received on the www.visitlebanoncounty.com web site; an ambassador program greeted 10,000 visitors to an international event—Horse Progress Days; a “Taste of the Lebanon Valley” introduced visitors to localy produced food like trout from Limestone Springs, pies from Country Fair, dressings from Strawberry Patch, Wertz’s Candies; and of course Lebanon Bologna; a kiosk in the lobby of the EXPO houses brochures from Lebanon Valley businesses; rest rooms and a picnic area are available to visitors; and a breakfast for the Hershey Partnership based in Derry Township took place on site this morning.  In 2006, two international woodworking events should be held at the EXPO.

35,000 visitors are expected to attend the 2005 Lebanon Area Fair.  After the meeting, commissioners toured the fairgrounds.

July 28, 2005

Abigail and Carl Jarboe inquired about letters that they sent.

In preparation for preservation, Chuck Wertz presented Ken & Miriam Kreider’s South Londonderry farm for a Right-to-be-Heard hearing.  In 2001, the Kreider’s applied for preservation of their 119 acre farm.  They also grow corn, barley, beans, and wheat for straw.  Additionally, the Kreider’s have layer chickens and sheep.  Appraising at $3,630 per acre, sixty acres are in Class II and twenty-five acres are in Class III soils.
 

Ken Bachem opened bids to re-roof  “C” Wing at Cedar Haven.  Barnes Roofing, Telford bid $48,748; Richard Sensenig, Ephrata bid $59,980; Keystone Structures, Ephrata bid $48,020; and Johnson Services, Mechanicsburg bid $59,990.  Commissioners will award a contract at next week’s meeting.

County Commissioner Association of PA representative Rich Brookes introduced Dave Chisholm and Jim DiGuiseppe of Riverside Public Sector Benefit Services, CCAP consultants for a healthcare pool.  Essentially they are recommending that any county with 500 or more employees should self insure, which would provide numerous cost saving benefits:

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Highmark Blue Shield is a Partner Vendor;

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Ability to take advantage of rebates from pharmaceutical manufacturers;

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Excess insurance company profit is eliminated;

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Excess margins are eliminated;

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A 2% tax premium is eliminated;

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A disease management and health promotion program;

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Risk assessments for individuals;

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No commissions are built into the program;

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Receive a three-year rate guarantee and a two-year commitment for insurance;

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A back-up stop-loss plan will cap county outlay on any given service;

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Quarterly reports on thirteen performance guarantees will keep commissioners informed of the account;

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Our payments will be deposited into an interest bearing account in a bank of our choice; and

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Since the medical trend is 12-15% annually, our 20% cap guarantee is not a real asset.

July 20, 2005

Commissioners Stohler and Litz met as the Board of Cedar Haven.  Commissioner Carpenter was on vacation.  Administrators Schlegel and Krause reported that of 309 residents, 235 were female and 74 were male, which is a 97.4% occupancy rate.

Commissioners Stohler and Litz also met with Sheriff DeLeo and Controller Mettley as the prison board.  Warden Karnes and staff reported that as of June 30, 457 inmates occupied the prison—402 males, and 55 females.  162 were unsentenced, 118 on work release, and 24 were state-sentenced inmates.

July 21, 2005

Commissioners Stohler and Litz met to conduct county business.  Commissioner Carpenter was on vacation.  Administrator Wolgemuth was also on vacation.  Kathy Kirby helped to administer the meeting.

Eric Wolfe asked questions concerning distribution of funds from Penn National.

Sally Barry received signatures on a Grant-In-Aid application, which will provide additional probation and parole personnel for pre-sentence investigations and for improved adult probation and parole supervision and programming.

Jim Holtry received approval for the appointment of Amy Shumaker to the Children and Youth Advisory Board.

July 14, 2005

Pam Tricamo received approval for $20,000 in Housing Funds (which do not come from the general fund but from fees paid when a deed is recorded) to help purchase two properties for Habitat for Humanity.

Commissioners accepted $250,000 from DCED for the Home Program and $265,262 from DCED for a Community Services Block Grant to cover costs associated with Medical Assistance Transportation, HARP, educational services, child care, crisis intervention, and Hispanic outreach.

Earl Meyer requested an additional staff person to provide a new service for South Londonderry Township officials by administering the Building Code for that municipality.  Expected revenue of $75,000 would cover costs to the County, and pending agreeable terms, commissioners approved the position.

Judge John Tylwalk, Judge Brad Charles, James Holtry, William Sullivan, and Karen Alonzo addressed commissioners concerning the children and youth and juvenile probation budget.  Funding was not restored at the State level, which may result in a significant over-budget to place Lebanon County juvenile offenders.  Commissioner Carpenter restated that we have a fiscally tight budget approved by Judge Eby.  If we run out of money, commissioners may have to take out a tax anticipation note to cover costs.   Unfortunately, that means that taxes would have to be raised next year.  Judges are not using county dollars for therapeutic purposes or to enforce rules of probation.  Rather, dollars are spent to protect the community from dangerous juveniles (approximately 13% or 77 of the 573 cases).  Because it is difficult to place fourteen sex offenders, they use up 1/3 of our placement dollars.  While the Gatekeeper Program is 80% effective in eliminating recidivism for first time offenders, Commissioner Litz requested that we also develop a long-term plan.  Today’s actions were only short-term solutions that, if extended, could set us up for bankruptcy.  More specifically, the crime report suggested a juvenile placement center.  Recognizing that different types of offenders require different levels of placement, Litz asked that we review restrictions on using existing vacant buildings like those found at Fort Indiantown gap and the VA Medical Center, then work to remove roadblocks to taking care of our own—specifically for those hard to place offenders.  Further, she suggested approaching the state or federal source to request a revised formula for use by Domestic Relations to calculate “client” share of costs.

July 7, 2005

James Holtry and Karen Alonzo from Children and Youth, as well as William Sullivan from Juvenile Probation, presented budget projections that could require up to an additional $509,468 from the County general fund—if the State budget eliminates retention reimbursements….  After an opportunity to review the new State budget, next week commissioners will provide direction for budgeting.

Troy Williams, Director of Lebanon County Christian Ministries, reviewed the organization's overall $272,319.33 cash budget, which includes free noon meals, energy assistance, prescription assistance, temporary emergency food assistance, and emergency transportation.  Actual food donations are not calculated in this budget.  Commissioners designate LCCM as the official Lebanon County distribution agency for State funds.  Today, per conditions of the contract, commissioners assured that 25% of the State allocation, approximately $37,000 of the $112,000, would be spent with the state allocated vendor in Reading.

Pam Tricamo, Habitat for Humanity, and Ray Bender, Housing and Redevelopment Authority, requested $20,000, from Act 137 Affordable Housing funds, for the purchase of a fourth home for restoration in 2005. 

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Approximately half of the counties in PA provided funding for Habitat projects from Act 137 funds.

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Putting properties back into habitable condition benefits the County, City, and school districts with payment of annual taxes.

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The money would be leveraged to provide a $20,000 match from a private donor.

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According to both a Needs Assessment by United Way and a Crime Commission report by the County and City, improvement of neighborhoods by eliminating broken windows will help to reduce crime and inspire neighbors to “fix up” their properties.

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Finally, showing compassion to low-income working families with children is the right thing to do.

At next week's meeting, commissioners will make a decision on the request.

Beers and Hoffman representative Jack Hauck was present when Commissioners awarded a $454,217 contract to low bidder Woodland Contractors to construct a methadone clinic.  Our experience with Woodland Contractors has been stellar.  With staff to complete earth-moving, electrical work, even roofing, they tend to complete projects on time and on budget.  Other contractors have to rely upon busy sub-contractors for some of these services.  Construction should be completed by November 2, 2005.  Commissioner Carpenter voted no.  Lebanon County residents will receive priority treatment.  A groundbreaking will take place next Thursday at 3PM.

$745 in Fixed Liquid fuels funds were awarded to Jonestown Borough toward street repairs and $4862 to Palmyra Borough for a wearing course on streets.

Commissioners accepted a $40,288 one-time PA Crime and Delinquency grant, which requires no match, for the District Attorney.  Funds from the Safe Neighborhoods grant will be used for two evidence control/management bar code systems and a laminating unit to produce community outreach materials.

Commissioners approved an Intergovernmental Transfer for a Tax Revenue Anticipation Note to match federal dollars to draw down Medical Assistance reimbursement for nursing homes.  The electronic transfer will take place during the first week in October and net the County $20,000.

June 30, 2005

To help celebrate a ribbon cutting for a building expansion at their grand opening, Commissioners held their June 30th meeting at the Ag Center, 2120 Cornwall Rd., Lebanon.  The Conservation District, Ag Extension Agency, USDA, and other farm related services unite federal, state, and local agencies at a common location.

For his farm operation, Harold Kreider asked for help in resolving an access problem onto Tunnel Hill Road.  North Lebanon Township and Lebanon County Planning will meet simultaneously with Mr. Kreider to see if a resolution can be worked out.

Earl Meyer, Michelle Brummer, and Supervisor Tom Donmoyer presented an update on the Comprehensive Plan, and announced that the next meeting of the task force will take place on August 16 at the Ag Center.  The public is invited.

Architect Bob Hoffman helped to open bids for the Methadone Clinic.  At $454,217, Woodland Contractors submitted the lowest bid.  Other bidders included high bidder Wickersham Contractors, Lancaster at $574,400; Nauman, Lancaster; and Arthur Funck & Sons, Lebanon.  The contract includes 200 cubic yards of bulk rock excavation.  The building will be 4350 square feet.

Commissioners presented Mrs. Bennetch with a ceremonial $1 check for the preservation of her 80.5-acre farm.  Corn and soybeans are the primary crops grown on the farm, which contains 82% prime soils.

