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Votes taken by the
Lebanon County Commissioners 2006:
10,000 Acres Preserved
iVontronic voting machine
General Election Ballot
December 28, 2006
Brett Lentz introduced Jeffrey and Teresa Zechman for
presentation of a check for the conservation easement to place their
115.37-acre South Londonderry Township farm
After being duly advertised,
Ordinance 33 passed joining Lebanon County with six other counties to
form a Northern County Health Insurance
Purchasing Cooperative. During 2007, there
will be no increase in health insurance. The purchasing
"pool" will help to insulate Lebanon County
from “shock” claims of more than $50,000.
Robert Mettley presented recommendations for the
Retirement Board, including:
Interest payable to employees at the rate of 5.5%;
Adopting the 1/80th class;
Engaging the Hay Group to complete statements at a
cost of $1.75 each;
Approving a 90% Cost of Living Allocation, which will
cost the plan $714,234;
Acceptance of refunds paid to former employees; and
Paying pensions to current retirees.
Wanting to reassure employees and the public that the
County pension fund is sound, Commissioner Litz stated that:
Lebanon County has a fiscally
responsible retirement plan that is comparable to what a business offers.
We do not try to compete with
the State retirement plan. It’s what we can afford.
Everything we do is at an open
meeting during one of our regular commissioner’s meetings.
Our records are open for
Our employees contribute up to
7% of their pay.
All employees, including the
commissioners, are on the same plan.
It takes five years to be
vested in the plan.
Lebanon County’s pension plan
is decent, but not exorbitant.
After a twenty-day public review process, Commissioners
adopted the 2007 budget with no tax increase. The total budget of
$88,157,373 includes State and federal funds and a $31,167,650
General Fund ($17,961,257 from real estate taxes). In 2006, due to new
legislation, the County paid constables $29,000 over budget.
Commissioners approved an Application for County Aid
for bridge maintenance contracts. This includes an encumbered
allocation of $160,000 for next year.
December 20, 2006
Census is 319—83 men and 236 women.
The Snowflake bazaar netted $1500 profit.
Roman Shahay, Renova Center, received approval to
increase monthly payments by $150 to Myerstown Family Practice for the
medical care of residents during a fifteen-month period from April 1, 2007
through June 30, 2008. They visit Renova Center to make rounds weekly,
and are on-call 24 hours a day. There has been no increase in ten years.
Beginning January 1, 2007 at a rate of $1388.33
monthly, Mike Folmer will lease a 980 square foot district office at the
courthouse in Room 101.
Lebanon County will pay $2000 in Assembly dues.
Library board appointments were made: Rose Kays
Palmyra; Lettie Schadler, Fredericksburg; and Gail Shiner, Myerstown.
Connie Hoffer and Sue Bowman were appointed as
Conservation District board members. Director Betty Conner indicated that
she has other obligations mid-year.
Commissioners reviewed Growing Greener II
Census is 563—499 males and 64 females; 205 unsentenced
inmates; 105 on work release; 49 State sentenced inmates; 33 incarcerated on
parole violations; 33 on domestic bench warrants/sentences; and 15 inmates
are in other counties on writs.
CRC made a presentation on administering methadone to
inmates who were receiving treatment prior to incarceration. A policy
decision will be made next month.
December 21, 2006
Regular Commissioner’s meeting:
Since all of the mobile homes that went up for
Sheriff’s sale due to tax claim did not sell, Dennis Firestone requested
permission to sell two mobile homes to Lakeside Park owner Jessie Ryder
for $1 each. Commissioners approved the request.
A $181,680 HAVA certificate of maintenance effort to
conduct elections was approved. Actual expenses were $202,308.46.
Farmland Preservation: Eugene and Sylvia Hoffman
were present for the preservation of their 51.14-acre farm,
which contains Ft. Zellers, the oldest fort in PA. Next week, the Zechman
farm will be presented. Twenty more farms are in the process of
Growing Greener II grants: Commissioners released
proposed funding for their $1.39 million allocation of the Growing Greener
II funds provided by the State. A formal grant application will need to
be submitted to the appropriate State agency—DEP, DCNR, or the Department
of Agriculture by each group.
Growing Greener II Lebanon County Allocation $1.39
North Lebanon Lions Park
North Cornwall Township park
Quittie Wetland water & sewer
Northern Lebanon Fitness Trail
Governor Dick forest
Historical Society-Union Canal
Newmanstown Water Authority
Rails to Trails
Fredericksburg Sewer & Water
Millcreek Richland Pump
North Lebanon Sewer Repairs
Metropolitan Planning Organization:
A court decision on the 11th Avenue
Railroad Crossing is one year away. Therefore, a budget amendment will
move allocated funds to the Ramona Road crossing.
A 2006 fiscal Report Card showed Lebanon County
receiving $1,969,114 or 120% for the target allocation for roads and
bridges. The additional 20% was possible due to reallocation of money not
spent in other State MPOs.
Among others, TIP Modifications included a 50’ wooden
footbridge across Quittapahilla Creek; a traffic
signal, left turn lanes, paving, storm water improvements and pavement
markings at the intersection of PA 72 and West Crestview Drive in North
Cornwall Township; the Grant Street Bridge project deobligated federal
funds of $77,252, which allowed transfer to the Bridge Reserve line item;
a bridge replacement on SR 4011 over a tributary to Swatara Creek in North
Londonderry Township; Mountain Road and Asherminer Road in East Hanover
Townships; and mill and resurface, drainage
work, guide rail improvements, and sink hole repair on Route 422 from
Green Street to Killinger Creek and SR 72 from I78 to Fisher Avenue in
North Londonderry and Union Townships.
The MPO reviewed a crash report for the Western end
of Route 22 in Lebanon County.
Commissioners heard one commercial appeal.
December 14, 2006
Recognizing the demands placed upon row officers,
former Treasurer Diane Rhoads voiced her support for the new salary
Because of a vacant secretary position in the public
defender’s office, commissioners voted to compensate Myrna Garcia for
overtime, which totals 6 to 10 hours.
Commissioner’s also increased the starting rate of pay
for correctional officers to $11.05 per hour.
Clyde Flickinger and Mike Burke, with Big Brothers Big
Sisters, presented commissioners with Bowl for Kids Sake t-shirts. March 24
at Cedar Lanes, the 2007 Bowl will encompass the entire facility. Lane
sponsorships are $250. Sponsor logos appear on the t-shirt awarded annually
To secure services as the County’s agent through 2011,
on behalf of Lebanon County Christian Ministries, Troy Williams presented
the Emergency Food Assistance Program contract for commissioner’s
signatures. 670 families at three sites—250 S 7th Street in
Lebanon, St. Paul’s UCC in Schaefferstown, and Trinity UMC at 98 Fisher
Avenue in Lickdale—received one bag of government surplus food like peanut
butter or cheese
monthly. Eligibility is based upon income guidelines
like a maximum annual salary of $14700 for an individual, $19800 for a
husband and wife, and $24900 for a family of three. For more information,
call 272-4400. The LCCM also runs an emergency food program, emergency
prescription program, and emergency utility assistance program for people in
need. Food drives also support LCCM—350,000 pounds from businesses, 53,000
from a Boy Scout drive, and 10,000 pounds from a Post Office drive. Twenty
Thanksgiving and thirty Christmas dinners are distributed. 245 families are
registered in the food bank, and 110 free meals
are provided daily.
Dauphin County Industrial Development Authority
presented a request for an IRS required Certificate of Approval supporting
their $13 million refinancing of nine multi-family housing properties
including Walnut Manor in Jonestown. Support does not create an obligation
with respect to the payment of the bonds, jeopardize Lebanon’s bond rating,
or increase our debt load.
Appointments to the Children and Youth board include:
Mark Hess, Keith Shields, Edgar Werner, Sue Werner, Kim Miller, and Glen
November 7, 2007
Elaine Ludwig provided HAVA grant reports covering
accessibility, materials and signs for signatures.
Commissioners approved the first reading of the
$88,157,373 - 2007 budget, which reflects 15.5 mills—no tax increase.
Brett Lentz presented the 115.37-acre
Jeffrey & /Teresa Zechman Farm located in South Londonderry Township for
a farmland preservation right-to-be-heard
hearing. The value of the conservation easement is $1590 per acre.
Commissioners approved Ordinance #33, which
authorizes Lebanon County to join the intergovernmental Northern County
Health Insurance Purchasing Cooperative for a three-year term. Other
counties in the cooperative include: Clinton, Clearfield, McKean,
Susquehanna, and Tioga—all 6th class counties—as well as
Schuylkill, which is a 4th class county.
By resolution, Lebanon County
Emergency Management is authorized to connect and monitor alarm systems
within Lebanon County utilizing an alarm device connection agreement set at
$80 per circuit and $150 per year.
Commissioners will meet Monday, December 11, 2005 at
6:45PM in the Commissioners’ office, room 207 of the Municipal Building to
set the salaries for elected officials who take office in 2008.
By a previous board of
commissioners, the Register of Wills,
Sheriff, and Jury Commissioner salaries were approved for a 6% increase in
2007, 3.5% for 2008, and 3.5% for 2009.
To help decide how the County's
$1.39 million State allocation should be spent, from 10:30AM until 5PM,
Commissioners listened to nineteen Growing Greener applicants.
Rails-to-Trails, Governor Dick, the Union Canal Tunnel Park, Fountain Park
in Schaefferstown, sewage systems, camps, schools, an Historic hiking and
biking trail,... all outlined their needs or visions for improving the
environment or recreation in Lebanon County. The largest request, $725,000,
came from the Conservation District to preserve farmland. A discussion
ensued whether or not to increase the $1500 allocation per acre.
November 22, 2006
Commissioners met at the
Governor Dick Nature Center in Mt. Gretna.
Trustees Ray Bender and Chuck Allwein greeted everyone.
Upon the request of Gary Robson,
Commissioners adopted a revised Sexual Harassment policy,
which was reviewed by the solicitor, our insurance company, and the unions.
In addition to the Treasurer’s report, Sally Neuin
presented a Records Management Plan for
approval. The vote was unanimous to adopt a resolution in accordance with
Act 8-98 concerning fees collected by the Recorder of Deeds and administered
by the County Commissioners.
Because parts are no long available for repair,
Commissioners discussed an upgrade to the existing telephone system
at the courthouse. Ken Bachem received a firm bid of $38,000, which is
split 70/30 between the County and City. The City will be approached to
discuss a plan for their portion. The County will take one-half from this
year’s budget and one-half in 2007. This is possible due to on-call
or on-demand repairs verses a service contract for
what has been deemed an obsolete system.
Commissioner Ed Arnold requested consideration of an increase in the per
acre payment for the farmland preservation program.
Lebanon currently pays farmers $1500 per acre, and any
appraised value over that sum may be able to be used as a tax write-off.
Farmers should consult their accountants for details. Commissioner
Litz promised to provide a comparison of counties throughout the
Commonwealth. The document was distributed at the County Commissioner’s
Association of PA Energy, Environment, and Land Use committee meeting at the
conference in Hershey this past week. Even though we
could be considered a smaller county, with 95 farms and 11,464 acres,
Lebanon places 7th in the State for their farmland preservation program.
Commissioner Stohler addressed a question concerning
Clean and Green.
Census: 317 consisting of 233 females and 84 males
98.5% occupancy rate
This Saturday, there will be a bazaar from 10AM-3PM.
12/13 is an employee tea from 1-3:15
Without revision, the Department of Health approved
plans for the sprinkler system.
The Department of Health also cleared all
deficiencies for the facility.
John Locker was approved for admission to Renova
Center bringing the round-the-clock care facility to a full capacity of
Should the replacement option be the most practical
and so that a cost estimate can be established, Mark Wilson provided three
sketches of the County owned Inwood bridge for input from the
Commissioners. Replacement would require archival photographs, but use
the same footprint, which reduces or eliminates hazardous waste, wetlands,
and endangered species concerns. His next meeting will be with DCNR who
owns the land around the bridge. The other two options include repair or
rehabilitation of the 14’ wide historic structure. If replaced, Penn DOT
mandates a marketing program. The "old" bridge
would have to be taken apart and reassembled elsewhere.
34 State Sentenced Inmates; 222 Unsentenced Inmates;
113 on Work Release; 23 on detail.
November 16, 2006
Commissioners met with the Records Improvement
Committee. Treasurer Sallie Neuin presented a Record Improvement Plan for
review. Sheriff DeLeo, Register of Wills Resanovich, and Prothonotary
Arnold were also present. A final plan for approval will be presented at
next week’s Commissioner’s meeting.
Jim Holtry and Karen Alonzo received approval on
Children and Youth invoices:
IV-E placement maintenance, $221,454.51, which
includes $13,303 Random Moment Time Study (RMTS)
pre-placement cost. The conflict with the State and Federal government is
not resolved. The State must pass a review prior to release of funds. If
not released, the State will pay $9834, and the County $3469. Overall,
RMTS puts the maintenance contribution about
$44,000 less from the federal government.
IV-E adoption assistance, $42,381.98, which is
$34,000 less than last year;
State transitional grant, $88,903; and
Medicaid, $1197 for a total of $409,200.12.
Area Agency on Aging’s Mike Kristovensky and Joe
Lecisko presented a 5-year MA Waiver agreement for approval. 6/07-10/11 =
$235,648 per year for a total of $1,178,240 for five years.
The original Waiver Program started in July 1999 to
provide in-home community based services to consumers who were determined
medical assistance eligible for a nursing home.
Drug and Alcohol’s Sue Klarsh and Mental Retardation’s
Brenda Mettley provided $56,273 in Supportive Concepts for Families
contracts for approval. A client moved from Berks to Lebanon County, and
his dollars followed him. \
A contract renewal between the five Counties (through
an Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreement, and HealthAssurance
HealthAmerica for the HealthChoices Behavioral Health Program was proved.
Seven other counties in the State have duplicated this program.
Program Manager Mark Tesh, salesman Jim McGee, and
engineer Brian Munsen from MA/Com met with Commissioners to provide
an update on the EMA Radio System upgrade. Sighting a good performance,
MA/Com stated that Lebanon is the first, or one of the first, county(ies)
in the State to complete interoperability with the State system. They
stated that fire fighters have not yet received their radios, only
policemen. Since Annville lies in a “low spot,” Lebanon Valley College is
being contacted for permission to place a tower on the third floor addition
near the White Oak Street and Route 422 intersection. Other areas where
service was predicted to be light includes the second mountain around Cold
Spring as well as Cornwall and Millcreek, which are
surrounded by mountains.
95% promised mobile coverage
countywide; delivering 99%
90% promised outdoor portable coverage; delivering
95% promised Building Penetration along the Route 422
corridor; delivering 99%
When inside a building, twelve frequencies are
available. The 3-watt radios must be set to talk-around-mode and utilize a
chief at a command point outside of the building to relay calls for more
Leather cases and software upgrades are included at no
charge on the radios. To tweak the radios, input from users will help to
identify spots that need filled in. Using the "tweak
method" will help to keep costs for hardware to a
minimum. Put another way, rather than over-building hardware, human input
from the field will raise the element of trust with the system. To
guarantee 100% coverage, it would have been cost prohibitive to place a
tower every one-tenth mile.
Voter Registration Chief Elaine Ludwig and Sharon
Long said that no outcomes of elections changed
due to adjustments in the vote count. Yesterday, the minority inspector and
judge of elections from Jackson West reconvened with Elaine and Sharon to
recount the paper ballots. Three sets of votes need added together for a
final tally—from the first machines that worked for an hour; from the paper
ballots; and from the replacement machines that went live around 4PM.
