Litz brings Local Government, Small Business, and Conservation Experience to the Table.
Jo Ellen is a 5-term Lebanon County Commissioner who is the Boots on the Ground for local government implementing programs to Protect Children, Serve Families, Secure Justice, Manage Emergencies, and Safeguard Elections. In short, Commissioner Litz Safeguards the Public Trust.
Whether it was the 2004 Campbelltown Tornado, Tropical Storm Lee in 2011, or the 30" 2016 Snowstorm Jonas,
I've been here for you.
Litz was elected by her peers from across the state of Pennsylvania to serve as the 2012 president and 2013 chairman of the Board for the statewide commissioner's association.
Litz is about starting a conversation from public structures like roads and bridges, water and sewer, schools, and energy. A sound infrastructure is the basis of a sound economy. Litz believes we need these Economy Boosting Jobs to put money into the pockets of people so that they can buy homes, cars, and goods. Litz supports a transportation plan to make our roads and bridges safe. In this way, we will create good paying jobs, get people to these jobs, our goods to market, and children to schools.
Jo Ellen served as the chair of the MPO (2012-15)--Metropolitan Planning Organization for Lebanon County--where she helps to prioritize local road and bridge projects with PennDOT and the Federal Highway Administration.
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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 into preservation.
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:
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 public inspection.
¨ 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 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:
Metropolitan Planning Organization:
Assessment Appeals: 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 structure.
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 participants.
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 Essler.
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.
Former 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.
November 15, 2006
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:
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.
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 equipment….
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 be implemented.
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 impacted municipalities.
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.
NOTE: 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.
November 2, 2006
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 schedule follows.)
October 26, 2006
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.
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, however.
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.
All 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 action.
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 responsibilities.”
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:
"Administrative action." 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)
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"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)
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(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 www.inventpa.com, 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.
October 12, 2006
Stephanie Harmon, 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.
Commissioners recognized Victoria Groff of Annville who attain her Girl Scout Gold Award.
Commissioners approved 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.
Debt Service payments are due October 15.
October 5, 2006
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.
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 Lebanon Township.
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.
September 28, 2006
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:
Archie Battistelli, Steve Green, and Joe Battapaglia, from Ryan Beck, provided a Market Forecast.
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 Association.
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 agreed.
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.
August 31, 2006
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 consideration.
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 for 2009.
Further, Mark recommended that Yordy’s bridge remain closed until repairs to a wing wall are completed during an upcoming maintenance contract.
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 Investment Board.
Commissioners then met in executive session to discuss personnel issues.
August 24, 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.
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 grant.
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 approval.
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 category.
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 of $81,012,893.
Pam Tricamo received funding approval for Habitat for Humanity projects.
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 COLT board.
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 Communications Commission.
Leigh 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 (GIS).
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 firm.
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 water issues….
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.
The 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 shared:
The 6.7-mile corridor can usually be traveled in 12.5 to 16.5 minutes. Improvements will be necessary to maintain flow.
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:
¨ Friday 1PM-7PM
¨ Saturday 10AM-5PM
¨ Sunday 10AM-5PM
¨ Monday 10AM-7PM
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 www.fema.gov .
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.
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.
Commissioners accepted $93,744 in STOP grant awards.
Carl and Abigail Jarboe addressed commissioners.
July 13, 2006
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 2007.
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 answered.
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 include:
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:
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 farm report:
¨ 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 weeks.
¨ Approximately 100 acres of soybeans has been lost from the flooding.
¨ A few alfalfa fields were damaged but will recover. Some quality loss for one cutting is most likely.
¨ Some fences were damaged and need to be repaired or replaced.
¨ Debris remains in fields after the flood waters subsided. (ex: tires, trash, etc.)
¨ The Financial impact is a loss of more than $250,000
Administrator Wolgemuth presented fixed liquid fuels requests for approval--$2036 to South Annville.
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 31, 2009.
June 29, 2006
Wednesday, 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 feet.
At 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 vacation.
A 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
June 8, 2006
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 basis.
Commissioners then met in executive session to discuss personnel and labor negotiations.
June 1, 2006
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 deer.
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, decontamination foam….
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 the same).
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 essential.”
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 for approval
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.
John 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 parties.
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 effort.
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.
Robert 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 verifying 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 arbitration.
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.
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, 273-9262.
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.
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 funding.
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 given location.
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 our streams.
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,
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.
April 13, 2006
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 districts.
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.
$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 Farmers Bank.
Commissioners also approved a resolution certifying Wachovia as the repository to hold the recent $1.81 million loan for distribution.
Cleona received approval for $1421 in fixed liquid fuels funds.
April 6, 2006
March 30, 2006
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 10,000th acre of farmland on the Heilbron farm in North Annville.
March 23, 2006
Commissioners Stohler and
Litz attended today's meeting. Commissioner Carpenter was absent.
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
Carpenter and Litz attended today's meeting. Commissioner Stohler was absent.
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 Unlimited.
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.
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 charge.
Fred Priebe was appointed to the Drug and Alcohol board.
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.
March 2, 2006
Elaine Ludwig received approval to move four polling places:
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.