Conservation District Manager Chuck Wertz also presented a new scratch and sniff brochure to the Commissioners.  To help educate the public about life in the country, the brochure lets city dwellers smell the odor of manure that is applied to fields as fertilizer.  Even though farming preceded housing developments in an area, neighbors often don’t anticipate the distinguishable odor, which results in complaints to local authorities.  Seeking a scenic view or open space brings with it what we like to call “fresh country air.”

Kevin Schrum, Carol Davies, Melissa Heisey, and Brenda Mettley presented provider contracts for MHMR.  Director Schrum pointed out that regional rates apply to provided contracts.  The County’s share of the budget for services is $872,312, which includes a $479,134 deficit.

Susan Klarsch presented contracts for Drug and Alcohol.

James Holtry presented Medical Assistance contracts for Children and Youth Services.  All of these services are reimbursable.

Elaine Ludwig presented an accessibility survey and referendum certification for commissioner’s signatures.  Of 55 polling places only three need improvements.  Richland and Mt. Gretna are awaiting a funding grant, and the 5th Ward East is not accessible.  According to Department of Justice letters, this polling place may have to be moved by January 1, 2006.

Commissioners accepted a $704,846 award notice on behalf of the Renaissance Crossroads program managed by Sally Barry in Adult Probation.

At an 18% administration rate, the Redevelopment Authority also received approval to manage Community Development Block Grant funds for the County.

June 23, 2005

Gary Robson presented personnel requests for approval.  Commissioners denied a resignation in MHMR, pending the results of an investigation.

Joe Armstrong, who handles loss and risk control for PMA, our workman’s compensation carrier, presented a Special Award to Marsha Krause who accepted a plaque--recognizing 585,000 hours without lost time injuries--on behalf of all workers at Cedar Haven.

Karen Hess presented the Title IV-D cooperative agreement negotiated by the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania for commissioner’s signatures.  The program ensures effectiveness of the Child Support Enforcement Program in securing financial and medical support for minor children, establishment of paternity, determination of parents’ ability to pay support and provide health insurance, and staff and resources to insure that these functions are properly, efficiently, and effectively carried out.  From the State, the County receives 66% reimbursement, approximately $400,000 annually.  Changes in the negotiated contract include increased time (5 to 20 business days) for response; increased use of electronic transfers; and 15% incentive monies for improvement projects.  95% of saved premiums benefit the State.

Commissioners certified $50,400 in COLT funds as a local match for federal dollars.  To avoid a financial burden on the County, the contract waives an increase in County funding.

Commissioners approved a $19,297 Rapid Adjudication Program for the District Attorney to handle non-violent misdemeanor offenses on a fast-track.  The County share is $14,472.75 and $4824.25 is reimbursed from the PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency.

Commissioners also approved a $26,229 Elder Abuse Program that investigates financial crimes committed against the elderly.  A forensic accountant pieces together the complex financial case prior to trial as well as courtroom testimony by the expert. The County’s share is $19,571.75, and $6557.25 is reimbursed by the PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency. 

June 15, 2005

Sitting as the Board of Cedar Haven  commissioners learned that the current census is 307 (72 male and 239 female).

Commissioners Carpenter and Litz met to conduct business.  Commissioner Stohler was on vacation.

No deficiencies were reported in a UMR inspection.

Because of new guidelines for life safety, sprinklers for Cedar Haven will have to move to the front burner.  By May 2007 we must either place smoke detectors in every room or install the sprinklers.  Smoke detectors would be more like a Band-Aid if we would still be required to sprinkler by 2009.   It would also increase overall cost.  It was noted that our CDBG funds were restored for this year.  If they would not be restored for two years running, we would need to take out a bond issue to cover the second year’s payment.

Ed Schlegel reported that the state would no longer use a case mix index for reimbursements of county nursing homes.  Instead, everyone will be equal by regions.

Since we don’t know what the Medicaid cuts are, Schlegel could not answer questions about how the cuts will impact Cedar Haven.

Roman Shahay presented Renova Center contracts for renewal:  First, at $10.36 per hour for adult services and $15.92 per day for transportation, Project Able, a day program, will stay the same; EARS Day Program costs will drop to $5.35 per hour for a work activity center; Living Unlimited will provide music therapy for one person at $50 per hour: and the First Aid and Safety Patrol will provide service at no change.  Finally, for consistency and to piggyback on a contract with Cedar Haven, Renova changed to Enduracare.

Guaranteeing that improvements will be completed, Commissioners signed a $2.9 million storm sewer bond for Annville Cleona School District.

In order to benefit from economies of scale, Administrator Wolgemuth is pursuing the possibility of joint purchasing with municipalities.

Since a quorum was not present to conduct business, no meeting took place at Prison Board

June 16, 2005

During their regularly scheduled weekly meeting, Commissioners Carpenter and Litz met to conduct business.  Commissioner Stohler was on vacation.

Gary Robson presented personnel transactions, which included a request from Prothonotary Lisa Arnold for approximately 320 hours of staff overtime between June 20th and July 1st to catch up on data entries.   Wages will be paid from the Automation Account. 

Melissa Light presented conference and seminar requests including a re-request for Taser instructor training for a Deputy Sheriff.  Commissioners learned that Tasers are not in the county budget, but deputies usually purchase their own weapons.  Further, chapter 20, section 1 of the court related employee contract states, “Deputy Sheriffs shall be permitted to attend up to sixteen (16) hours of training in addition to the mandated training every two years.  All training programs will be chosen at the direction of the Deputy Sheriff and approved by the Sheriff prior to registration for the course.”  All requests were approved.

Chuck Wertz and Mark Chedwiggen were present for a Right-to-be-Heard hearing on 80.5 acres of Eva Bennetch’s farm, which is scheduled for preservation.  Located in Millcreek Township, the Bennetch farm adjoins three other preserved farms—Lester Martin (120 acres), Mervin Horst, and Malcom Sonnan (136 acres).  While her land appraised at $2900 per acre, Eva accepted $1500/acre for an easement that prohibits development of the farm.  She will be able to take a tax write off on the donated portion of the easement.  For easement payment, $33,100 will come from a USDA reimbursement and $87,650 from a County bond issue.  90.7% of the land is in crop production, and 82% of the acreage is prime farmland.

Dan Kauffman presented an E911 agreement creating a transfer account and providing county certification of compliance, which will award $552,164.27 from PEMA for a new CAD system, training, and related items that will allow dispatchers to trace 911 calls.  Since for the first time cell phone calls will exceed land line calls, this is an important step in emergency services.  However, with this system, computer based Voiceover IP calls are not traceable.

Wolgemuth presented an update on the Comtec pagers.  The company admitted that problems stemmed from their pagers, not our transmission system.  However, they are hesitating on replacing, without charge, the problematic pagers with requested Davis Com Bravos that were successfully field-tested.

Kauffman also announced that the radio system has been in use for several weeks.  Contractors are in the process of changing FCC frequencies and adjusting the satellite dishes.  Completion of all activity is anticipated for mid July.  All emergency services—fire, police, and ambulance—are using the new radio system.

Kauffman also discussed an EMP grant statement of work/performance audit.

Phyllis Holtry presented a $265,262 Community Service Block Grant (CSBG), $192,901 Homeless Assistance Program (HAP), and $78,704 Housing and Urban Development (HUD) supported housing program contracts for approval.

Ken Bachem, Mike Kristovensky, Joe Lecisko, Dennis Hopkins, and Stephanie Capkovic explained the 1983 competitive procurement policy in the Older Americans Act.  In 1998 the Center for Medicaid Services prioritized consumer choice and cost savings while bidding for multiple vendors, which the State believes will be healthy competition.  Hopkins said the federal Act supersedes the County Code that requires awarding of bids to the lowest qualified bidder.  In essence, the State Department of Aging considers all levels of care as a professional service, not just state licensed individuals like RNs and LPNs.  Therefore, the contracts can be awarded to more than the lowest bid. In many cases, the Department of Aging will not pay vendors who are not Medicare certified.  Because consumers help to pay the bill through cost sharing, the theory is that they will choose the lowest qualified bidder.  However, with a large employee turnover rate, there is built in redundancy by approving multiple vendors.  Since 1998, the State did not know that Lebanon County was not using the procurement process.  Failure to comply at this point could impair federal funding, and leave 125 clients at risk without services.  Representative Mauree Gingrich attended the meeting, and offered her appreciation for the dialogue between the State and County officials.

As a result of the discussion, Personal Care Hour bids were awarded to Hands On Nursing at $15.92; Caring Companion at $16.74; and tied for third place were Your Home Care at $17.00 and Global Healthcare at $17.  Further, Home Health Aide Hours were awarded to the only bidder, Global Healthcare at $17.00 per hour.  Because of confusion over the Medicaid Services requirement, the remaining categories, including PAS Agency Model Hour, PAS Consumer Hour, LPN Hour, and RN Hour will be rebid.

John Weidman was confirmed as a board member of the Clarence Shock Memorial/Governor Dick board.

Youth representative Ashley Keiper was appointed to the Drug and Alcohol commission.

Commissioners awarded $6363 in Liquid Fuels funds to West Cornwall Township for drainage ditches, catch basins….

Both a $199,832 DCED Emergency Shelter pass-through grant for Domestic Violence Intervention and a $608,874 Community Development Block Grant contact were approved.

The commissioners then sat as the Board of Elections

¨      Russ Diamond disputed last week’s ruling siteing the McIntyre verses Ohio case, which he thought compared apples and oranges concerning charges of bribery by passing out rulers at an election. 

¨      Larry and Colleen Wolfe expressed their feelings concerning a Union Township inquiry.  After fact-finding conducted with poll workers in executive session, commissioners concluded there was no wrongdoing.

Both parties have the option of appealing the Election Board decision to the Court of Common Pleas.  Larry Wolfe said that he does not intend to take his inquiry any further.

