People Above Politics

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, Jonas 30" Snowstorm 2016 , or the Summer Storm of 2018,

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. 

Keep Litz doing the People's Business.


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Community Calendar 2018:

• May 4-5 is the 31st Anniversary Float; Travel Through Time on the Swatara Sojourn;
• May 9 is the 50+ Festival @ the LVExpo;
• May 19-20 Union Canal Days;
• June - Saturday night Carnivals @ Bellgrove Fire Company;
• July 21-28 Lebanon Area Fair @ LV EXPO;...


2017 Lebanon County Year in Review


Flood Plain Maps   See if FEMAs new maps are accurate. The CSLF map viewer shows draft floodplains. There may be changes before the maps become final. This is your chance to provide feedback. Green areas would be removed from the 100 year floodplain while red areas would be added to the floodplain based on a Lidar flyover of the State after Tropical Storm Lee.
Directions for first-time online map users: Once the map is open, click on the plus sign to zoom in. Hold down the clicker button and move your finger on the mouse pad to move the map from side to side or up and down. You can also turn on different background layers like aerial photography to help you find the location for which you are looking. In the upper right corner of the page, it's also possible to type in an address.,40.1983,-76.0144,40.5556


Free Property Viewer  Zoom into your property.  Right click on your parcel, and the Assessment, date of sale...will pop up.

About 24 local farmers lost contracts to sell their milk.  Read more:       Where does my milk come from? Look at the number stamped near the top of the carton. It always begins with a two digit number between 01-56. Swiss Premium Dairy starts with 42 or 43. To support Swiss and other local farmers, look for the #42. Other local dairies include Dutch Way, in Myerstown, National Farmers Organization Bulk Tank in Palmyra, Hershey Co's West Plant, Kreider Farms Dairy Marketing Service in Manheim, and Oregon Dairy in Lititz.   Update:  Nine of the 24 farms in Lebanon County have been picked up by Harrisburg Dairies.  Further, Bell and Evans has offered to purchase all of the chickens any of the farmers can raise, should they care to put up chicken houses.

Live on property that floods? See if FEMAs new maps are accurate. The CSLF map viewer shows draft floodplains. There may be changes before the maps become final.  This is your chance to provide feedback. Green areas would be removed from the 100 year floodplain while red areas would be added to the floodplain based on a Lidar flyover of the State after Tropical Storm Lee.

Directions for first-time online map users: Once the map is open, click on the plus sign to zoom in. Hold down the clicker button and move your finger on the mouse pad to move the map from side to side or up and down. You can also turn on different background layers like aerial photography to help you find the location for which you are looking. In the upper right corner of the page, it's also possible to type in an address.,40.1983,-76.0144,40.5556

2017 Lebanon County Year in Review


bullet   Carol Davies, Director of the Area Agency on Aging, presented 16 Provider Contract amendments totaling $42,631, and an amendment to the Aging Well PA Contract to allow use  of an old assessment tool until the bugs are worked out of a new tool.  The County contribution does not change.

bullet   Congressman Dan Meuser will be setting up shop at 1044 E Main Street, Palmyra, sharing headquarters with Frank Ryan from the PA House of Representatives.  Meuser's staff stopped by the commissioner's meeting to introduce themselves. 

bullet   Jon Fitzkee requested permission to hire WSP to work on our Long Range Plan implementation adhering to PennDot Connects Policy, which must be updated every 4 years.  Approval will allow staff to negotiate a Master Agreement, which will negate having to bid every aspect of the plan. 

bullet  Kevin Schrum, Director of MHIDEI, presented a HealthChoices Single Contract with five neighboring counties as well as six Provider Contract Amendments with a net change of $34,546.  The County contribution does not change.  Further, Ordinance 58 will be advertised next week. 


MHIDEI Board reappointments include Jonathan Barber, Walker, Al Smith, and Bonnie Pietruch.

bullet  Voter Registrar Michael Anderson presented a request to file a petition with the Court to create five additional precincts where population has grown, specifically Cornwall, Jackson West, North Cornwall North, S Londonderry Campbelltown, and Swatara Township.

bullet  Administrator Jamie Wolgemuth presented a request to certify $232,072 for farmland preservation of which $75,000 will come from the General Fund; $42,500 from Marcellus Shale funds; $18,513 from Clean and Green Rollbacks; and $86,000 from municipalities.


In exchange for another extension, Justin Mandel presented an increased offer for County Land from $720,000 to $750,000.  Extension payments of $45,000 will be applied to the purchase price.  The wetland will still be subdivided off of the parcel, and placed into preservation. 



·         Health Facilities Authority-Robert Funk


·         Housing Authority-Richard Randall, a resident of Stevens Towers


·         Community Action Partnership-Laura LeFever


·         Carol Houser and Tony Paden were awarded 100% disabled veteran real estate tax exemption.

Commissioners Phillips and Ames passed a Swatara Sojourn  Proclamation.  Commissioner Litz abstained as she is part of the Sojourn. 

1.16.2019 New mapping system for help with Drug and Alcohol treatment.

Try the new online resource for finding treatment for Drug and Alcohol addictions. Also, contact information for other human service needs are found on the site. County Treatment Resources Map


Madam Secretary of State for Pennsylvania, Kathy Boockvar, and Jonathan Marks, Election Commissioner, were in town to discuss new voting machines with commissioners.

·         The Governor has committed to funding at least 50% of the voting machines on top of the federal contribution.  Commissioners are charged with running fair and impartial elections for federal, state, and local races.  Therefore the cost of voting machines should be shared by all three levels of government. 

     Is there really a Cadillac model? Not if you include the cost of paper ballots, an integral part of making the paper ballot system work, and larger and heavier sheets of paper for staff to lift and store. Someone could hurt their back lifting. At first look, electronic machines similar to what we use now, but with an auditable paper trail, appear to be a Cadillac model, but paper ballots can contain “over-votes”, which would require the voted office to be stricken from a ballot, illegible hand-writing, eraser marks…. The law requires printing of 110% of ballots based on the number of voters in a County. Each precinct can have a different paper ballot. Challenges to petitions can hold up printing, and/or printed ballots can contain errors when court decisions come in after the print deadline.

(Minutes 49-58) Commissioners serve as the Election Board—except in a year when they’re running for re-election. The Board is responsible to vote on replacement voting machines. The President Judge appoints commissioner replacements. However, the Department of State and County Commissioner’s Association of PA are in negotiations as to when a commissioner is officially a candidate. Is it January 1, when they announce, when they lift petitions, or when petitions are filed? An official ruling is forthcoming. Usually, people who are used to making decisions--judges and Administrator Wolgemuth--serve on the replacement Board. They are obviously honest and fair people. Commissioner Litz shared her reasons for wanting to select voting machines: 1) Commissioners approve all contracts and are responsible for fair and impartial elections. 2) Time spent attending demonstrations, hosting vendors, questioning vendors, researching companies and machines, creating spreadsheets to compare features, prices…. 3) Institutional knowledge about a company’s ability to deliver on promises, service, reliable product…. 4) This mandate comes at an awkward time for commissioners, but DOS Secretary said their election is not impacted by the new machines. Put another way, commissioners will be elected using the current machines. New machines will be implemented for the Presidential election.

(Minute 59 - 1:06) Can we vote to select machines now? Yes. Place conditions on the vote that the County may continue to pool with other counties to negotiate price; contingent upon both federal and state certification of the machines (Clear Ballot is not certified), which has come to a standstill with the shutdown of the federal government; on the ability of the vendor to deliver the entire order by a deadline…; that the vote does not negate reimbursement of future federal or state reimbursement.
·Hybrid Model: At least one company has proposed that a combination of paper and DREs (Electronic machines) be utilized. Commissioner Litz questioned how many full sized paper ballots would need printed with a hybrid model. DOS Secretary Boockvar said not as many. Since this is not defined in law, Commissioner Litz asked for a written opinion for the County’s files.

While times vary slightly, due to being taped on different electronic devices, should the YouTube link fail, here is the Facebook link to the voting machine discussion.

1.3.2019 During the election of officers, majority commissioners swapped positions.  Bob Phillips will serve as chair, and Bill Ames will serve as vice-chair.  Jo Ellen Litz will remain as secretary.  Dave Warner will be retained as solicitor, and Jamie Wolgemuth as administrator.  All employees will be retained.

Commissioners approved the hiring of a Deputy Chief Clerk/County Administrator.  In the Sheriff’s office, 1 full-time Lieutenant, 2 additional full-time Deputy Sheriffs and 1 additional casual part-time Deputy Sheriff were approved.  Also, Danielle Hogg will receive one full-time Network Technician position. 

Liaison assignments remained the same as 2018.


Ames:  Area Agency on Aging, Building & Grounds, Chamber of Commerce, Conservation District, Elections, Economic Development Corp, Expo Center, Lebanon Transit, Lebanon Valley Destination Marketing Organization, Information Technology Services, South Central Workforce Investment Board, and United Way.


Phillips:  City of Lebanon, Drug & Alcohol, Commission for Women, DES, Housing & Redevelopment Authority, Penn State Extension, and Renova Center.


Litz:  Assessment, Children & Youth, Community Action Partnership, Geographic Information Systems, MH.ID.EI, Planning and Veterans Affairs. 

A meeting calendar was adopted for the 1st and 3rd Thursdays monthly:  January 3 & 17, February 7 & 21, March 7 & 21, April 4 & 18, May 2 & 16, June 6 & 20, July 3, 18 & 25, August 1 & 15, September 5 & 19, October 3 & 19, November 7 & 21, December 5, 19 & 26.  Meetings are held in the commissioners meeting room on the second floor of the courthouse, 400 S 8th St., Lebanon at 9:30AM. 

Each Wednesday at 1:30PM, commissioners meet for workshops at the same location.

By law, Commissioner Litz will serve as chair of the Assessment Board. Hearing dates were established:  January 17, February 21, March 21, April 18, May 16, June 20, July 18, August 15 and 29, November 21, December 19.

Depository banks were approved. 

Stephanie Shirk introduced Deane Risser as a new administrator at Penn State.

Jamie Wolgemuth presented items for commissioner approval:


Commissioners approved a farm lease for one acre near Route 934 in South Annville Township with Loren Hoerning for $150; and a second lease for $1200 for Ken Reist in South Lebanon Township.


Electronic signatory authority to Jamie for CDBG Homes Programs.

Ride the Bus to the Farm Show:    If you'd like to look at the Commute King bus route, here is more information.   If you're looking at boarding at either the Lebanon Valley Mall or Walmart Palmyra - N Londonderry Square, please note that LVM boards in the lot behind and nearest to the Pretzel Hut on 422. If you look towards the Mall, you'd see Planet Fitness and Save a Lot. The bus shelter at the Boscov furniture annex is NOT the pickup point for Commute King. Similarly, the bus boards in the Walmart lot nearest to 422 approximately behind what was Sonic. Just wait in your car until you see the bus approaching and get out to board.…/pa-farm-show-schedule/

Mark Your Calendar for Lebanon's Biggest Line Dance Ever

Community Videos:


Bologna Drop


Cold for a Cause at Wind in the Willows


VOAD, Volunteers Organizing After Disasters


Lebanon Family Health Services


Lebanon County Library System


Girls on the Run


A Cow is Born


AC Girls win both JV and Varsity games against Lebanon Catholic


Introduction of the AC Team


The Swatara Sojourn will take place May 4-5, 2019

12.27.2018 Commissioners passed the second and final reading of the budget with minor adjustments:  Overall Fund $83,460,497; General Fund $46,759,406; Millage remains at 3.2925. Annual Retirement Board meeting:  Controller Mettley presented votes for the Board—


Interest will remain at 4.5%


Class will remain at 1/80th


Kornferry Hay Group will create employee statements


Refunds were approved to former employees


Death Benefits were acknowledged for beneficiaries.


Pensions were approved for 2018 retirees.

Disabled Veterans for Real Estate Tax Exemption:  Angelika Alcaraz and Todd Burns.

Brett Holland with Stifel Nicolaus requested a Pension Fund Manager change to Dearborn for Large Cap investments. 

Commissioners then met in executive session to discuss real estate. 

Appointments were made to the Library Systems Board—Laurie Zimmerman, Myerstown and Susan Werner, Matthews Library in Fredericksburg. 


Prison Board  Deputy Warden of Operations Tim Clements retires.


·         500 inmates


·         193 unsentenced


·         38 work release


·         20 State sentenced


·         228 Probation3 DJ sentenced


·         32 Court of Common Pleas sentenced

Human Resources Director Michelle Edris presented motions for approval

  1. 1.      Move the Personnel/Fiscal Officer position at Renova Center from 35 to 37.5 hours per week;

  2. 2.      Move Treasurer and Tax Claim personnel from 35 to 37.5 hours per week;

  3. 3.      Remove 1 fulltime and 2 part-time office personnel to PennState Extention’s payroll;

  4. 4.      Eliminate 6 regular part-time Correctional Officer positions  to two  fulltime Correctional Officer postions per the AFSCME Union Contract with a starting salary of $14.93 per hour;

  5. 5.      Create an Aging Care Management Supervisor 2 position;

  6. 6.      Create two Children and Youth Caseworker 2 positions that are fully State funded;

  7. 7.      Create one Community Action Partnership part-time receptionist that is fully State funded;

  8. 8.      Create one part-time assistant System Administrator that is fully State funded.

42-year veteran employee and Prison Deputy Warden of Treatment, Anthony Hauch will retire effective 2.28.19. Upon her retirement, Elizabeth Ramsey received a proclamation for her many hears of service. With a goal of rehabilitating veterans and reducing the prison population to below 500, John Shott, The Honorable Judge John Tylwalk, and Director of Probation Sally Barry presented a $20,000 Veteran’s Court for start-up costs.  To help make the Court sustainable, a $500 Administration fee will be paid by participants.  Participants may receive House Arrest and avoid jail time.  Incentives in the form of gift cards are one reward for successfully completing the program.  Volunteer veterans are sought as mentors to help fellow veterans through the process.  Training is provided.  Judge Tylwalk will meet with each veteran. 


This 24-month proactive program is one more tool in the toolbox along with DUI Treatment Court, the Renaissance Crossroads Program, Day Reporting Center, and pretrial diversion components of the IP plan already in place. 


Participants will perform community service projects.  Sanctions include writing essays, loss of privileges, demotion to a lower phase, additional fines, curfew restrictions, incarceration, and removal from the program.  The presence of the VA Medical Center provides an exra layer of support that many other counties do not have.  Starting with 10 participants, there is room to grow the program to 50 participants.  A 90% completion/graduation rate is anticipated. 

DES Director Bob Dowd presented a $17,739.70 Hazardous Material Response Fund Grant Agreement for approval.

CAP Director Phyllis Holtry presented a cost reimbursement request of $10,817 for approval.  The total grant is $108,174.

MHIDEI Director Kevin Schrum presented $3,762 in amendments that will not increase costs to the County.  There were a total of 15 changes this year. Administrator Jamie Wolgemuth presented:

  1. A $8.163 Jackson Township Liquid Fuels request;

  2. A $10,000 Hotel Tax Grant for the Community Health Council to run Tour De Lebanon Valley in 2019 at the EXPO Center.  The bicycle ride is 62 miles long generating $25,000, and netting $15,000 that is donated to the Conservancy for Land Preservation.      Jon Fitzkee   Turnpike Safety MPO Bridge adjustments

  1. 1.      Zion Road Bridge over a tributary to Swatara Creek in North Lebanon Township--$88,500 construction phase increased to match the most recent estimate.  Let 12.6.18

  2. 2.      Railroad Bridge on the Phase 9 Extension of the Rail Trail over Swatara Creek between Union and Swatara Townships to match the low bid $100,138. Let date 10.14.2018

  3. 3.      Allentown Blvd/Kevins Run in Union Township $43,000.  Let date 1.14.2021

  4. 4.      Allentown Blvd over Beach Run in Bethel Township $75,000.  Let date  3.25.2021

  5. 5.      Ebenezer Road Bridge $50,000 over Swatara Creek in Union Township.  Let date 1.14.21

  6. 6.      Allentown Blvd East Bridge $45,000 over Indiantown Run in East Hanover Township.  Let date 3.25.2021.

Community Videos:

Voting Machine Demonstration at the LV EXPO

Wreaths Across America

Honoring those who served

Holiday Lights at Coleman Park

Jeannie Arnold receives Athena Award

LCCM NonProfit of the Year

Ambassador of the Year John Olivio

Christmas Tree Arrives at the Courthouse



AC Alumni Choir


South Lebanon Elementary Choir


Dancing with Louis VanAmstel

Chambourcin Farm off of Mt. Zion Rd 

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Welsh Mountain Between the Bridges

Flash Mob of Carolers at Tiffany & Rob Bare's Home

Fairland Church Children's Christmas Pageant: 





Crepes at the Farmer's Market

Main Street in the City of Lebanon

HersheyPark Christmas

  1. Christmas with Santa

  2. Santa's Elves

  3. HersheyPark Christmas

Wrinkle and Boon Coffee Shop

God Bless the USA, and Jonathan Shuey

Small Town USA--Santa comes to West Lebanon


12.6.18 David Weisnicht reports that no loud exercises are scheduled for Fort Indiantown Gap in December.  Wreaths Across America will take place on December 14. Bob Sutherly, 38-year valued employee in Children and Youth, is retiring. Stephanie Shirk and Ellen presented a renewed effort to complete the Ginger Pryor Memory Garden.  To help raise money,  100 layser engraved bricks will be sold. Bob Dowd, Department of Emergency Services Chief, presented a $15,018 RERF Grant and a $2,628,866,08 911 PEMA Grand for approval. Recorder of Deeds Barb Smith asked permission to donate 309 books with 1800s court documents and accompanying hardware to the Lebanon County Historical Society. GIS Specialist Cherie Brown and Assessment Manager Dan Seaman presented modifications to the Aerial flyover known as Pictometry.  There will be a net savings of $2,541.50. Administrator Jamie Wolgemuth presented the first reading of the commissioner’s budget, which will go on display for 20 days.  With a total budget of $83,453,703 from local, state and federal dollars, Millage will remain at 3.2925.  Included in the total budget, the General Fund from local real estate tax dollars and fees totals $46,752,612.  Of note:


New positions include:  a Deputy Chief Clerk, an additional IT Technician, and 3 fulltime and 1 part-time Deputy Sheriffs. 


Health Insurance premiums will not increase.


Commissioners are pursuing a new 911 Center.


With 12 correctional officer positions open and a turnover rate of 42%, starting wages for officers at the prison will rise to $16.44, and there will be more opportunities for advancement. 

Disabled veteran Frederick Mayer was approved for real estate tax exemption.

South Londonderry Township will receive $6,991 in Liquid Fuels funds.

Hotel Tax grants were awarded to the Lebanon Valley Expo Center in the amount of $30,000 and to the Lebanon Valley Conservancy to print Cornwall Heritage Trail maps at a cost of $6300.  The EXPO will upgrade parking lot lights, replace rain gutters, improve the sound system, paint the east and southeast walls, and do some concrete work. County Commissioner Priorities for 2019 State DOC John Wetzel on drugs in prisons

Community Videos:  Cheryl Batdorf opens an Edward Jones office on E Cumberland Street. Steitz City Players perform at the LV Chamber WIB luncheon West Lebanon engineer Josh Weaber on finishing work that removed trees on the south side of Coleman Park Myerstown Holiday Parade Lebanon Holiday Parade



Treasurer Sallie Neuin presented a Fulton Bank resolution for commissioner’s signatures to change deputies in the Controller and Treasurer’s offices. 

David Weisnict Back at the Gap  21,403 personnel were trained this fiscal year.  838 soldiers will be on the base over Thanksgiving.  Bolan Air to Ground Tactical Controller units guide jets in and out of FIG airspace. 

Jen Kuzo Visit Lebanon Valley

Michael Battistelli and Brett Holland provided a pension update.  Mike Kirstovensky was present representing retirees.  Carey Hardy and Ricky Ruiz spoke about Leg Mason investments for the pension system.  The County’s pension balance is $121,037.120. 

Jamie Wolgemuth with Miscellaneous

Bob Arnold, John Poff, and Kristen Grumbine were appointed to the Conservation District Board. 

Commissioners approved real estate tax exemption for 100% disabled veterans Guie Lebo and David Howard as well as a disabled veteran’s surviving spouse, Diana Goldbach.

Controller Mettley recommended Boyer & Ritter as the County’s next auditor.  At $62,500 per year for the next three years, Boyer and Ritter were the second lowest bidder.  Mettley felt that the lowest bidder, Maille, did not realize there are no CPAs in the Controller’s Office.  While the bid is $18,000 per year more than we’re paying now, our current auditor came in $18,000/year higher than the accepted bid.

Bob Dowd and Joe Morales with Precipitation Totals and Flood Damage Reports  Before the snow yesterday, in 2018 we had 69.53” of precipitation, more than the last record of 68.74” in 2011 when Tropical Storm Lee hit.  This year’s repeated flooding was heaviest between July 21-27 and August 31

Bob Dowd and Joe Morales Hazardous Materials Plan  PEMA Grant Signatory authority was given to Bob Dowd.  The State approved regional phones at $2.62M with York County.  Dowd thought it would remove liability, and looks forward to our new DES facility.

While Lebanon County met their $1.6M minimum disaster threshold, the State did not meet their $18.5M threshold.  Therefore, no federal or State aid will come to Lebanon County.  DES doesn’t believe that all our damage was reported, and will work with municipalities to ensure accurate reporting, which will also help State totals.  Individuals can use DES’ online Help Desk to report individual damage. 

Commissioners signed a settlement agreement with AVANCO concerning a data system breach around May 2017.

Nichole Eisenhart, Esq., presented grant modifications for both RASA and VOCO that were approved for the District Attorney’s Office.

Thanks to the almost 600 people who responded to the Election Day survey. Thanks also for Lebanon County GIS for creating the questionnaire. A summary of results will be posted for your review.

Facebook Videos:

Eagle Scout candidate Nabeel Rangoonwala

Lebanon Reads

America’s First Daughter

Counting Military Absentee Ballots with a Scanner

Veteran’s Day at FIG National Cemetery

Veteran’s Day Service


11.1.2018 David Weisnicht provided a Back at the Gap update.  The military trained 11,000 troops at Fort Indiantown Gap making it the #1 most utilized installation in the United States of America.  That is 860,000 person-days with 153,855 soldiers, airmen, navy, and marines.  A second controlled burn season commenced to reduce range fires.  Receive 24-hour text notices from AlertPA.  With 1200 air movements per month, FIG is also the second busiest heliport in the United States of America. Mike Mangano returned to make commissioners aware of a County phone used for personal calls.