Assessment Appeals Board:
Commissioners heard one appeal, a trailer.
November 9, 2006
A five-year EMA union
contract was signed with 20 telecommunicators represented by Tom Newman
and Robert Snyder and the Chocolate Workers union, Dennis Bomberger. To
more fairly compensate dispatchers, the starting rate of pay will go from
$10.44 to $11.34 per hour. Increases will occur at the percentage of
6/7/4/4/4 over the five-year period ending in 2009. A $200 individual and
$400 family medical deductible and $10/$25 prescription deductible will also
Members of the Wellness Committee consisting of
Deb Harchuska, Mary Ann Reppert, Jennifer Moehlman, and Shem Heller received
a proclamation for the 30th Anniversary of the Great American
Smoke Out. The team is encouraging smokers who want to quit smoking to
turn in their cigarettes for the day. In return they will receive a “Quit
Bag” from Lebanon Family Health and a chance to win a dinner gift
certificate to a local smoke-free restaurant.
Archie and Mike Battistelli and Steven Greenhut
presented a 3rd quarter update on retirement investments.
Fund balance is $88,100,000. In a global economy,
a small portion of the portfolio extends to the International market when
American companies expand overseas or local companies like Bayer and Schott
Pharmaceutical are owned by foreign companies.
On a Stohler/Carpenter motion, $5306.25 was cut from
the Conservation District budget. Stating that Stan Alekna and Mr.
Nolte, president of Spring Hill Acres Association, attended the Conservation
District meeting where they agreed to a 15% service charge, which was also
agreed upon and later confirmed by Cornwall Borough Council President Carl
Hilton, Litz voted against the motion. With 1294 acres and paying for
almost half of the spraying, Cornwall Borough is the largest of eight
As prescribed by law, and assisted
by Election Bureau staff--Elaine Ludwig, Sharon, Joan, and Jo Ellen,
the Commissioners sat as the Election Board to complete computations on
Friday, November 10 at 9AM. Two percent of precincts needed a complete
review. Write-ins were counted.
Due to the THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY,
the Commissioners meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 22, 2006 at
the Clarence Schock Memorial Park at the Governor Dick Environmental Center
beginning at 9:30 a.m.
Phyllis Holtry presented a Homeless Assistance Program
pre-expenditure budget amendment of $3864 from the Department of Welfare,
which was used to increase rental assistance in the amount of $3478 and
administration fees in the amount of
$386. Further, Commissioners approved
$147,838 in Community Services Block Grant contracts; $103,876 in Supported
Engagement/Supported Work; $54,000 in Supportive Housing; $114,725 in
Homeless Assistance; and Medical Assistance Transportation Program grants
based on time spent in the program. Finally, Commissioners signed a
$276,000 contract with Philhaven.
Susan Klarsch, Carol Davies, and Melissa Heisey
received approval for an Advanced Treatment Systems contract amendment
allowing monthly billing on a fiscal rather than calendar year basis.
Warden Bob Karnes accompanied Linda D. Witters,
who is retiring as a correctional officer from the County prison after 25
years of service. Linda received a resolution and
congratulations from Commissioners.
Commissioners singed a union agreement that will expire
December 31, 2009 with Teamsters 429 covering sixty court-related
employees in the Sheriff’s, Public Defenders, and Prothonotary’s offices.
Commissioner Stohler moved, and
Commissioner Carpenter seconded, a motion to notify the Conservation
District that their County funding is at risk should they charge a fee to
administer the gypsy moth spraying program for municipalities.
Because prior to today’s meeting, the District was in negotiations with
townships to correct the 15% proposal,
Commissioner Litz called the vote premature. The motion passed with
Commissioner Litz voting against the action. Using Commissioner Stohler’s
reasoning of not charging for services, the County should not charge DPW a
10% administrative fee for the Homeless Assistance program (above)….
Similarly, County departments charge a fee to administer sewage
and building inspections, GIS….
(Editorial comment: To single out the Conservation
District for punitive punishment seems both harsh and unfair.)
The State’s charge for gypsy moth spraying is $25 per
acre. If federal funds are awarded, refunds will reduce both the municipal
and County shares. In fact, the State does not charge Conservation
Districts with the “duty” to administer the gypsy moth program. Other
departments or a private firm can be hired to perform the task of going into
the field to identify and count gypsy moth sacs,
send out notices, collect and remit fees…. Past practice in Lebanon County
is that the District administers the program for a 15% fee to cover
mileage, office space, insurance, audits, stamps and stationary,…, which was
previously based on $7.50/acre. Admittedly, staff discovered a math error,
which was already in the process of being corrected. Tonight, at their
regularly scheduled 8PM meeting, the District is
prepared to discuss the issue. (The corrected payment
Gypsy Moth Spraying
In off-years, staff spent time in the field, which
has not been reimbursed.
Last sprayed in 2002 when a 15% service fee was
charged on the total fee--with no complaints. The spraying cost was
Justification for Administrative costs:
456 miles @44.5 cents =
$.16 @ 1500 pieces
105 hours @ $31/hr
Secretarial support, equipment, GIS, miscellaneous
& off-year administration and training.
In future years, to remain sustainable and
offer a quality level of service, the Conservation District will
continue to recover costs of administration for all programs
Judge Eby recommended that Sally
Barry be allowed to attend graduate courses that are 100% reimbursable from
the State. Sally would attend classes on her own time during evening hours.
A precedent was set in 2003 when classes were 100% reimbursed under these
same circumstances. PA only offers this program to Adult Probation.
Commissioners unanimously approved the request.
Kevin Schrum, Melissa Heisey, Shem
Heller, and Carol Davies presented $199,129 in Mental Health/Mental
Retardation contract modifications for approval.
Commissioners approved board
appointment requests provided by Attorney Fred Wolfson to the Health
Facilities Authority: David Etter, Andrew Marhevsky and Paul Dunkleburger.
Commissioners also approved a
proclamation congratulating Laura Kale for achieving the Gold
Award, the highest recognition a Girl Scout can receive.
Elaine Ludwig received approval
and signatures confirming a total of 75,028 voters in Lebanon
County—21,534 Democrats, 43,812 Republicans, 446 Libertarians, 129 Green, 92
Constitutional, and 9,015 other party voters.
Solicitor Penny Snelling rendered an opinion stating that Commissioners
Litz and Stohler did not violate the Sunshine Law.
Previously, soon after taking office in 2004,
Commissioner Litz researched the Sunshine Law with the County Commissioner
Association of PA’s executive director, Doug Hill. He
said that the Act (65 Pa.C.S.A. 701 ff.) sets a general standard
that all meetings of covered agencies at which agency business is
transacted are open to the public, unless closed for some reason
specifically stated in the law.
While the law creates a standard
that all meetings are open, it does not create a presumption that every
time commissioners gather it constitutes a meeting. Rather, the law
creates a three part test by defining a meeting as “any prearranged
gathering of an agency which is attended or participated in by a quorum of
the members of an agency held for the purpose of deliberating agency
business or taking official action.”
Taking these tests in turn, the
first is prearrangement. Typically this includes the normal
advertised regular or special meetings, but can include other
meetings for which the members of the agency received advance notice.
It does not include chance encounters, nor does it include other
nominally “scheduled” public events such as church services, theater
events, and so on. Naturally there is a presumption the agency will not
use the opportunity of a chance encounter to conduct agency business,
Second is participation by a
quorum. This test is commonly met for most county and township
boards, which consist of three members and thus have a quorum any time two
are present. Because a quorum is so easily established, our analysis
of the statute rarely focuses on this test.
Finally, the meeting must be for
the purpose of conducting deliberations or official action on agency
business. In this respect, the definitions of either “deliberations”
or “official action” must be met. Deliberations are “the discussion of
agency business held for the purpose of making a decision,” and official
action includes (1) recommendations made by an agency pursuant to statute,
ordinance or executive order; (2) the establishment of policy by an
agency; (3) the decisions on agency business made by an agency; or (4) the
vote taken by any agency on any motion, proposal, resolution, rule,
regulation, ordinance, report or order.
three tests, each of which is clearly delineated, must be
met before the meeting is considered to be open under the provisions of
the act, and failure to meet any one of them places the meeting
outside the statute. For example, the common practice of new or
newly-reconstituted boards of commissioners meeting with agencies under
county purview or related to the county to receive information
on agency functions and projects does not satisfy the definition of
meeting, since the simple gathering of information meets neither
the standard of deliberation nor any of the four standards of official
Even if all the tests are met, it
should be noted that the law at section 707 provides three clear
exceptions to the meeting standard, including executive
sessions, conferences, and certain meetings of auditors.
The conference exception includes “any training program or seminar, or
any session arranged by State or Federal agencies for local agencies,
organized and conducted for the sole purpose of providing information to
agency members on matters directly related to their official
Last, it is important to note that
the act also recognizes the unique nature of county government, in which
the governing body has both legislative and administrative functions. The
issue is dealt with in the Act’s definitions of “administrative action”,
“agency business”, and “official action”:
§ 703. Definitions
The following words and
phrases when used in this chapter shall have the meanings given to them in
this section unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
The execution of policies relating to persons or things as previously
authorized or required by official action of the agency adopted at an
open meeting of the agency. The term does not, however, include the
deliberation of agency business. (Emphasis added)
* * *
"Agency business." The
framing, preparation, making or enactment of laws, policy or
regulations, the creation of liability by contract or otherwise or the
adjudication of rights, duties and responsibilities, but not
including administrative action. (Emphasis added)
* * *
(1) Recommendations made
by an agency pursuant to statute, ordinance or executive order.
(2) The establishment of
policy by an agency.
(3) The decisions on
agency business made by an agency.
(4) The vote taken by
any agency on any motion, proposal, resolution, rule, regulation,
ordinance, report or order.
The Act requires that all
official action, and deliberations leading to official action, must be
held in an open meeting. Official action includes “agency business”,
but the definition of agency business specifically excludes
“administrative action”, so the conclusion is that
administrative action is not official action, and hence not
subject to the statute’s open meetings requirement.
This is in fact an issue we
lobbied when the bill was under consideration in the Legislature.
Given the dual roles of county commissioners (and the fact that any
time two commissioners are together there is a quorum), we felt it
important to distinguish between their legislative and their
executive/administrative roles. The legislature agreed, and addressed
the issue as described above.
Note that there are no cases we
know of that give more guidance as to what constitutes “administrative
action”, but there are a number of cases that show the other end of
the spectrum regarding what constitutes “official action”. Your
solicitor can begin by reviewing the cases cited following 65 Pa.C.S.A.
703 in Purdon’s.
I hope you find this information
useful. You can find more information in the DCED publication on open
meetings, found by going to the Departmental website at
clicking on “Communities in PA”, then on “Center for Local Government
Services” and finally on “Publications.” Note that this letter
reflects our experience with the statute and its genesis, but should
not be construed as legal opinion.
Cedar Haven: 320
residents, 83 male and 237 female.
9/26, sprinkler bids went out, and the final designs are in
the review process.
11/1 Flu vaccines administered at Cedar Haven
12/13 Christmas Tea at 2PM
Prison Board: 527
inmates, 450 male and 77 female; 209 unsentenced (some parole violations);
state-sentenced inmates 16.
Regularly scheduled meeting:
Commissioners approved a 100th anniversary
proclamation for the VFW Post 23 .
Tammy Hartman-Hankins presented modifications to VOJO
(Victims of Juvenile Offenders) grants. Cross-training of personnel will
allow coverage when an employee is absent.
Commissioners approved a PCCD one-time $10,000 grant
application to provide assistance to victims.
Commissioner Carpenter questioned
the legality of two commissioners attending a Firemen's meeting earlier in
the week to learn about radio and pager issues. Commissioner Litz responded
that the intent of the law is not to keep us from becoming educated.
Carpenter then asked Solicitor Snelling to research when commissioners can
attend meetings under the Sunshine Law.
Commissioners also met with the Records Improvement
Committee. The account balance totals $308,369.20. Commissioners requested
a written plan to implement scanning of records for storage.
Board of Assessment Appeals: took place
in the afternoon.
Watershed Specialist with the Lebanon County Conservation District, and
manager Chuck Wertz were on hand to help announce that
applications for the County Environmental Initiative Grants through
Growing Greener II will be available through November 9th! Commissioners
have three years to distribute $1.39 million dollars for capital improvement
projects like construction of buildings and facilities or land purchases
with an average useful life of about twenty years.
Here is a general
interpretation of how this grant process will work:
Ø Applications due to County
Commissioners November 9th.
Ø Applications will be reviewed and
hearings will be held for applicants to speak to Commissioners about their
applications (late November or December).
Ø Commissioners will select projects
and submit their choices to the Governor's office (by the end of December).
Ø The Governor's office will submit
applications to the appropriate agency (DCNR, DEP, DCED. etc.).
Ø Appropriate agency then reviews and
decides whether or not the project submitted is eligible and awards grants.
***Should you receive funding, you will be required to complete that
agency's FULL APPLICATION. The application submitted to the County
Commissioners is for their use only.
recognized Victoria Groff of Annville who attain her Girl Scout Gold
a COLT contract for Medial Assistance Transportation Program. Further,
Commissioners approved a $103,000 DVI pass through contract.
James Holtry, Children
and Youth, presented an $88,903 State Transitional Grant, which is 100%
State funds to offset TANF and ACF revenue.
At a cost of $11,620,
Ken Bachem presented a Cedar Haven roof bid award for approval to low
bidder Richard Sensenig, Ephrata.
payments are due October 15.
from the General Fund to the 2003A General Obligation Bond account at
from the General Fund to the 2004 General Obligation Bond account at
Move $39,149 from
the General Fund to Wachovia to pay interest only on the first year of the
October 5, 2006
Lee Beamesderfer submitted a request for $35,712.50 to match township
contributions for the purpose of spraying 2,857 acres with BT in infested
gypsy moth areas in Cornwall Borough (1295 acres), West Cornwall (544
acres), South Annville (284), South Londonderry (82), Gretna Borough (8),
South Lebanon (6), Heidelberg (6), and Millcreek (7) Townships.
Commissioners will review the request during budget hearings in two weeks.
A secretarial position in the Penn State Ag Extension
Office will be filled.
Because of no reforestation,
other than one hardwood seedling, on the 300-acre
property, Raymond Bender and Chuck Allwein, members of the
Governor Dick/Clarence Shock Memorial Park
board, requested that the Lebanon County
Commissioners approve a deer hunt commencing November 29, 2006 for
four days. Last year, 55 deer were harvested with 100 permits issued. This
year, the request is for 60 permits. Fifteen alternates will be drawn. If
statistics hold true, another 30-35 deer may be harvested. While Martin
Barondick, Ebenezer, spoke out against the hunt, Commissioners voted
unanimously to approve the hunt. Timeline:
· 11/7 Applications are due in
Treasurer Sallie Neuin’s office;
· 11/9 A drawing will be conducted
at the Commissioner’s meeting;
· 11/10 Successful applicants will
· 11/18 Between 8AM-11AM,
successful applicants can pick up their permits at Governor Dick (Alternates
will be called if any of the first sixty drawn do not show up);
· 11/29-12/2 At no fee, Doe may be
hunted. This way, deer will be harvested at first opportunity, not passed
over, waiting for trophy antlers. Only shotguns,
bows and flintlock muzzle-loading rifles will be allowed, thus limiting the
trajectory of high power ammunition.
Only one application per person is permitted. Further,
no member of the trustees or the Park Board may participate in the hunt.
March 24, 2007 DCNR will conduct a school to teach
students how to complete a deer density study by checking for droppings,
browse, and new growth in a four-foot square every 100’.