Commissioners also verified the results of a ballot question on Growing Greener II.

Sitting as the Board of Assessment Appeals, Commissioners Carpenter and Litz heard four residential appeals and discussed litigation on commercial appeals.

June 9, 2005

At 9:30 AM, commissioners convened their regularly scheduled meeting.  Gary Robson presented personnel transactions, and Melissa Light presented conference and seminar requests.  Commissioners Carpenter and Litz voted to send the District Attorney and both a first ADA and senior Deputy DA to an annual meeting.  Commissioner Stohler voted no.

Then in the Prothonotary’s office, Commissioners Stohler and Carpenter voted not to send a 1st and 2nd Deputy to a conference where seminars and networking with peers take place.  The Prothonotary and Clerk of Courts host two first deputies, but one of the first deputies was unable to attend.  The second deputy was a surrogate to bring back information on new State policies and procedures.

Further, a deputy sheriff was not allowed to attend Taser Instructor Training in York.  Commission Litz had requested that the motion be tabled to verify whether or not the Sheriff had plans to purchase Tasers.

Commissioner’s philosophies differed on training requests.   Not sending staff to meetings may save $1000 or more in the short-term, but all requests were budgeted, and depth is important in an office.  Without trained personnel to step in when a department head goes on vacation, gets ill, or moves on, we could jeopardize long-term public service and quality.  Further, mistakes could cost more than the price of the initial training.

Kevin Schrum presented a $1,231,251 Mental Health/Mental Retardation Plan (Stage 1).

Ken Bachem, Mike Kristovensky and Joe Lecisko opened bids for in-home personal care to serve 170 Area Agency on Aging clients.  Awarding of this bid will mark a change by allowing clients to choose one of three service providers for in-home service, which will take effect July 1.  Since 1976, the Good Samaritan was the sole provider of these services.  Bids came in from Caring Companion, Reading; Global Healthcare, Harrisburg; Hands on Nursing, Lebanon; Home Helpers, Lebanon; Just Like Family, Lebanon; Your Home Care, Annville; and Abilities in Motion, Reading.  Based on income, clients pay a portion of the cost for services.  The balance of the payment comes from a state grant administered by the County of Lebanon, not the county general fund.

Ray Bender was reappointed to the Governor Dick board.

Tara Ruhl Bowers, an MHMR employee; Nori Fisher, Career Link director; and Dena Rivera of the South Central Employment Corporation were all appointed to the Women’s Commission.

Commissioners approved a request to submit a grant requesting $13,199.50 in Act 165 PEMA matching funds on collected chemical fees.  Lebanon Emergency Management Agency will utilize the funds to pay for physicals, improved decontamination procedures, and rescue equipment.

Commissioners also authorized a contract from Sally Barry for an intermediate punishment program for crime and delinquency.

Proclamations were issued for Engineer Jeff Steckbeck who will receive the Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Person of the Year award and for Stacy Pennington of Resource Island who will receive the Chamber’s Entrepreneurial Spirit Award.

Next, to discuss potential litigation in the Annville/Cleona School Board race, Cleona Borough commissioner’s race, and the Union Township supervisor’s race, Commissioners met in executive session as the Election Board.

The Metropolitan Planning Organization met at 11AM.

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Tom Kotay will retire from PennDOT, and be hired as a consultant by the Lebanon County Planning Department.

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No public comment was received on the 8-hour Air Quality resolution.  Therefore, the resolution was adopted as presented.

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Next, Curt Kulp gave an update on the South Lebanon Trail project.

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Transportation Improvement Projects and administrative actions followed.

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Data collection and analysis is complete, and the County will review a profile, which is a global look at a long-range transportation plan that will eventually help to create a 20-year plan.

The Election Board then convened to publicly discuss the Annville/Cleona School Board race

Because a $250 spending threshold was not met, no expense report was due.  As proof, Ben Dohner provided copies of his expenses for rulers and signs.  The rulers cost pennies each, which according to Solicitor Snelling, is diminimus. 

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Further, concerning the lack of a disclaimer on the rulers, Snelling provided a US Supreme Court Case (McIntyre v. Ohio Elections 1995), which stated that prohibition of the distribution of anonymous campaign literature abridges the freedom of speech in violation of the First Amendment….the speaker’s identity is no different from other components of a document’s contents that the author is free to include or exclude, and the author’s name and address add little to the reader’s ability to evaluate the document in the case of a handbill written by a private citizen unknown to the reader.  There is no suggestion that text was false, misleading, or libelous.  Even the arguments favoring the ratification of the Constitution advanced in the Federalist Papers were published under fictitious names.  Further, secret ballots are the hard-won right to vote one’s conscience without fear of retaliation. 

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Therefore, the commissioners found no grounds for prosecution.

In the Cleona Borough case, even if one vote was added (to adjust for a vote from a previous race) to the six valid write in votes, they would not total the ten required votes equal to petition signatures for a township commissioner spot on the November ballot.  Further, this complaint was received after the deadline to report a discrepancy and after certification of the ballot.

In the Union Township Case, commissioners requested an executive session to conduct a fact-finding session with poll workers.  A decision on this case will be rendered at next week’s meeting.

June 2, 2005

Lebanon County Dairy Royalty—Princess Zimmerman, Alternate Erin Williams, Little Miss Melanie Showers, and Dairy Maid Katie Bross--shared their experiences and served orange creamsicle milk shakes to commissioners and visitors.

Chuck Wertz and the Struphar’s were present for the check presentation to preserve the County’s 87th farm.  Stuphar shared that they first applied to the program in 1999.  Their farm is three miles north of Annville west of Route 934 in Bellgrove.

Kevin Schrum presented $204,478 in Cost of Living Adjustments to Mental Health/Mental Retardation providers.

Ken Bachem was present for the awarding of an Elder Care contract to Avenues at a rate of $46.08 per day.

Commissioners signed an $83,860 EMA performance grant for PEMA reimbursement of three positions.

Commissioners signed a proclamation for Carl L. Wolf Jr. who served on the board of Housing and Redevelopment since 1978.

Commissioners also passed a resolution for DCNR that certified completion of the Rexmont Dam grant.

May 26, 2005

Gary Robson, presented personnel requests as well as a request to accept and sign an updated personnel agreement for Lebanon County Drug and Alcohol with the Department of Health. 

Further, for 4.5 hours per day during an eight-week period, commissioners approved a Temp Force position during the absence of two individuals in County Planning.

Rick Rhoade, who lost a daughter, was once part of a Miracle Family.  In her honor, he spearheads the Children’s Miracle Network drive for Lebanon County.  Mike, a miracle child, was on hand for a proclamation proclaiming the week of May 30 through June 5, 2005 as ‘MIRACLE CHILD WEEK’ in Lebanon County.  June 4 & 5, a telethon is aired on WGAL TV Channel 8.  Since commissioners from Lebanon County are the only commissioners to issue such a proclamation, Rick expressed his sincere appreciation.

Chuck Wertz was on hand for a farm preservation Right-to-be-Heard hearing on the 138.76 acre Struphar Dairy Farm in North Annville Township.  $100,000 of the $208,140 development rights will come from the farm bill, and the rest will come from a 2003 two million dollar County bond issue.  Appraised value was $1715 per acre, but Struphar will accept the Lebanon County standard $1500 per acre.  Preservation of the Struphar farm will make 87 preserved farms totaling 9097.183 acres in Lebanon County.

Ken Bachem, Mike Kristovensky, and Joe Lecisco opened a bid from Avenues for 5700 adult day care units at Eldercare and Lebanon Valley Brethren Home.  Adult day care is open 7:30AM-5PM weekdays for persons 60+ in need of socialization, help with daily medicines, and meals.  The program relieves and assists families who need a break or must work.  Peter Keisock and Marsha Kocher were on hand for the bid opening.  While charges to families are based on total household income at an average cost of $23 per day, the one-year, $46.08 per unit, $262,655 contract can be renewed up to two times.  Each center has a capacity of 21 clients.  Currently, there are ten clients per day at LV Brethern and 13 clients per day at Eldercare.  If families from neighboring counties use Lebanon facilities, they must reimburse Lebanon County.

Kevin Schrum and Shem Heller presented a Mental Health/Mental Retardation Plan for Lebanon County.  MHMR serves 900 adults with mental illness.  According to Kevin, even though everything is not implemented, the plan is a good exercise to educate, communicate, and receive public input on this $12.7 million budget.  $9 million of the budget operates group homes for 300 clients in the MR program, which also has 200 people on a waiting list.

James Holtry received approval for $492,300.58 in Children and Youth invoices for the TANF, IV-E Placement Maintenance, IV-E Adoption Assistance, and Medicaid programs.   Commissioners also approved Greg Heverling as a summer houseparent aid at $8.75 per hour.

Approval was given for the Lebanon County Health Facilities Authority to refinance Pleasant View Retirement Community.  A better rate is sought  for the original 1997 $33 million bond for the Manheim facility.

For each of two years, commissioners forgave $121.98 in taxes to Friends of Light’s Fort, a non-profit agency.  Likewise, the City forgave their portion of the taxes, and the school board will consider the request in June.

On behalf of Northern Lebanon High School, the District Attorney’s office received approval for submittal of a $2,583 DARE grant to the PA Drug Education and Law Enforcement Agency.

Because portions of Lebanon County fall in the TMI 10-mile radiation zone, EMA will receive $9323 in Act 147 funds.  The money will be used for amateur radio equipment—base units, antennas, and ground communications--$6574 RACES, $2464 decon kits, and $300 TMI exercise expenses.

May 18, 2005

Commissioners met as both the board of Cedar Haven and with the Prison Board.