Michelle Edris presented personnel transactions, including approval of three Probation Services employees in the Collections and Disbursement Unit to work up to 2.5 additional hours per week (not to exceed 40 hours/week) through December 31 or until a vacant position is filled, whichever occurs first.  Michael Ritter, Domestic Violence Intervention, spoke for the Homeless Coalition.  There are 4900 homeless children in Lebanon County.  That is up 70% over last year.  One theory is that many children moved here from Puerto Rica after the flooding.  Dennis Firestone, Harlan Daubert, and Chuck Allwein were on hand to recommend a $368,546.69 bid award to CriLon Corporation to build an ADA Boardwalk at the Clarence Schock Memorial Park, commonly called Governor Dick.  Commissioners also awarded a $25,000 grant to the Clarence Schock Park. Commissioners recognized Ken Long for ten years of donating his time to replace soldier’s headstones after repouring the concrete bases.  Ken and Katherine, his wife, were walking through cemeteries, and noticed all of the toppled and broken headstones, some from the Revolutionary War.  Having retired from the Air Force, Ken decided to do something about it, and started to honor veterans even after they are gone.  In turn, behind the scenes, Ken honored all of America’s veterans.  Ken, thank you for your service and for keeping us safe.   Rik and Andrew Rhoad reported that the 445 Foundation has raised $69 million that stays local to support the Children’s Miracle Network.  He asked people to tune into 105.70X at 5PM on Thursday, November 8 to join in supporting our children with special needs. EMS Chief Robert Dowd, Deputy Chief Joe Morales, and HazMat Chief Gary Verna were on hand for numerous motions:


Approval of the Emergency Operations Plan,


A $150,177 grant to reimburse four positions, 


Emergency Management Plan,


A $27,284 Hazardous Materials Emergency Plan grant to conduct a full scale exercise replicating a train accident in one of 13 municipalities along the Norfolk Southern rail line.  Local match is $5407.


Commodity flow studies were last conducted in 2014.  Joe is working on acquiring the information directly from Norfolk Southern. The Hazardous Materials Volunteers meet every Thursday night.  Of 19 active members, 10 recently became certified, and the others are working on their International certification.  Olivia Bingaman, Vector Control, has moved from Penn State Extension to the Conservation District.  Olivia collects mosquito samples to test for West Nile Virus of which there were 99 positives in Lebanon County—87 humans, 1 horse, and 5 Avian.  This was the worst year of record.  For 2019, a $98,876.50 grant for her services, along with a part-time summer employee, mileage, and a new product that, when sprayed, will attach to nearby mosquitoes who will then carry the product to other mosquitoes within an approximate one-mile radius.  The product was tested in Dauphin County last year.  Olivia also collects ticks from public areas to test for Lyme disease.  Daniel Lyons and Betsy Bowman, Redevelopment Authority, presented Section 504 Designation and two contracts, one to administer a program for South Lebanon, for approval.  Jamie Wolgemuth will also serve as our Civil Rights anti-discrimination officer.  Finally, the City submitted four houses for their Landbank.  Commissioner Litz is philosophically opposed to a Landbank, and voted no.  Administrator Jamie Wolgemuth presented items for commissioner votes:


Two Hotel Tax grants were approved--$2500 to the CLA Foundation for the Holiday Parade, and $750 to Friends of Coleman Park for the Kriskindlemart. 


Liquid Fuels were awarded to:  South Lebanon $9463, Swatara $4555, West Cornwall $1976, and West Lebanon $781. 


100% Disabled Veterans receiving real estate tax exemption included Doris Williams, Palmyra, and John Schaeffer, Lebanon.


Jon Fitzkee successfully lobbied PenDOT for $337,191 in TAP funds for overage on Phase 7 of the Lebanon Valley Rail Trail.  Commissioners voted to give Jon signatory authority to complete the transaction.


To facilitate funding of the next section from Chestnut Street to West Lebanon, Jon will meet with the DEP Secretary in November.

Community Videos


APR Supply


Ava Jordan Designs


Housing Development Corporation Bethel Township project


J&B at 8th & Chestnut Streets sells new merchandise at 50% off


Krall Barn progress


Little Shop of Horrors, Lebanon Community Theater


Loreen Burkett CLA Business Person of the Year


Reading to SE Elementary Nolan Sellers’ 4th grade


SRBC Water Quality Monitoring System


Township Supervisor’s Conference


Trick or Treat



David Weisnicht presented a Back at the Gap report.  Live Fire will take place 10.19-20 & 10.28-31.2018.  With 1200 flights per month, Fort Indiantown Gap Muir Field is the second busiest air space in the United States.  A Conservation Buffer seeks to maintain Dark Skies to accommodate training around the airfield.  This year marks the second anniversary of the popular Liberty USO serving 85,000 soldiers from Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  Jenna Price runs the USO, and is accepting backpacks with school supplies for soldier’s children.  The next March for the Fallen will take place 9.28.2019.

Elizabeth Ramsey, Conference Officer and Docket Supervisor, will retire from Domestic Relations with 30 years of service. 

Elections:  Michael Anderson presented a Public Election Notice to advertise in the Lebanon Daily News and Hummelstown Sun for commissioner approval as well as a $141,491.81 HAVA Election Security Grant to cover 5% of the cost of new voting machines mandated by the Governor.  Commissioners approved Polling places.  Absentee Ballots are up from 1000 in 2014 to 1359 in 2018.  Absentee ballots may be picked up through 10.30.18, and must be completed and in the Voter Registration Office no later than close of business 11.2.2018.  November 6 is the Election.  Friday, November 9 at 9AM, The Election Board, consisting of the county commissioners, will completed computation and canvassing of the returns.  Any petition to challenge the votes shall be filed no later than five (5) days after the completion of the computational canvassing of all the returns.

Dennis Firestone, Ray Bender, and Tom Harlan were on hand for the bid opening of the Clarence Schock Park ADA Boardwalk.  A new electronic bid process called PennBid was used for the first time.  While bidders could still bring hard copies to the courthouse, all five bidders submitted their bids electronically:  CriLon Corporation $368,546.69; Woodland Contractors $391,220.80; Empire Wrecking Company of Reading PA $405,197; King Bryant, Inc $434,556; and Construction Masters Services LLC $449,401.  All bids were over the $350,000 anticipated bid.  The rest room is the largest expense.  Staff and Wilson Consulting will look for ways to cut costs as well as seek alternative funding.  Alternatives will not be possible.  Staff and the Governor Dick Board representatives did not make a recommendation was not made today.  

Liz Bardell, EDC Finance of Lancaster presented the 85-acre Herb and Krista Martin farm at 20 Kreider Road in Jackson Township for a $500,000 Next Generation Farm interest free loan.  Normally, Lebanon County Economic Development Corporation processes Next Gen Farm Loans in Lebanon County.

Susan Eberly and Kathy Cole requested a LERTA for two companies that would create 285 jobs at the Lebanon Valley Business Park.  The first company is in Architectural Design, from Wisconsin, and in business since 1983.  They would like to build a 500,000 manufacturing plant on 64 acres.  The second company builds storefronts, from Michigan, and in business since 1945.  They would like to build a 50,000 square foot manufacturing plant on 12.9 acres.   With a LERTA, companies will continue to pay the full real estate tax as it stands today, and add 10% of the structure cost for taxation over each of the next ten years.

Dan Lyons and Betsy Bowman, Lebanon County Redevelopment Authority, presented the $323,519 - 2018 Community Development Block Grant recommendations for funding:  Volunteers in Medicine $23,227; Lebanon Family Health Services $23,227; MidPenn Legal Aid $23,227; Myerstown Street Improvements, $118,000 for Railroad Street, and $94,000 for Man Avenue; and Housing Rehab $39,605; and South Lebanon Stormwater Management in Avon $115,642.  Administrative costs are also part of the Block Grant.

Director of Drug and Alcohol Jim Donmoyer and Josh Mountz, Compass Mark, were on hand for a proclamation in recognition of Red Ribbon Week.  Teaching prevention, 11,000 ribbons were distributed to public school districts in Lebanon County.

Also, Lynn Appleby was appointed to the Drug and Alcohol Advisory Board.

Administrator Jamie Wolgemuth presented

Two Hotel Tax grant requests for approval—$25,000 for the CLA to produce Lights in the Park, and $5000 for the Lebanon Rotary Club to lead the BolognaFest, a celebration of our County’s principal beef product, Lebanon Bologna.  3600 cars went through the display in 2017 resulting  in 14,000 views.  New this year:


A hot chocolate and hotdog stand will be added.


Music will be added.


Two items for the foodbank on Wednesdays will earn donors $3 off of admission.


A Gingerbread Stroll through the Park will take place for families.

Beach Run representatives came back to request a vote that would allow them to seek financing for a $15M housing project that would contain 51 units in Fredericksburg, Bethel Township.  Commissioners were asked to provide a letter guaranteeing a $500,000 no interest load should they be successful.  Commissioners made the builders aware that Bethel Township is key in this process, warned the builder that Bethel isn’t on Board with this project, and would have to approve egress onto the main street in Fredericksburg.  With their eyes wide open, the builders wanted to proceed anyway.

Commissioners sat as the MPO—Metropolitan Planning Organization--with other community members from Lebanon Transit, two municipalities, the City, PennDOT, and a representative from the Federal Highway Administration to review Road and Bridge Projects.  Transportation Planner Jon Fitzkee provided an update.

bullet Jon Fitzkee on Roads and Bridges

bullet MPO Highlight


Beech Run Workshop

10.10.2018  Commissioners addressed Township Supervisors at their Convention at the LEBANON Valley EXPO.

1)  A VOAD (Volunteer Organizations After Disasters) was activated to help 150 neighbors—widows, elderly, handicapped--impacted by the summer storms.  If they reported to either supervisors or through the County EMS online forms, they should receive a call.  Also, County staff has created a tool to view existing and proposed floodplain maps.  The service will be available shortly.  FEMA is looking for corrections before officially adopting the new maps.  Over 1700 Lebanon County properties are in the 100-year floodplain.  Around 700 properties were removed and over 300 properties added to the flood plain.  Constituents must purchase flood insurance if they are inside of the floodplain. 

2)  ALERTPA will send messages directly to you via your phone. Choose from a menu of options, from half-staff, tornados and hurricanes, to Fort Indiantown Gap artillery training notifications.

3)  The MPO (Metropolitan Planning Organization) will spend over $2M in each 2019 and 2020 to repave Routes 72 and 422 in the City of Lebanon.

4)  Rails to Trails—I was taught to plan 7 generations ahead.  The Rail Trail is one such project that will benefit citizens from one end of the County to the other.  With the completion of Tunnel Hill Road and the underpass, Phase 7 is moving ahead rapidly.  Phase 6—Runs from 12th-22nd Streets, and includes both the Wengert Memorial Park and a connection to Glonninger Meadows in North Cornwall Township.  Commissioners submitted an application for over $700,000 for Phase 6.  Design and negotiation are taking place on other northern segments. 

5)  A Voting Machine demonstration will take place December 17 at the EXPO Center.  ES&S and Clear Ballot are confirmed vendors that will show their wares.  A third vendor may participate, providing requested information is submitted to Voter Registration.  At you can check if you’re registered to vote.  A new County service will allow you to look up your polling place.

6) Veterans—100% disabled veterans can apply for real estate tax exemption.  Abraham Lincoln said take care of your veterans and their widows. 

Send Jo Ellen your email to to receive bimonthly meeting highlights with pertinent information. 


    Voting Location Feedback Form


    Flood Plain Mapping

Community YouTubes


APR Supply


Cabinet in Your Community


Cesar Liriano, Democrat of the Year


Debra Joyner, Is Your Shampoo Making You Fat?


Heart Walk


J&B Discounts at 9th & Chestnut Streets in Lebanon


Loreen Burkett, CLA Business Person of the Year


Mixing Mud at the Krall Barn


Mr. Sticky for ACHS FFA


Commissioner Phillips was absent. David Weisnicht reported on Back at the Gap.  153,800 troops were trained.  It will be a Big Boom training weekend.  There were 686 Marchers for the Fallen.  The USO is accepting $25 gift cards and turkeys for soldiers away from home on the holiday.  Likewise, the USO is looking for anonymous sponsors for military families at Christmas time.  The National Cemetery has 41,428 soldiers interred, and 11,000 dependents. Martin Barondic wants the commissioners to expand spraying of mosquitoes.

Treasurer Sallie Neuin presented Debt Service.


$9,085,09 went from the General Fund to the 2016 Wells Fargo account payment;


$353,580.09 went from the General Fund to the 2008 Wells Fargo account payment;


$1,029,847.00 went to the 2015 Fulton Bank payment;


$873,281.22 went from the General Fund to the General Obligation Bond 2015A at Fulton Bank’


$23,960 went from the General Fund to the General Obligation Bond 2016 at Fulton Bank.


$138,124.47 went from the General Fund to the General Obligation Bond 2017 at Fulton Bank.

Human Resources Director Michelle Edris received approval for Planning Director Julie Cheyney’s request for a Building Code Administrator 2. Commissioners also sat as the Board of Elections to approve Sample Ballots

Elections/11.06.18 Sample Ballots.pdf  click to view


October 9 is the last day to Register to Vote


October 30 is the last day to apply for an Absentee Ballot, and


November 2 is the last day to Vote an Absentee Ballot.  This means the completed ballot must be in the hands of the Voter Registration Office this date.


December 17 Voting Machine Demonstration at the LV Expo Center will run from around 3:30-7:30 Probation Chief Sally Barry requested approval of a $193,314 JCJC Grant-in-Aid application to fund evidence based practices, school officers for supervision, urinalysis for juveniles, training and equipment.  The amount of the application is static. Jamie Wolgemuth presented miscellaneous items to the Board for approval.


Agricultural Preservation Board members were approved:  Pat Kreiser, Gary Lentz, and Mervin Horst.


William Lehr and Mario Paveglio were approved as Medical Assistance Transportation Drivers.


$810,480 was approved for Philhaven WellSpan to provide Crisis Intervention Services.  $481,948 came from the Drug and Alcohol, Children and Youth, Mental Health ID EI, Community Action Partnership, and Human Services Block Grant.


100% Disabled Veteran Eileen Weidman was approved for Real Estate Tax Exemption.

In the afternoon, commissioners sat as the Board of Assessment and Review to hear commercial appeals.

Community YouTubes


Build a Barn in 10 minutes

Facebook Live


Cabinet in Your Community


Heart Walk


Democrat of the Year


Howard Hannah expanded from Krall Real Estate.  


Boy Scout Flag Retirement Ceremony


9.20.2018 David Weisnicht brings a Back at the Gap report to commissioners.  Hawk Watch is open dawn to dusk August 15 - December 15.  A 28, 14, or 5 mile run will benefit soldiers and Wounded Warriors.  For more information, visit

Warning.  Content in the following video may be offensive to viewers.  Viewer discretion is advised.  It was presented at a public meeting, and is part of the official record. Mike Mangano shared his story. Voter Registrar Michael Anderson presented a combined English and Spanish absentee ballot for approval.  The ballot can be scanned with machines donated by ES&S for counting on Election night.  No hand count at each poll will be necessary.  About 1/2 of the hand counts had to be redone.  The last day to register to vote in the upcoming election is October 9; to apply for an absentee ballot October 30, and to return an absentee ballot November 2 at 5PM. Bob Dowd, Director of Emergency Services, received approval to apply for a $1,641,707 South Central Pennsylvania Homeland Security Task Force Grant.  Funds will be used for training, sustaining equipment…. Kevin Schrum and Jim Donmoyer presented a contract change for CABHC.  The change comes at no additional cost, no risk for services, nor loss of control. Nicole Eisenhart presented a grant request for RASA ($86,383) and VOJO ($31,435) to cover salary, benefits, supplies, and training for staff to provide procedural services to victims and witnesses of crime. Administrator Jamie Wolgemuth presented items to commissioners for approval:

bullet Commissioners signed a West Lebanon Right-of-way agreement at 25th Street for Phase 7 of the Lebanon Valley Rail Trail;
bullet Approved a Real Estate Tax exemption request for a 100% disabled veteran Pamela Hazauri; 
bullet Granted $2,080 in Liquid fuels funds for Cleona Borough;
bullet Issued a 50th anniversary proclamation for Community Homes of Lebanon Valley.

In the afternoon, the commissioners sat as the Board of Assessment and Review.

9.19.2018 During the last presidential election, Voters stood in line for an hour at polls where population has increased 3-4 times what the law allows per precinct.  As a result, Lebanon County was the last county in the State to submit results.  Therefore, Voter Registrar Michael Anderson presented the five largest precincts for division--Cornwall, Jackson West, North Cornwall North, South Londonderry Campbelltown, and Swatara Townships would each be divided into two polls.

bullet For the 2019 election, provided the facilities agree, the current Cornwall Precinct would be divided into Cornwall North with 2226 voters who would continue to vote at Sacred Heart Parish Center; and Cornwall South with 1331 voters who would vote at Alden Place Community Center.
bullet Jackson West would be divided into Jackson North with 2,001 voters voting at Kutztown Fire Company, and Jackson West with 2,040 voters voting at the Jackson Township Building.
bullet North Cornwall North would be divided into North Cornwall North with 1,559 voters at the North Cornwall Township Building, and North Cornwall West with 1,259 voters at the City of Lebanon Authority.
bullet South Londonderry Campbelltown would be divided into South Londonderry North with 2171 voters at the American Legion Post #831, and South Londonderry Middle with 2,153 voters at the Campbelltown Fire Company.  South Londonderry Lawn would simply be renamed South Londonderry South with 1,178 voters.
bullet Swatara Township would be divided into Swatara North with 1,032 voters at the Swatara Township Building, and Swatara South with 1,919 voters at the Bunker Hill Fire Company

Commissioners would have to petition the Court of Common Pleas.  The Judge would decide if the case has merit.  For example, he would need to determine, based on case law,

bullet if the precincts can exceed the 1200 maximum defined in the 1930s Election Code;
bullet whether petitioners from the Precincts need to file a petition with the Election Board so that the request is not at the convenience of the commissioners; and
bullet whether or not the entire County must be considered for precinct “righting” as a whole, or if it is acceptable to complete the process in two tiers—the second after the Presidential election. Under a Governor's mandate, Lebanon County Commissioners must also replace voting machines.  Commissioners propose to hold a public voting machine demonstration the first week in December.

Our current vendor, ES&S ($692,145), as well as Clear Ballot ($604,622) will be two company’s machines on display.  If Unisysn ($?) provides answers to both unanswered and new questions, they may be invited.  Voters will be able to provide feedback on the machines, which would be in place for a “dry run” next year--before the presidential election in 2020. 

All voting machines must have an auditable paper trail.  ES&S would cost 30 cents per paper ballot while other company machines use a smaller paper that would run 10-15 cents per ballot. 

Currently, of a needed $1 million, Lebanon County qualifies for $133,000 in federal plus 5% match from the State.  Commissioner Litz asked Voter Registrar Michael Anderson to obtain a written confirmation that moving ahead with a contract in December would not disqualify Lebanon County for additional reimbursement should it become available.  Since the largest elections that the County administers are for President of the United States and Governor, Litz believes that the federal and state governments, not local real estate tax payers, should contribute the majority of the $1 million in funds needed to replace voting machines.  Only commissioners can sign and execute contracts for the County.  Next year, commissioners would run for re-election.  At that time, surrogates are appointed to the Election Board.  Therefore, it is also desirable to vote on and sign a contract for the mandate in 2018.

Community YouTubes

· The LVRT pedestrian underpass at Tunnel Hill Road

· Frank Kocher on Armar Bordner


Back at the Gap

Angela Sweigart reported on Back at the Gap.  Follow plans to gate the Gap.  Sign up for FIG notifications at ALERT PA on the web.  For hunting permits, there is a $50 access fee.  More information is located at www.FIG.PNG.PA.GOV .

Under personnel transactions, Sheriff Bruce Klingler will retain a Temporary Casual Part-time Clerk as a permanent Casual Part-time Clerk; while Planning Director Julie Cheyney may extend an additional 5 hours at time and a half over-time for Robert Mease; and finally, using 100% GSBG funds, Phyllis Holtry will have a Part-time RE-entry coordinator work 15 hours per week.

Children and Youth Director James Holtry shared that there was an increase in services for child abuse and general neglect cases as well as an increase in days of care for placements, but  “county share” was actually reduced by $49,710 due to an increase in Title IV-E revenue. 

The 2018-19 C&Y budget is projected at 8,909,903 with “county share” at $2,087,008 which includes a transfer of $533,000 for Day Treatment from Special Grants.

Further, incorporating health care increases and increases or maintenance of child abuse/neglect services, our Needs Based Budget request is $9,099,005 or $189,102 more than the projected Implementation Budget.  County share will be $2,010,138 or $238,734 less than FY 2018-19. 

Finally, fourth quarter invoices for Act 148, Title IV-E Placement Maintenance, Title IV-E Adoption Assistance, and Medicaid total $1,403,551.19.

EMS Director Bob Dowd  Turn your volume all of the way up.

1000-year flood Windshield Survey

Bob Dowd presented a report on a storm that hit rural areas like Bethel, Heidelberg, Jackson, Millcreek, Myerstown, Richland, Schaefferstown, and Swatara Townships.  Heidelberg Township alone had about $1 million in damage with multiple bridges, culverts, crop damage, and a sinkhole.  To facilitate reimbursement of funds should the Governor and President sign a proclamation, Commissioners issued a Disaster Emergency proclamation on behalf of local municipalities.  EMS is collecting municipal Declarations and damage assessments for roads, bridges, homes, businesses, and farms, including crop damage.  It may take longer as engineers must prepare estimates.  Hammer Creek hosts a damaged county bridge.  Four private properties were damaged.  Crops were damaged, and around 14 water rescues occurred utilizing municipal resources.

Jamie Wolgemuth

Under miscellaneous, Administrator Wolgemuth presented Liquid Fuels for approval:  Richland $5119; Union Township $3099; and Heidelberg $4049. 

Jamie Richardson received approval as a driver for Community Action Partnership.

Eleven appeals remained on the docket for Assessment Appeal Hearings in the afternoon. 