Also, volunteers are sought to manage 25’ x 25’ plots
by removing invasive species and planting seedlings. The areas will be
surrounded by 7’ high fencing, which will remain in place for about ten
years to establish new trees.
Representing the Housing and Redevelopment Authority,
Ray Bender requested and received permission to administer $99,548 in
Community Development Block Grants for the County and $46,400 for South
Ken Bachem opened bids to replace a roof on Cedar
Haven. Spotts Brothers, Schuylkill Haven bid $14,375 and Sensenig,
Ephrata bid $11,620.
Commissioners awarded a $369,252.20 County bridge
maintenance bid to Bill Anskis Co., Elysburg. $150,000 in funding will
come from 2006 Liquid Fuels; $99,052.50 from 2007 Liquid Fuels taxes;
$90,000 from FEMA aid; and $30,200 from Myerstown Borough for Railroad
Street bridge repairs. In random order, bridges scheduled for repair
include: Red Rock; Heidleberg; Reilly Road; Mill Avenue; Levan’s Iron
bridge, Swatara; Jonestown Road; Valley Glen, North Annville; Syner Road;
Yorty’s; Golf Road; and
Cemetery Road. The Inwood Bridge is scheduled for replacement.
Susan Klarsch, Melissa Heisey, and
Kevin Schrum presented contracts for the Caron Foundation at $200/day for
Adolescent Extended Care and $240/day for Adolescent Rehabilitation.
Further, the Capitol Area Behavioral Contract will transfer to CABHC 1.75%
of the HealthChoices sub-net revenue. In the past CABHC received 2.25%.
This reduced percent allocates additional funds for medical claims.
Looking for a figure in the $267,900
range, Kevin Bachem and Mark Wilson opened bridge maintenance bids for 13 of
the County's 14 bridges:
Doug Lamb, Elizabethtown $373,007
Mar-Allen, Ephrata $398,952.55
Lobar, Dillsburg $377,698.58
Bill Anskis, Elysburg $369,252.50
Jay Fulkroad, McAllisterville
Archie Battistelli, Steve Green, and
Joe Battapaglia, from Ryan Beck, provided a Market Forecast.
On residential mortgages, the high
sales prices can shift downward, but the debt load won't. Commercial
property is in good stead. Vacancies are low.
Crude oil should drop to between
$40 and $60 per barrel, which means gasoline prices should drop to $2 per
gallon. However, prices could rise to between $50 and $70 per barrel if
there are threats of terror.
Commissioner Stohler asked what
makes Lebanon County a desirable place to do business. Battapaglia
replied that we have low-cost real estate, benign regulations, excellent
highway access, and quality communities with good schools.
Elaine Ludwig received approval for the ballot layout in both English and
Further, commissioners approved
Watchers' guidelines and $910 to engage ES&S to create audio files for
hearing impaired voters.
September 21, 2006
Commission Carpenter was absent for back surgery.
Based on a Commonwealth Court opinion, Elsie Garcia was
reinstated as a fulltime general clerk in the Register of Wills office.
For approval for Children and Youth, James Holtry
presented a $219.03 per day contract with Beacon Light in Bradford.
Commissioners voted to allocate $73,595
in Liquid Fuels funds to Palmyra Borough
for installation of 540’
of pipes to storm inlets.
September 14, 2006
Commissioner Litz was absent to attend Academy of
Excellence mandated certification classes with the County Commissioner’s
Jeff Achey presented an Emergency Management Agency
grant application for approval. EMA will purchase a $479.98 Dynamed Med Bag
and an ALS Access Kit.
Michael Kristovensky, Joe Lescisko, Faye Fox, and Belva
Charles-Reame announced a Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit
Pre-Enrollment Event on October 25, 2006 at the Senior Center of
Lebanon Valley on Maple Street, Lebanon.
Further, Commissioners approved a $2,306,442 Fiscal
year 2007 Area Agency on Aging budget requiring $20,000 in County funds.
Also, Commissioners approved a $260,648 in-home
community based services Waiver Program for consumers who were determined
medical assistance eligible for a nursing home.
Two draws of $265,696,500 each will be received for a
Nursing Home Intergovernmental Transfer.
A resolution passed for Louise
Heffelfinger who is retiring from the Redevelopment Authority
with 44 years of service.
Wilfred “Willie” Erb,
owner and Chief Executive Officer of E&E Metal Fab, Inc., will also receive
a proclamation. Further, Friday, September 22, 2006 was declared “Willie
Erb Day: in Lebanon County.
September 7, 2006
Bryan Klunk and Jessica Nee presented results of a
utility use verification report. Adjustments were made to a new boiler that
excessively cycled in and out. After six years, total cost avoidance was
$907,933 or $23,581 net energy saving as a result of improvements like led
lights in emergency exit signs.
In light of new technology and deregulation of
electricity, which could see escalating rates, Commissioner Litz suggested
that a new energy audit be conducted. All commissioners
James Holtry and Karen Alonzo, Children and Youth,
provided $324,959.51 in fourth quarter invoices and contracts for approval.
Further, a contract with Today Inc was approved for short-term care at $157;
moderate, $167; and halfway, $78 per day. Finally, a budget amendment due
to under and over amounts in the categories of
“Community Based” and administration revised the $7,037,072 budget by a
total of $443,064.
Commissioners approved a $269,893 fourth quarter
Medical Assistance Transportation Program report, which includes
administrative costs not to exceed 18%.
Commissioners signed a Penn DOT contract for overage in
five-year bridge inspections by providing a resolution for contracts. The
money was already spent and was submitted for reimbursement.
Controller Mettley received approval to award a $5200
tobacco audit to Reinsel, Kuntz, and Lesher. The
tobacco funds will cover the audit cost.
Pam Tricamo, director of Habitat for Humanity,
addressed Commissioners concerning the 7th & Mifflin Street
property in the City of Lebanon. She relayed that Habitat inquired about
affordable housing for the site in May of 2005,
but that the property was not available.
Ray Bender and Betsy Bowman received approval to submit
a $500,000 HOME Application to assist first time home buyers with the
American Dream Down payment as well as housing rehabilitation for low income
homeowners, some elderly and some female head of household (53%). In the
program, an average home costs $81,500; maximum $99,000.
Ken Bachem opened a single bid for the purchase of the
obsolete mechanical voting machines. Brandywine
Recyclers offered 3.5cents per pound delivered to their yard. The 135
machines weighing 600 pounds each will net approximately $2800. However,
the cost to pickup and transport the machines from voting precincts could
exceed income. Therefore, Commissioner Carpenter asked Ken to request a
truck with a lift-gate from Brandywine, and then use prison labor to
retrieve the machines.
Susan Klarsch, Stan Kastrava, Carol Davies, and Melissa
Heisey presented a $1,219,494 - 4th
quarter Drug and Alcohol report for approval.
James Holtry, Kevin Schrum, William Sullivan, Susan
Klarsch, and Shem Heller provided an Integrated Children’s Service Plan for
approval. For 15 years, departments have worked toward a
unified front. Recently, the State requested a centralized intake. Staff
pointed out that they have developed a successful model to accomplish a
similar task. Therefore, the County plan was submitted to the State for
Mark Wilson, Bill, and Matt delivered an engineering
report on the Inwood Bridge across Swatara Creek. The 160’ long,
107-year-old iron bridge has severe structural damage, and the current
reduced 5000 pound rating is no longer valid. A computer model will not
even register a 3000-pound rating. Therefore, by PennDOT rules and
regulations, Title 75 of the PA Vehicle Code, Chapter 49, Mark had to
recommend closure, effective immediately. While commissioners concurred,
Commissioner Litz asked Mark to evaluate use as a pedestrian bridge, and
place a single vertical post/bollard in the center on either end. Until an
evaluation can be made, five feet of stone will be placed on either end of
the bridge. Bridge replacement is on the MPO schedule
Further, Mark recommended that Yordy’s bridge remain
closed until repairs to a wing wall are completed during an upcoming
Commissioners signed a contract requested by Charles
Blankenship, LVEDC director, to amend the TIF for Schott Pharmaceutical.
The amendment allows payments twice each year rather than monthly.
Frank Kocher was reappointed to the Workforce
Commissioners then met in executive session to discuss
August 24, 2006
Acres Homeowner’s Association representative, Stan Alekna, asked
commissioners to include gypsy moth spray funds in their October
budget. Traditionally, the County matches funds donated by
municipalities and homeowners.
Hartman-Hankins presented the District Attorney’s Victim Witness Grant
Renewal applications. Commissioners signed a $63,994 Victims of Juvenile
Offenders (VOJO) grant and a $117,151 Rights and Services Grant (RASA).
No county match is required.
presented a $36,475 Sobriety Checkpoint grant for approval
housing funds, Commissioners approved $100,000 to the City for their first
time homebuyer and low income property owner repair programs.
A discussion on
development of the 7th and Mifflin Street property ensued.
Commissioners met in Executive Session to
afternoon Commissioners convened as the Board of Assessment Appeals to
hear fifteen residential appeals.
August 17, 2006
Abigail Jarboe read a letter from an inmate, and
inquired about blocked plumbing.
Richard Rabuck attended the commissioner’s meeting, but
did not comment.
Earl Meyer, Michelle Brummer, and Lee Meyer presented a
Comprehensive Plan update, and by September 8, requested input from
commissioners on the Historic Resources and Energy Conservation profiles.
Mayor Anspach and Ray Bender requested $175,000
from the County’s Affordable Housing fund, which stands at $1.9
million. The Mayor pointed out that rehabilitation of many of the
homes, perhaps by installing new roofs, helps elderly citizens to remain
in their homes. In fact, of the fourteen homes scheduled for
rehabilitation in 2006, senior citizens own eight homes.
No funds were awarded in
2005, but on
2004 Mayor Robert Anspach and Betsy
Bowman, from the Housing and Redevelopment Authority, requested up to
$175,000 from the County’s Affordable Housing funds for the first
time homebuyer program in the City of Lebanon. Five years prior,
Mayor Jackie Parker requested and received up to $50,000 in similar
funding. Since some of the tax collected comes from 770 City deeds and
1520 mortgages, and providing the funds were used by the end of 2004,
at that time commissioners voted unanimously to grant the Mayor’s
request. The funds are paid back as the mortgages are repaid or homes
The County runs our own first time
homebuyer program, and some funds were used to
sprinkler Cedar Haven. Stating that we need to maintain good
housing to sustain a sound tax base for the City, County, and School
Districts, Commissioner Litz made a motion to lend the $175,000 to the
City, again with the stipulation that the funds are repaid
through mortgages or when the residence is sold.
In general, City housing stock is older than
houses found in most municipalities. Therefore, the
City's need for housing dollars is heightened. The motion died
for lack of a second.
Commissioner Stohler asked the City to
put up a 50% match. He thought that home sales will drop, and
refinancing will stop. Commissioner Carpenter asked that the motion be
reconsidered next week.
To help avoid erosion and conflicts between
trail users, Ray Bender then informed commissioners that the
SICO board would like to divide the twelve miles
of trails in Governor Dick into one of three categories: footpath,
multi-use, or ADA accessible usage. Commissioners agreed to the use
designations. New signs will mark the trails, and no motorized vehicles,
other than wheelchairs, are allowed on the trails.
Commissioners voted to sign an amended
quarterly reimbursement and performance report for a Help America Vote Act
On behalf of Lebanon County Christian
Ministries, Troy Williams informed commissioners that LCCM does not want to
sign a State food contract for the coming year. They found no
advantage of purchasing through the State’s vendor. They are able to
purchase food from local vendors in required quantities, distribute it on a
daily basis, and store it at their facility efficiently.
August 10, 2006
James Holtry, William Sullivan, and Karen Hess
presented the $1,644,768 Children and Youth Needs based budget for
Archie Battistelli and Steve Green from Ryan Beck
and Company presented an overview of the County retirement investments.
The Lebanon County Employee Retirement Pension Plan monitors
investment results and ensures that the investment policy is being
followed. The Plan’s objectives are based on a ten-year investment horizon
so that interim fluctuations should be viewed with appropriate perspective.
Investments are diversified with the intent to minimize the risk of
investment losses. Not more than 5% of the total stock portfolio valued at
market may be invested in the common stock of any one corporation. Not more
than 25% of stock valued at market may be held in any one industry
The board currently balances risk and return in
accordance with the targets for each asset class as follows:
Over a rolling five year period, the investment
objectives for this portfolio shall be to achieve an average total annual
rate of return that is equal to or greater than (1) Consumer Price Index
(CPI) plus 6 percentage points, and (2) the Plan’s stated actuarial
assumption. The Board acknowledges that actual returns may vary
significantly from these targets on a year-to-year basis.
Our Investment Consultant shall compare the investment
results on a quarterly basis to appropriate benchmarks, as well as market
index returns in both equity and debt markets. Examples of benchmarks and
indices that will be used include the S&P 500 Index for large cap equities,
Russell 200 Index for small cap equities, MSCI Europe, Australia, and Far
East Index (EAFE) for international equities, Lehman Aggregate and
Intermediate Duration Bond Index for fixed income securities, and the US 91
Day T-Bill for cash equivalents.
The August 10, 2006 report has an ending market value
Pam Tricamo received funding approval for Habitat for
Relief house parents, youth center, and Reading
placement rates were approved.
Phyllis Holtry received certification for the $265,881
Human Services Development Fund. Also, a contract was signed with DCED for
the supportive work program.
Bonnie Loy was appointed to Drug and Alcohol.
Barbara Heckard was appointed to fill a vacancy on the
Litz moved to write a letter to Governor
Rendell and the PA Department of Transportation supporting a multi-county
Route 81 corridor study. Route 81 is a tremendous economic engine providing
jobs and growth, but it also has challenges and problems. A larger/regional
planning effort can deal with the national component of the issues. Greater
coordination and cohesiveness can be accomplished with investments to
transportation infrastructure. Working together, seven
counties along Route 81 (Franklin, Cumberland,
Dauphin, Lebanon, Schuylkill, Luzerne, Lackawanna, and Susquehanna)
will have additional political clout to secure transportation funding. The
motion died for lack of a second.
August 3, 2006
Phyllis Holtry presented a $192,891 Homeless Assistance
Program pre-expenditure plan for approval and filing with the
PA Department of Public Welfare. Further,
Commissioners approved a $297,672 Medical Assistance Transportation Program.
Daniel Seaman presented four assessment decisions for
veterans. Servicewomen Nancy Skeens, Elsie Mutek, Mildred Kline, and Lydia
Newman received approval for exemption from real estate taxes.
Commissioners voted to provide a
letter of support to Radio Omega for their application with the Federal
Beamesderfer, forester with the Conservation District, presented an overview
of the status of gypsy moths in Lebanon County. To qualify for BT
spraying, 60% of a forest must contain oak, hickory, birch, hemlock, and/or
aspen, have a high count of gypsy moth sacs per residential acre, and
contain at least 25 contiguous acres. Not to be confused
with webs from other caterpillars, sacs are 1-2” tall,
light in color, fuzzy, almost cloth-like, and
cling to tree trunks, homes.... Each sac
can produce 500-1000 caterpillars. The female moth does not fly. Residents
can scrape off occasional sacs and dispose of them or spray them with Raid
or some other insecticide. If a homeowner sees clusters of sacs, it is
important to report the infestation to the Ag Center. A bacterial release
has helped to control gypsy moths, but inspection of Spring Hill Acres
confirms infestation. In 2001, the last spray took place in the northern
end of the county. The last serious infestation took place in 1995-96. The
cost for spraying increased from $7 to $40 per acre, which may have to be
shared by the County, Townships, and homeowners. The State often provides a
50/50 match, and is considering a cost share for spraying, which must occur
prior to October 1. Residents Stan Shay from Spring Hill Acres and Tom
Sheridan from Iron Valley were on hand for the presentation.