May 19, 2005

Personnel Director Gary Robson received approval and signatures on a “Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserve.”  Commissioners recognize the National Guard and Reserve as essential to the strength of our nation and the well being of our community.  In the highest American tradition, the patriotic men and women of the Guard and Reserve serve voluntarily in an honorable and vital profession.  They train to respond to their community and their country in time of need.  They deserve the support of every segment of our society.  Therefore we pledge that:  Employment will not be denied because of service in the Guard or Reserve; Employee job and career opportunities will not be limited or reduced because of service in the Guard or Reserve; Employees will be granted leaves of absence for military service in the Guard or Reserve, consistent with existing laws, without sacrifice of vacation; and this agreement will be made known throughout the County.

Kevin Schrum presented MHMR provider contract changes totaling $340,738, but the County’s contribution does not change.  Kevin also received approval to apply for a County Commissioner Association of Pennsylvania grant that continues a self-determination project through the Arc of Dauphin County.

Susan Klarsch submitted minor changes to Tobacco Contracts that do not require an additional County contribution.

Commissioners approved Fixed Liquid Fuels allocations for:  Heidelberg, South Annville, Swatara, Union, and Mount Gretna.  Commissioners also approved special allocations for Heidleberg’s $25,000 Distillery Road project and $30,000 for South Annville.

Elaine Ludwig shared the results of statistics and comments provided by 345 people who cast a mock ballot on one of three sample WinNote electronic voting machines at Cornwall, Jackson West, or the Municipal Building.  79% of people thought the machine was very easy to use, 13% easy, 8% thought it was OK, and statistically 0% (3 people) thought the machines were difficult.  90% said they would prefer to vote on the electronic model over the current lever models.  Even so, commissioners have not committed to the purchase of any specific machine or company.  They are awaiting State certification of machines.  Further, the County may hold a voter fair and invite the public to try out certified machines.

Next, Commissioner Carpenter moved to both expand the comprehensive plan task force and appoint George Christianson, Andy Marhevsky, and Tom Seigel.  The motion was defeated.

Commissioner Litz stated that we want everybody’s confidence in this process, and as a point of order, she believes that we first need to expand the size of the committee of 15 that we established on October 7, 2004.  Therefore, she moved to expand the task force by three people, and open up the process, establish a new deadline to accept and consider additional appointments for nomination, including the fine candidates just presented, as well as other interested people, and those who were not appointed on December 16, 2004.    Commissioner Stohler voted “no” stating that he believes 15 is adequate, and Commissioner Carpenter abstained believing that we did not need to open up the application process.  (All Task Force meetings are advertised and open to the public.  Three of four meetings took place on March 15, April 19, and May 17, and several members of the public attended these meetings.)

In addition to listening to Assessment Appeals at 1:30PM, Commissioners approved tax exemption for two disabled veterans; reviewed cases on appeal to the Court of Common Pleas; and discussed the status of an online search for realtors.

Official computation of the ballot, which is open to the public, will take place at 9AM Friday.

May 12, 2005

Proclamations for Eagle Scouts Stefan Heck and Curtis Fuhrman of Troop 17, Schaefferstown were approved.  Heck’s project involved landscaping the Schaefferstown water fountain, and Furhman’s project organized a Red Cross blood drive.

County aid for Liquid Fuels taxes were approved for multiple municipalities:  Bethel, East Hanover, Jackson, Millcreek, North Annville, North Londonderry, South Lebanon, City of Lebanon, Cornwall, and West Lebanon.

Phyllis Holtry received approval for a $19,578 state DPW supplement to assist in Medical Assistance Transportation.

Advest’s Archie Battistelli and Kurt Muller presented a first quarter Retirement Fund update.

A court ruling stated that while EMA responds to hazardous materials and other emergencies, they do not qualify as firefighters.

May 6, 2005

Prior to today’s meeting, commissioners sat in on a statewide conference call concerning the May 17 ballot referendum on Growing Greener II, which would approve a $625 million environmental bond initiative.  Growing Greener supports farmland preservation, park acquisition and improvement, water trails, installation of best management practices on farms, and other conservation programs.  Lebanon County has benefited greatly from Growing Greener funds.

Commissioners signed a letter granting permission to David Wuenschel and the Benecon Group to explore a county health insurance joint purchasing cooperative with Schuylkill, Franklin, and Northumberland counties.  Traditional insurance carriers like Blue Cross and Blue Shield would be sought to equal or exceed existing insurance coverage.  Other pools in which the commissioners participate include consortiums for:  energy as well as for liability and property insurance.  These successful pools have benefited the County and taxpayers financially.

They also voted, effective July 3, to change the on-call payment for Social Service non-union employees from $140 per week to $185 per week.

Michael Pavelek and Amy Mazella DiBosco updated the commissioners on Lebanon County’s successful recycling program, which reduces land filled garbage by 48% or 50,000 tons.  Some of the award winning municipal recyclers include North Lebanon and West Lebanon Townships.  19 municipalities currently recycle, and Amy is working with five more municipalities.  Amy received recognition for her ten years of service to the GLRA and the recycling program.

Approval for a HAVA quarterly report was provided to Elaine Ludwig for the $10,000 in overtime received by the County of Lebanon.

Administrator Jamie Wolgemuth reviewed a mistake in the phone book instructions in case of a TMI incident.  People should report to the Lebanon County Career and Technology Center for evaluation.

Swatara Sojourn May 6 & 7:

Lebanon County Commissioners issued a proclamation.  Sojourn events include:
· Dedication of the Extended Swatara Water Trail—signs, maps, & map boxes;
· Crick Pickers—a Bluegrass Band @ Lickdale Camp Grounds (the public is welcome);
· Update on Swatara State Park; and

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 Denise Donmoyer on the Union Canal.
 

Sample brochures were distributed for Horse Progress Days July 1 & 2 –a national event expected to reach 10,000 in attendance at the EXPO, 80 Rocherty Road., Lebanon.  Events will include:
· Tastes of the Lebanon Valley –where local food producers will display goods with the ability to mail to visitor’s homes;
· Tours of the Lebanon Valley –with bus day-trips throughout Lebanon; and
·50 Ambassadors to welcome visitors, answer their questions, and try to convince the 10,000 guests to spend their tourist dollars in Lebanon County.   To volunteer, call the EXPO at 273-3670.
 

After a County Commissioner Association of PA class on Homeland Readiness held at Hotel Hershey on November 25, 2003, which was before taking office, Commissioner Litz sat down with Commissioner Carpenter and Commissioner Elect Stohler and proposed an emergency services manual for Lebanon County.  She was encouraged to do the legwork for the booklet.  In March 2004, she learned of a way to produce the booklet at no cost to the County of Lebanon.  Last month, April 2005 at a Cedar Haven meeting, Atlantic Communications made a presentation to commissioners.  After over a year of research into the project, today Commissioner Litz proposed a Comprehensive Municipal booklet.  Adds would be sold to vendors of municipal services to offset printing costs for 5000 booklets, which would be distributed to municipalities and the public.  Samples of booklets completed for other counties were available for inspection.  The booklet would:

· Highlight municipalities and emergency services;

1)  With pictures of municipal buildings and the ability to highlight our emergency response units—fire and police departments and EMA, I believe that the handbook is far more focused and extensive than either the Chamber of Commerce or Expo/Tourism books.  If similar were a deterrent, neither of those two books would have ever been published for it was the League of Women Voters who first put out “Know Your County.”  

· Direct people around the County, contain a map, and be available during emergencies like the Campbelltown tornado or a nuclear incident.

2)      Because vendors who provide services to municipalities would be contacted, for the most part, the letters mailed to prospective advertisers would not conflict with advertisers in either the Chamber or EXPO books.

   3)      We were also asked to sign a letter for use in acquiring advertising.  For various reasons, at Cedar Haven Mr. Carpenter said that he could not sign such a letter, but that Larry and I could do this if we saw merit in the project.

The motion died for lack of a second.

 

Proclamations were presented for:

Nurses Week May 6-12.  On hand were Stephanie Thompson, Connie Shaffer, Audrey Althouse, Joyce McKinsey,  Karen Geiser, and Debby Arndt.

Health Care Week.  Accepting the proclamation was Debby Arndt for Philhaven, Terry Gerrick for the Veteran’s Administration, and Stephanie Thompson and Fred Davis for the Good Samaritan Hospital.

April 28, 2005

Today is “Student Government Day,” and each elected official, as well as many department heads, had student interns who sat close by to learn the intricacies of government.

James Holtry presented a $22,275 Independent Living Grant for Children and Youth services.  Youths age 16 & 17 learn life skills prior to receiving independent living arrangements at age 18.  While the County does provide in-kind services as a match for this grant, there is no cash outlay.

Claire Lundberg received approval for submittal of a $49,987 Community Health Council Sustainable Communities Grant.  Again, the County is not required to match any dollar amount for this grant.  Funding will facilitate academic enrichment programs in county schools; after school mentoring and homework assistance; Big Brothers/Big Sisters; peer mediation; and community mentoring for first-time, nonviolent juvenile offenders.

Commissioners also appointed Claire to the Drug and Alcohol Committee board.

Shem Heller received a proclamation for “Lebanon County Workout Week” May 1-7.  Activities include a Rails-to-Trails walk, Golden Sneaker walk, Healthy Kids Zone, Downtown Business District walk, and Lebanon Valley Mall Walkers.

To encourage everyone to walk for their health, student government protégés declared Friday as “sneaker day.”

Elaine Ludwig received permission to move the polling place for North Lebanon East from the Weavertown Fire Company to Blue Max Bingo Hall, which is also owned by the Fire Company.  Reasons for the move included: the voting machines were in the fire truck bay and sirens could go off during election hours.

Phil Hall reported that 4430 tires were collected for recycling on Earth Day.  At the end of the day, some people had to be turned away.  There was an average wait time of 2 hours to recycle 12 tires.

Controller Mettley reported that today is the first day for 300 employees to receive their paychecks by direct deposit to their bank accounts.