8.16.2018   David Weisnicht reported on Back at the Gap.  The “Gatehouse” project will kick off soon.  FIG is waiting on permits, and will work with Penn DOT to reroute traffic starting on the East end of Fisher Avenue at Alice’s Alterations, and ending on the West end near the National Cemetery.   Charles Lansa, Harrisburg, visited the commissioner’s meeting to talk about the first amendment right of free speech.   Commissioners bestowed special recognition upon State Teener Baseball Champions, the Lebanon Valley State VFW 16U team.  According to Coach Ted Allwein, after losing their first game, they came back to win six games and the title in Huntingdon, PA.  They were the underdogs, and earned the respect of everyone at the games.  Warden Robert Karnes presented a computerized Prison Tracking and Documentation System recommendation for the prison.  The County Commissioners Association of PA (CCAP)’s insurance company is both recommending and paying for the $110,285 system, which will enable facilities to chronologically / accurately archive the movements of both staff and inmates utilizing docking stations.  After reviewing three systems, and to allow for real time documentation of security checks, the Guardian system is recommended.  While additional bandwidth will be required, IT is already expanding fiber optic line availability with their new budget.   Mike Battestelli, Stifel Nicolas, and Jeff Davidak from CS McKee provide Lebanon County Commissioners with a pension fund update, requesting to invest up to 10% in a Global Equity Strategy (foreign stock).  The vote was 4 to 1 with Commissioner Litz the lone descending vote.  Litz stated, "I believe in protecting American Jobs, and am comfortable with the current portfolio policy of "a preponderance of obligations and investments in US Treasury, federal agencies, and US Government guaranteed obligations.  Further, the world marked is unstable, over which we have no control.  We do allow investments if foreign companies like Bayer that manufacture in the United States." 


Year to date balance is $126,238,002, which includes a $491,133 pension board contribution as well as $1,770,660 withdrawn to pay pensioners.  A 3.23% interest rate is earned to date.


Since 1984, CS McKee has handled the County’s Large Cap Investment Grade bonds, which are fixed income used for liquidity to pay to retirees. 


2016 was the lowest point for bonds—Brexit, which pay 0%.  The key is to buy bonds at a discount.  Tariffs seam to target aluminum, steel and China.  If a 20% drop is reached, expect negative 4%, which is recessionary.


Sovereign is withdrawing from parent company John Hancock, and moving to Logan Capital.  Stifel Nicolas is working on getting preapproval for the new company.   MHIDEI Directors Kevin Schrum and Holly Leahy presented a 90-day CABHC contract extension agreement for approval.  Further, Provider contract amendments of $4949 and $70,972 will not raise the County contribution.  Finally, commissioners adopted a Suicide Prevention proclamation, and shared information:  Lebanon County had 11 suicides so far this year.  3 were women, an unusual statistic.  While one was a child of 12, the average age was 49.  82% were by firearms, 2% by hanging. 


Suicide Prevention Events:  Light a Candle at 8PM on World Suicide Prevention Day, September 10; participate in Good Neighbor Trivia Night at the Mt. Gretna Craft Brewery on September 13 from 4-9PM; or attend the Remembrance Ceremony at the Remembrance Garden located at the Nature Barn at Stoever’s Dam on September 27 at 6PM.

For approval, Chief Assessor Dan Seaman presented two real estate tax exemptions for disabled veterans as well as requested one appeal decision for Grace Life Church on Route 934 north of Annville.  All were approved. 

Children and Youth Director James Holtry presented Juvenile Probation contracts with both Northampton County and Central Counties Detention Centers for approval.  Each provider increased costs by $10 per day.   On behalf of Probation, Sue Christner presented two contracts for Alcohol Highway Safety School Instructors Deborah Zechman and Richard Miller. 

Administrator Jamie Wolgemuth presented information on for commissioner votes.



At a rent of $1, a 55’ long, 2800 square foot parcel at the end of the Lebanon Valley Rails to Trails across from U-Haul on Route 422 will be leased for 29 years.  This will allow Dwell America Holdings to improve the parcel by removing railroad tracks, and then using the drive to go from their one parcel to the next.  The tenant is responsible for the cost of improvements as well as keeping weeds down. 


On another parcel, for $35,000, commissioners approved the sale of a 1-acre leased section of LVRT located in South Lebanon Township to Evergreen Secure Storage.  Since there is a trailhead on the other side of this location, the land is not needed. 


As trustees of the Clarence Shock Memorial Park, Commissioners also approved a maintenance in perpetuity agreement with DCNR for a boardwalk that is to be installed at Governor Dick. 


Commissioners approved a request from Shawn McKinney for an easement on a road leading to the Grantville Tower

Community Action Partnership, CAP, received MATP contract approvals for Lebanon Transit services.

Liquid Fuels allocations were approved for:  Bethel, $5,007; East Hanover $2801; and North Annville $2381. 

Commissioners accepted a $17,739.80 Hazardous Materials grant to purchase a gas meter, an outboard jet motor….

Community YouTubes


Drone footage of the Pedestrian Underpass at Tunnel Hill Road


Swatara Watershed Park



Prison Board:  488 inmates, 416 male, and 72 female. 

During the afternoon workshop, Director Betsy Bowman, with the Redevelopment Authority, was present when Habitat for Humanity requested $125,000 Act 137 funds to repair three homes from 422-428 Cumberland Street. .  Recently, the Department of Labor and Industry required that State prevailing wages must be paid on a residential rehab contract of $25,000 or more per household.  No agreement of sale has been completed to date.  Further, the County cannot give money to be put into a general fund.  Rather, we can reimburse submitted bills.  Habitat will consider this and other information to decide if they want to revise their request.  Commissioner Litz stated that she is favorable to a request from Habitat for Humanity as they do a wonderful job of taking blighted property back to livable condition with good owners who provide sweat equity, and the house goes back onto the tax rolls.  Therefore, she looks forward to their revised proposal. 

Children and Youth Director James Holtry is preparing his budget, and requested input on how to add two additional caseworkers to handle increased caseload and meet case ratios of 1:20 established by the State.  The ratio was 1:30. In future years, ratios will drop to 1:17 on July 1, 2020 and 1:15 on July 1, 2021. He has room for the caseworkers.  At the same time, the federal government is changing the rules effective October 1, 2019 when they will only pay for the first two weeks of placement.  After that, they will pay zero.  While this year’s budget is already established, Jim will pursue two additional caseworkers for January 1, 2019, and either used “left-over” funds from another program, or apply for additional funds in hopes that the positions are reimbursed. 


Director of the local Extension Office for Penn State, Stephanie Shirk, briefed commissioners on what to expect at the Lebanon Area Fair this year.

Attorney James Kratz, Stevens and Lee, stood in for Justin Mandel, of Aspen Hill Partners, to request an extension of a sales agreement for land east of the City of Lebanon.  Four extensions have passed.  For the first two extensions, the County received $5,000 each, which was applied to the sales price.  The next two $10,000 payments were above the $700,000 sales price.  The firm wanted to repeat these arrangements for four more extensions.  Commissioner Litz objected stating these delays are on the taxpayer dime, and real estate values have appreciated since 2016 when the original agreement was signed.  The County did not try to expand the property.  Therefore, the four new extensions should be $10,000 each, and not apply towards the purchase price.  The vote passed on a 2 to 1 vote with Commissioner Litz voting against the agreement.

Director of the Community Action Partnership, Phyllis Holtry, presented 35 private contracts with Medical Assistance Transportation Drivers as well as for First Aid and Safety Patrol, Central Medical, Lebanon Transit.

Jenn Kuzo, Visit Lebanon Valley, updated commissioners on distribution of 75,000 guides, and new forms of promotion including digital bill boards, radio—WRVR and WBOB, the Cenn Penn Business Journal, a weekly blog by her intern, self-guided tour itineraries, and doughnut spots on the outdoors, breweries, and historic places.

Assistant Administrator Kathy Kirby filled in for Jamie Wolgemuth today by presenting a disabled veteran request as well as a proclamation and a City Land Bank for commissioner approval.  The Land Bank vote was 2 to 1 with Commissioner Litz voting against this additional level of bureaucracy because:


We already have programs to address blight—Habitat for Humanity, the 1st Time Home Buyer program, and the Vacant Property Reinvestment Board.  The permitting process can also be improved, demolition permits issued in a timely manner, and current laws on the books enforced. 


The tax burden is shifted to County taxpayers (100% for 5 years, and then 50% for the next 5 years);


Eminent domain reimburses owners for the fair market value of their property while Land Banks pay land owners zero for properties;


Commissioners have final say on the City’s Trump Bid, which puts the onus for the taking of property on the backs of the commissioners;


Interferes with free enterprise;


Historic structures and environmental assessments for contamination are not addressed;


Costs for maintenance of buildings for anywhere from 5 years and up (if not sold) are not addressed; and


Creates an additional workload on the Assessment Office. 

Community YouTubes


Surveying the Bordner Cabin & Aycrigg's Falls for flood damage


Ms Pennsylvania Senior America


Sirro's opens at the Farmer's Market


Sergeant William Wetzel is retiring from the prison where he worked since 1988.  Thanks for your service, sir.

David Weisnicht provided a Back at the Gap update.  Two more butterfly tours will take place this weekend 7.6 & 7.  Visit the Fort Indiantown Gap Facebook Page for more information.  Paperwork needs completed before the tour, which leaves at 9AM Saturday from Asher Minor Road and Route 443.  To date, 300 people have participated. 

During the Federal Fiscal Year that ends October 1, Fort Indiantown Gap is on track to train more that the currently trained 117,413 troops.

July 13, FIG will receive an Environmental Award.

Chief Administrator Jamie Wolgemuth shares background on qualified disabled veterans requesting real estate tax exemption; an $11,425 liquid fuels tax request from North Lebanon Township, and more for requested votes by the Lebanon County Commissioners.    Also, commissioners renewed a Magisterial District Justice lease with Cleona Borough.  MDJ Ditzler’s rent will increase $25/month/year:  $925 in 2018; $950 in 2019; $975 in 2020; and $1000 in 2021 for the 1,040 square feet, which equals about $1/square foot. 

Commissioners also sat as the Election Board to certify polling place accessibility for the elderly and disabled in all 55 polls. 

Afterwards, commissioners met in executive session to discuss real estate.


David Weisnicht was on hand for a Back at the Gap report.  113,000 troops were trained.  Butterfly tours are taking place June 29 & 30 and July 6 & 7 at Asher Miner Road and Fisher Avenue, across from the USO.  David outlined a partnership between FIG, the Game Commission, DCNR, and Hershey Zoo to raise caterpillars at the Zoo aviary.  Finally, FIG continues to work on their easement buffer of voluntary land conservation with the Wildlife Foundation.

Dawn Hooton received Community Excellence Award recognition from her peers at the Lebanon County Council of Human Services Agencies for her work with youth who would otherwise be in costly out-of-county placement.

James Holtry presented Provider Contracts and a Centre County Detention Services contract for approval.

Carol Davies and Melissa were on hand for Area Agency on Aging Provider Contracts, budget, and Advisory Council appointments.

As Lebanon County’s official foodbank, Troy Williams presented Lebanon County Christian Ministries Distribution Plan for purchasing food.  LCCM served 135 homes or 370 people with emergency food assistance.  Additionally, LCCM serves 113 noon meals per day or 3100 meals monthly.  As the commissioner appointed official food bank, LCCM receives $168,000 annually, but does not utilize the State purchase contract.  Instead, they buy from local markets.

Administrator Jamie Wolgumuth presented items for commissioner approval:


Commissioners approved a Renova Center contract with DB Fisher.  There was a 10% increase.


Cornwall received $4112 in Liquid Fuels funds.


Three disabled veterans were exempted from Real Estate Tax.


Commissioners approved a State required wording to in a contract amendment to WellSpan Philhaven’s $750,000 loan contract.



Teri Guirintano


Jon Fitzkee, Transportation Planner


Bob Sentz, Lebanon Water Authority

At 11:30AM, commissioners sat with other community leaders, PennDOT, and the Federal Highway Administration as the Metropolitan Planning Organization to prioritize Road and Bridge projects.  County transportation planner Jon Fitzkee updated commissioners on the status of numerous projects. 

Voting Machines:


iHart Voting Machines


Unisyn Voting System


ES&S presentation


Clear Ballot Group

At 1:30PM, commissioners heard from Bill Murphy, Clear Ballot Group, the fourth of five voting machine vendors.  Their paper ballot system is called ClearVote.  Next week, we will hear from the final vendor.

6.20.2018  Along with the Warden and his deputies, Commissioners sat with the District Attorney, Sheriff, and Controller as the Prison Board.

Community YouTubes 


West Lebanon, A Quiet Little Town


The Krall Barn, Union Canal, and Rail Trail on a Summer Sunday


Northern Lebanon High School making Guitars


Lucky Dog grooming


Swatara Food & Brew 7.13-15, 2018


A Summer Day in Lebanon PA Dancing in the Park

6.7.2018     Director of Drug and Alcohol, Jim Donmoyer, presented provider contract amendments as well as a $1,341,353 budget summary.  As part of being included in a Block Grant, $80,000 in carryover will be utilized within our Departments to fund services as needed.  Finally, Bonnie Loy and Marilyn Nolte were appointed to the D&A Advisory Board.    Director of MHIDEI Kevin Schrum was on hand to present provider contracts, his budget, and receive approval on Advisory Board member appointments:  Troy Williams and Reverend Dennis Scalese.    Round two of seeking a pharmaceutical company to provide prepackaged medicine for inmates is compete.  Warden Robert Karnes presented a proposal from Hershey Care for routine delivery Monday Through Friday two times per day (generally noon-2PM or 7pm-10pm).  However, a licensed pharmacist is available 24.7 to respond for consultation.    Betsy Bowman presented a $200,000 request for Community Development Block Grant modifications for public service, including two new programs, one for Lebanon Family Health preventative reproductive health care, and another for North Lebanon Township to demolish 145 E Cumberland Street.  The property floods, and the Township owns the lot.  It's an "A" frame structure under the Avon Bridge near WalMart.  It’s also valuable to help seniors in need with ramps, ADA toilets, showers, and doorways so that they can stay in their homes.  Commissioner Phillips asked about a preferred local vendor clause to complete repairs.  Betsy will look into the possibility with legal counsel.  Also, $396,819.44 was approved for increasing a contribution to Volunteers in Medicine....     James Holtry, Director of Children and Youth, presented 3rd quarter invoices for approval, and brought along key people from his Department to receive a Child Welfare Professionals Appreciation Week proclamation from commissioners.  Thanks for protecting our children who are our greatest asset.  Job well done.    Honeywell audited energy upgrades, and water conservation netted $53,774 in excess energy cost savings while LED lighting and motion sensors came in second at $44,025 in cost avoidance.  All total, conservation measures exceeded expectations by $122,319.  Patrick Salmon and Robert Breslin shared the good news.    In 2017, Mayor Sherry Capello approached commissioners about participating in a Land Bank for the City.  Commissioners said no.  Today, Mayor Capello returned with a consultant, and on a 2 to 1 vote, with Commissioner Litz voting against the proposal, her colleagues agreed to a Land Bank.  Litz’s minority opinion follows:


1.      First Time Homebuyer and Vacant Property Revitalization boards already address blight.  Habitat for Humanity looks forward to property donations from banks, and avoids a middleman….


2.      St. Louis and Philadelphia Land Banks own 25% of all properties in their towns, and spend tens of thousands of dollars in upkeep annually.


3.      Historic structures are not addressed.


4.      Hazardous sites, including lead and underground storage tanks, even on residential properties, are not addressed.  All properties that the government takes over should have a Phase 1 Environmental Assessment.


5.      The tax burden is transferred to County taxpayers—even after Land Bank properties are sold, the County is billed 50% of collected taxes for an additional five (5) years.  During this time, property owners utilize public services like fire, police, and schools, thus transferring lost tax dollars and causing a tax burden to County taxpayers.


6.      Municipalities that are land-strapped or can file for bankruptcy.


7.      Myerstown and Palmyra may follow.


8.      Adding the clause for County approval means the City transfers the blame for eminent domain to the County.  Eminent Domain reimburses homeowners the assessed value of their property.  Land Banks do not pay homeowners anything.  It’s a true taking, worse than eminent domain.


9.      Part of the problem identified was slow issuance of demolition and building permits.


10.  Land Banks create another level of bureaucracy.    Emergency Services Chief Bob Dowd and HazMat Chief Gary Verna presented a $7,126 Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness Grant for acceptance.  Further, the duo presented a $1520 grant request for a Plains First Responder grant program application to purchase a confined space rescue tripod and four harnesses.    Administrator Jamie Wolgemuth brings up the end of a long meeting with miscellaneous items, which included:


   Two tourism grants, 1) Coleman Park and Music in the Park were awarded $10,000 toward replacement doors at the amphitheater, and 2) $5000 to Trailways Sports Club of York to bring in drag racing. 


   A WellSpan $1M RACP grant for a State-of-Compliance competitive bid; and a


   Cooperative agreement with WellSpan;


   A $20,000 CCAP PCoRP Grant Program application for a Rotary Broom snow clearing hitch, exterior security light at MHIDEI….;


   $2850 in Liquid fuels funds for South Annville Township;


   An MATP driver agreement with Maximo Munoz Almonte;


   Disabled Veterans real estate tax exemption for Michael Sattizahn;


   Reappointment of Lauren Holubech to the South Central Workforce Investment Board; and


   A $1 bid from Susan Walborn for a property located at 11 Sebastian Lane, Lebanon.  




Community YouTubes


Voting Machine by iHart


West Lebanon, a Quiet Little Town


MS4 Appeals, Credits & Waivers NLT


Jonestown KOA


The 1899 Historic Ironwood Bridge


Memorial Day Service at Monument Park


LCCTC Law Enforcement Class Tours the Courthouse


Krall Barn gets Red Siding


Swatara Sojourn


Russ Martin on Lebanon PA Over 40


Back at the Gap 5.17.2018

On a regular basis, David Weisnicht brings updates to share with county commissioners and the community.  The communication makes for good relations with our neighbors defending our freedom.  94,139 troops were trained at FIG so far this year.  July 4th Butterfly tours will take place at the Gap.

Veterans Director Rob Kale Retires 5 17 2018

After serving 20 years as Lebanon County's Veteran's Director, Rob Kale is retiring.  He has a stellar record of service, going above an beyond to help veterans and their widows file for federal, State, and County benefits.  He knows Title 38 inside out, and represented our veterans at federal appeals.  Yes, there were times that he had to tell a veteran that he or she didn't qualify for a benefit, but veterans respected Rob, and knew he didn't want to waste their time.  It's unusual not to receive complaints, but there were no complaints about Rob's service or his attitude.  He is one of a kind, a lifeline to many, and will be greatly missed by everyone. 

Lebanon County's Team of Department Heads work together

Working together, Holly, Kevin, and Jim serve the whole person.  Years ago, Lebanon County Department Heads realized that clients often need multiple services due to varying diagnosis.  That’s when they started meeting as a group to make sure each person is served efficiently and effectively—no waste, no overlap.  We are grateful for the time, effort and care our Department Heads take to ensure proper care for our residents.  $161,577 in provider contract amendment changes were approved without increasing the MHIDEI budget.  A new Human Services Plan was approved.  New inclusions include Fairweather Lodge and a Day Reporting Center.  Finally, an Enhanced Personal Care Home is proposed utilizing $315,000 from the State taking back three of 29 beds at Wernersville to create forensic beds.  Rather than serving three clients, MHIDEI is sure they can serve 6-8 clients that need elevated care, but not a nursing home, and eliminate any waiting list for treatment.

Pension Update 5.17.2018

Stifel Nicolas manages Lebanon County’s portfolio for our pension investments.  Today, Chad Morganlander, a Washington Crossing advisor, joined Mike Batestelli and Brett Holland.  The balance is $123,931,024.  Mike also reported that the ARC payment received is being held to pay pension retirees as well as reduce volatility.  Finally, Mike wants to invest $3M in a Global Equity Strategy. Commissioner Litz said she’s comfortable with the present portfolio.  Commissioners Ames and Phillips requested a workshop on utilizing 2.5% of the portfolio in foreign stock. 

Nurse and Hospital Week

During Nurse and Hospital Week, WellSpan Philhaven and GSH attended a commissioner’s meeting to receive proclamations. Present were Tom Harlow, Patty Donley, Melissa Lewis and Steve Yochum.

Emergency Services in Lebanon County PA

Emergency Services provide ambulance service to the Lebanon Community.  EMTs are in great demand, earning $10-$14 per hour to start.   Steve Mrozoski, Bryan Smith and other representatives from Life Lion, First Aid and Safety Patrol, and Schaefferstown Ambulance Association were on hand for a proclamation. 

Miscellaneous with Jamie Wolgemth

Administrator Jamie Wolgemuth brings miscellaneous items to the table for votes by county commissioners.  Today, he brought an $8,068 liquid fuels request from North Londonderry Township; re-appointment of Frank Eichler and Chuck Allwein to the Governor Dick Board; a $750,000 DCED closeout agreement with WellSpan Philhaven to renovate the facility; and real estate tax exemption for Allan Farrell, a 100% disabled veteran. 

Community YouTubes


Russ Martin at Lebanon PA Over 40 5 17 2018


Support Your Local Farmers and these young women


Inside Out Umbrella


5 3 18 Weisnicht Back at the Gap

We appreciate the Gap's efforts to keep us informed.  David Weisnicht is a regular visitor at Lebanon County commissioner meetings. Fort Indiantown Gap is a good neighbor.  Further, FIG is the only Live-Fire installation in the State, training 83,472 troops so far this year.  They recently celebrated Military Appreciation with a breakfast jointly sponsored by the Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce. 

5 3 18 Holly Dolan on Teen Pregnancy and Young Lungs at Play

We usually see and hear from Holly Dolan concerning "Young Lungs and Play", a campaign to stop smoking in local Parks where children may pick up cigarette butts.  Today, Holly represented a collaboration of Social Service Agencies, talking about teen pregnancy, which has gone down 39% in ten years.  Birth Control, advances in technology, and education and communication between parents and children as well as during “Let’s Talk Month” and at other times, are ways that teen pregnancy is reduced.

Bicycle Campaign

Did you see any of the Bicycle billboards yet?  As part of an education effort to share the road, Pat Krebs presented sample billboards that will be appearing throughout the County. The billboards will highlight local bicycle club members who are spreading the word about safety.