July 27, 2006
To support the 4H Fair, Commissioner’s met at the
Lebanon Valley Exposition Center, 2120 Rocherty Road.
Sue Werner, Fair Chairman, welcomed everyone to the
Fair and introduced Samantha Eckenrode, Fair Queen.
Sallie Neuin’s Treasurer’s report was presented
and approved. Likewise personnel and seminar requests presented by Gary
Robson and Melissa Light were approved, including a 100%
reimbursed casual clerk position at $7.50 per hour, up to 20 hours per week,
to assist Sandy Hall with a 4-county Better Kid Care program at the
Ag Extension Office. This program conducts classes for childcare workers
who must meet educational requirements for licensing, registration, and
maintenance of this legal status.
Dan Kauffman, director of the Lebanon County
Emergency Management Agency, and Jeff Achey,
EMA staff, announced a
Reverse 911 call test for 5PM on July 31,
that will be conducted in the
South Londonderry Township, Campbelltown
area, which covers the 10-mile TMI radius in Lebanon County.
Residents who receive the call will be asked to complete
a survey by pushing buttons on their phone. The responses will provide
needed feedback for the new system. Lebanon County is a pilot
program for the south-central region of
Pennsylvania. The $90,000 price tag is covered by
the Counter Terrorism Task Force. The program has the capability to take
over and randomly call on sixteen County court house phone lines.
2500 homes per hour can be notified with
emergency instructions. If a large-scale emergency evolved, the system has
the capability of drawing in lines from neighboring courthouses. If no
person or machine answers after two calls, no further callbacks will take
place. The County can call an isolated area geocoded on a map, which will
eventually be interfaced with the County Geographic Information System
Upon a State recommendation, with letters of support
from the heads of various departments—the Court Administrator, MHMR, Drug
and Alcohol, the Prison…, Sally Barry, Chief of Adult Probation,
presented a request to submit a grant application to help form a
Criminal Justice Advisory Board for
Lebanon County. The board will communicate in solving joint problems among
municipalities and agencies. A grant writer will help to seek funding to
implement identified projects such as a juvenile detention center.
Noting that there is no cost or liability to the County for at least one
year, and the County can discontinue the grant writer if successful grants
are not written, Commissioners Carpenter and Litz voted yes. Commissioner
Stohler voted no.
Grant-in-Aid funds were also requested for the 33rd
consecutive year from the PA Board of Probation. Awards usually range in
the $80,000 range.
Charles Blankenship, Lebanon Valley Economic
Development Corporation, received approval from
Commissioners for a $100,000 Penn DOT grant
application, which will improve a
railroad spur at the Newmanstown Brick
Plant. The new spur will be utilized by 7-D
Wholesale. Jim Dell was on hand as a representative of the
Administrator Jamie Wolgemuth presented a DCED
grant for $48,751 for approval. The funds will be directed to the Lebanon
Valley Economic Development Corporation for administration.
Cherie Prentice-Brown and Pete Harman
demonstrated the new GIS
system implemented in the County Assessment office. The visual
mapping system allows users to zoom to a Lebanon County parcel by number,
name, or a point and click location on a map. For $2, users can then print
out an 8.5 x 11” copy of their map. Further, Commissioners approved a
Distribution Policy for Services and Products to municipalities and others.
While a land based ‘read only’ data set will be distributed quarterly to
taxing authorities free of charge, customized maps will cost $50 per hour,
with a 1-hour minimum charge. Printing is available: 8.5 x 14” for $3; 11
x 17 for $4; 17 x 22 for $8; 22 x 34 for $12; or 34 x 44 for $15. Data is
updated weekly and posted each Monday.
Chuck Wertz and intern Michelle Campbell
updated commissioners on the farmland preservation program. Based on a
grant written by Mark Chegwidden and Bret Lentz, $404,000
in Federal Farm Bill funds will be available for match to purchase
easement rights for preservation. Currently, there are 95 easements
totaling 11,310 acres of preserved farmland in Lebanon County. Another 21
farms with 2400 acres are in the process of preservation.
Chuck also announced that with 40 registrants, the “Ag
Camp” is full.
Further, August 16 from
11AM-2PM, a Municipal Ag Summit will take place at the Municipal
Building Auditorium to educate department heads, municipal officials, and
interested partners like banks on the farmland preservation program, storm
Seventeen people called to participate in the Gypsy
Moth spraying program. Leigh Beamesderfer
will provide a more detailed report next week.
Jose Morales resigned from the Workforce
Investment Board. He recommended Tim Shenk, IU 13, as his
replacement. Commissioners approved the appointment.
meeting closed with a joint presentation from Dennis Grumbine EXPO
manager and Harry Bachman of the EXPO board. Grumbine stated that
quarterly hotel taxes have increased from 8 to 14% in the first quarter of
2006. He also shared that the TPA’s web site had 30,000 hits. Bachman
described two new picture hangings in the welcome center—a 1912
Fair held near the site of the current North Cornwall Township building, and
a certificate presented to participants.
After a brief recess, Commissioners returned to the
Metropolitan Planning Organization board meeting with other members of
the board—Mayor Bob Anspach; Terri
Guirantano, COLT; Harriet Faren,
Chamber of Commerce; Supervisor Paul Fetter, Heidelberg Township; and
Supervisor Ed Brentzinger,
North Lebanon Township. Jamie Wolgemuth and Jeff Werner,
members of the Technical Committee were also present.
Melody Caron and Brian St. John from
McCormick Taylor Engineers and Planners briefed the board on the
US 422 Congested Corridor Improvement Program
findings. The study covers 422 from east Railroad Street in
Palmyra through Center Street in Cleona. Eight percent of Route 422 traffic
is from trucks. Because of numerous developments planned along the
corridor, current and future (2016) traffic data collection numbers were
Center St—17,800 to 24,300
White Oak St.—18,000 to 23,900
Apple Blossom Road—19,000 to 27,500
Railroad St.—16,600 to 25,900
The 6.7-mile corridor can usually be traveled in 12.5
to 16.5 minutes. Improvements will be necessary to
With a scheduled completion
date of August 25, a $303,000 emergency contract was awarded to
Pennsy Supply to start repairs on
Gravel Hill Road.
Likewise, an emergency contract was approved to
remove debris from the Harper’s Tavern bridge.
Yordy’s Bridge debris removal and inspection
is complete. Minor scouring of the peers occurred. Once the wing wall is
corrected and the road repaired, this artery will also reopen to the
The 15th Avenue railroad crossing
The Schaefferstown Bypass is sill in review.
A hearing on the 11th Avenue railroad
crossing will take place in the Keystone Building in Harrisburg on
August 1. Both sides will argue their case before an administrative
law judge for a ruling.
A required administration document for all MPOs--Title
VI/Environmental Justice Implementation Plan and Status report--was
After the meeting, the board and guests toured
the Fair and had lunch consisting of local favorites like homemade milk
shakes, fresh-cut French fires, bologna sandwiches, and chicken noodle or
ham and bean soup.
July 20, 2006
Commissioners Stohler and Litz presided. Commissioner
Carpenter was away.
A Mobile Disaster Recovery Center will open in Ono, East Hanover
Township, Lebanon County, on July 21 through July 24. FEMA,
PEMA , and LEMA will provide a single location,
the Ono Fire Company, 10805 Jonestown Road, Ono PA, where people
are able to talk face-to-face with recovery specialists.
Penn State Ag Extension Agency Director Winifred
McGee is one of those experts who can help you with mold
and mildew, West NIle virus,
and other flood-related problems. In addition,
information on homeowner’s insurance, health and welfare assistance,
housing assistance for families displaced from damaged homes, US Small
Business Administration disaster-loan information, grants for those who
are ineligible for loans, crisis counseling, senior citizen services and
disaster food stamp eligibility are available. Hours are as follows:
You can begin the application process by calling toll-free 1-800-621-FEMA
between 8AM and 8PM seven days a week until further notice. Multilingual
operators are also available. Internet users can visit
Kristopher Troup, Planning Department, addressed
Commissioners concerning an escrow balance of $6435 on eleven townhouses
built at West Main and Peach Streets in Millcreek Township by Vincenzo
Giannotti. Commissioners authorized County Planning to request the funds
from Sovereign Bank to complete the project by uncovering water meter boxes
under macadam, acquiring as-built drawings, and dedication.
July 19, 2006
Commissioners Stohler and Litz presided. Commissioner
Carpenter was away.
Drug and Alcohol Director Sue Klarsh reported
on the newly opened Methadone Clinic through Commissioner Stohler:
We admitted three
yesterday, bringing our census to 51.
We have 39 Lebanon County residents, 23 are
We have 4 Lancaster County residents.
We have 4 Berks County residents.
We have 1 Schuylkill County residents.
We have 2 Dauphin County residents.
We have 1 Cumberland County resident.
All county funded clients are employed and have a monthly
liability, with an average liability of $98. The remainder are private pay
and Medical Assistance. Most of the out of County residents are from border
towns, some of them we initially thought were Lebanon residents because
their address could have been a Lebanon address (many border towns have two
counties such as Grantville, Lawn, Manheim, etc.) Lebanon clients have
consistently had priority. A clinic opened in
Lancaster the same week our clinic opened
Stohler also reported that through
the County Firemen's Association, a donated pumper would be sent to a
needy fire company rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina.
Census at Cedar Haven
stands at 98% or 312 with 234 female and 78 male residents.
Frank reported sewage backups, and recommends a
‘muffin monster,’ consisting of several grinder pumps, be installed.
Approval was granted.
The Department of Health is scheduled to complete an
Budget reviews will take place with department heads.
50% of the sprinkler design is complete.
CPR instruction continues on a five-six week cycle
with five to six people from Cedar Haven and/or Renova Center taking the
class each time.
Commissioners accepted $93,744 in STOP grant awards.
Population stood at 515, with 452 males and 63 females. 200
inmates were unsentenced. 21 inmates were state sentenced.
Carl and Abigail Jarboe addressed
A ten-year agreement, which will harvest methane to
produce electricity, was reached between PP&L and the GLRA. PP&L hopes to
sell the energy, 3200KW, for 4 cents per kilowatt. This is enough energy to
feed 4000 homes. The economic impact on the Lebanon Valley could reach one
million dollars. The GLRA will net $85,000 annually from PP&L.
Commissioners endorsed a $500,000 PEDA grant
application titled “A Closer Community with Green Power” to construct an
environmental education center. The new Center, which will generate three
times the energy with the same amount of gas, should be completed by June
Amy Mazzella di Basco asked commissioners to accept a
$61,245 recycling grant to supply 4000 recycling bins to the remainder of
the 17 municipalities with curb side pickup and to produce two
publications—a newsletter and Scoop Compost to 55,000 households.
EMA Chief Dan Kauffman and FEMA Public Information
Officer and reservist Rita Kepner provided a flood damage report totaling
$1,134,978 in damage to municipalities for debris removal, emergency
protective measures, roads and bridges, water control facilities, buildings
and equipment, public utilities, and parks and recreation facilities. The
Myerstown Wastewater plant repairs will cost $500,000; Millcreek Richland
Joint Authority $99,500; County of Lebanon expenses for debris removal at
Yordy’s bridge and to repair the Rail Trail will total $59,950; East Hanover
$38,000; Palmyra $18,760…. Next week, a Disaster
Recovery Center will set up in Jonestown. Residents will be able
to receive assistance to report flood losses at the center. Further,
uninsured and under-insured Pennsylvanians in the designated counties can
call FEMA at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or apply online at
www.fema.gov/assistance/index.shtm for disaster assistance.
Dan reported that on an average day, 140 phone calls
are answered by EMA telecommunicators, but on June 28, 2006, 450 calls were
Kepner commended Kauffman for his prompt and efficient
handling of the flood, and referenced the Stafford Act, which applies common
sense to review each case individually and do everything by need. Examples
- Find and assist people where there are unmet needs;
- Take care of our tax dollars;
- Think about the next time.
Under all circumstances, flood victims should register
with FEMA. Referencing the Stafford Act, a couple registering for disaster
relief with FEMA may fall into one of three categories:
- $0 awarded because they have full homeowners and
full flood insurance. Victims can return to their previous lifestyle.
- A low interest loan is awarded to someone who has
homeowners insurance but no flood insurance. A condition is that flood
insurance becomes mandatory for future years. Loan decisions are based on
ability to repay, not income. Again, victims can return to their previous
- A grant is awarded to someone without either
homeowners or flood insurance. The grant will only address serious unmet
needs. If there were two toilets in the home, only one toilet will be
repaired. If the couple does not
have any children but has
three bedrooms, only one bedroom will be repaired. This is the only
program that will consume taxpayer dollars. Victims will not
automatically return to their previous lifestyle.
Conceptually, the same rules are followed to award
dollars to municipalities.
Previously, 82 homes were reported as affected by flood
damage; 9 destroyed, 19 with major damage, and 64 with minor damage.
Julie Holland, US Department of Agriculture, provided a
About 75% of
the wheat in the county has or will suffer quality losses (which results in
lost income) due to flooding and/or excess rainfall during the past two
210 acres of corn will be
or is lost from the flooding.
Approximately 100 acres of soybeans has been lost from the flooding.
alfalfa fields were damaged but will recover. Some quality loss for one
cutting is most likely.
were damaged and need to be repaired or replaced.
remains in fields after the flood waters subsided. (ex: tires, trash, etc.)
Financial impact is a loss of more than $250,000
Administrator Wolgemuth presented fixed liquid fuels requests for
approval--$2036 to South Annville.
Intergovernmental Transfers will take place to move $9,800,000 in Medical
Assistance funds during a moment-in-time transaction that will yield the
County $20,000 for administration.
Resolution 713-06 enters into a contract with John Riegle of Annville to
remove approximately 3000 cubic yards of debris at Yordy’s Bridge at a cost
of $25,000. The logs will be chipped on site and given to East Hanover
Township for use in their parks.
July 6, 2006
Commissioners Carpenter and Litz presided.
Commissioner Stohler was on vacation.
Administrator Wolgemuth reported that to date, the
President has not included Lebanon in the FEMA list of designated disaster
counties, which would release federal funds to help individuals and
communities recover from the severe storms and flooding that began June 23,
2006. When a County is designated, money can be used for repair of a home
to a safe and sanitary living or functioning condition. FEMA may provide up
to $5400; then the homeowner must apply for a Small Business Administration
disaster loan for additional repair assistance. FEMA will not pay to return
a home to its condition before the disaster. Flood insurance may be
required if the home is in a Special Flood Hazard Area. Lebanon County’s
damage assessment is complete, and today Dan Kauffman is in the field with
FEMA representatives. A report is forthcoming. Criteria may have
changed, but if I recall correctly, a
state or national disaster could be called when a community sustained
$12.4 million in uninsured damages. The Small Business Administration
provided low interest (1.2%) loans when 25 or more impacted homes and/or
businesses were 40% underinsured and 100% destroyed.
In a disaster, if a person can return to their home:
Within 30 days, the disaster is classified as minor.
In general, in a flood, water does not reach the first floor.
In more than 30 days, the disaster is classified as
major. In general, the first floor is also flooded.
Never—the classification is destroyed, and residents
cannot move back in.
Commissioners accepted an
arbitration award for 57 Court-Related
Non-Professional employees: clerical in the Sheriff’s Department, Pubic
Defender, Prothonotary, Register of Wills, and District Attorney’s offices.