The PA Bureau of Forestry advised that since there was rain this past week, a moisture layer has developed on the ground, and a burn ban is not necessary.

April 20, 2005

The commissioners met as both the board of Cedar Haven and the Prison Board.  Auditors updated commissioners on their progress.

April 21, 2005
Sally Neuin announced that to date in 2005, $15,000 in interest was earned on the General Fund.  

Melissa Light presented conference and seminar requests.  For the District Attorney's office, The Cutting Edge Skills for Extraordinary Assistants in Harrisburg was tabled pending further information.  A request from the Recorder of Deeds to send Dawn Ebersole, first deputy, to the PA Recorder of Deeds Conference in Pittsburgh passed on a Carpenter/Litz motion.  Commissioner Stohler voted no.  Other requests were unanimously approved as presented.

Commissioners approved an intern position that is totally funded by the Lebanon County Conservation District.  Adam Grimes was approved to fill this position.

Earl Meyer, Michelle Brummer, Frank Chlebnikow, Lee Meyer, and Robert Sentz updated commissioners on the comprehensive plan.  To date, they have interviewed 70 of 105 key person interviews, which will help to determine questions for a survey of the general public.  270 Municipal surveys were distributed, and with a deadline of May 16, thirty surveys were already returned.  Individual surveys will be mailed to a random sample of the public, appear in the news paper, and possibly be posted to their web site:  www.lebcocompplan.net .  In addition, Robin Hemperly represented the task force, and reported that Paul Graham, from the Builders Association, and Gannet Flemming and Rettew Associates have talked to the task force.  At a future meeting, they will hear about designs for a healthier community.  State agencies continue to be actively involved in the process.

In addition, a $97,090 DCED grant request for phase two of the comprehensive plan was approved for submission.

Commissioners also signed a resolution with Bolt Engineering as a consulting engineer for County Planning.  The County of Lebanon will be his priority client.  Rates will drop from $110 to $100 per hour.

Susan Klarsch, Carol Davies, and Mark Stoudt received approval for a $303,730 5-year agreement with the Department of Health.  In addition, an annual $594,000 5-year Tobacco grant was submitted.

Chuck Wertz came before the Board to answer questions concerning the proposed letter of support for the Lebanon Valley Conservancy to apply for a DCNR grant to purchase the Klinger property in Cornwall.  After a lengthy discussion,  the value of this parcel adjoining a state game land, Camp Shand, host to a portion of the Horseshoe trail that connects to the Lebanon County Rail trail, and ability to manage the land to protect endangered species, a unanimous vote occurred to provide a letter of support.  Attached to the motion was a condition that no county funding will be used for the purchase of this property.

April 14, 2005

Commissioners increased the rates of pay for Sergeants at the Prison by 3% retroactive to January 2, 2005.

Deirdre Eshelman and Brenda Keefer received a proclamation for the 25th anniversary of the Victim Witness Program.  Justice isn’t served until crime victims are served.  1600 adult and 400 juvenile victims were helped last year.

Phil Hall promoted the tire collection program scheduled for Friday, April 22 at the Lebanon EXPO.  Individuals are permitted to bring 12 auto or 2 large tires, off of the rims, for free disposal.  The program is sponsored with $4000 from the County of Lebanon, and $11,000 from participating municipalities (minus the City of Lebanon).  The Department of Environmental Protection matches funds.  Litz asked if we got permission from Mrs. Vassil, could Swatara Township residents each bring tires to help clean up a public health hazard.  Phil has found and treated mosquito larva, which could contain West Nile Virus, in tires on this site.  Further, during hurricane Ivan, some tires washed down stream into the Swatara Creek where they are heavier and harder to remove.

Payments for General Bond Obligations were approved:

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$1154.98 for the 2003 series A (ag center);

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$296,543.75 for the 2003 series B; and

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$123,189.44 for the 2004 series.

At the recommendation of DEP, Earl Meyer was appointed to the Lower Susquehanna Region Water Resources Committee.

Because income is used for fire prevention, map 101, lot 24, owned by the Lickdale Fire Company, received exoneration for a rental property. 

Ford Rau, Connie Cormack, Judy Feather, and Donna Hartraft were appointed to the Library Board.

Commissioner Litz made a motion to provide a letter of support to the Lebanon Valley Conservancy to apply for a Department of Conservation and Natural Resources grant to purchase a 25-acre property owned by Dennis Klinger and known as the PENRYN PARK SEEP/SHAND-KIWANIS CAMP in Cornwall Borough.  The motion was defeated 2 to 1.  This disturbed area is rich in rare plants and animals. One individual of a Pennsylvania-Endangered S2 animal species was found in a small shrub swamp near Penryn Park YMCA camp. The swamp, which is dominated by Pin Oak (Quercus palustris), Red Maple (Acer rubrum), and Black Gum (Nyssa sylvatica) is in close proximity to a housing development. A population of Torrey’s Rush (Juncus torreyi), an S2 Pennsylvania-threatened plant species, was found along a wet to dry shrub/herbaceous powerline with a sandstone substrate. Good populations of two plant species of concern, Virginia Bunchflower (Melanthium virginicum) and Yellow-fringed Orchid (Platanthera ciliaris), were also found along a wet portion of the powerline area. A marginal to poor population of a Pennsylvania-Rare plant species of concern, Puttyroot (Aplectrum hyemale), was found in a nearby mesic forest.  Purchased around 1983 for about $45,000, the property was appraised by Concord, Lancaster for $135,000.

A proclamation passed recognizing 107-year-old Martha Olt, Lebanon County’s oldest citizen.

In executive session, commissioners discussed personnel.

At 1:30 commissioners convened as the Assessment board.

Non taxables were approved for:

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Scott Moyer, a disabled vet in Myerstown;

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North Annville Township, for a lot next to their township building to store materials; and

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Weavertown Fire Company Social Hall for fundraising activities.

Denied was an exemption for the former Lady of the Valley School. 

April 7, 2005

Sally Barry, Ruth Davis, and Jim Donmoyer presented a $704,846 PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency grant for approval.  The 100% State funded Renaissance Crossroads program, a 34 month drug and alcohol treatment program, is structured to provide positive long-term effects on recidivism, further reducing the base population of repeat-sentenced offenders who end up in the Lebanon County prison.  Crossroads began on January 2, 2001 as a treatment-based alternative to incarceration for addicted, non-violent Level 3 and 4 offenders.  The program has many rules that are strictly enforced.  As a result, only those individuals who are truly committed to succeed make it through to completion.

Prothonotary Lisa Arnold asked for one more week of overtime for her department to transfer data to the new Criminal State system.  Each evening, State computers are shut down earlier than anticipated, which resulted in less work completed than anticipated.

Richard Blouch was appointed as a Lebanon Country representative to the Capital Area Resource Conservation and Development Council Board.

Barb Charles was appointed to the Commission for Women.

Commissioners provided a letter of support for a funding request for the Good Samaritan Hospital to apply for magnetic resident imaging (MRI) equipment.  Commissioner Carpenter abstained.

A $60,200 DEP municipal recycling program grant was accepted.

Liquid fuels funds fixed requests based on per capita as well as special requests were approved:

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East Hanover $30,000 for Coon Creek Bridge repairs (damaged in Ivan);

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Heidelberg $25,000 for culvert replacement on distillery Toad;

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Myerstown $10,000 for school crossing light upgrades on Railroad Street;

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North Londonderry $20,000 to rebuild Plaza Drive;

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Richland $25,000 for a storm sewer project in the North Race Street area;

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South Annville $30,000 for drainage system work at the base of South Mountain;

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South Lebanon $30,000 to repair Linden, Fox, and Fonderwhite Roads and widen Short Road and South 14th Avenue;

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South Londonderry $30,000 for bridge replacement and reconstruction of North Brandt Road;

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West Cornwall $5000 plus $20,000 transferred from North Zinns Mill Road to repair storm water on North Cornwall Road;

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West Lebanon $18,759 to repave three streets and assorted highway materials near the new Valspar plant.

Commissioners met in executive session to discuss union negotiations for the Lebanon County Correctional Facility.

The Lebanon County Metropolitan Planning Organization met at 11AM.  Gary Deberry and Tom Kotay presented EPA 8-hour Air Quality Standards.  Tom and Terry Adams also informed the Board about $4,222,000 additional funding for highway, bridge, and transit projects.  As a result, projects like Mt. Zion, Lindley Lane, Union Road, Furnace Road, Tremont, I-81 Overhead, Dairy Road,  and the 9th & 10th Street Bridges will be moved up from 2006 to 2005.

Transportation Improvement Project amendments were reviewed by Gary Deberry.  Finally, Chris Jandoli, from Gannet Fleming, presented the Lebanon County Long Range Transportation Plan.

March 31, 2005

Personnel Director Gary Robson and Melissa Light received approval for Position Requests: 

  1. An Area Agency on Aging Caseworker II position that is 100% funded.  The individual will work with the Medical Assistance Waiver Program.
  2. An Area Agency on Aging Clerk II to handle billing issues for the PDA waiver program; and
  3. An Administrator II in EMA to oversee bookkeeping for EMA’s funding stream.  This Civil Service position is 75% reimbursable.

Also of note, County job openings are now posted on the County web site:  http://dsf.pacounties.org/lebanon/cwp/view.asp?a=3&Q=479895&PM=1

Paul Zechman received approval for a $27,469 Justice Assistance Grant Request that is shared equally with the City of Lebanon.  The County's $13,735 will be used for Mobile Data Terminals to place in detective’s cars.