5 3 2018 Bob Dowd and Gary Verna EMA

Bob Dowd and Gary Verna presented a Radiation Emergency Response Fund $15,018 Grant Proposal to purchase a LCD 3.3 meter, position vests for the Emergency Operations Center, a topographical map, an upgrade to the white board, and an audit as well as calibration of the Portal Monitor and Ludlum.

Chief Detective Wright

Keeping our roads safe by enforcing laws concerning the use of alcohol, Chief Detective Dan Wright organizes Cops in Shops, DUI checkpoints, Roving Patrols, and asks commissioners to apply for $38,500 in grants to cover overtime, equipment, and materials.

5 3 18 Jamie Wolgemuth Misc

Jamie Wolgemuth is Lebanon County's Administrator. He brings items to commissioners for votes--Liquid Fuels Allocations, veteran's real estate tax exemptions, hotel tax grants for tourism...  Through Tourism dollars, Gretna Theater received $10,000 for marketing bill boards as did the S 6th Street Playground for basketball courts for tournaments that bring visitors to the area. 

Commissioners passed a resolution to apply for a $250,000 DCED Baseline Water Quality Data Grant.  Also providing letters of support in addition to the County of Lebanon are US Senator Pat Toomey, Us Senator Mike Folmer, South Annville Township, Concerned Citizens of Lebanon County, the Lebanon Valley Conservancy, Manada Conservancy, Lebanon Pipeline Awareness, Quittapahilla Watershed Association, and Swatara Watershed Association.

100% Disabled Veterans exemptions to real estate tax were approved for Judd Skipper, Robert Campbell, Javier Quinones, William Flavinger, and Carl Mohler. 

$4767 in Liquid Fuels tax for Annville were approved.

Community YouTubes


Major Dick Winters by Bob Hoffman 5 1 2018


Fairland LipSync for REACH Youth Mission Trip 4 28 2018


Beyond the Call with Greg Stegall 5 1 2018


Colonel Marshall on Fort Indiantown Gap 5.1.2018


Bob Callahan on the Veterans Administration Hospital 5.1.2018


Law Day in Lebanon County PA 4 27 2018


Krall Barn update 4 26 2018


First look at 5 Voting Machines for PA 4 26 2018


Primary Election Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Voter Registrar Michael Anderson presented Primary sample ballots for commissioner approval. 


The primary is Tuesday, May 15, 2018;


Absentee Ballots can be picked up starting May 8, 2018


Absentee Ballots must be received by 5PM on May 11, 2018


Military Ballots must be received by 5PM May 22, 2018.

New Voting Machines contract mandated by 12 31 2018

We received word that Congressman Charlie Dent will resign.  His District covers 29 precincts in Lebanon County.  Brian Craig, Dent’s former aide, stated that local offices will remain open to provide constituent service. 

The County also received a State mandate to replace voting machines, and be under contract by December 31, 2018.  To date, only one company has an approved machine. The Governor wants the new voting machines to be in place by November 2019.  April 26, 2018, there will be a voting machine demo at the Farm Show.  The new machines are anticipated to cost $1.4 million.

Because we are looking at the size of our voting precincts, Commissioner Litz is uncomfortable with the timeframe.  Due to an increased population to over 3,000, which created long lines at the 8PM closing time, during the last Presidential Election, the last precinct reported at 2AM.  That made Lebanon County the last County in the State to report results.  This is unacceptable. 

Commissioner Ames was upset, and believed the companies would not have machines ready in time.

After machines are certified, there may be a local Expo for the public to test machines.

Carol Davies presented Area Agency on Aging Contract amendments for approval. 

Pride of the Valley in trouble 4 19 2018

Also, Carol Davies explained that the Pride of the Valley, a bus to transport seniors, was in an accident.  Since the bus is 18 years old, the Safety Committee asked if it was feasible to switch to a chartered bus where the County would not hire drivers.    While commissioners contributed, pay for maintenance and insurance, Seniors contributed a large amount from their fundraising to purchase Pride of the Valley.  No final decision was made concerning retirement of the bus.

Stephanie Shirk talked about the Penn State Ag Extension office 4 19 2018

Stephanie Shirk talked about the Penn State Ag Extension office. 

Tire Collection and West Nile Virus 4 19 2018

Olivia Bingaman reported that 200 residents participated in the tire collection to help thwart West Nile Virus.  2500 tires were collected.  The tires filled 3.5 tractor-trailers, and the tires weighed 43 tons.

Liquid Fuels Veterans Exemption Lebanon Transit Historical Society 4 19 2018

Liquid Fuels funds were awarded to Millcreek, $3892; and Jonestown, $1,905.

Commissioners passed a resolution to match funds and in-kind match in the amount of $112,384 for Lebanon Transit.

Six 100% disabled veterans were awarded Real Estate Tax exemption. 

Commissioners adopted a letter designating the Lebanon Historical Society as our official historical society. 

A proclamation was adopted recognizing Greg Stigal as the recipient of the General Frank Smoker Beyond the Call award

Commissioners to pursue Baseline Water Quality Data grant 4 19 2018

A motion passed to seek a Baseline Water Quality Data study grant, provide a letter of support, supply requested information, and do the billing.  A successful grant written by the federal government would have USGS testing wells on a voluntary basis for over 100 contaminants.

Seven letters of support were previously obtained.  Having spent decades cleaning up Acid Mine Drainage in the Swatara Creek, we understand the need to be proactive in the protection of our clean water. 

Benefits of groundwater data:                                                           

  1. 1.      Public safety is a high priority for Lebanon County.  This includes clean water.  We have a duty to protect our residents to the best of our ability.

  2. 2.      We have over 3,000 individual wells in rural Lebanon County.

  3. 3.      We have seen trout die and benzene enter wells in the Quentin area, and there were about another 10 leaks during this past year.  When pipeline leaks occur, with the Baseline Groundwater Data, both landowners and pipeline companies will know the status of groundwater prior to the leak.  This may help to alleviate court cases. 

  4. 4.      In addition to over 100 miles of existing pipelines, both Williams Atlantic Sunrise and Sunoco Mariner East are laying new lines through Lebanon County.  More pipelines are scheduled for PA, and may traverse Lebanon County.  Gas cannot get to market if it doesn’t go through the pipelines.  Therefore, if a leak occurs, we will be able to proactively address the situation for our residents. 

  5. 5.      Water companies like the Lebanon Water Authority and PA American Water Company may need to drill wells to expand water supply to meet clean water demand. 

  6. 6.      If people develop cancer or contract a water born illness related to contaminants found in ground water, hospitals and doctors may be able to pinpoint the cause.

  7. 7.      A few years ago, Rockwood homes were threatened with condemnation due to contaminated groundwater from failing on-lot sewer systems.  

  8. 8.      Also a few years ago, West Lebanon Township water supply was threatened when chemicals turned up in their groundwater.  These are just a few examples. 

  9. 9.      Further, with Baseline Groundwater Data, the level of trust will be raised between Environmental groups and pipeline companies. 

  10. 10.  Finally, based on Marcellus Shale maps, the day will come when Lebanon County is drilled.  With our study completed, we’ll be prepared with an historic set of data.

For a more detailed and comprehensive review of the water testing proposal, please visit:

At 11:30AM, the MPO-Metropolitan Planning Organization for Lebanon County met to prioritize road and bridge projects with the Federal Highway Administration and Penn DOT. 

At 1:30PM, Commissioner sat as the Board of Assessment and Review to hear a request for tax exemption from Quittie Woods.

Community YouTubes


Lebanon Valley College Frizbee Tournament at ACHS 4 21 2018


Gwen Ward Hall of Fame Lebanon County Commission for Women 3 21 2018


John and Rachel Noll with Swatara Coffee 4 10 2018


Fish for Free Day in Myerstown 4 7 2018


Edible Arrangements with Pam Shirk owner and WLBR WQICs Ray Maillet 4 6 2018


David Weisnicht on Live Fire Helicopters and Troops

David Weisnicht reported on Back at the Gap where there is increased activity with live fire artillery, mortar, and helicopters in the air. 61,000 troops have been trained at FIG this past year.

Karen Simpson, accompanied by her mother, read a statement on her farm and the Lebanon Valley Rail Trail.

Commissioners asked to pen a Letter and Post Spills on County web

Michael Schroeder, Pam Bishop, and Janie Willard presented an update and requests on pipelines in Lebanon County:

A letter from commissioners about ongoing violations addressed to the Governor, Public Utility Commission, and DEP Secretary. 

Posting of a Conservation District report of over 100 violations of the Clean Streams Law;

The Quittapahilla and sub watersheds—Killinger Creek, Bachman Run, Beck Creek, and Snitz Creek have all been recipients of spills.

Martin Barondic questions courthouse security measures

Martin Barondic questioned commissioners concerning courthouse security.  Administrator Wolgemuth rightly explained that the Sheriff and District Attorney are elected by the people.  As a result, commissioners have no jurisdiction over other elected officials.  Further, if the DA prosecutes, any trial would be open to the public.

Sallie Neuin presented Bank Loan interest payments due:  2006 $151,343.77 to Wells Fargo; 2008 $31,521.67 to Wells Fargo; and 2015 $74,250 to Fulton Bank; General Obligation Bonds payable include:  2015A $48,265.40 to Fulton Bank; 2016 $144,667.55 to Fulton Bank; and finally, 2017 $31,086.63.

Betsy Young retires 4 5 2018

Betsy Young was on hand to receive a proclamation for her 31 years of service to the County of Lebanon, retiring as the Deputy Controller.

For their safety and comfort, victims are notified when a convicted offender is released from jail  April 8-14 was declared Crime Victim’s Week

Michael Anderson, Voter Registrar, presented Absentee Ballot layout for approval.  Further, Anderson informed commissioners that they might be mandated to replace our ES&S voting machines with machines capable of accepting a paper ballot, which had not been certified previously.  Ballots cannot come from the machine on a roll that retains order as voted, and could be compared to a sign in log.  For an auditable trail, the paper receipts must be scanned into a machine not attached to the voting machine.  Voters will not leave with a receipt as that would be prohibited.  Historically, people got paid to vote by producing such proof.  Commissioners are unsure of federal and/or state funding if they are mandated to prematurely retire our current machines, which were just fitted with new batteries.  Otherwise, a bond issue would be required. 

Absentee Ballots and Voting Machines 4 5 2018

Anderson also reminded commissioners about our new Districts:  9th US Congressional, 48th PA Senate, and PA House Seats in the 101, 102, and 104th Districts. 

John Shott presented an Intermediate Punishment Funding Application to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. 

Crime Victims Rights Week April 8 18, 2018

Kathy Smith received a proclamation for Crime Victim’s Week April 8-14. 

Proclamations Donna Lutz retires, SARCC and LFHS 4 5 2018

Administrator Jamie Wolgemuth presented three proclamations for approval:  Donna Lutz is retiring after a distinguished career with the County of Lebanon, first as a Jury Commissioner, and then four terms as the Recorder of Deeds.  Next, both the Sexual Assault Resource and Counseling Center SARCC and Lebanon Family Health Services LFHS will be celebrating anniversaries—35 and 45 years respectively.

Hotel Tax Tourism Grants 4 5 2018


Commissioners normally limit Hotel Tax Tourism Grants to $10,000, but for the third time, commissioners approved a grant in excess of the limit.  The Lebanon Area Fair will receive $14,250 to purchase hog pens that can also be used for other animals.  The purchase will stop the practice of renting pens from the Farm Show and Elizabethtown Fair.


Mt. Gretna Area Historical Society will receive $3400 to create a new website for the entire Mount Gretna area:  Mount Gretna Borough, the PA Chautauqua, Mount Gretna Camp Meeting, Mount Gretna Heights, Timber Hills, Conewago Hill, Stoberdale and Timberbridge Areas to Colebrook once occupied by the PA National Guard, and areas of Cornwall which involved the Coleman family.


Commissioner Litz requested that the South 6th Street Playground also be considered for a $10,000 grant to replace a non-regulation basketball court with two regulation sized courts to accommodate tournaments for biddy basketball teams and traveling youth basketball teams from New York, New Jersey and Maryland.  Also, bikers and hikers visit the Park from the Rail Trail for relaxation in the shade of trees, to use toilets, and perhaps utilize a picnic pavilion.  No other public courts are in close proximity.  The motion died for lack of a second. 

Marcellus Shale Grants 4 5 2018

Wengert Memorial Park $15,000  for landscaping and $15,000 for signs, tables, chairs, bicycle racks, and a pavilion; Lebanon County Envirothon $20,000 for two years; North Lebanon Township Lenni Lenape Park $13,300 for a 1200’ walking path extension; Governor Dick $10,000 for a viewing platform; Jackson Township $13,300 for additional trails and a pedestrian bridge; South Lebanon Park Pavilion $13,300 for repaving and skirting; Lebanon County Historical Society Krall Barn $20,000.

MATP Drivers, GLRA Management Plan Vet Exemptions and Jonestown Extension 4 5 2018

Commissioners approved $7553 in Liquid Fuels distributions for North Cornwall Township; closed out $26,625 for HUD in Supported Housing for the Community Action Partnership; appointed Medical Assistance Transportation Program drivers Guy and Nancy Lebo; penned a Greater Lebanon Refuse Authority Solid Waste Management Plan letter of intent for a non-substantial revision to create an advisory committee to DEP; approved veteran’s real estate tax exemptions; and granted an extension for an $8125 grant that will be bid as part of a larger project in the fall for Jonestown Borough.

Robert Mettley discussed dropping the guaranteed 7.5% interest rate paid on the pension.  While the 10-year trailing return is 6.4%, after this year, the 21% 2008 numbers will drop off, and should right the average.  Last year, the County earned 11%.  If the interest payment is dropped, the ARC payment will increase from $2.6M to $3,201,000, which is not budgeted.  The Actuarial Report will be prepared using the current interest rate of 7.5%. 

Marcellus and Pipelines/Baseline Ground Water Data request 4.5.2018.pdf

After presenting a 39-page report containing seven letters of support and other documentation on need, Litz moved to seek funders to help cover a 15% match for a Baseline Groundwater Data study.  The motion died for lack of a second. 

Community YouTubes


White Row Notices on Clogged Grinder Pumps West Lebanon Township 4 2 2018


West Lebanon Township Reinstates Speedwell Fire Company 4 2 2018


Expect Speed Checks in West Lebanon Township 4 2 2018


An Apology and Taxes for West Lebanon Township


Tracie Clemens Ed D Hall of Fame Inductee 3 21 2018


Sue Bowman Hall of Fame Inductee 3 21 2018


Shila Ulrich Hall of Fame Inductee 3 21 2018


Linda Bell Hall of Fame Inductee 3 21 2018


Patricia Bachman Hall of Fame Inductee 3 21 2018


Marsha Novick MD Hall of Fame Inductee 3 21 2018


Kim Kreider Umble Hall of Fame Inductee 3 21 2018


Josephine Ames Hall of Fame Inductee 3 21 2018


Jessica Dreibelbis Hall of Fame Inductee 3 21 2018


Gwendolyn Ward Hall of Fame Inductee 3 21 2018


Deb Gingrich Hall of Fame Inductee 3 21 2018


Greg Bracale on the Colonial Theater 3 16 2018


Greg Bracale SERTOMAn of the Year 3 16 2018


David Weisnicht with Back at the Gap 3.15.2018

David Weisnicht stated that “burns” at Fort Indiantown Gap remove combustible materials to keep fires from training exercises from going off Base.  The cleared land also supports the Regal Fritillary Butterfly, which requires meadows to survive.  Eagles and birds of prey inhabit the area to hunt for food too. 

Dr. Duncan MacLean on Gun Safety in schools

Dr. Duncan MacLean works out of the VA Medical Center.  He asked if the County could form an Interagency Task Force and seek police recommendations on community safety. 

Veteran’s Affairs Director Rob Kale submitted his retirement notice.  Commissioner Litz expressed appreciation for Director Kale’s 20-years of service. 

Treasurer Sallie Neuin requested permission to collect real estate tax for Myerstown Borough

John Shott Probation Services

John Shott presented a $150,000 Byrne Justice Assistance federal grant application that would help to defray the costs of our Day Reporting Center, which was started without funding. 

Audrey Rakow on Test Notice

Audrey Rakow requested approval to submit a contract for Test Notice, a color-coded calendar to track urinalysis drug tests.  This program will be paid from the President Judge's supervision fund.  The cost is $10 for an initial setup per person, and $5 per visit thereafter. 

Laurie Crawford is the new Exec Dirc of LV Conservancy

Laurie Crawford is the new executive director for the Lebanon Valley Conservancy.  She provided an annual report for commissioners, which included Dark Skies initiatives to purchase easement rights on farms around Fort Indiantown Gap. 

James Holtry Children and Youth 3.15.2918

James Holtry presented $1,418,983.22 for approval in 51 Provider Contracts and Second Quarter Invoices for Children and Youth services.  Further, Bucks County Detention Center was approved for payment in the amount of $300 per day. 

Barbara Zortman, Center for Traffic Safety, requested a letter of support for a $28,587.06 Grant for Lebanon, Lancaster, and York counties based upon data for five-year trends in PennDOT crash data. 

Rail Trail Phase 6A from Jubiliee to 22nd Street

Tom Kotay presented an application for $738,060 in DCNR funding to complete Phase 6A of the Lebanon Valley Rail Trail from Jubilee Ministries on 12th Street through Wengert Memorial Park (1,720’), and onto 22nd and Chestnut Streets.  A 12-space trailhead, signs, kiosk, bicycle parking, bicycle repair station, pavilions, and a fitness station are included.  This does not include the bridge across the Quittapahilla Creek nor around the Lebanon Valley Mall. 

Rail Trail negotiations with the Meily's are complete

After 9 months of negotiations, Jamie Wolgemuth presented the terms of agreement with the Meily estate to complete the Lebanon Valley Rail Trail from Tunnel Hill Road to Long Lane.  As soon as all of the paperwork is signed, Judge Kline will be notified. 

Misc. from City support to Myerstown Liquid Fuels Appointments and Veteran Exemption

The City of Lebanon is resubmitting an Urban Corridor Revitalization Project for a multi-tier parking garage and space for city offices, including the police department, in the heart of downtown Lebanon.  The City believes the parking structure will help achieve economic development objectives. 

Board Appointments:  Alen Freed, Brenda Phillips, and Patrick Kerwin to the Lebanon Transit Board; and Randy Tice to the Health Facilities Authority.

Commissioners approved Real Estate Tax Exemption for Richard Davies, Newmanstown.  The applicant has demonstrated required financial need, and the Department of Veterans Affairs verified the applicant is totally and permanently disabled as a result of service connected causes incurred during a period of war or armed conflict.  Exemptions are reviewed every five years for determination of continued financial need. 

Myerstown Boro received $3062 in Liquid Fuels funds. 

Martlin Unloads on Commissioner Litz

Martin Barondic is an occasional visitor to Lebanon County commissioner meetings where he freely shares his opinions, and loudly.  While most counties limit public comment to 3-5 minutes, Martin gets to freely express himself at Lebanon County commissioner meetings, but is offended when his comments are not posted on Youtube.  For this, he criticized Commissioner Litz stating that his free speech is being violated.  He is welcome to record and post his own videos. 

Commissioner Litz closed the meeting by asking her colleagues to support coordination of a Baseline Water Quality Data Program grant for which she would like to approach Water companies and hospitals who may benefit from ground-water quality data, and ask them to contribute15% toward required matching funds, in order to pinpoint cancer causing contamination, lead, help to suggest where to dig wells for drinking water, and of course to show the quality of water prior to any gas pipeline leaks On a voluntary basis, property owners can participate in this study conducted by the United States Geological Survey.  The study is based upon a winning application.  Commissioner Phillips asked for letters of support to gauge public interest.  Please send your letters of support to Commissioner Litz, 400 S 8th Street, Lebanon PA  17042.

Community YouTubes:

Linda Focht 3 16 2018 Over 40

19 Central PA Handbell Choirs in Jonestown PA on 3 10 2018

West Lebanon Not Recognizing Speedwell Fire Company 3 5 2018

The Downtown Lounge reopened with Nanette Wright 3 2 2018


Commissioner Meeting Short Takes 3.1.2018

Administrator Jamie Wolgemuth presented numerous items for commissioner approval:


Accepting a $250,000 DCED grant for Community Action Partnership CAP;


Appointing CAP Board members Dennis Firestone, Wiley Parker, Bryan Hoffman, and Scott Berry;


Filling a CAP vacancy by Michael McKenna of Myerstown;


Accepting Visit Lebanon Valley Board resignations from Ray Mallait and Steve Sommers;


Accepting a $1 Repository of Unclaimed Property bid for 21A Twin Maples Park from Weber Properties;


Awarding Liquid Fuels funds to the City of Lebanon in the amount of $25,477 and to South Lebanon Township in the amount of $9463; and


Exempting disabled veterans David Watson and Gary Putowski from real estate taxes.

Commissioners received three requests for Hotel Tax funds


1)  Lebanon County 4H Horse and Pony clubs will receive $3800 to restore the horse ring area at the Fairgrounds adjacent to the Lebanon Valley Expo building. 


2)  The Lebanon County Historical Society will receive $30,000 to place 260’ of fencing around the south portal,  Clear the hillside trail, connect to the Rail Trail, fence along the quarry, acquire a bulletin board, benches and signage at both Rail Trail entrances, repair the parking lot dock, garage dock replacement and canal bank stabilization, and a support beam replaced on the foot bridge. 


3)  Finally, the Lebanon Valley Bicycle Club will receive $5000 towards their “Drive with Care” campaign to place billboards, yard signs….  Commissioner Litz abstained, asking for more time to ask questions. 

Jen Kuzo is the new Director of Visit Lebanon Valley

Meet new Visit Lebanon Valley Tourism Director Jen Kuzo.  Thanks to Mary Weigley for holding down the fort until a new Director was found.

File Storage in the Prothonotary's Office 3 1 2018

To make retrieval of court records more efficient, at a cost of $52,951.83, Treasurer Sallie Neuin and Prothonotary Barb Smith received approval to purchase a filing system that will organize boxes of older files in the Prothonotary’s vault.  Once in order, the records will be scanned and arranged chronoligically.  Currently records are scanned back through 2007.  Funds will come from both the Record Improvement account and $20,000 from the Prothonotary’s account.  Prior to this purchase, the Record Improvement Fund stands at $167,000.