Sheriff’s on-call deputies will qualify for a $200 per week on-call
payment. Health insurance will duplicate non-union employees, and wages
will increase 1.5% plus 30 cents per hour for three years and 4% in the
fourth year, which averages 3.6% per year. The contract expires December
due to flooding, Commissioners declared a state of emergency for
Lebanon County. Myerstown received 13.5 inches of rain since the 21st.
Their sewage treatment plant is inoperable. 34 people
were placed in temporary housing, and a
shelter was set up by the Red Cross at Youth for
Christ on Grace Avenue. Hundreds more residents are staying with family and
friends. Twelve people called for federal financial assistance. In Lebanon
County, twenty (20) state roads were closed during the peak of the flood.
Today, there are still eight roads closed. Yordy's
Bridge (a County owned bridge) has wing walls collapsed and buckled
macadam. A full assessment of the bridge's stability can only occur after
waters recede. The emergency declaration will allow debris removal to start
on July 5. Using Harper's as an example,
according to USGS records, this flood takes third place in historic crests,
following a June 1, 1889 crest at 25.6 feet; and Agnes on June 23, 1972
cresting at 23.72 feet. Moved down one notch to
fourth place is the 1933 flood on August 24, which crested at 17.53 feet
followed by Ivan on September 19, 2004 cresting at 17.36 feet. September
27, 1975 also had significant cresting at 17.24
At 8:30AM, Commissioners met in executive
session with Attorney Tom Long to discuss a
At 9:30AM, the regular meeting commenced.
James Holtry presented 63 Lebanon County Children and Youth Provider
contracts for approval.
Susan Klarsch presented Lebanon County Drug
and Alcohol contracts, including Health Choices, a collaborative effort with
Dauphin, Lancaster, Cumberland, and Perry Counties and the Department of
Department of Public Welfare. Lebanon County was selected by OMHSAS as one
of five (5) counties across the state to participate in a pilot project
measuring readmission rates for persons defined as having a serious mental
illness...who have been readmitted to the hospital within thirty (30) days
of discharge. To date, utilizing support services, readmission rates
successfully dropped from 45 to 34.3%. On another note, Health Choices is
being proactive in meeting State reporting requirements by expanding
tracking to include new categories such as events requiring the services of
the fire department, law enforcement activity; medication errors....
Further, the base
rate for a ten-year lease for New Perspectives at
White Deer Run increased from $5.47 per square foot to $7 per square foot.
The rate will be adjusted annually based on the Consumer
Lebanon County residents will continue to receive priority
Kevin Schrum presented $1,827,866 in
Lebanon County Mental Health/Mental Retardation contracts. Rather than
renewing one contract, Commissioners approved an extension of
an existing contract. Total County funds required
to cover this budget are $725,864 ($460,322 County
Allocation and $319,532 deficit).
Sally Barry presented an electronic
monitoring contract for 40-50 bracelets with Global
capability. Current bracelets cost $3.75 per day, but only help to
enforce curfew. The new contract will cost $5.50 per day, but will monitor
probationers in real time, even alerting authorities if someone would go into
a restricted school zone or violate a protection
form abuse order. Based on their salary, clients reimburse the County at a
minimum rate of $8 per day.
Daniel Kauffman presented a Lebanon County
Emergency Management Agency Act 165 HazMat report for approval. Included in
the report is an analysis of the current threat to facilities, chemical
facility threats, and transportation threats; activities to counter the
hazardous material threat; the annual audit; and unmet needs.
At 11AM, the Lebanon County Metropolitan
Comments and responses for the 30-Day Comment Period for the Long Range
Transportation Plan, the 2007-10 TIP, Air Quality Conformity Analysis and
other documents were approved.
The 2005-2030 Long Range Transportation Plan was approved.
The 2007-1010 Transportation Improvement Program, Modification Procedures,
Transit Financial Capacity Analysis, and TIP Environmental Justice
Summaries were approved.
Both an MPO Self-Certification Statement and Air Quality Resolutions were
To complete necessary studies, Palmyra and the Londonderry's are on a
three-year schedule to transfer into Lebanon's MPO from the
Harrisburg-Hershey MPO. A white paper will outline pros and cons of the
move for the municipalities.
The next MPO meeting will be held on July 27, 2006. A modeling
demonstration will take place by McCormick/Taylor on traffic lights
between Cleona and Palmyra.
1PM, commissioners met in executive session with Attorney Scott Feeman to
discuss a union contract.
June 22, 2006
Commissioners Carpenter and Stohler presided. Commissioner Litz was on
Certification for the Supported Work/Engagement Program funded by DPW and
DCED were approved for the Housing Authority Social Services, which prepares
and assists TANF clients to obtain unsubsidized employment and six months of
vocational educational activities to seek employment.
Elaine Ludwig presented a $4,174.74 third quarter report for HAVA. Further,
the Certification of County Maintenance Effort was signed. Finally, a
Survey of Polling Place Accessibility for the Elderly and Persons with
Disability for our 55 polling places was certified.
June 15, 2006
Kristovensky and Dean Mease, Area Agency on Aging, presented the Lebanon
County Area Agency on Aging Farmers’ Market check plan for eligible
seniors living in Lebanon County. The program provides seniors with
fresh, nutritious fruits and vegetables and increases sales to help
sustain local farmers. Income limits apply: $18,130 single and $24,420
couple. Each person may receive four-$5 checks one time during the year.
A grant of $25,000 was received, so when the 5,000 checks are gone, the
program will close. Distribution will begin on July 19 at Maple Street
Senior Center; July 11 at Townhouse Apartments; July 12 at Stevens Towers;
July 14 at Myerstown Center; July 17 at Poplar Terrace; July 18 at Willow
Terrace; July 19 at Washington Arms; July 21 at Annville Senior Center;
July 24 at Northern Lebanon Center; July 26 at South Lebanon Center; and
July 31 at Palmyra Center. A list of farm stands is provided.
Blankenship, Lebanon Valley Economic Development Corporation, received
approval to draw $350,000 from a $3,000,000 Tax Increment
Financing pool. Funds will be used to replace/repair roads in South
Lebanon Business Park. Previously, $925,000 in infrastructure
improvements were completed using the TIF.
Charles will coordinate, in cooperation with the Chamber of Commerce and
Lebanon Emergency Management, an Economic Recovery Plan for Lebanon
County. Annual drills will follow. Traditional recovery plans
involve beans, blankets, bandages, and beds. An Economic Recovery Plan
will complete a loss assessment for businesses; secure temporary locations
for business operations; and seek recovery loans.
received a resolution to open an EMA Haz Mat grant account at
Parker Hall was appointed to the Commission for Women.
Commissioners accepted a $103,000 DCED Emergency
Shelter grant, the third and final installation for repairs to the Domestic
Violence Intervention shelter. Phyllis Holtry will administer the grant.
Controller Mettley presented a request for direction
for Archie Battistelli concerning two Canadian and one Netherlands company
stocks. On a three to one vote, with Commissioner Stohler dissenting, to
uphold a “Buy-American” policy, the foreign stock will be sold. By
investing in American stock, the policy goal is to retain jobs for
Americans. As questions arise, the companies are reviewed on a case-by-case
Commissioners then met in executive session to discuss
personnel and labor negotiations.
For approval, Kevin Schrum
and Brenda Mettley presented a Prioritization of Urgency Needs for 202
consumers on a waiting lost for supports and services. Due to the lack of
expansion funds, the PUNS list continues to grow.
James Holtry received approval for a $230 per day
contract with the Wings Of Life Residential
Program for delinquent females.
Martin Barondick addressed the commissioners about
Commissioners signed reports certifying compilation of
votes for the 2006 primary election. In the 102nd district, Rose
Marie Swanger received 107 and Frank Bergman 90 write-in votes.
May 25, 2006
On June 2 at noon, drawing numbered balls will
break primary election ties. Candidates are welcome to participate.
Rick Rhoade and Marta Evans received a proclamation for
the 15th year in a row on behalf of Children’s Miracle
Network. All money raised on June 4 during a telethon on WGAL TV8 will
stay local. Rick encourages everyone to tune in from 12-1PM.
Last year, a record $2.4 million was raised.
James Holtry and Karen Alonzo, Children and Youth,
presented $280,490.43 in third quarter invoices for approval of IV-E
maintenance, adoption assistance, and Medicaid.
Finally, Commissioners approved and signed a letter for
our federal legislators asking to have Title IV-E funds reinstated to PA.
$137.8 million was withheld from the State for in-home services since
January, but the State continued to reimburse counties. If they do not
receive funding, the State will stop county reimbursement for this mandated
service, and may even collect $820,000 from Lebanon County for what has
already been spent for services.
Previously, $400,000 in TANF funds was lost.
Dan Kauffman received approval for $9321 in PEMA grants
to purchase a Decon shower station in the event of a
nuclear incident, two laptop computers,
Michael Kristovensky and Dean Mease
presented a June menu prepared by Pittsburgh Companies North for senior
centers. Meals will leave the facility at 180 degrees, and arrive at sites
at a temperature of 140 degrees.
Commissioners approved contracts to continue MHMR
services with the Department of Welfare for the next year.
May 18, 2006
For signing, Gary Robson presented a Master Agreement
between the County Detectives and the County of Lebanon.
Commissioners adopted Ordinance # 32 providing rules
and regulations for Governor Dick (as outlined in a 4/27 vote to advertise
To maintain roads and bridges, Swatara Township will
receive a fixed allocation of $3695 from the liquid fuels funds.
A countywide burn ban expires Friday, and will
not be reinstated.
Lebanon County’s safety committee,
chaired by Jamie Wolgemuth, received certification by the Department
of Labor and Industry. This certification will save 5% or $16,000 annually
on insurance. Commissioners commended each member of the safety team for
their dedication to this achievement.
Commissioner Stohler presented his version of an Avian
flu task force for Lebanon County. He designated Dr. Yocum as chairman, as
well as himself, Dr. Rugh Henderson, Robert Longenecker, Dr.
Joe Kearnes, Kim
Crossan, Rosemary Birt,
Dr. Gregory Martin, Chris Miller, and Dan Kauffman to serve on the task
force. Commissioner Litz voted no. While these appointments are all fine
individuals, Litz stated, “Based on outbreaks in countries like Vietnam and
Thailand, preparation and planning for a pandemic is essential. We need to
be forward thinking with our long-range planning. We also need to put a
capital “Q” in the quality of whatever we do.
It was 1983-84 when 450 poultry flocks or 117 million
birds were lost to the avian flu.
If a human pandemic breaks out locally, we will have
limited bed capacity at hospitals, limited refrigerated storage facilities
for vaccines, and limited quarantine and isolation areas. Therefore, I
believe the vision of today’s proposal is inadequate. We need to think
regionally. Wild birds transmitting viruses don’t respect county
boundaries. We should be working together with our neighbors to the east,
west, north, and south to support each other in the event additional food,
shelter, or hospitalization are needed. We will also need regional GIS
tracking of the spread of the disease. In short, in my opinion, a regional
task force to coordinate with commissioners from the south central region is
May 11, 2006
Gary Robson presented personnel transactions.
Commissioners accepted an arbitrator’s award for the County
Detectives beginning January 1, 2006 through
December 31, 2008.
Further, the starting pay for correctional offers in
2006 is $10.83 per hour.
Phyllis Holtry presented $231,389 in Community Services
Block Grant funds from DPW and $272,089 in Human Services Development Funds
from DCED for approval.
Susan Klarsch presented a Contract Amendment for PA
Counseling Service at $16.08 to add computer data entry as well as Waivers
Mike Kristovensky and Joe Lescisko presented $6044 in
budget amendments for the Area Agency on Aging. Commissioners also signed
off on a PDA cooperative agreement; support of the Aging Block grant area
plan; and a $126,848 pre-admission assessment program.
Archie Battistelli and Steven Green reviewed the
Retirement Funds for the County of Lebanon. The current balance is
$85,275,000. In a consolidated report, they presented performance by ABN
AMRO, McHugh, Kensington, and Sovereign Asset Management groups.
Commissioners agreed to send a letter to CS McKee informing them that they
should cooperate and work with our advisors to integrate their report in a
codified presentation for the County.
Phil Hall reviewed the West Nile Virus program, and
Skeeter Skool. Dead bird samples, no chickens, five per month maximum, will
be tested. Contact Phil at 270-4391. When collecting, wear rubber gloves
to handle dead birds. Bag the bird. Then, wash your hand thoroughly.
Die-offs in excess of five birds will be referred to the Game Commission
610-926-3136. One in five people with West Nile virus develop symptoms like
fever, headache, body ache, swollen glands, fatigue/weakness, minor loss of
coordination, stomach problems, eye pain, or a rash. Phil recommends using
larval control agents like Bti or Pre-Strike. To reduce mosquito bites, use
repellants containing soybean oil, IR3535, Picaridin, or DEET. Avian flu
questions are handled by the Department of Agriculture.
Skeeter Skool lasts 1.5 hours at the Ag Center, 2120
Cornwall Road. Call 270-4391 to register for June 8, 9, or 10. Class times
are 7PM, 10AM, and 11AM respectively.
Commissioners approved Liquid fuels for North Lebanon,
$6489 fixed and $7150 special, and North Cornwall, $3335 fixed.
Frank Eichler was reappointed to the board of Clarence
Shock Memorial Park.
A proclamation was approved for presentation at Sertoma.
A proclamation was issued for Aubry Rittle, who
received a Gold Award from Girl Scouts for her candle light night at the
Isaac Meyer Homestead.
Commissioners then met with members of both the policy
board and technical committee for the Metropolitan Planning Organization. A
draft 2007 Highway/bridge transit and Interstate Management TIP was approved
for a 30-day public comment period and open house.
Terri Guirantano mentioned that COLT is looking at the
purchase of a hybrid bus.
May 4, 2006
Gary Robson asked Commissioners to accept an
arbitration award for Correctional Officers and Corporals at the prison for
the years 2005-2009. The bargaining unit works under a no-strike clause,
and Act 195 allows binding arbitration. AFSME represents 70 people in this
unit. In pay increases, employees will receive 3%/3%/3%/3.5%/then a wage
reopener between 2005-2009. A $200 individual and $400 family medical
deductible and $10/$25 prescription deductible will also be implemented.
Further, the arbitrator removed a step increase.
Also signed was an agreement
with John Leahy, Chief Detective, on how he will receive pay increases.
Robert Longo, Stephanie Thompson, Karen Geiser from the
Good Samaritan Hospital; Ana Mell MD
and Margaret Cromper from the VA Medical Center;
and Bett Martin from Philhaven, were on hand to receive proclamations for
Nurses week and Hospital week, “where miracles happen.” Dr. Mello noted
nurse’s strength, commitment, and compassion. Nurses Carolyn, Monica, Judy,
and Irene were on hand for the occasion.
Wengert, accompanied by Engineer Mark Wilson, provided an update on the Mt.
Gretna rail-trail spur; information on a Capital
Campaign, including a golf tournament; completion of the RJ Corman parcel;
and the award of a $10,000 DCED grant secured by Representative Zug to
complete a feasibility study for a Northern Extension via the Union Canal
Tunnel Park, which would extend the 12.5 mile southern section and 1.5 mile
City section by 7 miles and join Swatara State Park. The
previously acquired 10’ wide Trail was signed over to the County.
The extension would elevate the Trail to regional
significance passing by local facilities like the
Lebanon Valley EXPO, two high schools,
and the National Appalachian Trail. Senator Brightbill stated that, “You
need the local leadership, and John has done a terrific job.” Brightbill
had secured a $104,000 Transportation Enhancement grant for the final 2.5
miles on the southern portion of the Trail. The Mt. Gretna ice cream
connection should be completed by June 1, 2006. To date, citizens have made
a $1.5 million investment in the Trail.