President Judge Eby and Judge Charles along with William Sullivan, Jim Holtry and Karen Alonzo updated commissioners on a budget crisis with Children and Youth.  Both judges pointed out that there are three reasons for juvenile placement:  protection of the community, rehabilitation, and to enforce the rules of probation.  It is important to note that unless there is a violent or sexual act committed when a first time offender is convicted, juveniles receive a community service order.  Unfortunately, repeat offenders and sexual predators have increased, and 15 sex offenders will consume 34% or $801,000 out of a line item in the budget.  Judge Eby said, “We all live and play in the same neighborhood.  Younger kids are committing serious crimes including sex crimes.”  Adding to the dilemma, State funds were cut by 2.4%, but when compared to other fifth class counties that were cut by 8.3%, Lebanon County is fortunate.  The judges promised to look for alternative sentencing that is more cost effective.

Jessica Nee and Brian Klunk presented a Honeywell Energy Audit for Lebanon County.  Over a five-year period, the County is ahead by $54,722, but only $6149 in the year 2004.  The annual energy guarantee is $147,897.  However, the biggest savings ($44,263) over the guarantee came in 2000 from an energy efficient boiler that ended up being disconnected.  The boiler needed to run continuously to heat water, but the boiler was not designed for 24-hour operation.  While Honeywell has promised to replace the boiler at no cost to the County, installation has not taken place to date.  Jessica reported that a contractor was selected and is on site looking at options.  Pointing out that time is money, and any further delay would be taking advantage of the County, a request was made to complete installation.  Overall, in five years the 10-year energy savings contract has already netted $791,000 in energy savings, which certainly benefits the environment.  The cost of the fixtures comes out of these energy savings.  Thus, net savings of $54,722.

Daniel Kauffman presented an Act 56 Wireless Plan, which will award the County $115,000 to make us Phase I compliant with the ability to trace cell phone numbers.  As work is completed, the fluid document will be amended to allow higher levels of compliance.

Elaine Ludwig presented a primary ballot layout for approval.  The ballot contains one question concerning Home Rule Charter rates of taxation within the City of Lebanon. 

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District Attorney received the first and second lever numbers;

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Jury Commissioner appears in slots three and four;

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Register of Wills, fifth spot;

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Sheriff sixth spot;

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School Directors 7-13th spots;

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Mayor, slots 14 & 15;

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City Council, slots 16-18;

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Magisterial District Judge, slot 19;

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Judge of Elections, slot 20; and

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Inspector of Elections, slot 21.

Ken Bachem and Jim Schucker were on hand for the awarding of a bid for Phase 3 of the Union Canal Project.  Low bidder BR Kreider of Manheim was awarded a $272,943 contract.  Friends of the Union Canal were pleased with previous work completed by Kreider.  Mr. Schucker also acknowledged an anonymous $50,000 contribution that will help pay for a bridge option across the finished dam.

March 24, 2005

Jenny Murphy-Shifflet presented a $124,992 STOP Violence against women grant application for the Sexual Assault Resource and Counseling Center.  She announced that in the future Brenda Keefer would oversee these duties.  Commissioners also adopted a proclamation declaring March as Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Lebanon County.

March 16, 2005

Commissioners met at Cedar Haven then as the Prison Board.

The occupancy at Cedar Haven was 317 and at the prison 417.

Saturday, March 19 from 10-3 is the Spring Fling at Cedar Haven.  Resident's crafts are sold, and money raised is used to benefit the residents.

Grantville Community Outreach representative Gale Macko addressed the commissioners to partner for services to residents living at the race track.  A ministerium is providing a food pantry, clothing, and blankets, but medical assistance and transportation are needed.

A proclamation for the ARC of Dauphin County was approved.

March 17, 2995

Lisa Arnold received approval for two weeks of staff overtime to post entries to the state's new Criminal system. The Automation Account will cover costs associated with overtime.

Commissioners rejected arbitrator s ruling to return a clerk to full time status in the Register of Wills office.

Commissioners voted to reject an arbitration decision by John M. Skonier for the Register of Wills office. As a result, labor attorney Feeman will pursue an appeal.

Deirdre Eshleman presented a $57,104 VOCA grant for advocates to accompany victims to hospitals and courts. Last year, 1,730 adult and 750 juvenile victims were assisted.

Kathy Snavely presented an extensive review of projects undertaken by the Lebanon County Commission for Women.  For instance, the Commission accessed community services available to women and children in the County; researched women who have impacted the history of Lebanon County; partnered with Pipeline Interactive to develop a website; attended the PA Governor's Conference for Women at the Philadelphia Convention Center; purchased 24 copies of the children's book Remember the Ladies; and compiled nominations for women residing in Lebanon for an African American and Latina role model book for the PA Commission for Women.

Dr. Martin Schneider was reappointed to the Health Facilities Authority.

At 11Am, the commissioners presided over the casting of lots to determine ballot position for the upcoming election.

Then, at 1:30pm, commissioners listened to assessment appeals
 

March 10, 2005

A position request for a Case Manager II in the Area Agency on Aging received approval.  The position is 100% funded and State recommended.  The case manager will help to manage 67 existing clients and process 19 pending clients.

Commissioners approved three appointments to Drug an Alcohol:  Sally Barry, Ralph Dier, and Barbara Heckard.

A proclamation for Sertoma was approved.

After the public meeting, commissioner met in executive session to discuss union negotiations for the prison.

March 3, 2005

During personnel transactions, position requests, and conference/seminar requests, Elaine Ludwig received approval to attend the Eastern PA Voting Systems Information Forum in Scranton where electronic voting systems will be demonstrated.  Commissioner Litz will accompany Mrs. Ludwig.  Commissioner Carpenter voted nay to the request.  Cost to the County is for mileage.

Dan Kauffman and William Josko received approval for a $436,990 lease to own New World Systems Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system that will take effect in 2006 when, for the first time, cell phone calls to 911 will exceed landline calls.  With the new CAD system, telecommunicators will have the capacity to trace cell phone calls.  The training includes 2-3 months of instruction for each dispatcher.  Grants will be pursued for payment.

Earl and Lee Meyer received approval for a $90,089 Phase II Luptap agreement, which will accomplish background, land use, and other data for the Comprehensive Plan.

A $472,865 single application for assistance was also approved for the Planning Department.

When Richland Borough missed a state deadline for help administering Building Code inspections, they had to wait six months before applying to the Lebanon County Planning Department to join fifteen other municipalities for this service.

Finally, the Tulpehocken Greenway study is completed.  A public meeting will be held March 17, 7PM, at the Jackson Elementary School Cafeteria, 558 W Main Ave., Myerstown.

Alegra Cosgrave and TJ McHugh, a brother and sister investment team, presented results of their management of a portion of the County retirement fund.  In summary, their goal is to earn the County 15% interest per year, which will double the invested amount within five years.

Prior to the next meeting, Archie Battistelli, Advest, and Curt will put retirement fund recommendations in writing for commissioner review and consideration.

Dr. Yocum turned checks over to the County for cremations.

Commissioners signed a letter penned by Ray Bender at the Housing and Redevelopment Authority.  The letter will be went to Congressman Holden and Senators Santorum and Specter asking them to restore Community Development Block Grant funds.

Antonio Deraco was appointed to the Housing and Redevelopment Authority Board.

Bethel Township received a letter of support to purchase 50 acres for recreation.

A line of succession—chairman, vice-chairman, secretary, then administrator—was approved for emergencies.  In the event that none of these individuals is available, the president judge will appoint decision makers.

February 24, 2005

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Approval was given to sign a 2005 Civil Service Compensation Plan for MHMR, Area Agency on Aging, Drug and Alcohol, and Children and Youth.

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Hotel Ordinance # 30 was passed replacing a 2001 ordinance putting a 2% fee on room rentals, which generates about $105,000 per year.  Money raised is used for tourism.  After collection by the treasurer, an administrative fee is deducted.  The Tourist Promotion Agency then keeps 50% and the remaining 50% is used by the Commissioners for other County parks and related projects.  This ordinance includes enforcement provisions like a $100 fine and 9% per year in late fees.  Of about 50 Lebanon hotels and bed and breakfasts, ten to fifteen payments are consistently late.

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Commissioners adopted a resolution designating signatory authority to the chair of the Metropolitan Planing Organization.

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$33,745 in tobacco contracts with Lebanon Family Health Services to help people quit smoking were approved.

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Drug and Alcohol director Susan Klarsh addressed the commissioners.  A vote to allow CRC permission to construct a methadone clinic on county-owned property passed two to one.  Commissioners Stohler and Litz voted for, and Commission Carpenter voted against the 4,350 square foot clinic adjacent to the current White Deer Run treatment facility, which is next to the sewage treatment plant.  There is no cost to the County taxpayers.  CRC will finance construction of 3000 square feet of the building at 7.5% and CRC will pay upfront for construction costs for 1350 square feet at 0% interest, which will expand outpatient services for White Deer Run.  Local contractors will be used.  The County will own the building. Savings from reduced treatment costs and transportation will be approximately $50,000 per year. In addition, when the 3000 square feet is paid off by CRC (7 years and 9 months), CRC will start paying $3750- per month rent to Lebanon County.  Further, after year 6.5, CRC will pay the County $1688 per month rent for the 1350 square feet.  The contract will also include stipulations for security--initially a guard, then a guard and/or monitoring equipment--and preferential treatment for Lebanon County residents.  Many residents spoke eloquently to both sides of the issue.  Among them were Mike Ditzler, Isabelle, and Karl Kleinfelter who were not in favor of the proposal. Speaking in favor of the proposal were Susan Killinger, Dr. Frank Bergman, Cary Burges, Bill Litman, Sally Barry, Eric Wolfe, Dr. Yocum, and former commissioner Ed Arnold. After Commissioner Carpenter addressed the audience, Commissioner Litz made the following statement:

"We need a methadone clinic in Lebanon County because we have a heroin problem in Lebanon County.
 