Community YouTubes:


The Glass Slipper Project 2 23 2018


Prom Dress Fashion Show 2 23 2018


Say hi to Sandy at DERACOs Italian Sandwiches 2 20 2018


PARKMOBILE available in the City of Lebanon 2 20 2018


Between the Bridges 2 15 2018


Krall Barn Log Frame is Complete 2 15 2018


David Weisnicht on FIG one of the busiest training installations in the US

David Weisnicht reported on Back at the Gap.  The Battle of the Bulge weekend was a big event held at Fort Indiantown Gap.  40,000 troops were trained to date during this past year with 3679 coming up; and the last week of February, another 4000 troops are expected, which makes FIG one of the busiest training installations in the United States

Human Resources Director Michelle Edris presented a 2017 Civil Service Compensation Plan for Children and Youth Services, MHIDEI, Area Agency on Aging, and the Commission on Drug and Alcohol Abuse.

Also Commissioners approved entering into a 5-year Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Lebanon County Detective’s Association.  Terms include 3% annual wage increases; increases to the annual health insurance deductibles and co-pays; changes to on-call wages; increases in reimbursement for sick leave buy back; changes to the vacation policy and the removal of several articles where the current non-union employee handbook policy’s will now apply. 

Proclamations for Swatara Sojourn and Frank Reich Day

Administrator Jamie Wolgemuth presented two proclamations for approval, one for the Swatara Sojourn, which will take place May 5 & 6, and another designating Frank Reich Jr. day for this Sunday, February 18, 2018.

Penn State Extension 100 years and going strong

Stephanie Shirk, Penn State Extension, invited commissioners to the 100th anniversary of Extension.  The event will be held at the LV Expo on March 1, 2018 at 6PM.  Richard Kreider will be honored for serving as a volunteer for 45 of those 100 years.  All total, 120 volunteers work in 4H under Martha Gregory, and 65 as Master Gardeners under Sinclair Adams. 

Community Project Grant Application

To purchase a new chemical meter, Lebanon Emergency Services received permission to apply for a $10,000 grant to cover the cost and training for the LCD 3.3 meter, which requires no calibration or complicated routine maintenance.  Agents detected include nerve, blood, blister, choking and a selected library of ITCs.  This item will replace an ADP 2000 Chemical Warfare Agent detector. 

Pension Report by Stifel Nicolaus 2 15 2018

Michael Battistelli and Bret Holland were on hand for a pension fund update.  The pension balance at the end of 2017 was $125,018,262.63 with 11.03% in earnings.  However, with the right-sizing of the market, the balance stood at $122,000,000 at the end of January

Further, the pension Board listened to options for the Investment Policy.  While nothing was presented in writing, Commissioner Ames asked for a sample policy on a Global investor.  Commissioner Litz stated that she believes in protecting American jobs, and is comfortable with the current policy of “a preponderance of obligations and investments in US Treasury, federal agencies and US Government guaranteed obligations.”  The world market is unstable, over which we have no control.  We do allow investment in foreign companies manufacturing in the United States.  Bayer is one local company, a good neighbor that fits this bill. 

MHIDEI Director Kevin Schurm presented provider contract amendments totaling $75,525.  Also, Kevin presented an amendment for a PerformCare Agreement covering Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon and Perry Counties.

Voter Registrar Michael Anderson was on hand for HAVA Certification.  All total, Lebanon County spends $395, 146.14 on elections for Election Day staff ballots and election supplies, advertising, mileage, building space rentals, equipment, maintenance agreements, voting equipment, capital expenditures and regular staff.

Preparing for the Primary Election or is it Elections-

Commissioners also approved advertising of Elections—polling locations, candidates…in both the Lebanon Daily News and Hummelstown Sun. 

Dr Jeff Yocum's Coroners Report 2 15 2018

Dr. Jeff Yocum, also Lebanon County’s Coroner, presented his annual report, which included 772 cremations and 212 natural deaths.  48 accidental deaths included 27 drug related, 14 motor vehicle accidents, 2 asphyxiations, 1 drowning, 2 farm accidents, 1 fall, and 1 laceration.  There were 2 homicides, and 4 pending cases.  18 suicides included 13 gunshots, 3 hangings, 1 wrist laceration, and 1 medication related.  

Alger Farm Preservation Donation 2 15 2018

Beth Lutz, Lebanon County Conservation District, presented the 51.6 acre Daryl Alger Farm as a donation for preservation, bringing the total to 18,435.92 acres on 207 farms; 163 easements. 

First Time Homebuyer Program for Lebanon County

Betsy Bowman and Dan Lyons from the Redevelopment Authority of the County of Lebanon, presented a $600,000 HOME grant application for filing with DCED to continue the first time homebuyer program.  The County will provide a $100,000 match from our Affordable Housing Trust (Act 13) funds.  This year, the County and City will submit a joint application, which will save on bookkeeping.  The City will provide marketing and referrals.  30-35 homebuyers will be assisted.  Each will be provided with a $5000 grant and the opportunity for up to another $2000 that would be a no-interest loan attached to their mortgage for repayment if the property is sold. 

A Crash Information Tool Kit and Phases 9 and 9B of the LV Rail Trail

Jonathan Fitzkee, Planning Department, presented a request that would allow named staff to use Penn DOTs Crash Information Tool Kit PCIT to assess data,  Also, Jon presented a reimbursement agreement for Phase 9B of the Lebanon Valley Rail Trail Extension project, which includes decking on the old L&T Railroad Bridge and completion of 1700’ south towards Bunker Hill.

Renova Center Decertifies one Bed

Maryann and Janelle Getcher presented a request to decertify one bed at Renova Center.  This will allow a waiver to meet the State funding requirements.  Further, should demand rise, Lebanon County can add up to 10% or 2 beds.  20 of 25 beds or 81.28% are currently filled.  The new number of certified beds will be 24. 

Lebanon County Road and Bridge Projects 2 15 2018

During the MPO—Metropolitan Planning Organization with the Federal Highway Administration and PennDOT, the Policy Board heard updates and other items of interest.  The Rail Trail work uses $575,000 in Transportation Alternative Funding AF funding. 

PennDOT District 8 also outlined amendments to the Transportation Plan.  Further, Jonathan Fitzkee, County Planner, presented updates on both the Wilhelm Avenue and Route 72 and Rocherty Road projects. 

Community YouTubes:


Meet Don Stoudt Sr and Don Stoudt II 2 15 2018


James Hartman on Fundraising for the Krall Barn 2 15 2018


Speedwell Vote Postponed until March 2 5 2018


Rutters Liquor License for West Lebanon Township 2 5 2018


Commissioner Ames participated by speaker phone.

Voter Registrar Michael Anderson discusses Congressional Redistricting

Based on the volume of votes received in previous elections, Voter Registrar Michael Anderson presented the Democratic and Republican parties for certification as County political parties.

Michael also discussed redistricting and the Congressional race.  Anderson said that the established election calendar is in use; and the State will handle petitions for the Congressional race.  To deviate from the established calendar would cause numerous problems:  1) no time to program the ballots; 2) availability of both polling locations and workers on a different date; 3) a requirement to guard PEBs and machines used should there be a challenge; and 4) should there be a special election for congress, additional costs for the county.   

Bob Dowd and Gary Verna on EMA name change and more

For approval, Bob Dowd and Gary Verna presented a $157,177.19  EMPG Grant to cover four positions.  Further, a hazardous materials response report was accepted.  In Lebanon County, 43 businesses used sulfuric acid; 29 ammonia; 22 chlorine; and a total of 51 businesses submit response plans.  Dowd will implement changes over time.  Initially it would cost $150 for new business cards, but the same uniforms will be used.  Letterhead is electronic.  There is one sign that needs changed.   

Finally, since they are more than an EMA, Director Dowd requested approval on a Department name change to “Department of Emergency Services.”  Other services include responding to hazardous spills, dispatching 911 calls….

Kelly Withum BID Director requests financing

The State returned a Main Street grant to Kelly Withum asking for more budget details and a show of financial commitment from partners beyond 2020.  To continue her position, Kelly presented a request for $2000 per year for five years.  Commissioner Litz asked Withum for a summary of successes of the program. Kelly listed a range of services from foundation building, policy writing and establishing committees to meeting with property and business owners; Katie Trainer painting murals in store fronts so downtown doesn’t look empty; a 10% return on 1000 printed progressive shopping cards; a Lebanon Made initiative with an accompanying Maker’s Festival on June 16; and working on First Fridays with the Council on the Arts.  Improved lighting and camera installation is on the to do list.  Sidewalk sweeping is successful during months when the temperature is regularly above freezing.  Litz appreciated the verbal report, but requested a written copy of the overall budget along with at least a written executive summary of the grant proposal.  Commissioners Ames and Phillips moved to award the $2000 annual request.  On a 2 to 1 vote, because a written proposal and budget were not received, Commissioner Litz voted no.

Wolgemuth presents a farm lease, Board appointments

Administrator Wolgemuth presented items for approval:


Board appointments included Melissa Landry to Children and Youth and Amy Leonard to the Housing and Redevelopment Authority. 


Commissioners renewed a $150 farm lease for one acre of land with Loren Horning along Route 934 in South Annville at Church Road


Commissioners approved a SAVIN 24/7 electronic victim notification system for the DAs office.  In exchange for data entry, there is no charge for a maintenance agreement.


A supervision fund for Probation and Parole requires defendants to pay a fee that commissioners send to the State, and then a percentage is returned to Lebanon County. 


Commissioners passed a proclamation honoring Boy Scout week February 5-9 at Lebanon Valley Mall.  Scouts were started in 1910. 


Commissioners then met in Executive Session to discuss personnel.  They also drew names for incentives that commissioners offered for United Way.    The County raised $12,435, $1700 more than last year


Sheriff Klingler said that per Scott Bowman, President of Lebanon County Lodge#42, Fraternal Order of Police, Lebanon County Deputy Sheriff SGT Bradley K. Seyfert has been chosen by Lodge#42 to be the “Lebanon County Police Officer of the Year”.       


Please join us in congratulating Sergeant Seyfert for receiving this great honor. He certainly is very deserving of this highly respected award. The presentation of this award to one of our Deputy Sheriff’s reflects positively on the professionalism and dedication to duty displayed by all the Deputies of the Lebanon County Sheriff’s Office.  “Congratulations” to Sergeant Bradley K. Seyfert, Lebanon County Police Officer of the Year.    Respectfully, Bruce E. Klingler, Sheriff

As a mandated reporter, it is my understanding that the Department of Health must respond to nursing home complaints within 24 hours.  If you have a personal story to share with DOH, here is the link.  If you fear retribution, you can file anonymously.   Also, local Advocate Judy Weimer and her team of volunteers are available to investigate nursing home complaints. 

Long Term Care Ombudsman Program


Trained staff will investigate and attempt to resolve complaints related to the health, safety or rights of older persons who live in licensed nursing homes, licensed personal care homes, certified domiciliary homes or private residences.

Pennsylvania Department of Aging's Ombudsman Information

Lebanon County's local Ombudsman contact is:

Judy Weimer
Long Term Care Ombudsman
MidPenn Legal
513 Chestnut Street
Lebanon, PA 17042
(717) 274-2834 x. 3105, (800) 299-6599 x. 3105 or
(800) 326-9177 x. 3105


Community YouTubes:


Meet Bette Grumbine of Grumbine Flowers 2 1 2018


A look inside the Union Canal Tunnel 1 25 2018


Krall Barn Roof Trusses 2 and 3 on 1 31 2018


Krall Barn Raising 1 29 30 2018


Krall Barn update 1 23 25 2018


Justin K Huie, Grose Funeral Home, Myerstown 1 24 2018


David Weisnicht reported on Fort Indiantown Gap.  35,662 troops were trained this physical year.  Recently, a deployment to Fort Hood took place.  315 deer were harvested.

Commissioners certified $214,778.29 for farmland preservation.  $99,400 came from municipalities, $3140 from private donations, and $1578.49 from interest.  Further, Commissioners applied the following funds to the certified total--$18,159.80 in Clean and Green, $42,500 from County Act 13 funds, and $50,000 from the County General Fund.  The State normally matches the funds, approximately dollar for dollar.

Ken Reist again rented the farm at 104 Fox Road (near the driver’s center) for $1200 annually.

Commissioners approved two Judicial sales from the repository of unclaimed property.  1)  A Hunter Property Management bid $100 for a trailer at Lebanon Valley Court; and Pedro A Muniz bid $1 for another trailer.

Commissioners appointed Dr. Joseph Barber and Ms. Betty Beard to the Board of MHIDEI.

Commissioners then approved veteran’s real estate tax exemption for disabled veteran Joseph A LaFrance, Palmyra.

Commissioners issued a proclamation for Deborah L Spitler who served the County at the Area Agency on Aging for 27 years. 

Surrounded by members of AFSCME, family of Cedar Haven residents shared their stories—Theresa Wentling, whose husband Mike must have thickened liquids; Su Rank, whose brother has an Intellectual Disability, has a hard time trusting people, and doesn’t get regular haircuts; and Melissa Martin whose 90-year old great aunt is president of the resident’s council.  The women said that one CNA for 20 residents requiring a heightened level of care seems inadequate.  Then, Penny Kleinfelter and Danielle Kohler presented 1200 signed cards from employees and voters in the community in support of the residents and the employees who have been on strike since October 20, 2017.  They asked, and received an affirmative vote from commissioners, for a letter to be sent to Chas Blalack, Stone Barn Holdings, the current owner of Cedar Haven, calling for negotiations to end the strike.


Theresa Wentling's husband is at Cedar Haven


Su Rank's brother is in Cedar Haven


Melissa Martin's family is also at Cedar Haven


Striking Cedar Haven Workers Visit Commissioners 1 18 2018

At 1:30PM, commissioners sat as the Board of Assessment and Review. 

1.17.2018  Commissioners Ames, Litz, and Phillips, along with Controller Mettley, Sheriff Klingler, and District Attorney Arnold sat as the Prison Board.  Phillips was elected chair, Ames vice-chair, and Mettley secretary.  A meeting calendar was approved.  Further, the Board learned that Jubilee Ministries will no longer house female residents at their transition house. 

Through the end of 2017, the prison housed 529 inmates of which 443 were male and 86 female.


29 inmates were State sentenced;


253 parole/probation violators


12 DJ sentenced; and


17 sentenced by the Court of Common Pleas.

Community YouTubes:


Volunteers Remove Wreaths from Indiantown Gap National Cemetery 1 20 2018


New Flight Simulator Training Facility at FIG 1 16 2018


Dancing with the Stars Lebanon PA 3rd Annual 1 14 2018


Quest Cafe at HACC Lebanon 1 12 2018


Krall Barn progress 1 10 11 2018


Reorganization of County Commissioners


Chair:  William Ames


Vice Chair:  Bob Phillips


Secretary:  Jo Ellen Litz


Administrator:  Jamie Wolgemuth


Solicitor:  David Warner

All employees were reappointed to their respective positions at their current salaries. 



January 4 & 18


February 1 & 15


March 1 & 15


April 5 & 19


May 3 & 17


June 7 & 21


July 5, 19 & (26 at the LV Expo)


August 2 & 16


September 6 & 20


October 4 & 18


November 1 & 15


December 6, 20 & (27 for budget)

In addition, commissioners will meet each Wednesday at 1:30PM in Room 207 of the Municipal Building for work sessions.

Liaison Assignments:

Bill Ames

Robert Phillips

Jo Ellen Litz

Area Agency on Aging

Drug & Alcohol

Children & Youth

Building & Grounds

City of Lebanon

Community Action Partnership

Chamber of Commerce

Emergency Management

Geographic Information Sys

Conservation District

Housing & Redevelopment



Penn State Extension


LV Economic Development


Veteran’s Affairs

LV Expo

Women’s Commission


Lebanon Transit






Information Technology



SC Workforce Investment Bd



United Way


KEY:  New in yellow

Holidays:  New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas. 

Depository Banks:  First Citizens Community Bank, Jonestown Bank & Trust Co., Fulton, First National Bank, Northwest Savings Bank, Santandar,

Salary Board:


Chair:  Bill Ames


Vice Chair: Bob Mettley


Secretary:  Bob Phillips


Solicitor:  David Warner

Assessment Board:

Chair: Jo Ellen Litz


Vice Chair:  Bill Ames


Administrator:  Jamie Wolgemuth


Solicitor:  David Warner


Chief Assessor:  Dan Seaman

Hearing Dates:  January 18, February 15, Match 15, April 19, May 17, June 21, July 19, August 16 & 30, September-October as needed, November 15, and December 20.

Election Board:


Chair Bill Ames


Vice Chair Bob Phillips


Secretary Jo Ellen Litz


Chief Clerk Michael Anderson


Solicitor David Warner

Freedom of Speech guaranteed by 1st Amendment to the Constitution 1 4 2018

Commissioners Phillips and Ames sought to interpret Commissioner Litz’s ability to answer constituent requests and educate the public without permission.  It’s part of the system of checks and balances.

Community YouTubes: 

West Lebanon and Speedwell work out compromise 1 2 2018


Treasurer Sallie Neuin presented a request for an account.

Getting to know the People behind Historic Schaefferstown 12 28 2017

Ken Spatz, Board Member of Historic Schaefferstown, introduced presenter Dr. Pat Gibble, archeologist.  Pat explained a recently completed video filmed by Jim Forney (from Schaefferstown, but currently residing in Pittsburgh) on Historic Schaefferstown.  At a cost of $15, the video is for sale at the Gamberling Rex House Museum first Saturdays from 1-4: by calling Alice Oskam at 717.949.2244; on their website ; or at the LV Tourist Bureau on S 8th Street, Lebanon.  Pat introduced Jan Taylor who led an effort to restore an historic photo sketched by artist Ferdinand Bergman who was from Philadelphia.

Eagle Scouts receive awards 12 28 2017

Commissioners presented proclamations to Schaefferstown Eagle Scouts Skylar and Sterling Hertrick, brothers from Troop 420, and Cameron Wolgemuth and Samuel Buckwalter of Troop 417.  Scouts completed their projects on the Alexander Schaeffer Farm.


2018 Lebanon County Budget

After being on display for 20-days, commissioners passed a $76,486,907 overall budget with a General Fund balance of $45,611,822, which is equivalent to 3.295 Mills.  There is also a $7.5 million carryover in the Reserve Fund from the sale of Cedar Haven; and $2 million in the Capital Improvement fund.  Further, if the pension fund ends in double digits, there is a possibility of improving the funded balance to 90%.  Also, long-term debt is low per capita, the Prison’s union contract is settled, and the Detectives union contract may be settled next week. 

Commission for Women Appointments

Commissioners appointed Erin Velazquez and Nicole Maurer to the Commission for Women.

Thursday, January 4, 2018 will be the commissioner’s reorganization meeting.

Community YouTubes: 


Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline at Swatara Water Trail in Water Works 12 24 2017


Swatara Water Trail at Schiavoni Park 12 24 2017


bullet Making Christmas Candy 2017  (Mach Opera Fudge)
bullet Michigan Rocks with Jo Ellen Litz 2017  (cookies)
bullet Special Day in Lebanon PA 12 21 2017 (Mennonite Youth Choir at Lebanon Farmer's Market)
bullet Lunch with Santa at Hersheypark 2017  (Ms Sr. PA Queens, Ambassador, & Courts)
bullet Louis Van Amstel Christmas Special in Lebanon PA 12 21 2017  (Dance @ the Lebanon Valley Mall)
bullet LV Chamber WIB Christmas entertainers Kathy Snavely and Carolers
bullet It's a Rotary kind of Christmas 2017 (on the Wenger farm)


Back at the Gap with David Wesinicht

David Weisnicht closed out the year with a Back at the Gap overview for commissioners. 

Dawn Resanovich Retires

Commissioners and Brian Craig, Charlie Dent's office, presented Dawn Resanovich with proclamations upon her retirement. 

Treasurer Sallie Neuin

Treasurer Sallie Neuin received approval for additional people to view accounts online at Jonestown Bank. 

Prison Contract ratified with AFSCME Terms include a 4-year agreement, increase in life insurance to $30,000, and Health insurance deductibles starting at $800 for single, and $1600 for family coverage, that will gradually increase through 2021 to $1000 for single and $2000 for family coverage. 

Commissioners granted Sallie Neuin’s request to add interpreter duties/pay to a current Accounting Clerk position. 

Further, Commissioners approved Judge Tylwalk’s request for a second Day Reporting Center Probation Officer effective January 2, 2018.   

Eichler will carry a gun at Governor Dick

As long as our solicitor’s opinion is on file, the agent has an Act 235 Lethal Weapons permit, and undergoes annual training, the Governor Dick Ranger may carry a firearm on the grounds.  The Ranger detains violators until Cornwall Police arrive for an arrest.  There is no increased liability insurance cost nor benefits charged to the County.  Eichler's duties will be limited to the Clarence Schock Memorial Park--no other County parks.  Sheriff Bruce Klingler researched and interviewed the Ranger, and endorsed the change in policy.  

Also at Governor Dick, the Board received word that DCNR funded their $175,000 handicap viewing platform

Pension Board 12 21 2017

Bob Mettley ran the Annual Retirement Board meeting   Korn Ferry Hay Group were retained at a cost of $1.85 each to prepare employee benefit statements.  A 4.5% interest rate will be paid on employee contributions.  The Board voted to retain the 180th class, which mandates 7% employee contributions to the pension plan.  The Board also approved a list of retirees and payments.  

Golf Road Bridge, Committee Appointments, Liquid Fuels, Properties sold 12 21 2017

Commissioners reappointed Joy Blankly, Luz Rosario, Amy Cushner, and Judy Weimer to the Board of Children and Youth.  Also for Children and Youth, $1,562,194.36 in first quarter invoices were approved.  

Commissioners approved a Liquid Fuels payment of $8163 to Jackson Township. 

Three mobile homes were sold from the Repository of Unclaimed Property. 

Appointments to Community Action Partnership include Jay Greene.

Commissioners added Howard Gathright and Maximum Munoz as MATP drivers at the Area Agency on Aging.   

After Wilson Consulting, our bridge engineer/inspector reported rotted stringers.  For safety, the 1933 Golf Road Bridge, Bethel Township, near the former Freeport Mills Golf Course, was closed to traffic.  The bridge accommodates approximately 30 vehicles per day.  Since 2006, the bridge was posted at 10-ton.  Signs and stone are in place.  First responders come from the north.  Therefore, no additional response time is needed.  A process will ensue to determine if the bridge can be repaired, replaced, or abandoned.  


MPO prioritizes Road and Bridge projects 12 21 2017

Due to the absence of Chairwoman Capello and Vice-chair Phillips, Commissioner Litz chaired the meeting. 