Elaine Ludwig received a “certification affidavit” for
the County of Lebanon’s General Primary on May 16 declaring a total of
73,979 eligible voters of which 21,110 were Democrats, 43,466 were
Republicans, 425 Libertarians, 127 Green, 92 Constitutional, and 8759 other
April 27, 2006
During Student Government day, local high school
juniors and seniors shadowed elected officials and department heads.
Josh Sholly, chairman, shadowed Commissioner Bill Carpenter; Brian
Snyder, vice-chairman, shadowed Commissioner
Larry Stohler, and Amanda Klinger, secretary, shadowed Commissioner
Jo Ellen Litz.
Mark Phillips, mentored by treasurer Sallie
Neuin, presented the Treasurer’s report.
Clarissa Demederco, an exchange student from
Brazil and mentored by Gary Robson, presented personnel transactions.
Melissa Light presented conference and seminar requests.
Kymberly Lebo shadowed
Controller Robert Mettley to set salaries for new hires.
John Leahy, Chief County Detective, received approval
to apply for a $3950 DARE grant for Northern Lebanon School District fifth
graders. Student government leaders remember going through the DARE
program. Detective Leahy explained that if one
child’s life is saved because of the DARE program, it is well worth the
Nate George, mentored by Jim Holtry, received
approval for a $23,570 Children and Youth Independent Living Contract, which
provides up to $1750 for life skills training, assistance obtaining higher
education, services for teen parents, security deposits for permanent
housing…for twenty youths.
Susan Eberly and George Christianson received a State
required letter of approval for Aspen’s Business Park guaranteeing
$1,260,000 will be used for approved road, water and sewer, and storm water
retention projects. Mr. Christianson matches the grant.
Femmer, for Elaine Ludwig, received
approval to file a request for $10,000.03 in HAVA
working capital and
for a SURE computer, which will reduce staff time researching and
registered voters signing petitions by allowing candidates to sign in and
use a dedicated PC. Elaine
announced that the iVotronic voting machines arrived on Monday. A team of
individuals worked diligently to assemble and test the machines to make sure
that none were damaged during shipping.
Liquid fuels funds were approved for South Londonderry,
$3527 and Myerstown, $2438 and $10,000.
Student Government Commissioners gave permission to
advertise Ordinance #32, which outlines rules like no smoking, no hunting,
no removing flowers, no drinking, no overnight camping, no motorized
vehicles, and hours of use for enforcement at Governor Dick.
A $363,482.65 bridge inspection contract was approved
with Mark Wilson and Penn DOT. The contract is reimbursed 80% with State
funds and 20% from Liquid Fuels taxes.
Commissioners then met in executive session to discuss
union negotiations, specifically, prison
April 19, 2006
As the Election Board,
Commissioners attended a hearing on precinct consolidation where Judge
Samuel Kline respectfully denied their petition.
Eight people spoke against consolidation, and no voters spoke in favor of
consolidation. In ruling, Judge Kline quoted
Justice Ralph Cappy (Ross Township
2/22/88 and reaffirmed by Commonwealth Court in 4/89): “More polls with
fewer voters creates greater convenience and increases significant
involvement.” Therefore, polling places will not be consolidated.
April 20, 2006
Tammy Hartman-Hankins and Beth Hoch received a
proclamation for Crime Victims’ Rights Week. They will issue
certificates to groups providing outstanding service to victims, including:
SARCC, DVI, Adult and Juvenile Probation, Children and Youth, and every
police department in Lebanon County.
Michael Kristovensky, Joseph Lescisko, Dean Mease, Amy
Allwein, Jen Linebach, and Fay Fox were present for the opening of Meals
on Wheels bids. The Atland House contract providing 76,736 meals at a
cost of $327,307 expires June 30, 2006. The new
company will be on a trial period from May 1-19.
Covenco Culinary Center, Middletown,
bid $4.07 for each of 24,000 “Center meals” or a total of $97,680
and $4.20 for each of 50,000 individual meals for a total cost of $210,000.
Combined, the meals would cost $307,680.
Pittsburgh Company North bid $3.86 for each Center
Meal and Individual meal. The 74,000 meals will cost a total of
$285,640. The company has a plant in Akron near Ephrata.
Fay informed commissioners that Medicare Part D
enrollment ends May 15, 2006. After that, there is a 1% per month
penalty assessed to participants. Anyone with questions or needing
assistance can contact the Area Agency on Aging at 710 Maple St., Lebanon,
Mark Chegwidden presented both the 127.86-acre Ivan G.
and Gloria H. Burkholder farm in South Annville and the 76.02-acre John D.
and Velma S. Brubaker farm in Heidelberg and Jackson Townships for a
right-to-be-heard hearing prior to preservation. Acquisitions
will total $191,000 and $114,030 respectively and the County will be
reimbursed $112,800 and $70,965 in Federal FRPP grant funds.
Commissioners sat as the
Board of Cedar Haven, and Ed
Schlegel and Marcia Krause presented action items. The Wednesday meeting
was postponed because of the precinct consolidation hearing.
With a total census of 306 residents, Cedar Haven
has a 95% occupancy.
The Department of Health found one complaint
A property appraisal report set the value of Cedar
Haven at $17.5 million, excluding equipment.
The Medicaid rate is $178.74 daily.
Kevin Schrum and Shem Heller received approval on a
2007-2008 Mental Health/Mental Retardation “recovery oriented” Plan. A
mobile response team is on the County wish list for medical assistance
An eight-year District Judge office lease was
approved for Palmyra Borough. Initially the rent is $750 monthly; in two
years $775 monthly; and the final two years $800 monthly.
Carol McGlaughlin, who resigned from the board
of Governor Dick after serving since its inception in 1999, will be followed
by Chuck Allwein who will serve out Carol’s term plus three years.
Dan Kauffman, Howard Kramer, and Scott Bixler presented
the results of their meeting to discuss ambulance
dispatch. They agreed to form a committee to improve services across
the County taking the system from good to great. Looking at a broader
picture, the Federation will play a key part in breaking down barriers
across County lines when another ambulance can provide service faster in a
Liquid Fuels funds were approved for:
Bethel $4861 fixed, Union $3559 fixed, Richland $939 fixed, North
Annville $3083 fixed, North Londonderry $2910 fixed, West Cornwall $1363
fixed, and Mt. Gretna $346 fixed as well as $15,000 for a special project.
Commissions passed a resolution urging the
reauthorization of collection of fees to the abandoned mine land reclamation
fund. Lebanon County has three AMD sites that leach polluted water into
Reconvening later in the day, Commissioners approved a
DCNR recommended burn ban for Lebanon County. Open burning;
out-of-doors either in a burn barrel, or any similar device, or on the
ground is banned. The use of propane stoves, charcoal briquette grills, or
the use of tobacco in any form is not covered under this open burning ban.
Campfires are allowed in fire rings that confine and contain the campfire in
state, federal or Department of Environmental Protection licensed
campgrounds only. Penalties are intended to apply mainly in instances
where: open burning has not escaped; Chapter 33—arson, criminal mischief
and other property destruction of the crimes code; or Chapter 7—Forest
fires, Title 32. In instances where the fire has escaped, the charge of
open burning can be brought, in conjunction with Chapter 33 of the Crimes
Code, Chapter 7 Forest Fires. Police officers should coordinate with all
agencies having jurisdiction prior to issuing citations for open burning
whenever an escaped fire has occurred.
Commissioners then convened the
Metropolitan Planning Organization. Among other actions,
Financial support was guaranteed to
North Lebanon and the City of Lebanon to keep
the 11th Avenue Railroad crossing open.
Brandy Heilman, director of the
SRTP program, gave an overview of activities for
south-central counties, including York, Lebanon, Lancaster, Dauphin,
Cumberland, Perry, and Adams to reduce the number of single occupant
vehicles on our roads and offer and encourage other commuter options such
as carpooling, staggered shifts, and emergency ride home programs.
Then, Barb Zortman, Matt Seller,
Doug Bohanon, Tom Kotay and Jon Fitzgee outlined a May 22 driver safety
program that will bring five stations to 200 students at ELCO. An
18-wheeler will demonstrate blind spots for truck drivers, an
under-the-influence drive simulation, a railroad-crossing simulator,
survival 101 by the State Police, and an EMT presentation.
Representatives from other schools will be invited to assess the day for
consideration to expand the program in future years.
Commissioners then convened as the
Assessment Appeals Board where they heard two
residential appeals. A Myerstown trailer received a reduction in assessment
while a North Lebanon horse farm’s value was increased.
Kevin Schrum, Melissa Heisey and Carol Davies received
approval for $228,435 in contract changes for services from seven
providers: Community Services Group, DDS, CBHNP, Susquehanna Association
for the Blind, Exact Communication, Ed Weaner, and Tina Copeland. There is
no net change in funds spent by the County.
Bridget Hoffman and Kathy Snavely introduced TEEN
University, a project of the Lebanon Women’s Commission, which will help to
enhance decision making skills in 9th grade girls to avoid risky
behaviors and focus on setting and reaching goals that will lead to
successful employment, financial independence, and positive relations with
family, friends, and school/business associates. The pilot project will
begin with Lebanon High School in September 2006 for eight Monday night
sessions. School staff will recommend students to receive an invitation to
participate. Some sessions will focus on peer-to-peer presentations while
others will enlist professional women in the Lebanon Valley.
In future years, there are plans to expand the program to county school
Brett Lentz presented the 112.9-acre Wesley Martin Farm
in South Lebanon Township for a right-to-be-heard hearing for preservation.
The crop and dairy farm is adjacent to four preserved farms. With an actual
value of $468,120, Wesley’s will receive $169,200 in federal and County
funds to maintain their farm in agriculture in perpetuity.
A directive was put on hold to
change the Emergency Health Services Federation dispatch protocol adopted by
our eight-county region. Written input from the
EMD and an opinion by Solicitor Snelling was requested. The Lebanon County
Ambulance Association may also help to investigate options that will improve
the reliability and timely response of ambulances.
Elaine Ludwig presented the primary ballot layout for approval –
2006 Primary Election:
Sample Republican Ballot --
Sample Democratic Ballot
$40,080 in contracts for two new 90-pound
washer/extractors for Cedar Haven were awarded to CILS of Palmyra.
Administrator Wolgemuth presented debt service
obligations for approval. Interest of $292,968.75 due on the 2003
obligation bond by April 15 will be moved from the General Fund to the Bond
Coupon Account at Lebanon Valley Farmers Bank. Likewise, $116,634.38
interest due on the 2004 GOB will transfer to the Bond Coupon Account at LV
Commissioners also approved a resolution certifying
Wachovia as the repository to hold the recent $1.81 million loan for
Cleona received approval for $1421 in fixed liquid
April 6, 2006
opened bids for a Washer-Extractor at Cedar Haven. CILS, Palmyra,
bid $40,080; PAC, Harrisburg $42,780; and Wholesale Commercial Laundry,
Blue Bell $53,244. Cedar Haven washes 760 tons of laundry annually.
signed a Department of Agriculture agreement for vouchers that will allow
purchase of fresh fruit and vegetables at local farm markets.
A $17,151 Byrne
Justice Assistance Grant will help to support finger printing machines in
Central Booking. The City of Lebanon receives one-half of the funds.
received an Assurance of Compliance with ADA, civil rights, human
relations…for the Medical Assistance Transportation Program.
were approved for West Lebanon, $796 fixed and $20,000 special; Cornwall
$3044 fixed; East Hanover $4717 fixed; Heidleberg $4694 fixed; Jackson
$70,000 special and $5862 fixed; and Annville $3204 fixed.
is reinvested in non-profit activities, Lickdale Fire Company received
exoneration for a rental property.
Longenecker was appointed to the Drug and Alcohol board.
Commissioners heard from Leigh Beamesderfer concerning
Earth Day activities on April 22 at the Quittie Wetland, an
Envirothon on May 10th at Coleman’s Park, and mandatory
environmental education training by the year 2008 for grades 4, 8, and 11.
Jenny Murphy Shifflet received a proclamation for
Sexual Assault Awareness month. Unfortunately one rape is reported to
police every two hours and 38 minutes. One in four girls and one in six
boys are raped. Jenny encouraged those present to be a “hero” to intervene
and protect our children. A Town Meeting will be held on April 5
from 7-9PM at HACC.
Charles Blankenship received approval for the
Lebanon Valley Economic Development Corporation to draw down $740,000 in
grant funds provided that the Hanford’s sign an agreement to reimburse the
County for any ineligible costs. Adding another level of assurance,
preliminary review and approval were provided by the State.
Charles also explained how the LVEDC promotes all sites
in Lebanon County. For example, they have a potential tenant for the ALCOA
building. LVEDC does manage the 80 acre Lebanon Valley Business Park; 120
acre Hawk Acres; and 135 acre Lebanon Rails Business Park. All total, there
are approximately 600-700 acres available for development in Lebanon
County. Another pilot project will bring together investors who will
purchase land and build to suit for businesses who want to lease space.
Michael Kristovensky provided an Energy Assistance
update. We’ve been blessed with a milder than normal winter. Even so, the
Low Income Housing Energy Assistance Program, including processing of
400 crisis applications, received 2217 applications. The maximum payment
was increased from $300 to $600. In future years, fire companies and
churches will be asked to cooperate with emergency shelter should we have a
severe winter, and limited funds. To qualify for LIHEAP, income maximums
stand at $14,355 for individuals and $19,245 for couples. People aged 60
and over receive priority. Call 273-1641 for more information.
Elaine Ludwig presented an ES&S purchase order for
265 Ivotronic voting and two master machines. Further, a Maintenance
of Effort report for HAVA compared 2005 spending of $212,789 with
$181,000 in spending four years ago.
Liquid fuels applications for South Lebanon,
$7615 fixed; Millcreek, $3100 fixed; Jonestown Borough, $645 fixed; and the
City of Lebanon, $21,000 fixed allocations were awarded.
Phyllis Holtry received a $104,712 rental assistance
grant approval for the Housing Assistance Program and $12,125 for
Bridge housing. A DCED Supportive Engagement Program was also
amended to include an extra $11,760 award.
An ARC of Dauphin and Lebanon Counties Mental
Retardation Awareness Day proclamation was approved.
Earl Meyer recommended Andy Marhevsky to replace Robert
Knoll on the Comprehensive Plan Task Force.
At 1:30, commissioners participated
in the preservation of the
of farmland on the Heilbron farm in North Annville.
and Litz attended today's meeting. Commissioner Carpenter was absent.
At a cost of $60,744.67, Commissioners
awarded construction of the Lebanon Valley Rail Trail Mt. Gretna spur to
Kresge Excavating, Cornwall PA,
Tracey Clemens was appointed to the Women's
Al Freed, Tom Brandt, and Linda Jackson
were reappointed to the County of Lebanon Transit Authority (COLT).
March 15, 2006
10:30AM Cedar Haven
Census stood at 305 of which 229 are female and 76 are male. This is a
95% occupancy rate.
On March 22, CPR classes will be given to 5 LPN’s at
Renova Center and 5 nurses at Cedar Haven.
A volunteer dinner will be held on April 10 and an
employee lunch on May 17.
DPH encouraged the County to implement a no smoking
policy for all new residents. The ten residents who currently smoke will
be allowed to continue.
Geographic Information Data Sets are now completed.
Around June sample data will be available free of
charge for municipalities. Their engineers and others will not be allowed
to use the information for purposes other than the municipality they
represent. Neither may they sell the information.