The heroin problem is much larger than most of the general public perceive, and it is viewed as epidemic in some drug law enforcement circles.  With regard to crime, Lebanon County's heroin problem has a "ripple effect."   It is not just the crime of buying, selling, possessing and using by those who choose to be heroin addicts.  Those "hooked" on heroin quickly use up their personal incomes and assets and then turn to crime to support their habit.  This "ripple effect" includes stealing from friends and family, shoplifting, prostitution, robbery, burglary, theft, drug-dealing and any other crime that generates income to maintain their addiction.
 
A methadone clinic provides a means to get addicts off of heroin, off of public welfare programs, and out of the criminal justice system, where detention, enforcement, trial and prison place added financial burdens on the taxpayer.  
 
For a government to fail to recognize and address this problem would be for that government to fail its law-abiding and tax-paying citizens at a critical time in the war on drugs.  We can pay a little now, or a lot later -- when the heroin "problem" and its accompanying crime-wave costs us millions of dollars."
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Mike Kristovensky and Dean Achenbach from Area Agency on Aging and Terri Guirintano and John Elsworth from COLT were on hand to present a contract that would allow COLT to maintain, store, and provide drivers for the 37-passenger senior center bus, which transports center visitors to day trips at a cost of $10 per person.

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Ray Bender  presented CDBG--community block grant--allocations for 2005:  Swatara Township paving of Greble Road; an ADA ramp and rail for the stage area of Jonestown Park; sidewalks for the west end of Annville; sprinklers for patient rooms at Cedar Haven; housing rehabilitation; HARP; ADA improvements in Palmyra Borough; and administration and auditing costs.  Mr. Bender pointed out that the president's budget cuts the program funding, so commissioners agreed to put a hold on the sprinkler system at Cedar Haven.

February 17, 2005

Commissioners appointed John Johnston, maintenance supervisor at the Lebanon County Correctional Facility, as the Clerk of the Works for the new construction at the prison.

James Holtry and Karen Alonzo received approval for a $632.67 first quarter supplemental invoice.  Further, $486,602.74 in second quarter invoices were also approved.

Norm Allen and Archie Battestelli gave a retirement fund update to commissioners.  The fund balance is $80,300,000.

The Lebanon County Historical Society was designated as the official County Historical Society, which qualifies the Society for PA Historical and Museum Commission support grants.

Reverend Roger Bucy, Sara Fuller, Mary Louise Sherk, and Ann Thompson were reappointed to the Mental Health and Mental Retardation Board.

Retired Housing and Redevelopment Authority employees will be allowed to purchase supplemental medical insurance from the County plan.

After the meeting, the Governor's office was represented to remind everyone that the property tax relief law known as the Homestead Exemption gives homeowners until March 1, 2005, to register.  While the tax relief is for schools tax bills, the County is required to process the forms.  Signing up is easy – all it takes is filling out a simple 7-question form.  Applications for “homestead exclusions” are available through the County Assessor's office (274-2801, extension 2250) or online at www.lebcounty.org .  Farmstead exemptions do require a few more answers to questions.  But Pennsylvanians will only receive property tax relief if they sign up for it.  The state has a ways to go before every eligible Pennsylvanian is signed up.  About 1.5 million homeowners still need to fill out the simple form and return it to their County Assessor.  In Lebanon County, 77% of the forms were returned, but there are still about 10,000 forms that need returned.  There are only eleven days remaining to file. 

February 10, 2005

Gary Robson received permission to fill a fulltime maintenance position.

Elaine Ludwig presented a request for a Poll Workers pay increase effective 2006.  For a 14-hour day, two times per year, Inspectors currently receive $70 per day and Judges $75 per day plus $20 to deliver ballots.  In order to both retain and attract poll workers, effective 2006 Inspectors will receive $80 per day and Judges $85 + $20 per day.

Ken Bachem and Jim Schucker were present for the bid opening of Phase 3 of the Union Canal Project, which will remove an old Bethlehem Steel earthen dam, dredge 600 feet of canal, then construct a small dam with a flow control device on the northwest end, and regrade and finish the picnic area.  Friends of the Union Canal will complete $80,000 worth of work by constructing a bridge across the dam breast, placing signs, and planting vegetation.  The balance of funding will come from DCED and Penn DOT.  One-half acre of wetlands will be mitigated near the Lebanon Career and Technology Center.   Bids came in from BR Kreider & Sons of Manheim, $272,943, and Anchor Environmental Conshohocken, $428,445.  Kreider completed work on site in previous phases.  Bids will be reviewed this week and a vote to award contracts will take place at a future meeting.

Commissioners signed two union contracts for 94 employees—Social Services and Court Professionals.  The new four-year contracts will expire December 31, 2008.  Wages will increase 3% per year, prescription co-pay will rise from 5/12/27 to 7/15/30, and in the second year of the contract, implementation of a medical insurance deductible of $200 for individuals and $400 for families will take place.

At a cost of $2500, Commissioners hired Delta Development Group to write a grant for EMA to acquire $45,000-$55,000 in funds for a hazardous mitigation plan, which must be in place to qualify for future grant eligibility.

An $8000 Human Services contract was approved with Good Samaritan Hospital Homemakers to provide health aid in homes.  Commissioner Carpenter abstained.

A $91,721 Supportive Work Program was approved with the Housing and Redevelopment Authority.

At 11AM, commissioners met with the policy board of the Metropolitan Planning Organization.  Officers were elected:  Commissioner Carpenter, chairman; Larry Stohler, vice chairman; and Jo Ellen Litz, secretary.  Further, Technical committee officers were appointed:  Jamie Wolgemuth, chairman; Jon Beers, vice chairman; and Jon Fitzgee, secretary.

New members of the policy board were appointed:  Gary Deverry, Val Stokes, and Dennis Grumbine.

Jon Fitzgee was appointed as the Susquehanna Regional Transportation Partnership representative with Lee Meyer as his alternate.

Devang Patel, PennDOT, and Mike Waisley, PB Farradyne, made presentations on Intelligent Transportation Systems and ITS Architecture.  Chris Jandoli, Gannett Fleming and Rettew Associates reviewed the comprehensive plan.

A 2005-2006 Unified Work Program was adopted.  A proposed regional traffic study will become part of the new Comprehensive Plan.

A discussion on the proposed Wal-Mart traffic study ensued.  Comments will be accepted at PennDOT by writing to Barry Hoffman, 2140 Herr St., Harrisburg PA  17103.  The policy board learned that a new service road would mean a permit to access State Route 72 would be with the Township.  Wall-mart would access the new municipal road.  If there is no access to SR72, PennDOT can’t make anyone do anything.

February 3, 2005

Commissioners approved a request to fill a secretarial position in the planning department.

Molly Harmes and Kim Snyder received a proclamation for Boy Scout Expo week February 6-12 at the Lebanon Valley Mall. A grand opening is scheduled for 6:15 Monday evening.

Don Umberger was reappointed to the Ag Preservation Committee.

From the repository of unclaimed property, commissioners approved the sale of a 10’ by 80’ strip of land at Kathy Court for $1 to Greg and Jo Ellen Rakow.

Based on a percentage of votes cast, the Democratic and Republican Parties were certified as official parties in Lebanon County.

The Lebanon Valley Economic Development Corporation was designated to receive the County’s share, $48,000 in State funding, for economic development.

West Nile Virus coordinator, Phil Hall, brought a sock mosquito puppet to explain how a mosquito contracts West Nile Virus.  Cooler weather and abundant rain slowed the incubation time in 2004.  Commissioners approved a $68,913.50 grant for treatment in 2005.

Jim Holtry presented contracts for approval:

¨      Berks County Detention $298.47 per day

¨      Jewish Family Service of Greater Harrisburg $1000 per profile

¨      Community Service Foundation (Juvenile Probation)

o       $57.70 per day Day Treatment

o       $94.41 per day Foster Care

o       $65.00 per day Supervision Program

¨      Building Bridges Girls Residential (Juvenile Probation)  $225 per day

A 2004 liquid fuels report was approved.  From a total balance of $602,797, municipal grants, bridge inspections and repairs were paid.

To operate the Victim Witness program, Commissioners accepted a $50,549 grant award from the PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency.  In addition, Commissioners accepted a $7000 grant for Project Safe Neighborhoods.

Commissioners met in executive session to discuss Union negotiations for about 80 guards at the prison.

January 27, 2005

Commissioner Litz was unable to attend today's session.

Commissioners approved filling a Houseparent position for Children and Youth.

Milton Hershey Medical Center representatives explained "PolyHeme, a human hemoglobin-based oxygen-carrying blood substitute that is in development for the treatment of urgent, large volume blood-loss in trauma and surgical settings...where blood is not immediately available."

Commissioners certified $624,900 for the 2005 Farmland Preservation program and placed the money in a restricted or reserved account for exclusive use by the county for the purchase of easements.

James Dice, Mervin Horst, and Andrew Marhevsky were appointed to the Ag Preservation board.

Lionel Lee, Joyce Daub, and Barry Heckard were re-appointed to the COLT board.

A property at 431 N Jones Street, Lebanon, was sold to the highest bidder for $5100, from the repository of unclaimed properties, to Mike Properties, LLC.
January 19, 2005

Commissioners met at Cedar Haven, then the Prison.

At Cedar Haven, resident census stood at 310 including 73 males and 237 females--a 96% occupancy rate.

Administrator Wolgemuth commended Mindy for her diligent work on behalf of Worker's Compensation.

Ed Schlegel reported that the budgeted IGT settlement was received.  This payment will be discontinued in approximately three years. 

Schlegel further stated that he would like to explore contracts with new therapy providers.  Allegheny and Chesapeake has been Cedar Haven's provider for about twenty years, but Eduro Care looks promising to provide more up-to-date services.

Marsha was commended for a HIPPA computer security compliance inspection, which the inspector deemed one of the best homes he's been in.

Judge Charles briefed commissioners on an increase in the number of juvenile probation hearings conducted. (1999-239; 2000-314; 2001-483; 2002-447; 2003-546; and 2004-591).  William R. Sullivan, Chief Juvenile Probation Officer, reviewed the JPO budget fiscal year for 2004/2005.