For consideration, four transportation improvement projects at today's MPO--Metropolitan Planning Organization-meeting include:

S Londonderry Lingle Avenue Project

1: Lingle Avenue, is a $5.2M project with $2.5M match and $2.7M requested.  Lingle Avenue, which is a PennDOT road, floods and provides access to Lingle Avenue Elementary school. 72 calls were made to 911 to address flooding this past year. Partners include PennDOT and Hershey Trust. Approximately ½ mile of SR 3017 (Lingle Avenue), shifting of Spring Creek, installing bicycle facilities and a sidewalk, and creating a riparian zone and MS4 facilities for South Londonderry Twp will occur.  Improvements will take the area from flooding in a 2-year storm event to flooding in a 10- year storm event, thus reducing road maintenance for both the Township and State.

Rail Trail Phase 6 project

2: Phase 6 of the LV Rail Trail is part of an ongoing Countywide Border-to-Border project that includes Wengert Memorial Park, a link to Gloninger Woods Park, a bridge with a walking path over the Quittipahilla Creek, and a path to the east of the LV Mall to the tunnel behind the Mall.

NW School Lebanon City project

3: NW Elementary School sidewalk serves 665 students; and

S Forge Elementary School project

4: S Forge Road is a $1,209,912 project with $549,639 coming from the Palmyra School District, and $751,724 requested.  Funds would construct link access roadway at S Duke St., Right-of-Way; Construct 4’ sidewalk and walkways to increase safety and accessibility for multiple modes of transit; construct with pervious pavement to improve surface water management; and install or renovate 8 ADA ramps, construct 4 ADA auto spaces, and install ADA compliant handrails at the main student entrance.   

Criteria for Ranking Order includes: 1) statewide or regional significance, 2) integration of land use and transportation; 3) collaboration; 4) safety; 5) project ready; 6) leverage of $$$; 7) construction cost; 8) teachable; 9) success factor; 10) environmental.

For consistency from the local through the State and federal levels, the Board adopted state guidelines to track and reduce the number of fatalities on our roadways.  There were 17.8 fatalities between 2014-18, and 67.3 serious injuries.

Matt Boyer Commuter Services

Matt Boyer, Commuter Services, updated the Board on shared ride with Bayer and other local companies. 

The Inwood Bridge is moving forward, and Wilhelm Avenue/Cornwall Road intersection improvement documents are under review.

A special Budget Meeting will take place next Thursday, December 28, 2017.

Community YouTubes: 

bullet Maps and 3 new Swatara Water Trail Public Access Points 2017
bullet The Krall Barn is rising with the sun each day 12 21 2017
bullet Logs are going in at the Krall Barn 12 19 2017
bullet Cheryl Batdorf 2017 Chamber of Commerce Athena Recipient
bullet Mickey Santora retires--for real -)
bullet Mary Morrissey of Tom B Morrissey TV and Appliances 12 19 2017
bullet Ann Kirby, Kirby Acupuncture, 990 Isabel Drive Lebanon PA
bullet Priscilla Heist worked at Salvation Army over 30 years 12 21 2017



Weisnicht 12 7 2017

Back at the Gap with David Weisnicht highlighted the retirement of Lt. Colonel Hepner, and change of command to Lt. Colonel B Marshall.  FIG had 26,403 trainees during 2017.  There are 150 fulltime personnel at the Gap.  Gate access is anticipated during the spring of 2019.  Steering committee members are being sought.  The Army Corps of Engineers is designing the gate.  Finally, the Aviation Training Maintenance Facility is open.  Weisnicht offered a tour to commissioners. 

During Sallie Neuin’s treasurer’s report commissioners approved a request to collect taxes for Jackson Township.  20 of 26 municipalities utilize Lebanon County to collect taxes.  Further, collection service increased by five cents to 50 cents per parcel, bringing in $20,000 to the County and sharing in the cost of mailing. 

Redevelopment Authority 12 7 2017

Betsy Bowman and Dan Lyons presented three motions for CDBG—Community Development Block Grant updates totaling $402,935 with $276,977 attributed to Lebanon County, and $125,959 attributed to South Lebanon Township. 

Kevin Schrum presented a HealthChoices value based purchasing agreement amendment to return overpayments and address member screening.  It is mandatory to participate in order to deliver services.

2018 Lebanon County Budget No Tax Increase

Without a tax increase, Lebanon County’s $76,486,970 budget for 2018 is on display starting today, and will receive a final vote on December 28, 2017. 


Millage will remain 3.925. 


Renova Center reimbursement reduced County support from $700,000 to $120,000, and should remain stable. 


The Day Reporting Center should improve people’s lives, reduce recidivism, and reduce overtime at the prison to help contain costs.  We already see a reduction from 530 to under 500 inmates. 


The ARC-Annual Required Contribution to the pension is $3.1 million. 


While a county our size typically borrows around $250 million, principal debt in Lebanon County is below $20 million. 


Health insurance premiums increased by 4%. 


$250,000 is budgeted for IT improvements such as a new payroll and accounting software. 


With an established Capital Project Fund, commissioners will pave parking lots around the municipal building.

2018 CCAP Priorities

Each past year, the Board of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania CCAP would gather on the Rotunda Steps in the State Capitol.  This year, each county is presenting the priorities that came from the “committee of the whole” during a fall conference recently held in Hershey PA.  Those priorities include:


A partnership with Pennsylvania for human services such as Mental Health, Intellectual Disabilities, Early Intervention, Drug and Alcohol, Children and Youth, the Area Agency on Aging….  Counties have been administering 30 new child welfare law mandates since 2015 without increased revenue.  In 2016, the County of Lebanon experienced 16 deaths from heroin and opiods. 


We administer Act 13 of 2012, and utilize funds for farmland preservation, the County Envirothon, and park improvements. 


The County jail population also receives inmates that otherwise are in need of mental health counseling, but state hospitals closed.  The result is a need for psychiatric, or forensic beds. 


Lebanon County’s 375 electronic voting machines are aging, and we’re looking at redistricting to make sure voters are not standing in long lines on election day, especially in presidential elections.  At a cost of $2700 each, $1,012,500 is needed to replace existing machines. 


Veterans deserve honor and respect, and we share a duty to support them when they return home—through our veteran’s administrator, the VA Hospital, the Armory, Fort Indiantown Gap, the National Cemetery…. 

Board Appointments

Administrator Wolgemuth presented volunteer Board appointments for consideration to various Boards that advise departments on policy. 


Community Action Partnership—Diane McKinney;


Destination Marketing Organization—Pat Kerwin, Dana Lape Jill Weister, Donna Young and Jenny Chernich;


Library—Mike Batistelli and Marie Hibshman.


One disabled veteran’s real estate tax exemption was transferred from his old to his new residence.


Liquid Fuels funds were distributed: $25,477 to the City of Lebanon and $2080 to Cleona Borough. 

Influx of Families from Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria

In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, about 10 students each day enroll in the Lebanon School District.  WLBR reporter Gordon Weis asked commissioners if Lebanon County is prepared for such an influx of people.  Commissioner Litz responded by asking individuals to make an extra donation to Lebanon County Christian Ministries, our official foodbank, during the Christmas season.  We are a caring and compassionate community, and similar to when the Vietnamese people came to Lebanon County, perhaps we could figure out a form of foster care to take in children or families to help them during the transition to find housing and jobs, or return to their communities when water and other utilities are restored. 

Breaking Ties from the November 2017 Election

2017 Lebanon County Year in Review

Community YouTubes: 


Cedar Haven workers still on strike


Christmas Lights at Coleman Park 2017


Christmas is for Children Lebanon Holiday Parade 2017


Colleen Hain shares 1906 postcards some from B Dawson Coleman


LCCM Homeless Shelter and Jarrod Odrick 2017


Open House Bethel Township Lebanon County 11 18 2017


Robert Bordner descendant of Dwight David Eisenhower 11 16 2017


Meet Businessman Carl Wenger 2017


The Wenger farm and musem, Myerstown


Womans Club Christmas with Harmonia 2017


WWII Air Force pilot Bob Brocklehurst 11 16 2017


Ed Salada, South Lebanon, made a statement about phone service, trees, and cemeteries. 

Commissioners gave Children and Youth permission to hire an audit recommended accountant. 

Probation Chief Sally Barry reported that with additional State funds, her budget will increase by $6425 ($5575 towards two probation officers, and $850 towards operations and cell phones.)  Further, an expansion of eligibility for offenders not only covers levels 3 & 4 state sentenced prisoners, but now also includes level 2 offenders normally housed at the county jail.  Sally also told commissioners that 12 people are reporting to the Day Reporting Center, and it’s the President Judge's plan to send an additional 12 people per month over the course of the next year.  This means there should be 144 people in rehabilitation at this time next year—rather than in the prison.  This will include Domestic Relations violators.

Stifel 11 16 2017

Michael Battistelli and Brett Holland provided a pension plan update to the commissioners and Bob Mettley, all members of the Pension Board.  The balance stands at roughly $123M.  Battistelli and Holland also requested permission to move $10M from CS McKee to Confluence Investment Management, a Large Cap Value company with a strong investment history. 

Giving Tuesday 11 28 2017

Bob Mease asked commissioners to support Giving Tuesday with an “Unselfie.”  Five agencies will work together this year—Jubiliee Ministries, Lebanon Family Health, Lebanon County Christian Ministries, Lebanon Rescue Mission, Lebanon YMCA, and the United Way.  An event will be held at the Lebanon YMCA on November 28. 

Jamie Wolgemuth presented items for approval:

1)      Calvin Miller and Bob Arnold were appointed to the Conservation District Board.

2)     Commissioners provided Hotel Tax funds to three organizations:  Lebanon Rotary’s Bologna Fest $3500; Union Canal Park’s directional sign from Tunnel Hill Road for Lebanon Valley College’s track meet $650; and Coleman Park’s Christkindle Mart $1000.

At 1:50PM, Commissioners Ames and Litz sat as the Board of Assessment and Review to listen to eight appeals. 

Community YouTubes: 


Another Bank Barn Bites the Dust 11 9 2017


Cedar Haven workers still on strike


Harding Elementary Mural project 11 4 2017


Open House Bethel Township Lebanon County 11 18 2017


Making a Quilted Star 11 10 2017


Robert Bordner descendant of Dwight David Eisenhower 11 16 2017


Swatara Coffee Co opens in Jonestown 11 4 2017


Ultimate Frisbee College Tournament 11 10 2017


WWII Air Force pilot Bob Brocklehurst 11 16 2017

This is Lebanon County PA:


25 Years of Preserving Farms in Lebanon County PA 6 24 2017


Avenue of Flags at Fort Indiantown Gap National Cemetery 11 10 2017


Clarence Schock Memorial Park in Mt Gretna 11 3 2017


Barn to Barn update 10 28 2017


Bordner Cabin receives a fresh coat of stain 10 27 2017


Fall in Coleman Park Then and Now 11 2 2017


First Friday Art Walk in Downtown Lebanon 11 3 2017


Krall Barn Masonry complete 10 28 2017


Levitz Park in East Hanover Twp Lebanon County PA 9 10 2017


Monument Park ties to the Civil War 11 3 2017


Music in the Park, the Celtic Martins 6 18 2017


Progress on the Krall Barn 10 22 2017


Schaefferstown Harvest Fair 9 17 2017


Tour de Lebanon Valley


Union Canal Boat Rides on Sundays thru October 31


Union Canal Tunnel Park 1822 to 2017 five years shy of 200 years

11.2.2017 Commissioner Ames participated by speakerphone.

Weisnicht 11 2 2017

David Weisnicht reported on Back at the Gap.  Winds were recorded at 71 mph during a recent storm.  137 deer were harvested in archery season.  13,991 troops trained.


·         11.5 @ 2PM at the National Cemetery will be a Veteran’s Day program.  Bring your lawn chair. 


·         11.16 @8:30AM, Bob Brocklehurst, a WWII Army Air Corps veteran, will talk about his experiences at the MetEd Auditorium.


·         11.18 Change in command at FIG from Lt Col Robert Hepner Jr to Lt Col Lane Marshall

Larry Minnich 11 2 2017

Attorney Colleen Gallo accompanied Larry Minnich; a principal in Central Medical, to the commissioner’s meeting.  Because she helped an 80-year old woman without Internet to file a complaint with the Attorney General's Office, Minnich criticized Commissioner Litz.

Phyllis Holtry, Community Action Partnership, presented statistics for Medical Assistance Transportation:  4,019 consumers took 83,051 trips at a cost of $1,331,921.  30 approved drivers perform MATP services.  CAP is 100% reimbursed.

Further, Phyllis presented an $808.052 budget for Crisis Intervention at Philhaven.  County support totals $452,225 from MHIDEI, the Drug and Alcohol, Children and Youth, and CAP where we receive partial reimbursement.

Oliva Bingeman, reported on a $59,708.50 grant to treat and test mosquito larva, a fulltime job performed by Penn State Extension Agency.  Through blood testing, Penn State discovered a human positive case.  The individual had no symptoms.  Also, a change in the principal investigator from Leon Ressler to Sarah Cornelisse was approved.  Commissioners approved Penn State to perform the work for the County.

100th anniversary of Penn State

Stephanie Shirk received a proclamation for Penn State Extension celebrating their 100th Anniversary in Lebanon County.  Extension exists under the Smith Lever Act, US federal law that established a system of cooperative extension services connected to land grant universities.  Extension informs people about current developments in agriculture, home economics, public policy/government, leadership, 4-H, economic development, coastal issues, and many other related subjects. Extension helps farmers learn new agricultural techniques by the introduction of home instruction. (Wikipedia)

Red Shirt for the Homeless

Mike Ritter received a proclamation and shared the results of a Homeless count in Lebanon PA.  Many homeless couch surf, stay in cars....  2 homeless individuals were found on the streets, and 54 were in shelters.  November 17 everyone is asked to wear a red shirt in support of ending homelessness. 

Naloxone kits distributed by EMA

 EMA Director Bob Dowd introduced Joe Morales who will be in charge of tracking, distributing, and filing reports on 360 Naloxone kits for Lebanon County. Starting on November 15, first responders and others will receive their supplies from this central point.  For limited access, kits will be locked in a safe behind the secure walls at EMA.  No refrigeration is needed for the kits.

Prison Pharmacy will be Donough

Warden Robert Karnes and Coroner and prison doctor Jeff Yocum presented a plan to have Donough Pharmacy fill prescriptions for prisoners at the Lebanon County Correctional Facility.  Each plastic sleeve will be stamped with the prisoner’s name, a description of the enclosed medications, and other pertinent information.  Any unused drugs will be returned to Donough.  This procedure will free up time for nurses from filling the prescriptions.  Nurses will still dispense the medications.  It is expected to reduce errors as the process is mechanized at Donough.  The machine holds 200 different kinds of prescriptions, and a manual feed will allow the pharmacist to add pills not in the dispenser.  Overall, the County should save about $20,000 per year using this system.  Commissioners signed a 3-year contract.  Medications will be delivered to the prison five days per week, and Donough will assist with billing Medicare Part B and private pay inmate accounts. 

Community YouTubes: 


Cedar Haven residents consider nurses their family 10 21 2017


Danstation students perform at the Lebanon Valley Mall 10 21 2017


Lebanon Valley Massage 10 26 2017

This is Lebanon County PA:


Fall in Coleman Park Then and Now 11 2 2017


Clarence Schock Memorial Park in Mt Gretna 11 3 2017


Monument Park ties to the Civil War 11 3 2017


Bordner Cabin receives a fresh coat of stain 10 27 2017


Barn to Barn update 10 28 2017


Krall Barn Masonry complete 10 28 2017


Progress on the Krall Barn 10 22 2017


David Weisnicht reported on Back at the Gap.  A Transportation Center groundbreaking is in the works.  The center will house simulators and training aids for Pennsylvania, West Virginia and northern Maryland.


There will be a prescribed burn mid-November on 25 acres.  The burn will help to prevent accidental fires, and keep them on FIG property.  FIG has a $500 million economic value to the community. 


Training of troops is at capacity with 7500 occupancy.


Bow hunting season is open.  67 deer were harvested so far.  You can get tested for hunting safety and get permits online at 

Voter Registration 10 19 2017

Voter Registration Director Michael Anderson received permission to place required advertising in the Lebanon Daily News and Hummelstown Sun.  Listed will be hours and locations of polling places along with all of the candidate’s names and offices they are seeking.

George Christianson on a Union Township LERTA 10 19 2017

Attorney George Christianson presented a LERTA request for a parcel in Union Township.  Previously, both Union Township and Northern Lebanon School District approved an ordinance in support of the LERTA, which increases the assessed value to include infrastructure improvements like water, sewer, roads, and sidewalks that will be fully taxed.  New construction on the buildable lot will increase building assessments by 10% each year for 10 years.  Smith is the owner.  Centurium, Baltimore, Maryland is the builder.  Valuation is anticipated at $25/square foot, which would calculate to be a $10-million project that will provide jobs to the area.  George anticipates a combination manufacturing and warehouse space. 

Red Ribbon Week 10 19 2017

Drug and Alcohol Director Jim Donmoyer received a proclamation in support of Red Ribbon Week to bring awareness to students about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. 

Patrick Salmon Honeywell 10 19 2017

Patrick Salmon, Honeywell, presented cost savings to replace windows at the courthouse.  Due to failing windows that are frosted, two in the commissioner’s office alone, Commissioner Litz requested the study, which revealed a savings of $6000 per year.  While nothing to dismiss, this project would be a capitol project of about $450,000 with a payback of 60 years rather than a 10-year recapture that is the target of energy improvements.

United Way

United Way released a community impact study.  Kenny Montejo and Bob Hoffman presented copies of the Penn State study to commissioners, and provided an update on the 2017 campaign.  Bayer and other companies are covering the entire cost of administration.  Therefore, 100% of employee donations will go toward one of 22 programs: The United Way of Lebanon County funded programs: American Red Cross, Lebanon ChapterCompeer of Lebanon CountyHalcyon Activity CenterLebanon County Disaster Recovery GroupLebanon County Christian MinistriesBig Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital RegionDevelopmental and Disability Services of Lebanon Valley; @HopesEmergencyShelter; Pennsylvania Dutch Council, Boy Scouts of AmericaDomestic Violence Intervention (DVI) of Lebanon County, Inc.Lebanon County Library SystemGirl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania; @LiteracyCouncilofLancasterLebanon; @FinancialLiteracyProject; Quest, Inc.; KidsMobileMentoringProgram; SARCCSexualAssaultResourceandCounselingCenter; Lebanon YMCAMidPenn Legal ServicesSalvation Army of Lebanon, PAFreer Family Community Youth CenterPhoenix Youth Center; @SocialServices; @WellnessMembershipsandPrograms; P.R.O.B.E. - Potential Reentry Opportunities in Business & EducationYMCA Camp Shand.

Commissioner Litz sought input and ideas for the commissioners concerning a United Way celebration for employees at the conclusion of the campaign. Thank you to everyone for participating in the discussion. Here's a summary:
1. Get the forms out to employees ASAP. 
2. Do something for the employees--one-half day off or a gift certificate to a restaurant. Further, it could be a lunch at a locally owned restaurant where the employee could share an idea for better service or to cut costs. Then, commissioners could implement their idea.
3. I liked the idea of making it connected to United Way. Therefore, the suggestion for commissioners to serve half a day in service to one of the 22 charities was meaningful to her. For example, Compeer has a program for veterans. Hold a bingo party for them. We could be a Big Brother or Sister for a day; maybe serve a meal at LCCM; help a scout troop to earn a badge.... We could give the employee the option of both choosing the charity and serving alongside of us.

Commissioners committed to sponsoring five awards each, which will result in 15 employees receiving the option of either going to lunch with the commissioners or Commissioner Litz’s five employees could choose one of the 22 service organizations, and volunteer with her there for half of a day; or for Commissioners Ames and Phillips, throw pies in their faces. 

Would you fly a Lebanon County flag 10 19 2017

Lebanon County may soon have an official flag.  Commissioner Litz updated a logo used during the Bicentennial, and created prototype County flags.  Would you fly a county flag?  What size would interest you most?  Would you prefer the County seal verses a logo on the flag?


An MATP contract was approved for First Aid and Safety Patrol. 


Children and Youth revised a provider agreement with Evanco. 


Commissioners also approved a Child accounting and profile system overseen by CCAP for a State program that was breached.  Notifications were incorporated into the system.


Dave Warner received a resolution for a title search on 217 Weidman Street, a lot that the commissioners are purchasing.  Jamie Wolgemuth was also given authority to sign documents.


Commissioners approved a proclamation for Casey Emler, an Eagle Scout who built bat and bluebird boxes for Governor Dick Park.

Jon Fitzkee MPO Transportation Planner 10 19 2017

Metropolitan Planning Organization Transportation Planner Jon Fitzkee presents road and bridge projects to the Board, which consists of the three commissioners, Chamber of Commerce, Lebanon Transit, LVEDC, municipal representative, PennDOT, Federal Highway Administration….

Community YouTubes:


Warren Parks Sergeant Major 10 19 2017


Union Canal Boat Rides on Sundays thru October 31


Krall Barn at Union Canal Tunnel Park 10 15 20171


ABWA National Convention 2017


Prothonotarys Office filing to collect services by Township


David Sanko address the Township Supervisors in Lebanon PA 2017


Policeman John Baker on Meeting Safety


Hispanic Gala at HACC 2017


Union Canal Tunnel Park 1822 to 2017 five years shy of 200 years


Eagle Scout candidate Austin Long 10 8 2017


A Day Reporting Center opens in Lebanon PA 10 7 2017



David Weisnicht Back at the Gap 10.5.2017

David Weisnicht said that 132,000 troops were trained at Fort Indiantown Gap.  Another 4,000 troops received Warfighter 18 training, a command and control virtual simulation training exercise. 

Treasurer Sallie Neuin presented debt service payments for approval from the General Fund of:


$11,879.63 to the 2006 Bank Loan at Wellsfargo;


$347,586.16 to the 2008 Bank Loan at Wellsfargo;


$1,026,315 to the 2015 Bank Loan at Fulton Bank;


$861,331.25 to the 2015A General Obligation Bond at Fulton Financial; and


$24,667.78 to the 2016 General Obligation Bond at Fulton Financial.