Benecon presented a proposal for a County Health
Insurance Purchasing Cooperative.
Area Agency on Aging will be conducting bids for a new
noon meal site vendor. There are issues with the Altland House contract.
Noon Prison Board
Census stood at 535 of which 467 are male and 68 are
female. Unsentenced inmates total 203; inmates on work release 118; and
state sentenced inmates29.
March 16, 2006
Carpenter and Litz attended today's meeting. Commissioner Stohler was
Regular weekly meeting of the Board of Commissioners.
Earl Meyer, Lori Books, Mandy Eisenhauer, Gordon Sheetz, and Robert Sentz
were on hand to receive congratulations from DEP South-Central Region
Director Rusty Diamond and Dave Gates for their administration of the
module review process for on-lot septic systems in 23 local governments.
Lebanon County is one of four—Erie, Philadelphia, and Armstrong—counties
providing this service in the State. 85 rather than 50% of revenue from
fees is received. In 2004, the program brought in $78,000 to Lebanon County
while keeping costs down for boroughs, townships, and their residents.
Commissioners voted to reinstate the program for another five-year term.
Claire Lundberg, Jim Holtry, and Sue Klarsch presented a $60,230.50 CTC
Sustainability grant and outlined a March 30 Town Hall meeting scheduled for
the Lebanon High auditorium from 6:30-8:00 PM on underage drinking.
Communities that Care is a process to deal with youth problems from
pregnancy to dropouts and underage drinking. Commissioners also proclaimed
March 30 as Underage Drinking Prevention Day.
Sally Barry submitted a $704,846 Renaissance Crossroads grant for approval.
Begun in 2001, the program accomplishments include 70 offenders admitted
into the program at a 50% state-defined success rate.
Ken Bachem and Kris Troup returned with bids for repair of the storm
water retention basin at Jonestown elementary. At a cost of $36,217,
Commissioners approved low bidder Woodland Contractor to complete repairs,
which will start within the next thirty days and be completed a few days
Elaine Ludwig carried out the ‘Casting of Lots’ to determine ballot
position for County Committee members who volunteer in the Democratic and
Republican parties. Their function is to field and elect candidates to
office. 40 Democratic and 132 Republican committee people will appear on
the ballot. There are 165 open slots (3 positions x 55 precincts = 165).
Anyone interested in becoming active in either party can write-in their name
for committeeeperson. Where there is an open seat and no one else writes in
a name, it is possible to get elected with one write-in vote.
Annual Domestic Relations Agreement Title IV-D provides 66% reimbursement or
$22,834 for Joe Hill’s legal services for paternity hearings. A $75 per
hour conflict-of-interest rate was also approved.
1:30PM Assessment Board:
Two appeals were heard. An Amish school was removed
from the tax rolls. In addition, commissioners heard an appeal for a
122-acre farm in South Londonderry Township that had subdivided off two
twenty-acre lots in an area serviced by public sewer.
March 9, 2006
Kevin Schrum, Carol Davies, and Shem Heller presented a
$369,026 Mental Health/Mental Retardation Direct Care Worker Initiative and
$7,186 in contract changes with Dr. Hermann, Tri-County Human Services,
International Services Center, and Geisinger Community Health dba: Living
Kenneth Bachem and Kris Troup opened Jonestown
Elementary Storm Water Detention Basin bids. The original contractor
went out of business, and left a basin that pools and draws mosquitoes. In
an effort to come in under the estimated $40,000 repair cost, this is the
third or fourth time the project was bid.
Woodland Contractors $36,217;
Tru-Line contractors, Perkaskie $91,500;
B&R Construction Services, Harrisburg $38,398.08;
Landis Deck, Bernville $37,800.
Susan Klarsch presented a contract amendment from the
closed Tink and Peg’s Place to Transitional Evergreen; a 10-year lease
agreement with annual increases in the Consumer Price Index for White Deer
run; and a 28.67% cut ($86,408) in Tobacco Grant funds. Commissioner
Carpenter requested review of the CPI based on the 2006 square footage
Fred Priebe was appointed to the Drug and Alcohol
Commissioners reappointed the Lebanon County
Historical Society as the county’s official historical society, which
makes them eligible for Historical and Museum Commission funds.
A $65,127 performance grant was awarded by PEMA and
accepted by the commissioners. Funds will reimburse salary for a
coordinator and training of officers.
Commissioners signed a $418,869.78 voter registration
invoice from Title II and a $175,572.10 invoice from Section 102 to draw
down HAVA funds for payment of voting machines.
Girl Scout proclamations were approved for
Emily Clemens of Palmyra and Jessica Lane of Annville. Both
girls hail from troop 368. Emily completed a genealogy project and Jessica
completed an awareness game for a carnival benefiting the Children’s
Hospital of Hershey.
Finally, six members of the Swatara Creek Watershed
Association attended today's
commissioner's meeting. Bob Arnold, Dave McSurdy, and Denise Donmoyer spoke
to the commissioners who preferred not to sign a lease on the Bordner
cabin. However, they will give SCWA a letter of support to go
back to the negotiating table with DCNR.
Elaine Ludwig received approval to move four polling
Millcreek Township—at the request of the fire
company, from the Newmanstown Fire House to the Millcreek Township
Annville Township (from the closed YMCA
Allwein Center to the Annville Church of the Brethren.);
Palmyra Borough, North—at the request of the
Borough election board, from the Citizens Fire Company to ShadowStone
Community Center; and
Third Ward—temporarily from Stevens Towers,
which is under renovation, to Zion Lutheran Evangelical Church.
Commissioners also took a vote to sign a $929,250
contract with ES&S for voting machines. Because ES&S did not provide
a performance bond at no extra fee, to protect and ensure the County would
not be left with additional costs to rent machines nor increased costs if
something happened and ES&S could not deliver, Commissioner Litz voted no.
Kevin Schrum, Carol Davies, Shem Heller, and Melissa
Heisey received approval on a Health Choices amendment; a $38,109 Mental
Health Direct Care Worker Initiative Plan; and an $8,085 Bioterrorism grant.
Dan Kauffman reviewed and received approval for the now
combined Act 78 (911 wireline) and Act 56 (911 wireless) Plan proposal,
which will initially cost $14,406, and an additional $7203 to update maps,
charts, and narrative over the next three years. Commissioners also
approved a $765,486 PSAP Wireless E911 funding application.
Sally Barry received approval for a $90,420
Electronic Monitoring 3-year continuation grant, which will be filed
electronically. As an alternative to incarceration, Electronic Monitoring
helps to reduce prison population. In the next thirty days, ankle bracelets
will be GPS activated with the capability of automatically sending an alarm
if any of the thirty offenders enter an exclusionary zone like schools or
playgrounds. The majority of offenders are either probation violators or
were convicted of DUI.
Commissioner Litz presented a PowerPoint on the
Old State Road in
Swatara State Park. Earlier this week, members of the Swatara
Creek Watershed Association and supervisors representing both Swatara
and Bethel Townships met with Senator Brightbill and DCNR Secretary
DiBernadinis in Harrisburg. DCNR would like to
demolish or remove the Cabin and acquire ownership of Old State
Road from the Townships.
Senator Brightbill asked DCNR to prepare a
written plan allowing public access on a
predictable basis, without red tape, to Old State Road.
Rather than demolishing or moving the 67-year old
hand hewn log cabin, SCWA proposed to Adopt-a-Cabin and coordinate
needed repairs on an annual basis. The immediate need is a new roof.
History) The Senator then asked if the
County of Lebanon would be willing to acquire a long-term (99-year)
lease with the State.
(SCWA Summary Arguments) If the Master Plan is not to be changed,
we respectfully submit that the Bordner Cabin should not be moved or
|Page 132 of the Master Plan’s
‘Trails for Travel’ states, "The Heritage Trail is illustrated on
figure #11." |
|The Heritage Trail figure #11
clearly includes the Bordner Cabin as an interpretive site.
(Figure 1 established the Cabin as a footprint in the Park.)|
|Therefore, the Bordner Cabin
is included in the Swatara State Park Master Plan.
The Bordner Cabin is not included in
the Sweet Arrow Lake Master Plan..|
|The Cabin is in Lebanon
County, and represents a colorful Lebanon County history. George
Washington didn’t sleep here, but a lot of scouts did.|
|The Bordner Cabin is
consistent with the Master Plan vision of utilizing buildings with
small footprints that incorporate wood siding and natural
materials found in the area.|
|In three short years, the
cabin will qualify for National or State historic preservation.
Pictures, blueprints, and newspaper articles help to document the
historical significance of the cabin to the Lebanon Area.|
|Using grants, this cabin
could become a demonstration project by incorporating green
technology and energy efficiencies. For example, by using rubber
shingles made from recycled tires, solar lighting to ward off
vandals, and off-site composting toilets, the Cabin can be
|An Adopt-a-Cabin program can
be established to both help protect the structure from vandals and
assist with maintenance. |
Commissioners requested a sample lease, and
tabled action until next week. Both Dr. George Conner and Horseshoe
Trail Boy Scouts of America District Commissioner Jay Laser also
requested that the cabin remain in place. Until the leaky roof
caused health concerns for the scouts, at a cost of $1 per year, for
about ten years the scouts had rented the cabin from the Park. The
lease ended about six years ago.
Rather than a bond, Joe Pierce , bond councilor
from Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellot, recommended that the County of
Lebanon loan the $1,810,100 needed from a bank for an EMA Public Service
Answering Point, farmland preservation, voting machine acquisition,
elevator repairs, computer equipment, Renova Center beds, prison
equipment, and a Sheriff’s van. RBC Dain Rausher is acting as the
County’s financial advisor. Per Ordinance 31, from
Wachovia Bank, Commissioners secured a 15-year loan at a fixed rate of
3.94%. Nine banks had bid on the loan
Drug and Alcohol board appointments were made.
February 23, 2006
James Holtry presented contracts and
invoices for approval. For Juvenile Probation and Children and Youth,
Commissioners approved contracts with Berks County Detention, Clear
Vision Residential Treatment, Hempfield Behavioral Health, and Valley
Community Services. Finally, $337,569.80 worth of second quarter
invoices were approved for Placement
Maintenance, Adoption Assistance, TANF, a State Transition Grant, and
Raymond Bender reviewed proposed
distribution of Community Development Block Grant funds. Seventy
percent of the grant must benefit low and moderate-income residents.
East Hanover was ineligible by one person to receive funding to pave
Dairy Lane. The largest distribution, $207,000, will complete
sprinkling of Cedar Haven. Palmyra Borough will receive $53000 for curb
cuts; Annville $53,000 for sidewalks; with the balance supplementing
programs--$40,000 for HARP; $71,000 for Rehab; $75,000 for Homebuyer;
$466,538 for administration; $14,000 for Planning; and $2000 for an
Mayor Bob Anspach highlighted
goals of a 15-20 year program known as Blueprint for Communities:
Establish and complete an Elm
Street planning grant;
Establish a community
Select a developer and complete
the 7th & Mifflin Street housing project; and
Expand the committee.
Progress of the committee is
published online at
Donna Lutz introduced a
“Webstore” contract that will allow online
access to the public. The cost
to access your deed is $5, then $2 for the
first page, and $.75 per page after that. The program will not have
costs associated for the County. In fact, one-half of the fees will
result in revenue for the County. Commercial Landex accounts, which
generate approximately $2500 per year, will continue to allow a $25
down payment, then $.20 for research.
Donna is also going to invest
funds that are distributed to the County, schools, and
municipalities. Interest should yield $16,000 per year.
Finally, subdivision plans are now
all backed up on microfilm.
February 16, 2006
Prior to the regular
meeting, commissioners attended an executive session on personnel.
Jenny Murphy Shifflet, Elizabeth Judd,
Tammy Hankins-Hartman, and District Attorney David Arnold presented
requests for approval to submit both a $93,744 STOP Violence Against
Women and $56,095 Victims of Crime Act grant to the PA
Commission on Crime and Delinquency. The VOCA grant funds are evenly
split between law enforcement, prosecution, SARCC, and Domestic Violence
Mark Chedwiggen presented the 141.9
acre Mervin and Louise Horst Farm for a right-to-be-heard hearing
concerning preservation. No comment was heard. The Horst farm will
expand a block of preserved land to 617.31 acres in Millcreek
Earl Meyer, Jon Fitzkee, and Tom Kotay
received approval to hire Gannet Flemming to conduct an $89,992.06
transportation congestion management study on
routes 322, 72, 501, 934, 422 east of the City of Lebanon, and
the Evergreen and Rocherty Roads intersection. Through the
Harrisburg Area Transportation System, Edwards &
Kelsey are engaged to complete a study on 422
At 11AM, PennDOT officials; Harriet Faren from the Chamber of
Commerce; Mayor Bob Anspach; Matt Boyer from Congressman Holden's
office; Greg Mahon and Karen Secoges from Senator Brightbill's office;
Glenn Wolgemuth; members of the press--Gordon Weise, Al Winn, and John
Latimer; Supervisor Paul Fetter; staff Earl and Lee Meyer, Jon Fitzgee,
Tom Kotay, and Jamie Wolgemuth were among those who joined Commissioner
Carpenter, Stohler, and Litz for a Metropolitan Planning Organization
meeting. A letter from the US Department of Interior questioning
impacts on the historic district in the preferred alternative (#1) will
result in a delay in the construction of the
Assessment Appeals: At
1:30, the commissioners sat as the Board of Assessment Appeals to hear
testimony on three cases, including the Whitmoyer Recreation Area. The
site hosts soccer fields used by the public, but also hosts a private
water treatment facility.
February 15, 2006
The solicitor, prison doctor, and Warden recommended the board adopt
and sign a Victims of Sexual Assault policy. "It is the policy
of the Lebanon County Correctional Facility to provide a safe, humane
and appropriately secure environment, free from the threat of sexual
assault for all individuals. This will be accomplished by maintaining a
training program of prevention, detection, response, investigation, and
tracking of sexual assault cases...."
On January 31, prison population was
504. On February 15, population peaked at 525, an all-time high. Pick
up of parole violators may have contributed to the spike. A chart will
Cedar Haven: 303 total
population; 226 females and 77 males.
All units will pay $190 per day.
Roman Shahay, Renova Center, requested
permission to institute a "restraint reduction initiative" by
purchasing, at a total cost of $7233, four new
beds without side rails. Commissioners requested a proposal to expedite
the restraint reduction initiative by replacing all 25 beds.
A $10,000 MIS study will be completed
by Michelle McCaw.
Phyllis Holtry submitted a Housing
Authority Medical Assistance Transportation Program "fairs"
proposal--$9.75 for City trips and $12.35 for Countywide trips.
Commissioners accepted a $150,000
performance bond for Palmyra.
February 9, 2006
Jamie Wolgemuth presented personnel transactions
and seminar requests.
As part of the West Nile Virus prevention
program, Phil Hall and Phillipe, his son, presented a grant application
to run a tire disposal program for the County of Lebanon. The
event will occur on Friday, March 31 from 8AM to 6PM at the Expo
Center and Fairgrounds, 80 Rocherty Road, Lebanon. The County
provides $4000 and municipalities provide up to $8300 to match a State
grant. To help shorten lines, this year citizens may pre-register with
the Penn State Extension Office at 270-4391. From
each person, 12 auto or 2 large tires will be taken for free.
Disposal cost is $2 each for excess tires.
Coroner Jeffrey Yocum presented his annual
report. His investigations included 102 natural deaths.
Accidental deaths included one murder, four drug overdoses, one fall,
one medication overdose, one train accident, one mower injury, fifteen
suicides (9 gun related, 1 carbon monoxide, and 5 hangings). Statistics
do not include people who expire at Hershey Medical Center.