Inmate population at the prison as of 12/31/04 was 392 including 342 male and 50 female inmates.

Commissioner Carpenter was elected chairman, Commissioner Stohler vice chairman, and Controller Mettley secretary of the prison board.

January 20, 2005

On January 18, for misconduct, Sheriff DeLeo recommended that Timothy Brightbill should be placed on indefinite suspension without pay.

Controller Mettley reintroduced and received approval for a three-year $8500 Maximus contract to calculate computer usage by department.  This procedure helps the County recoup $1.2 million from the State.

For a six-month trial period, Mike Kristovensky received approval to join in a regional nursing home transition project with Berks and Lancaster Counties.  Based on our 1260 Medical Assistance beds, Lebanon will contribute $19,740 to the $117,685 project.  It is anticipated that younger residents will take advantage of a $4000 one-time transition payment to move from a nursing home to independent living quarters with social service assistance.

Commissioners then discussed the issue of a full time District Attorney.  Commissioner Litz stated that she pledged to vote for a full time District Attorney.  “I have not changed my mind on the need for a full time DA.  What has changed is the financial climate.  The budget is tight.  Therefore, I move to create a full time DA position for 2006, provided that the DA agrees to eliminate one other position within the DA’s office.”   Reasons include:

¨      Safety—Would we add more police if crime was increasing?

¨      A District Attorney is on call 24/7.

¨      Five of eight fifth class counties have a full time DA.

¨      Full time would eliminate a conflict of interest with a private practice.

¨      The DA must prosecute criminals for four full time judges.

¨    The Public Defender, an honorable man, is full time.  However, we must ask ourselves if criminals are more important than law-abiding citizens.

¨      Education required for the position.

¨      The DA is responsible for a large staff—detectives, 5 ADAs, victim witness, gatekeeper….

¨    By keeping the DA position part time, are we discouraging extremely well qualified candidates from running for this office?  Highly successful attorneys in private practice earn considerably more than the part time salary. 

¨      An ADA in Mercer County, also a fifth class county, can earn as much as the DA in Lebanon County.

¨      Years ago, while holding the position, former DA Charles lobbied for more time and compensation.

¨      It’s the right thing to do.

The motion failed with Commissioners Stohler and Carpenter voting no.

At 11AM, commissioners joined Dennis Grumbine for a tourism kick-off event at the EXPO.  Six months after receiving TPA designation, a booklet, DVD, and web site were unveiled.  http://visitlebanoncounty.com

At 1:30, commissioners reconvened as the Board of Assessment Appeals.  Two appeals were decided.

Chief Assessor Dan Seaman gave an update on the Homestead forms, and requested a one month extension for his temporary employee to help process the 300 forms a day that are still coming in.  32,000 out of 43,000 forms were returned.  14,000 approval letters must still be sent to property owners.

Also, South Lebanon Township received non-taxable status for two parcels adjoining their park.  Structures were removed.

January 13, 2005
Lynn Sneed received a vote of approval to submit a $495,270 Domestic Violence Intervention grant request to the Department of Community and Economic Development for rehabilitation of the HVAC air conditioning system, program operations, a legal advocate for homeless prevention, and administrative fees of which the County will retain $3000.  DVI will have to come up with a 50% match of $247,635 with the balance coming from DCED.    

Members of the Lebanon County Realtors Association approached the commissioners to purchase an assessment data stream for their 1500 member Keystone multi-list.  Joan Walmer, Mary Rakow, Frank Kocher, Wendy Wills, Irene Pickett, and Holly Krall were told that Solicitor Snelling will review the request and Assessor Dan Seaman will talk to LCRA's vendor and our Management Information System technicians for information to develop a price for consideration.  Patriot News reporter Tom Bowman asked, since this is public information would this information also be available on-line to the public?  Commissioners agreed that the information is public information that can be obtained five days a week during normal business hours, but at this point in time it would be cost prohibitive to provide the information on-line.  Assessor Seaman reported that only 5% of property owners reviewed their personal site information on-line.  Should it become reality, to access the Realtor's site would require a broker's license and membership in the LCRA.
 
Elaine Ludwig presented a $759,309 grant application that would bring Lebanon County into compliance with HAVA--the Help America vote act.  To meet State deadlines, Commissioners approved the Lebanon County plan, which would eventually replace the 133 mechanical voting machines with 190 electronic touch screen machines, improve handicap accessibility at noncompliant precinct locations, signs, training, and wages.

Donald Snively was appointed to the Workforce Investment Board for the South Central Employment Corporation.

Prison Extension & Alternates

An extension will cost $1,298,830, and it addresses overcrowding deficiencies in State inspections from 1999-2004. Without the addition, a deficiency would move to a citation phase.  After the extension, we have $100,000 left in the bond issue to spend on alternates.
· Male cell block (maximum security) 3400sf/$200psf = $680,000 (16 cells (2 are handicap accessible) or 32 beds & showers)
· Female cell block (maximum security) 900sf/$200psf=$180,000 (5 cells or 10 beds & showers)
· Sewer grinder installation—$80,000
· Site work--$100,000

Roof:  $49,200
· Structural integrity;
· Extended life of building;
· Energy conservation—if water gets in, heat can get out.

Fencing/exercise yard:  $67,300
·2 hours of outdoor exercise per inmate per day are required by the State.  In winter, we have about 8 hours of daylight—8AM-4PM.
·2 existing yards
· 7 areas of population need segregated—protective custody (inmates testifying against other inmates), women,...
· 4 medicine calls per day
· 3 meals per day
· Avoid extra staff and/or overtime.
· Keep “infectious” inmates away from general population
· County cited by State for past five years for commingling populations.  To avoid fights, passing of materials…, inmates can’t exercise together or pass in the hallway.  According to warden Karnes, "the yard accomplishes:
o        Segregation
o        Separation
o        Security."
When noncompliance issues are identified within your facility, it ultimately becomes a reflection of the facility administrator’s ability to operate a safe, clean and secure facility.

An $11,500 request was tabled to pay Maximus to calculate the computer time used by each department for state reimbursement.
 

January 6, 2005

Reorganization of the Lebanon County Commissioners elected the following people to the corresponding positions:

Larry Stohler Chairman of the Board;

William Carpenter Vice Chairman of the Board;

Jo Ellen Litz Secretary of the Board;

Jamie Wolgemuth Administrator;

Adrienne Snelling Solicitor;

Scot Feeman Labor Attorney.

In addition, all employees were re-appointed to the County payroll in their respective positions.

Further, Commissioners Stohler, Carpenter, and Litz announced that they will hold meetings:

Each Thursday in Room 207 of the Municipal Building beginning at 9:30AM;

The third Wednesday of each month at Cedar Haven beginning at 10:30; then at

The prison at noon;

As well as all other Wednesdays beginning at 9:30 AM in Room 297 of the Municipal Buildings on an as-needed basis through 4:30 PM to deal with county government functions.

Finally, the Salary Board will meet during the regular Thursday meeting in Room 207 of the Municipal Building. All meetings are open to the public. To get on the agenda, call 274-2801 extension 2202.

Depository accounts were approved at First National Bank of Fredericksburg, Wachovia Bank, Jonestown Bank and Trust Company, Lebanon Valley Farmers Bank, Northwest Savings Bank, and Commerce Bank.

While all three commissioner and the controller serve on this board, Salary Board officers were appointed: Larry Stohler Chair; William Carpenter Vice Chair; Jamie Wolgemuth secretary, and Adrienne Snelling Solicitor.

bulletJudge Robert Eby moved to set salaries of employees within the Courts.
bulletDawn Resanovich moved to set salaries of employees in the Register of Wills office.
bulletLisa Arnold moved to set salaries of employees in the Prothonotary’s office.
bulletDeirdre Eshleman moved to set District Attorney employee’s salaries.
bulletDonna Lutz moved to set salaries of Recorder of Deeds employees.
bulletBob Mettley moved to set salaries for Controller personel.
bulletSallie Neuin moved to set Treasurer’s office employee salaries.

All three commissioner serve on the Board of Assessment: William Carpenter Chair; Jo Ellen Litz Vice Chair; Jamie Wolgemuth secretary; Adrienne Snelling Solicitor; and Daniel Seaman Chief County Assessor. Commissioners also approved payment of all necessary expenses incurred by the Board from appropriations budgeted for necessary and legal expenditures. Hearings are scheduled for:

January 20, February 17, March 17, April 14, May 19, June 16, July 21, August 11 & 18, September 1, 15 & 22, October 6, 13, & 20, November 17, and December 15.

While all three commissioner serve on this board, officers of the Board of Elections were appointed: William Carpenter Chair; Larry Stohler Vice Chair; Elaine Ludwig Chief Clerk; Adrienne Snelling Solicitor.  Commissioners also approved payment of all necessary expenses incurred by the Board from appropriations budgeted for necessary and legal expenditures.

While all three commissioner serve on this board, the Registration Commission officers were appointed: William Carpenter Chair; Larry Stohler Vice Chair; Elaine Ludwig Chief Clerk; and Adrienne Snelling Solicitor.

Liaison Assignments:

Stohler

Carpenter

Litz

Area Agency on Aging

Assessment Chair

Ag Extension Agency

Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development

Building & Grounds

Conservation District

Children & Youth

City of Lebanon

COLT buses

Drug & Alcohol

Emergency Management Chair

Management Information Systems

Housing & Redevelopment

Planning Department

South-central Employment Corporation

Mental Health/Mental Retardation

Veteran's Affairs

Tourist Bureau

Renova Center

Voter Registration Chair

United Way

Commissioners approved filling of two positions:  GIS specialist in the Assessment Office and a Counselor at the prison to service the male population.  This position normally handles 50 requests daily.