Michael Anderson Election Ballot

Voter Registrar Michael Anderson returned with Lebanon Valley College intern Dustin Shepler for approval of sample ballots.  Michael also reviewed important Election dates with commissioners:  10.31 Absentee Ballot applications are due in his office; 11.3 voted absentee ballots must be in his office.  To meet the deadline, hand carry your application and/or ballot into the Voter Registration Office in the Municipal Building, 400 S 8th Street, Lebanon PA.

James Donmoyer Drug and Alcohol

Drug and Alcohol Director James Donmoyer presented a year-end report.  While over by $17,433, funds were covered with rent payments from White Deer Run.  There were 14 overdoses with two toxicology reports pending.  A DDAP agreement provides $26.5M in federal dollars for SURE grants of which $143,268 is coming to Lebanon County for use by 4.30.2018.  Further, $78,750 will be used to support the uninsured or underinsured with services. In 2018, the figure will be $78,750.

Probation John Shott

John Shott, from the Probation Department, explained a $235,000 pretrial diversion grant modification to cover Dr. Martha Thompson’s $4063 fee.

Olivia Bingeman, the West Nile Virus Coordinator for Penn State Extension, presented an amendment to the $60,208.99 grant.  Since she was hired around June, the unused salary was approved for purchase of a $25,255 pickup to replace a 15-year old truck.  There were 85 mosquito positives this year compared to 65 positives in 2016.  One human case is in Fredericksburg.  Accompanying Olivia was Matt Helwig from DEP.  Penn State Extension was also approved as grant administrator.  Also being planned is a tire collection.  In 2016, 67 people from 16 different townships turned in 346 tires for recycling. 

Children and Youth Director James Holtry presented $1,347,406.25 in third quarter invoices for approval.

MHIDEI Director Kevin Schrum presented $47,405 in contract amendments for approval.  He also announced that 20-years of Health Choices and Managed Care in PA allows resiliency for children, adults, and veterans, and resulted in savings of $16.4M statewide.  Lebanon partners with four counties in this program. 

Hotel Tax dollar grants for Tourism: 

Holiday Lights at Coleman Park


John Bower provided an overview of a CLA project to bring Holiday Lights to Coleman Park.  The CLA requested a 1-time donation of $50,000 to upgrade electricity at Coleman Park. 


A second Hotel Tax grant was approved for $2500 for the CLA to purchase balloon characters for the Holiday parade.


The City of Lebanon requested $500 to purchase historic markers about the Colemans and Brocks for Coleman Park.


Historic Schaefferstown requested an extension on their $12,500 grant through December 31 in order to add closed captioning to their DVD for airing on WITF.

Jamie Wolgemuth on Liquid Fuels, Appointments


$8200 in Liquid Fuels payments were approved for Cleona Borough.


Appointments to the Farmland Preservation Board were made:  Tim Sheffy, Harold Berkheiser, and Curtis Martin.


Robert Weidman was appointed as a MATP driver for CAP.


Commissioners approved ACT 137 Affordable Housing loans:

$500,000 to Housing Development Corporation, Lancaster for Fredericksburg’s Beech Run, a 60-unit project. 


 $375,000 to Community Homes for Willow Terrace.  A previous grant of $125,000 was approved to repair/replace elevators.

Community YouTubes:


Resurrection of the Krall Barn 10 4 2017


Wellspan at Hyman Kaplan Pavilion 2017


Cub Scout Pack 439 Permanently Retires Well Used Flags 2017


Georgie Mowery Wilson LA Blast Dance Instructor of the Year 2017


Record Year Training Troops at Fort Indiantown Gap

David Weisnicht updated commissioners with a Back at the Gap report.

Human Resources Director Michelle Edris

Human Resources Director Michelle Edris presents personnel requests to fill jobs.

absentee ballots and chain of custody of voting machines

Michael Anderson and LVC intern Dustin Shelper present absentee ballots for approval and request a temporary employee to help move voting machines Commissioner Litz preferred to train an in-house vetted employee to help ensure the chain-of-custody of the machines.  Protecting elections is a primary charge of commissioners.  Therefore, on a 2 to 1 vote, Litz voted against hiring someone unknown to the County.  Voter Registrar Anderson ensured commissioners he would ask for a background check.  Further, the machines are sealed.  WLBRs Gordon Weiss asked if there have been any cases of machine tampering.  Litz responded that she didn’t want Lebanon County to be the test case, which could end up mandating that the County hold an additional special election.


Doctor Rex Herbert


Robert Callahan on Dr. Rex Herbert


Resanovich comments on Dr. Rex Herbert

Honoring the good Doctor Rex Herbert for his caring and precision in orthopedic care serving veterans at the VA Hospital in Lebanon.  God bless him for his service.  Resanovich was appreciative of a hip replacement done by Dr. Herbert. 

Robert Callahan shares the history of the VA Hospital and 70 years

The Lebanon VA Medical Service is celebrating 70 years in the County.  Director Robert Callahan was on hand to receive a proclamation. 

Angie Foltz presented results of a Farmland Preservation hearing.  No neighbors objected to the farm going into preservation.  A few businesses asked if it would impact their operations.  It will not.  On a bargain basement $1 sale, George and Gloria Speck donated their 67 acre farm to the Farmland Preservation program. 

Stephanie Harmon reviewed the success of the Lebanon County Envirothon.  Commissioners appropriated $10,000 from Marcellus Shale grants to educate future stewards of our community.  101 students attended the Elementary Envirothon; 91 the Middle School Envirothon; and 119 the High School Envirothon.  Some schools require a minimum grade point average in order to participate.

DVI Proclamation with Jennifer Snyder

Jennifer Snyder received a proclamation for Domestic Violence Awareness month.

Dan Lyons CDBG Amendment for Myerstown Curb Ramps

Daniel Lyons, Lebanon County Redevelopment Authority, presented a revision to close out the 2012 Community Development Block Grant Program, which transferred $23,460.15 to the Myerstown Curb Ramps Replacement project

MHIDEI Parking Lot

Administrator Jamie Wolgemuth presented various topics for consideration:

At a cost of $55000, commissioners approved a purchase agreement with Michael Stoltz for a property located within the MHIDEI Building parking lot.  Commissioners agreed to use the parcel to expand parking and comply with storm water run-off requirements. 

Jamie Wolgemuth on Roz DiNicola Dan Wright and Georgie Wilson

Commissioners approved a $12,500 contract with Susquehanna Group Advisors to manage acquiring a $3M bond for the Honeywell project.

One disabled veteran was approved for real estate tax exemption.

Three proclamations were approved for:


Roz DiNicola who is retiring from the Area Agency on Aging;


Chief Detective Dan Wright who is receiving recognition from the Child Resource Center;


Georgie Mowery Wilson LA Blast Dance Instructor of the Year 2017

Georgie Mowery Wilson for earning the title of Dance Instructor of the Year for LA Blast at the YMCA, Lebanon Valley College, Dancstation, Maple Street Senior Center….


Cherie Prentice Brown and Dan Seamen demonstrated the Property Viewer for Lebanon County 9 13 2017

IT Director Danielle Hogg presented a New Website Platform for Lebanon County 9 13 2017, and informed commissioners that video tapes of most of the meetings over the last year did not record.

Community YouTubes


Available 1.4 acres on Route 422, Lebanon PA


Ann Thompson Vietnam Nurse


Staining the Bordner Cabin 9 18 2017


Schaefferstown Harvest Fair 9 17 2017


Rebuilding SW Playground in One Day 9 16 2017


James Hartman on Photographing the Union Canal


Pete Silldorff on Union Canal Tunnel Park in Lebanon PA


Maple St Senior Center Line Dance in Lebanon PA 9 13 2017


16th Nine Eleven Concert in Lebanon PA 9 11 2017


Levitz Park in East Hanover Twp Lebanon County PA 9 10 2017


LV Rail Trail S of Tunnel Hill Road 9 10 2017


Weisnicht Back at the Gap Training Troops 9 8 2017

David Weisnicht was on hand with a Back at the Gap report.  123,350 troops were trained to date this year.  A record setting 130,000 troops will be trained by the end of this year.  FIG is the most utilized military training center in the USA.  War fighter exercises are taking place. 

Based upon an audit recommendation, Children and Youth reclassified a vacant Fiscal Assistant position to an Accountant 1 position.  This is an 80% funded Civil Service position.

Det Wright on Precious Metals tracking

Chief Detective Dan Wright and District Attorney David Arnold were on hand to request permission to join with York County to track precious metals sold at buy and sell and second hand stores.  Buy-in is $14,000 with annual software maintenance fees of $200 for an online site available to all Lebanon County police departments.  Each store will enter their data in real time.  Funding will come from the drug forfeiture fund, not the County General Fund.  It is anticipated that this will become a regional database to help fight crime in southcentral PA.

Wenger on Bond Issue

Jay Wenger provided parameters of a bond issue for a Honeywell Energy audit, to be repaid through energy savings.  Commissioners adopted an ordinance that would allow for up to $3M of energy saving improvements.  Commissioner Litz inquired if this amount would include new windows for the courthouse. 

Holtry on coming in Under Budget

James Holtry, Children and Youth, presented both implementation and needs based budgets for his department.  The 2016-17 budget decreased by $1,154,715 because of Juvenile Probation being underspent in all four major service categories.  The 2017-18 budget is higher, but requires $79,985 less in County share based on the assumption that we will receive our full ACT 148 allocation. 

Chlorine Kits and Meters need replaced 9 8 2017

Robert Dowd and Verna were on hand to discuss a $121,348 Performance grant and a $17,546.75 grant to purchase replacement chlorine kits and meters.

Barry on Probation Grant

Sally Barry submitted a $193,314 Juvenile grant-in-aid application for approval. 

Commissioners approved distribution of four fixed liquid fuels allocations to: West Cornwall, $1976; East Hanover, $2801; Bethel, 5007; and North Annville $2381.

Next, commissioners approved a $628/month contract with Servicemaster to clean Central Booking, the holding cells, and Sheriff’s locker and restrooms.  These are duties previously performed by 33-year employee Tim Laush who retired.

Commissioners approved a proclamation for Tim Lausch for his 33 years of service.

Commissioners made three appointments to the Women’s Commission:  Beth Wise, Gina Boehler, and Jody Lazorcik.  Cheryl Umberger, Steffeny Feld, and Kelly Knerr’s term expired. 

For Community Action Partnership, James Miller, Philhaven and Central Medical were approved as Medical Assistance Transportation Partners.

Two 100% disabled veterans were exempted from real estate tax.

Commissioners granted a letter of support to North Lebanon Township to continue tree planting at Lenea Lenape Park with a $10,000 application through Marcellus Shale funds.

Commissioners approved a proclamation for Cornwall dentist, DDS Ronald Bernhardt who is retiring with 60 years of service to the area.

In the afternoon, commissioners sat as the Board of Assessment and review

Commissioners also attended the opening of Fairweather Lodge on Cumberland Street where six men will live with guidance for mental health.

USGS Baseline Groundwater Testing Program Request 9 6 2017

Commissioner Litz requested permission to work with Jamie Wolgemuth on hosting a countywide meeting with townships, boroughs, the Conservation District, Swatara Watershed Association, Quittapahilla Creek Watershed Assn, Lebanon Valley Conservancy, hospitals, water authorities, and other interested parties to listen to a proposal by USGS to conduct baseline groundwater testing of wells in rural areas of the county.  Permission was granted. 

LERTA Requested for Myerstown PA 9 7 2017

Myerstown requested a LERTA to include the entire borough—both commercial and residential units.  Other LERTAs only include commercial when jobs are being created.  No decision was made today. 

Community YouTubes


Available 1.4 acres on Route 422, Lebanon PA


USGS Baseline Groundwater Testing Program Request 9 6 2017


OVER THE EDGE for the Kids at Youth for Christ 8 26 2017


Rotary Golf Tournament 2017


Dave Eggert founder of Lebanon PA Over 40 8 17 2017


Ms PA Senior America Jo Ellen Litz Talent 2017


Viva la Rotary 8 15 2017


Julie Cheyney was given permission for Building Code Officer Robert Mease to work up to an additional 10 hours per week maximum, 5 hours at straight time, and 5 hours at over time. 

Commissioners also approved hiring of a Maintenance Mechanic for Maintenance Supervisor Steve Kline.

EMA Dowd and Verna

Gary Verna ad Bob Dowd presented a $1.7 Million regional Homeland Security Grant, which Dauphin County will administer.  Further, EMA was authorized to apply for a $10,000 pipeline grant to put towards a $12,280 purchase for off-network phones and hardware that won’t cause an explosion. 


 MHIDEIs Kevin Schrum and Holly Leahy presented information on Suicide Prevention Month, and received a proclamation.  In

Holly explained a “You Matter” campaign initiative where participants at local schools are provided with two wristbands, one for themselves and one to pass along to an acquaintance in the community who needs a lift.  The program starts 9.18, and runs through 9.22.17.


Further, Fair Weather Lodge is set to open where six adult men recovering with mental health will start a business or work to support the facility and each other.

Pension Fund

Mike Battistelli and Brett Holland presented a pension investment update to commissioners.  The balance in the account stands at $120,222,464 with 4.32% interest. 

Audit 2016

Mark Zettlemoyer and Alison Dowdrick presented the County 2016 Audit Report.

GLRA Recycling 1

Amy Mazzella di Bosco presented Household Hazardous Waste Grant application for education and door-to-door recycling.  The $59,961 grant is 80% funded by DEP (47,969), and matched by GLRA ($11,992). 

GLRA Recycling 2

Act 101 Reauthorization for Electronics recycling will sunset 12.31.19.  A new version from the Senate would have no sunset, but the House only wanted authorize a 1 year extension.  As a compromise, a 3-year authorization is requested.

Inwood Bridge

At the request of Jon Fitzkee and Song Kim, commissioners then passed Resolution #08-17-17 to accept continual ownership and maintenance responsibilities of the Inwood Iron Bridge at it’s new location on land donated by Chuck and Charlotte Allwein. In addition, a new planned bridge structure will be placed at the former truss site of the old Ironwood Bridge on roadway T-575 as part of PennDOT’s bridge replacement project MPMS #20328.  Construction of the new bridge should start on 2.6.2020 and be completed by 2021.  The two bridges will cost $5 million. 

Carol Davies AAA

Area Agency on Aging Director Carol Davies presented the Fiscal Year 2016-17 and 2017-18 Provider Contract Amendments at no additional County support. Carol also submitted a $9,226 contract amendment to close out the 2016 fiscal year.  Commissioners made two amendments to the 2017-18 contract as well as an amendment to Title 19 with the Department of Health Services DHS for nursing home transition services.  These steps will allow the State to transition to a new assessment and join Human Service.

Jamie Wolgemuth

Jamie presented about 40 MATP contracts for Private Drivers at Community Action Partnership. Further, fixed liquid fuels were awarded to:  Palmyra $7,320, South Lebanon $9,463, Heidelberg $4,069, and South Londonderry in the amount of $6,991.  Finally, commissioners were presented with four 100% disabled veterans for real estate tax exemption.

County Commissioners of PA Annual Conference:


PEMA Looking at 911 Center Consolidations 8 10 2017


Is it Legal or Ethical--You Decide 8 10 2017

Community YouTubes


Viva la Rotary 8 15 2017


Dave Eggert founder of Lebanon PA Over 40 8 17 2017


Ms PA Senior America Jo Ellen Litz Talent 2017


Tucker Hull attorney at law opens in Annville 8 15 2017


Back at the Gap with Weisnicht

David Weisnicht provides regular reports on Fort Indiantown Gap. 

Barb Smith requests camera for Passport Photos

On a 2 to 1 vote, Prothonotary Barb Smith was granted permission to purchase a $2700 camera with $2000 annual maintenance and film expenses in order to take passport photos at the courthouse.  Barb says she will make $15-20,000 annually for the County.  Commissioner Litz said that if the service is provided by local businesses, then government should not be providing this service.

Commissioner Ames chose to tie the sale of Cedar Haven into the conversation questioning why Commissioner Litz would support keeping Cedar Haven.  He probably forgot that the County is charged with taking care of the poor, and Cedar Haven was mostly for people who didn't have resources to pay higher fees.  Over 300 beds were Medicaid.

Disabled Veterans exempted from Real Estate Tax

Administrator Wolgemuth presented two disabled veterans for real estate tax exemption.

Kelly Withum on Main Street Program for the City of Lebanon

Kelly Withum presented a request for a letter of support for the City of Lebanon to apply for a Main Street Program that would give preference to the City when applying for grants.  Kelly is painting a positive image for the City by identifying and addressing trouble areas for litter, then installing trash cans; creating community seating near the Lebanon Farmers Market​, working on friendlier zoning....

Jim Holtry Children and Youth

Jim Holtry presented contracts for Lancaster County Detention at $305.45 and Secure Shelter at $191.76 per day.  Jim also explained data sharing or electronic communications being established with the State.

Kevin Schrum and Holly Leahy on losing 3 beds at Wernersville State Hospital

Kevin Schrum and Holly Leahy said that the State needs more forensic beds to treat mentally ill criminals.  As a result, the State requested Lebanon County to give up three beds at Wernersville State Hospital.  Through CHIPP, Lebanon County would receive a minimum of $105,000 per bed as an annual reimbursement to treat non-forensic patients in the community.  We can double the number of people we serve to six.  We would contract with a provider, not create more bricks and mortar.  Bottom line, Lebanon County will go from 29 to 26 beds available at Wernersville.  If we don't cooperate, the beds could be seized without reimbursement.  Commissioners also approved the 2018 Human Services Plan. 

Community YouTubes


Ms Pennsylvania Senior America Pageant 7 30 2017  Ambassador Award for Lebanon County


Rail Trail is coming between North and West Lebanon Twps 7 25 2017


Ken Egge Master Pilot and Wright Brothers Award Recipient 7 30 2017


Shrek at Lebanon Community Theater


Timeless Cafe Re Opens on S 8th St , Lebanon 7 2017


Middleton PA Fish and Boat Commission Launch 7 24 2017


1 Williams Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline, Cindy Ivy, in Lebanon PA 8 2 2017


2 Williams Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline in Lebanon PA 8 2 2017


3 Williams Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline in Lebanon PA 8 2 2017


4 Williams Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline in Lebanon PA 8 2 2017


5 Williams Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline in Lebanon PA 8 2 2017


6 Williams Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline in Lebanon PA 8 2 2017


7 Q&A with Williams Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline in Lebanon PA 8 2 2017



DaviIf d Weisnicht stated that over 110,000 troops have been trained at Fort Indiantown Gap thus far this year.  700 people enjoyed the butterfly walk.  A 28-mile Extreme Sport event will take place on September 16.  The 6th annual March for the Fallen, a 14-mile event will also take place.  Exercises in live fire and exercises at Muir Air Field continue.

Sallie Neuin requested $4,711.12 to purchase a printer for the Controller’s office to print personnel related forms like W2s and paychecks.

Sally Barry

Sally Barry, Parole Chief, presented a Grant-in-Aid request.

Betsy Bowman on Community Homes and Brothers Grocery

Elizabeth Bowman, Redevelopment Authority Director, presented an Act 137 Grant Request for a Community Homes Elevator,  Commissioners awarded $125,000 of a $250,000 request in the form of a grant.  Total cost of the elevator is $378,000.  Commissioners receive about $20,000 per month for housing with a balance of $1.6M.  Community Homes will be returning to borrow funds to renovate Washington Arms.

Further, Commissioners approved a letter of support for a $600,000 loan through the Community First Fund to Brothers Grocery owner Aaron Camara.  Repayment will be at 2% on the 13,000sq' facility between 9th & 10th Streets, and provide 30 full-time and 21 part-time jobs.

Honeywell resolution

Jay Wenger presented a resolution to self fund advances to Honeywell Energy Savings Projects to qualify for tax exempt financing, which can be reimbursed with proceeds from a bond issue when implemented.  To date, no Honeywell contract has been signed.

Dan Seaman

Dan Seaman, Assessment Chief, presented five disabled veterans for real estate tax exemption.    Commissioners also approved two assessment appeals.

Robert Dowd and Gary Verna presented a 3-year $8,907 Transcar Exercise grant for approval.  The 80/20 grant trains first responders on safety….

Kathy closing Mount Gretna Historic Piers

In closing, Kathy Kirby presented a tourism grant request from Mount Gretna Historical Society to renovate the piers at the entrance to the community.

Community YouTubes


Zion Church Water Camp in Jonestown PA


Mattel Opens in Logistics Park with Ryder handling deliveries


Jeanne and Ed Arnold Health Professionals Pavilion at LVC 7 2017


Terry Madonna on Trumps 1st 6 Months


The K Kids


Sue Werner Chairs the 4H Lebanon Area Fair


Harry Bachman Shares the History of the 4H Lebanon Area Fair


Oh Say Can You See


Senator Bob Casey Visits IU13 in Lebanon PA


Domencic, Richards address Senator Casey at Lebanon IU13


Angela Wilhelm shares Jack's Story on Medicaid Needs


Devan Yiengst shares Michael and Aaron's Story on Medicaid Needs


Gwen Wenger shares Emma's Story on Medicaid Needs


Ryan Pelton 7 8 2017


Swatara Food & Brew Weekend July 14-16, 2017


Weisnicht Back at the Gap - Duration- 2 minutes, 27 seconds

David Weisnicht reported on Back at the Gap.

Human Services Director Michelle Edris presented commissioners with a November 12, 1964 Civil Service Commission agreement, which commissioners rescinded for the Emergency Management Agency.

Commissioners hired William Wertz as a part-time door monitor for Building Security.

Sallie Neuin presented a request to open a new bank account at First National Bank of PA to accommodate the new Human Services Block Grant fund of $4.5 million for MHIDEI, CAP, Drug & Alcohol….

James Holtry, Children and Youth Director, presented Service Provider Contracts and a Northampton County Detention Facility contract for approval.

Firestone on Locust St Bridge - Duration- 3 minutes, 5 seconds

Dennis Firestone reviewed a low bid of $310,251 from Mar-Allen to repair the South Locust Street Bridge in Myerstown.  The firm is from Ephrata, and when completed, the bridge will have the same appearance as the historic bridge.  Construction will start August 27 or sooner. 

Wolgemth on Bond Rating - Duration- 28 minutes

Jamie Wolgemuth reviewed a recently released Standard and Poors A Bond Rating for Lebanon County.

At a cost of $26/day with a $40/day minimum, Jamie also presented a contract with DB Fisher Transportation for Renova Center clients to be transported to EARS.  The charge is 25-cents more than last year. 

Commissioners awarded Fixed Liquid Fuel funds to municipalities:  Millcreek $3892; North Lebanon $11,429; Myerstown $3062; Jonestown $1905; Swatara $4555; and Mt. Gretna $196. 