Commissioners signed a mutual aid agreement
with the PA Coroner’s Association to participate in mass casualty
assistance within the State.
Commissioners also certified a Liquid Fuels
report with a balance of $233,672.
February 2, 2006
Molly Harmes received a proclamation for Boy
Scout Expo week February 5-11 at the
Lebanon Valley Mall. Eagle Scout and United Way Director Mark Hoffman
will emcee the event. This year, the Pine Wood Derby will take place in
the “Kid in Me” store. About ten scouts will man each of the 38 booths.
Kathy Andrews, Julie Miksit, Elaine Ludwig, and
Diane Miller received a proclamation for “Go
Red For Women” to raise awareness that the number one killer
of women is heart disease. Red Dress pins were distributed.
Per Section 801b of the Election Code, for
approval, Elaine Ludwig also presented Political Parties
for certification—Republican and Democratic—that received
more than 5% of the highest vote in the last General Election.
Ken Bachem opened bids for the Rail Trail spur
to the Jigger Shop in Mt. Gretna. Mark Wilson will review the bids
with Penn DOT who will finance the 1000’ long
x 10’ wide project. Lowest to highest bidders were: Kresge Excavating,
Cornwall @ $60,745; Fahnestock Exc, Manheim @ $74,871; BR Kreider & Son,
Manheim @ $75,874; Rogele, Harrisburg @ $82,882; Handwerk Contractors,
Hummelstown @ $88,328; Jeff Fitser, Harrisburg @ $100,413; EH Hertzog,
Denver @ $106,996; and Burkholder Paving, Ephrata @ $117,276.
At a cost of $27,048 and $1.75 per employee
statement, Hay Group was approved to provide actuarial
services for the County Retirement Fund.
Commissioners accepted a $16,160 grant award from
the PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency for
the Victims of Juvenile Offenders
Robert DiMatteo was reappointed to the Housing and
Redevelopment Authority board.
Commissioner Litz and Stephanie Harmon (alternate)
were reappointed to the Capital Area Resource Conservation and
Commissioners signed a letter of support for the
South-central Employment Corporation to administer TANF case
management to assist the unemployed reach self-sufficiency.
An alarm connection device to EMA was approved for
Sullivan Sullivan & Snelling.
Commissioners issued a proclamation for
100-year-old Sidney Kimmel who resides at the ECC Retirement
Village in Myerstown.
January 26, 2006
Because of the availability of ACRE and other
sources of funding, Chuck Wertz presented arguments for two position
requests, one person to meet increased erosion and sedimentation control
demands on both farms and new construction and one person to help
administer agricultural needs related to oversight of the lifelong
duties of preserved farms, to help administer a nutrient trading
program, and to help update a backlog of 500 conservation plans. The
County will be reimbursed 100% for these positions.
Also attending with CD Manager Wertz were staff
members Nate McKelvie and Angie
Foltz (photographer) as well as board members
Betty Conner, Connie Hoffer (president), and Gail Smith.
Kerchner circulated the room carrying a 50-pound slab of porous
concrete, which had no sand in the mix. Placing the slab over an
aquarium, Karl provided a bottle of water to pour onto the concrete.
Instead of running off, almost immediately, the water penetrated through
the pavement and ran into the aquarium. Likewise, if porous pavement is
installed for parking lots, the ground water can recharge during a
rainstorm. While the porous pavement may cost a few dollars more to
install, the need for huge storm water retention basins is either
reduced or eliminated all together.
Harmon displayed new signs that will be placed on construction sites,
farms, and other projects letting the public know that the County
Conservation District is “at work” helping to administer activities on
the site. Should people want more information, the CD web site address
appears on the signs.
certified a maximum of $1,274,100 for farmland preservation in 2006.
$700,000 will come from the federal farm bill, $37,100
from municipalities (represented by Ken Artz),
$5000 from the Conservation District Reserve
fund, and $250-$500,000 from a bond issue—depending upon State match.
Tim Sheffy, Richard Moore, and Eugene Martin were
reappointed to the Farmland Preservation board.
Elaine Ludwig and Sharon Long were on hand to
discuss the purchase of new voting machines. A previously awarded
contract with Unisys AccuPoll was withdrawn. After calling the company
concerning a letter sent by AccuPoll to a Texas county, Unysis confirmed
AccuPoll’s inability to deliver HAVA compliant voting machines by the
For inspection and questioning of their company
representatives, an ES&S (Election Systems Software)
iVotronic voting machine was delivered around 4:30PM on
Wednesday. For demonstration purposes, the machine remained for the
commissioner’s meeting. The State report was reviewed, and an equipment
price sheet and ES&S income and balance sheets were available. The
14-pound machine has the capability of providing color backgrounds, a
one-year warranty, a backup battery life of four hours, programming in
14 languages, and a flashing red vote button for people to push at the
end of each vote. Assembled in the United States, US components include
the booth frame and shell casing. Upon arrival, each machine will be
tested for quality of performance. Each machine is capable of holding
up to 13,000 votes. A verifiable paper trail is available, but not
State approved at this time. The touch screens will withstand up to 5
million touches before needing replacement.
Commissioners cast a vote to purchase the iVontronic machines.
Only Cambria, Perry, Venango and Westmoreland are ahead of Lebanon on
the delivery schedule. ES&S assures delivery of the 190 “regular” and
60 machines with brail and audio assistance prior to the primary
election, probably by the end of March, and advanced machines for
educational purposes will arrive in a few days.
Quarterly HAVA funding reports were approved and
Commissioners then met in executive session to
discuss the Mental Health Mental Retardation, Area Agency on Aging,
Children and Youth, and Drug and Alcohol Union contract.
Stephanie Harmon invited
everyone to hear a Quittapahilla Creek assessment presentation on
January 25 at the Annville Town Hall, 7PM.
Brett Lentz presented the 97.49
acre Harry and Ruth Schaffer farm in South Annville and the 80.36 acre
Marlin and Gloria Getz farm in Jackson and Millcreek Townships for a
right-to-be heard hearing in preparation for farmland preservation. In
addition, Commissioners voted to preserve the Ken and Karen Seller Farm.
Approval was given to proceed
with preliminary designs for the Inwood Bridge project.
In anticipation of the bond
issue, a resolution passed that was provided by Joe Pierce of Eckerd
Seamans to permit commissioners to obligate funds for farmland
preservation, voting machines, and EMA.
Elaine Ludwig received approval
of a $3192 HAVA grant for accessibility to polling places.
Commissioner Stohler moved, and
Commissioner Carpenter second, a motion to move ahead with the
consolidation of City precincts. Commissioner Litz reviewed the
results of a precinct survey that
was emailed to 700 people in Lebanon County and City and hand delivered
to other people at meetings this past week. She said, "Try as I might,
I was unable to get 20 people from any given precinct to say that they
wanted their precinct either consolidated or divided. Until that
happens, I can't support the consolidation of City precincts, which,
according to Act 25, should be done for the 'convenience of the
electors'--not the convenience of the Election Board." The motion
passed on a 2 to 1 vote with Commissioner Litz voting no. As a result,
the Lebanon County Court of Common Pleas will decide whether or not four
City precincts will be eliminated by the November 2006 election.
January 18, 2006
The current census at Cedar Haven is 313 consisting
of 76 males and 237 females.
Commissioners discussed a tower lease on radio
equipment on the roof of the Municipal Building.
For commissioners’ review, Administrator Wolgemuth
provided proposed CDBG grant distributions for
Delta Development Group reviewed goals for the
County Hazard Mitigation Plan and Departmental Continuity of Government
For the reorganizational meeting, District Attorney
Arnold and Chief Detective Leahy joined the Commissioners, Sheriff DeLeo
and Controller Mettley.
Commissioner Larry Stohler will serve as chair;
Commissioner Bill Carpenter as vice chair; and Controller Mettley as
secretary. Meetings will be held the third Wednesday of each month at
noon at the prison.
The census as of December 31, 2005 was 456
consisting of 401 male and 55 female inmates. 160 unsentenced and 26
state-sentenced inmates are included in the count.
Reports were presented by Warden Karnes and
Larry Wolfe inquired about the Inwood Bridge. He
was informed that PennDOT approved the design phase. There will be a
public comment period at a later date.
Abigail Jarboe played a tape recording
of a call from a Pike County judge’s staff.
Gary Robson and Melissa Light presented personnel
transactions and conference and seminar requests. Dave Arnold joined
Gary to ask for acknowledgement of his decision to hire Robert McAteer
and Ann Kline as Assistant District Attorneys. Carl and Abigail Jarboe
as well as Eric Wolfe stated their belief that because her husband is a
judge, there is a conflict of interest hiring Ann Kline. Commissioner
Carpenter stated that Judge Eby addressed any potential conflict by
reassigning Judge Kline to civil cases.
Phyllis Holtry substantiated time spent on the
Medical Assistance Transportation Program, the $132,621 Community
Services Block Grant invoice, and an amendment to the Supported Housing
Commissioners approved juvenile probation placement
contracts at an hourly rate of $8.75 for Beth Gallarelli as a Girls
Group Home houseparent; $175.86 per day for Clear-Vision Residential
Program for delinquent females; and $150 per day for Tinks and Pegs Drug
With his parents, Harry and Sally Cain looking on,
Eagle Scout Mark Cain reviewed his “History of the Railroads through
Cornwall and Mt. Gretna” and sign project for the Lebanon Valley Rail
Trail. To raise $719.27 for the project, Mark sold railroad spikes and
subs. LVRT president John B. Wengert praised Cain for his dedication to
see the project through to completion.
allowed people to express their feelings on consolidation or
division of Polling Places--Wards or Precincts.
returned on Survey.
Consolidate Smaller Precincts
Divide Large Precincts
my precinct the way it is.
changes are made, do it this year.
changes are made, do it next year.
(For your information, 58/42% respondents were male/female; and 40/60%
respondents were City/County respectively. Votes were cast by 53 people
representing 36 precincts. Additional surveys were received, but only
signed surveys were counted.)
as the Board of Elections, Voter Registration Chief Elaine Ludwig
reviewed a Ward Consolidation Analysis prepared for Commissioner
Stohler. While he moved the proposed implementation date to the
November election rather than the Spring Primary, Stohler proceeded
to outline his reasoning for presenting consolidation of
precincts 3 and 6; 4 and 5 west; 5 east and 5 middle; 1 east and
half of 1 middle; and 1 west and the other half of 1 middle.
Among other reasons, Stohler said the consolidation would save the
County $2,500 annually; relieve the need to seek poll workers in
four wards; and reduce the need to further upgrade polling places
for HAVA compliance. Elaine also prepared a map showing the
Commissioner Litz then
presented her analysis of the proposal.
While there is
merit in wanting to review precincts, there are mitigating
HASTE MAKES WASTE. Do we want
to go through the process twice--City, then County?
four County precincts
smaller than any individual City
precinct. According to State Law,
24 precincts are "perfect"--more
than 100, but less than 1200 voters, and
31 precincts are
including three City precincts, and
according to state law, should be split, which would mean
workers and more cost, perhaps $34,100, to
the County. HAVA stands for Help America
Vote, not Help Alienate Voters. Traditionally,
the County addresses consolidation or splitting of precincts at the
request of residents of a ward. At the very least, she asked
to slow down, and do this right--let the concepts percolate
and develop and mature.
The Law--Purdons Statute-Act 25:
The Court shall divide precincts into
compact & contiguous districts, and conform with census blocks….
No precinct shall be less than 100.
We do not have any
precincts in this category.
"Except for good cause shown, election
districts so formed
more than 1,200 registered electors…."
Precincts shall promote the convenience of
electors and the public interests.
Precincts must have clearly visible
So that the public has
time to comment on their preferences concerning City and/or County
precinct consolidation or division, the proposal was tabled until
next week. If a
proposal is agreed upon, the State would review the request, and
then the Courts would rule on the matter.
Commissioners then approved a resolution revision
to include Title II Sections 251 PPA and 261 grant funds of $3199.44 and
$5453.52 respectively. Elaine reported receiving the first HAVA check
in the amount of $14,000.
Commissioner Stohler, Fields, Groy, Balthaser,
and Gingrich were reappointed to the Renova Center Board.
Commissioner Stohler, Fields, Miller, Tulnu, and
Dierhoff were reappointed to the MHMR board.
To the property owner in Jackson Township, a
trailer was sold for $100 from the Repository of Unclaimed Property.
Chief Detective Leahy was appointed as the
point-of-contact for JNet.
A $53,011 PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency
Victim Witness coordinator and advocate grant was accepted.
Adjourning to executive session, Commissioners
met with Labor Attorney Feeman concerning the Detectives contract.
January 5, 2006
Reorganization of the County took place:
William Carpenter, chair;
Larry Stohler, vice chair;
Jo Ellen Litz, secretary;
Jamie Wolgemuth, administrator;
Penny Snelling, solicitor; and
All employees were reappointed to County
Meeting dates were established for Thursdays each
week at 9:30AM and the third Wednesday at 10:30AM at Cedar Haven, then
Treasurer Sallie Neuin presented Lebanon County
depository banks for approval.
Commissioner Carpenter will chair;
Commissioner Litz will serve as vice chair;
Administrator Wolgemuth; Solicitor Snelling;
and Dan Seaman as Chief County Assessor of the Assessment Board.
Commissioner Carpenter will chair the Election
Board with Larry Stohler as vice chair, Solicitor Snelling, and
Elaine Ludwig as Chief Clerk. The Registration Commission
replicates the Election Board.
Commissioners approved District Attorney Dave
Arnold’s appointments: Elizabeth Judd as 1st Assistant
District Attorney (ADA); John Leahy as Chief Detective; John Ditzler as
an ADA; and Emily Scipioni as a Secretary.
Carpenter will chair the Salary Board with
Stohler as vice chair, Wolgemuth as Secretary, and Snelling as
The following elected row officers moved to set
salaries of employees within his or her office: Judge Eby,
Controller Mettley, Treasurer Neuin, Recorder of Deeds Lutz, Register of
Wills Resanovich, Prothonotary Lisa Arnold,
and District Attorney Dave Arnold. Other
county employee salaries, including the Sheriff’s office, were set.
Agency on Aging
Agency Chair (new)
Information Systems (new)
Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development
South-central Employment Corporation
Litz will continue to serve as
liaison to the Capital RC&D and Women's Commission.
B. Wengert and engineer Mark Wilson, who donated designs, discussed
the Lebanon Valley Rail Trail updates and requests. An 848’
long, 10’ wide, 20mph spur from south of Butler Road to Timber Road at
the Jigger Shop in Mt. Gretna will run along a 1918 narrow gauge
railroad line behind the roller rink and miniature golf course. Total
project length will increase to 11.75 miles. Commissioners approved
advertisement of a bid to complete the project. As a match to the
$155,000 TEA grant, Eastern Enterprises also donated easements for the
Of note, Eagle Scout Mark Kane researched, wrote
narrative, obtained pictures, raised money, and organized installation
of two signs, one in Cornwall, and one on an old railroad station
foundation. Described are the old railroad, military encampment….
In addition, at a cost of $165,000, a 2.5-mile
extension from Zinns Mill Road to Route 422 is being acquired from RJ
Corman Railroad Company on March 1, 2006. This project will include a
pedestrian and bike bridge at Wilhelm Avenue in South Lebanon
Township. $500,000 in funding will come from federal dollars
allocated to the Lebanon County Metropolitan Planning Organization. A
private campaign will commence to cover pre-construction activities
for survey, design, and engineering work. This segment was in
negotiations for 13 years.