Community YouTubes


2017 Lebanon County U12 Girls Softball Champs - Duration- 6 minutes, 53 seconds


25 Years of Preserving Farms in Lebanon County PA 6 24 2017 - Duration- 6 minutes, 36 seconds


Music in the Park, the Celtic Martins 6 18 2017 - Duration- 2 minutes, 49 seconds


Bell & Evans the 1st Organic Hatchery 6 22 2017 - Duration- 11 minutes


Music's Grand Re Opening 6 22 2017 - Duration- 91 seconds


Swatara Creek Paddling History, Geology, Camping, Wildlife and more - Duration- 88 seconds


River Rally for Clean Water 6 18 2017 - Duration- 2 minutes, 22 seconds


Weisnicht 6 15 17 - Duration- 2 minutes, 4 seconds

David Weisnicht presented his Back at the Gap report. 


With 94,000 troops passing through FIG already this year, it's a banner year for training our service men and women. 


Butterfly tours are coming up June 30 and July 1, 7, & 8.  Meet at the recreation center at Fisher Avenue and Asher Miner Road. 


Loud mortar fire training will take place June 13-21 and Field Artillery from the 26th-29th. 

Penn State Fellow Tara Mondock - Duration- 69 seconds

Penn State is restructuring, and Stephanie Shirk brought Tara Mondock, Associate Director of Client Relations, to the meeting.  Tara will be the new "fellow" for the County Commissioner's Association of PA. 

Treasurer Sallie Neuin received permission for staff to work up to five extra hours to process doe licenses.  She also presented a request to open a new bank account with First National Bank of PA to process taxes collected for West Lebanon Township. 

As she retires Mercedes is honored by Judge Tylwalk and commissioners - Duration- 3 minutes, 5 seconds

Judge Tylwalk brought Mercedes, a 27-year employee, to the commissioner's meeting where she received a proclamation from the Lebanon County Commissioners.  Mercedes worked under three District Judges.  We wish her well in her retirement. 

Kevin Schrum MHIDEI 6.16.2017 - Duration- 9 minutes, 8 seconds

Kevin Schrum, Director of MHIDEI stated that Lebanon County received Block Grant status on June 13.  He also updated commissioners on Fair Weather Lodge.  Finally, Kevin received approval for an Operating Agreement, Provider contracts that increased by 1.25% and 16 Amendments totaling $78,213.  No additional County funds are sought.  Kevin does not know how the State budget will impact his budget. 

James Donmoyer, Director of Drug and Alcohol, presented Provider Contrasts and a Budget Summary representing a 1.15% increase for approval.  With 80 beds, Teen Challenge in Rehrersburg is a new provider for Adult Detox and Rehab.

Chief Detective Dan Wright presented a $25,000 Impaired Driving Grant for DUI checkpoints; Cops in Shops to deter underage drinking; as well as Roving Patrols. 

Carol Davies, Director of the Area Agency on Aging, presented 44 presented provider contracts, amendments and budget information.  Carol also received appointment of Evelyn Sites and James Schucker to fill the 15-member Area Agency on Aging Board. 

Roman Shahay, Director of Renova Center, said that most contracts will remain the same.  Unfortunately, a contract with DB Fisher was not received.

James Holtry, Director of Children and Youth, presented third quarter invoices of $1,335,841.70 for approval.

Nicole Eisenhart, District Attorney’s office, presented RASA and VOJO grants for approval. 

Steifel Nicholas recommends managers for Pension Fund - Duration- 9 minutes, 45 seconds

To further diversify our pension portfolio, Brett Holland and Mike Battistelli recommended two new managers, Nuveen Asset Management for Small Cap, and Legg Mason for Large Cap Growth.

Wogelmuth 6 15 2017

Jamie Wolgemuth presented:


1.      MCM Consulting Group contract for EMA;


2.      Community Development Contract amendment for Human Services Development Fund contract of $89,800 for Crisis Center Intervention and Referral;


3.      MATP drivers were approved;


4.      Liquid Fuels allocations for Richland $1,519; Annville $4,767; Jackson $8,163; and West Lebanon Township $781;


5.      Two Disabled Veteran requests for real estate tax exemption were approved; as well as


6.      A 25th anniversary Farm Preservation proclamation.

Penn DOT Connect - Duration- 22 minutes

At 11:30AM, commissioners met with members of the MPO—Metropolitan Planning Organization. During the MPO meeting, we learned that PennDOT Connect is more than potholes.  It's all about planning--Bike to Work, Green Infrastructure, Community Health, Utilities...  Funding will be available.

At 1:30PM, commissioners sat as Board of Assessment and Revision to hear to appeals. 

Community YouTubes


Ritchie's Buy and Sell 2017 - Duration- 78 seconds


Juke Box at the EXPO 2017 - Duration- 5 minutes, 53 seconds


Elvis at the EXPO 2017 - Duration- 6 minutes, 25 seconds


AC Class of 2017 - Duration- 106 seconds


LV Expo Sign dedicated 6 06 2017 - Duration- 10 minutes


Tiffany Hogg Robotics 6 06 2017 - Duration- 2 minutes, 31 seconds


Tour de Lebanon Valley - Duration- 104 seconds


Over 40 @ the Hilltop Playground Dance 6 03 2017 - Duration- 2 minutes, 4 seconds


Joyce Dissinger on 69 Years at the Street Fair 6 03 2017 - Duration- 6 minutes, 45 seconds


Royal Oaks Wine 6 03 2017 - Duration- 3 minutes, 23 seconds


Alexis Mark Dance - Duration- 29 seconds


Weisnicht Back at the Gap

David Weisnicht returned with an update on Back at the Gap.  Troops from all branches of the service are trained at Fort Indiantown Gap.

Pipelines Quittie Creek

Mike Schroeder and Ann Pinca returned to update commissioners on their training with Delaware Riverkeepers to monitor pipelines in Lebanon County.  Since they took a train-the-trainer course, they are prepared with videos and PowerPoints to train others who are willing to respect the law and property rights as they monitor installation of the Sunoco and Atlantic Sunrise pipelines in Lebanon County.  They also talked about restoration of the 98% impaired Quittapahilla Creek and the Garbage Museum.

Penn State Rep

Penn State will now have a regional representative servicing Agricultural Power House counties like Lebanon County along with other counties in the breadbasket-of America:  Lancaster, Berks, Chester, and Schuylkill.

Third Honeywell Energy Audit for the County of Lebanon

In 1999 Honeywell first audited energy and received a 10-year contract to upgrade lighting in the Lebanon County courthouse.  Among other things, over 20 years, the second audit improved water usage at Cedar Haven, the prison, and some at the courthouse.  The third audit proposes to once again upgrade lighting to LED, more water conservation at the prison…over 20 years.  The total bond issue at 3.4% is $2,483,100.  In addition to guaranteeing that the County will recoup this money, we should see an additional cash flow of $373,686

For energy conservation and the environment, Commissioner Litz also asked for serious evaluation of Window Solutions to replace windows (some of them visibly failing) that have been in place since construction of the courthouse.  This investment is recaptured in as little as 3 years or up to 7 years, depending upon the type of windows installed.  Benefits include environmental, safety from shattering, comfort of employees—keeping heat in and cold out in winter, and heat out and cool air in during the summer months; as well as improved building appearance.  Patrick Salmon has been with the County of Lebanon through all three audits.

Carol Davies presented $39,059 in contract amendments to the budget for Area Agency on Aging.  The changes do NOT impact the County budget. 

First Aid and Safety Patrol received a proclamation for EMS week.  FASP responds to 28,000 calls annually.  They have been recognized by Life Lion for their CPR education and given a Gold+ award for responding with their quick access Cath Lab within 5 minutes.  The expectation is a 10-minute response. 

Actuarial Pension Report 6 01 2017

Controller Bob Mettley gave his interpretation of the actuarial report on the pension plan.  The ARC payment is $2,627,000, but would be reduced to $900,000 annually if the pension is fully funded rather than at the current 85.3%.  Afterwards, Commissioner Ames talked about his part in the process.  The other side of the coin includes::


Commissioners Ames & Phillips’ voted to SELL CEDAR HAVEN;


Put $7.1M into a RESERVE account rather than pay down the remaining $21M pension deficit or return the money to taxpayers; &


Their simultaneous vote to raise real estate property TAXES by 30%.

Wolgemuth Misc

Administrator Jamie Wolgemuth presented:


From North Cornwall and Cornwall Boro, Liquid Fuels fixed allocations for approval.


An inner-municipal agreement between the County and Lebanon School District to have the Treasurer’s office collect taxes for West Lebanon Township.


Results of a Standard and Poors review is eminent.  Currently, the County’s rating is BBB+.


A PCORP Risk Pool loss control Ap addresses safety and prevention with grants up to $15,000 with no match.  The Safety Committee reviewed possible improvements.  The AOPC approved transfer of carry-over funds from uninstalled bullet proof glass at Probation to purchase x-ray machines for the courthouse.  At a cost of $2593, mobile free-standing petitions will also be purchased for use by Sheriff Klinger during Call of the List in the auditorium, allowing the hallway to be able to be sectioned off.  Next, the Senior Center lot will be re-lined in the fall on the south end.  At a cost of $3890 for MHIDEI, concrete pads along 160' of Lehman Street will be raised.  Finally, a safety inspection of the Rhine Building revealed records stored on a top shelf were being retrieved via a small stool.  $1000 will help to anchor the shelves to the walls and purchase taller ladders to reach the records.  Next year, this grant will go up to $20,000. 



Mental Health First Aid

Jane Miller teaches a course on Mental Health First Aid.  Just like regular First Aid, the Good Samaritan clause protects individuals administering Mental Health First Aid.  She proposed to train County employees to better respond to the public and co-workers enduring stress.  One in four people need mental health services in their lifetime.



Community Homes Elevator 5.24.2017 

Charlie Rush, Community Homes of Lebanon Valley, asked commissioners for a loan to replace the elevator at Willow Terrace.  Commissioners will consider the request, but said that normally, loans are made so that money revolves back into the fund to be lent out again at low interest to improve the community.  About $15,000 per month is collected from real estate transactions.

Community YouTubes



Leitzels, the Jewelry Store for Generations 6 01 2017


Salon Element, 900 Hauck St, Lebanon PA 5 31 2017


Big Daddy's Ribs and Wings 5 23 2017


Chamber of Commerce Business Awards, Lebanon PA 5 31 2017


Chippy's Ice Cream...5th & Cumberland Sts , Lebanon 5 30 2017

Memorial Day Weekend:


William Carpenter Silver Star Recipient 5 29 2017


Annville Cleona Middle & High School Band 5 27 2017


CCHS Band in the Lebanon Memorial Day Parade 5 29 2017


Back at the Gap 5 18 2017

David Weisnicht, Fort Indiantown Gap, shared updates about training through May 21, exploding ordnance May 22 & 26, and a Chamber breakfast on May 23.  Answering a question, he stated that flights can be daily between the hours of 7AM and Midnight. 

Meet a True Miracle Child 5 18 2017

Rik & Andrew Rhoade represent the 445 Foundation, and received a proclamation for Miracle Child Week.  Since their inception, they have raised $105,000.  They encourage viewers to watch WGAL TV8 on June 5 between 6-8PM to see a live broadcast.  Tyler, a Miracle Child, also spoke about the services he’s received. 

Pension Update 5 18 2017

Brett Holland and Mike Battistelli—Stifel Nicolaus, updated commissioners on the pension fund.  Brad Baker, Sovereign Asset Management explained how managing 14% of the County pension plan, they choose companies that use Aps for Millennials to grow their businesses—McDonalds, Starbucks, Exxon…

Nurse and Hospital Week VA Philhaven WellSpan 5 18 2017

WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital and Philhaven as well as the Veterans Administration Hospital were on hand for proclamations for both nurses and hospital week.

Salvation Army 5 18 2017

Captain Ernesto Portillo and Terry Weaver received a National Salvation Army Week proclamation.  The Salvation Army has served Lebanon County since 1896.

Sally Barry 5 18 2017

Sally Barry recently received a regional award from her peers.  Congratulations, Sally.  She also presented a Crossroads Grant request, which reduces the budget by $138,739, and does not increase County share.  Sally explained how this successful program treats people, avoiding incarceration, reducing recidivism, and saving taxpayers large sums of money in the process.

Commissioners awarded 3 MATP contracts.

Disabled Veteran Real Estate Tax Exemptions 5 18 2017

Disabled Veterans were given real estate tax relief. 


  1. 1.      East of town, in addition to purchasing County owned land, Aspen Developer wants to buy the Driver’s Center, improve road access and make other updates, then lease the Center back to the State.  Approximately 8 acres will be developed, but the wetland will be preserved. 

  2. 2.      Commissioners provided a letter of support endorsing the Center for Traffic Safety to reduce accidents on our roadways.

  3. 3.      Commissioners awarded 2 fixed allocations for Liquid Fuels funds to S Annville $6991 and N Londonderry $8068 Townships.

  4. 4.      Locust Street Bridge, which is 200 years old, over a swale, and less than 20’ long, between 501 and Race Street in Jackson Township, is sinking. A DEP permit, endangered species study…, has been completed.  Commissioners will use $283,050 in Act 44 (I80 toll funds) and $84,000 from Act 89 Marcellus funds to repair the bridge.  The bridge will be closed through November 1. 

PCS won the appeal on a zoning hearing decision to run a Day Reporting Center.  The City has the option to appeal the decision to the Commonwealth Court. 

Sanctuary List started as a PAC 5 18 2017

Lebanon County follows the law, which currently requires a warrant to detain illegal immigrants.  Lehigh County was sued for detaining an American Citizen.  The courts then said a detainer is not sufficient, and required a warrant to arrest and place an illegal immigrant in prison.  Federal facilities for this purpose are located in York PA and Newark NJ.  Each year, Lebanon County arrests about 50 illegal immigrants who have committed a crime in Lebanon County, and our local courts hear these cases.  Lebanon County cooperates with ICE, which is documented by thousands of emails and phone calls.  The "list" is misleading and inaccurate.  A PAC in Ohio started the Sanctuary List.  By design, PACs are created to influence the outcome of elections.  Therefore, yesterday's prison board vote was a bit of saber rattling.  As in the Lehigh County case, the courts will decide the outcome of this, not us.  When housed in Lebanon County, our real estate tax payers are footing the bill for food, clothing, shelter and medical care.  Rightly, if illegal immigrants are not charged in Lebanon County, they should go straight to the federal facilities. 

CLA State of the County


Commissioners on Attracting Businesses 5 17 2017


Commissioners on What Needs to be Done 5 17 2017


Commissioners Cedar Haven Update 5 17 2017


Commissioner Accomplishments 5 17 2017


Commissioner Liaison Assignments 5 17 2017

Community YouTubes


Foster Parents of the Year 5 15 2017


Fallen Police Prayer 5 15 2017


Ryan's Garage 5 11 2017


Lebanon Valley College Commencement 5 13 2017


A Taste of ELCO ROCS 5 15 2017


ELCO Jazz Band 5 15 2017


Jane Miller Entertains the Womans Club of Lebanon 5 13 2017


Lebanon Senior Singers @ the 50+ Festival 2017


Eric Kearns at the 50+ Festival 2017


Swatara Sojourn 5 6 & 5 7 2017


90 volunteers needed to mentor soldiers with USO

David Weisnicht shared that being a USO volunteer is like being a mentor, parent, or grandparent to a soldier away from home.  90 volunteers are needed for their peek season, which is coming up shortly when 9500 troops will be on the installation at Fort Indiantown Gap.

Union Contract for nonprofessional Court Employees

Human Resources Director Michelle Edris reads highlights of the court related nonprofessional union contract.  Deputies were working under the terms of their old contract.  The new contract is retroactive. 

Probation grants

Audrey Rakow and John Shott present Probation Grant in Aid and Supervision Fund contracts for approval.  From collected funds, 50% are turned over to the State for eventual return, well some of the funds are returned.  While reimbursements are supposed to be 80%, we don’t know how much we’ll actually get back from the State. Of $1M requested last year, the County was reimbursed $77,000.

For Fulton Bank, commissioners passed a resolution to create an Escrow Improvement fund to deposit developer fees collected in cash in lieu of developers posting a bond for subdivided lots. 

Commissioners approved amendment #10 for the Collaborative Behavioral Health Choices Agreement.

Further, commissioners approved an annual letter granting the Lebanon County Historical Society $20,000 in operational costs and certifying them as Lebanon County’s official Historical Society. 

Commissioners approved appointment of Jane Schott Yorty and Dr. Elishka Muhiire to the Commission for Women.

Appointments State Budget and more

The State is short $800M, and to balance their budget, in many cases, wants to cut mandated county services to zero.  It's up to the commissioners to share how such cuts will impact the county, then trickle back up to the State. 

Approved Proclamations:


Sertoma Award


National Foster Care Month (requested by a Reading children’s home from all counties).


National Police week May 15.

Community YouTubes


Day of Prayer on the Courthouse Steps 2017


Celebrating Volunteers @ the Area Agency on Aging 2017


Law Day or May Day 2017


2017 Lebanon Valley Conservancy Awards


Penny Fertig Crafts 706 Cumberland


Teaching Garden at Lebanon Middle School


Back at the Gap 4 20 2017

David Weisnicht:  Back at the Gap.  An informational meeting will take place May 23 at 7:30AM.

Elections with Michael Anderson

Board of Elections:  Voter Registrar Michael Anderson, and the Election Board consisting of Commissioners Phillips and Litz and Judge Charles approved sample ballots.  A $38,000 base agreement to prepare ballots was also approved.

Bethel LERTA

Timothy Horstmann, McNees, Wallace, and Nurick LLC, received approval for a LERTA originally approved in 2013.  An amendment to the agreement preventing appeals of the assessed value, and extending the agreement by 3 years, was accepted.  An out-of-state firm will be occupying an existing 800,000 sq’ building, and adding 200,000 sq’.    Hundreds of jobs will be added.

Probation Finances with John Shott

John Shott, Probation, presented an $11,122 grant application for equipment including 7 scanners, 4 security cameras for the hallways, and 6 taser battery packs. 

HazMat with Verna and Dowd

"Every day there is transportation of hazardous substances within Lebanon County, either by highway or freeway or by rail."                             The HazMat Team has grown from 6 to 30 members with 2 specialists and 25 technicians, all volunteers, along with staff.  EMA Director Bob Dowd and HazMat Chief Gary Verna presented:


A request for reimbursement;


Approval of a HazMat Response Report where new LEPC Board members will require commissioner approval, and 3 more SARA facilities were identified bringing the total to 52;


A $1000 grant to cover the cost of the Hebron Fire Hall with food for a Table Top Exercise at 6:30PM on 4.16 focusing on 8th Street and the railroad where 4 schools are within a 1-mile radius; and


A $15,067 Training Grant to calibrate equipment, upgrade decontamination showers….  

Purchasing with Dennis Firestone

Purchasing agent Dennis Firestone presented two job orders for LoBar Construction to complete renovations at the Probation Department.  Construction will cost $224,021.91 with an additional $9,382.70 to comply with State mandated purchasing requirements.  The President Judge will pay for the upgrades with his discresionary funds.

MISC with Jamie Wolgemuth

Administrator Wolgemuth presented items for approval:


1 disabled veteran for real estate tax exemption;


First, DCED will perform financial monitoring next week.  Next, a Redevelopment Authority request for $225,000 from the Trust Fund to continue the ACCESS Program with $75,000 for persons with disabilities ($6,000 maximum/property); and to create two programs, one a senior home repair/modification program with $75,000 to install ramps, stair glides, bathing facilities…; and the other an emergency repair program with $50,000 for income eligible County residents to obtain a no interest loan applying a lien against the property.  A small amount is included for operational costs.  25-30 households are projected to be assisted with these funds. 


Appointment of Jason Kratzer to the Board of Lebanon Transit;


A letter of support for Jonestown Borough to acquire a $40,000 Community Development Block Grant from DCNR to stone dust their Park trail;


A resolution certifying $107,032 in local match for Lebanon Transit; and


A Maximus renewal contract for $13,075 in years 1 &2, and $15,450 in year 3.

Community YouTubes

Dr. Joyce Davis, CEO, World Affairs Council


Back at the Gap and the USO

David Weisnicht returned with Jenna Price, a representative from the Pennsylvania Liberty USO.  She is looking for volunteers to help serve hundreds of service men and women daily at Fort Indiantown Gap.  Also at FIG, over 300 controlled burns have taken place, and there are 687 burns to go. 

Treasurer Neuin on Bond payments and State Visits on Dog Licenses

Treasurer Sallie Neuin pays interest and principle on Bonds for the County, and lets people know when the State will be visiting to check if people have dog licenses for their pets.  It’s time.  They’ll be here April 24.

Sallie will get back to commissioners on amounts for both a 2006 and 2008 Bank Loan Fund at Wells Fargo.  Three bond and loan payments were outlined in detail:

  1. Series 2011 General Obligation Bond at Fulton Bank for $19,932.05;

  2. A 2015 Bank Loan Fund at Fulton Bank for $85,720.67; and

  3. A 2015A General Obligation Bond at Fulton Bank for $56,331.25.

Human Resources Director Michelle Edris presented a request from Warden Karnes to eliminate 8 part-time LPN positions to create 3 full-time LPN positions at 80 hours biweekly at the prison.

Voter Registrar Michael Anderson on Absentee Ballots

Voter Registrar Michael Anderson informs commissioners that Absentee Ballots can be picked up in his office no later than May 9th at 5PM.  Post mark dates don’t count for civilians.  There are other conditions for military personnel.  The Honorable Judge Charles is serving on the Election Board along with Commissioners Phillips and Litz. 

Governor Dick Boardwalk should be completed in late 2018

It’s time to bid the 500’ Boardwalk at Governor Dick. With a concrete segment, there will be 700’ of smooth surface.  SICO matched DCNR funds for this project.  Also, with a $7500 grant from Marcellus funds, a new 10-year CAP Forrest Management Plan has been completed for Governor Dick by Barry Rose, Forrest Regeneration Services. has more information.

Jenny Murphy Shifflet has Served the Community for years

Jenny Murphy Shifflet has been at the helm of SARCC—Sexual Assault and Resources Counseling Center for years.  She received a proclamation promoting being an active participant and intervener in stopping sexual assault.  Jennie will be retiring from her position in the near future.  We wish her all the best. 

Beth Hoch on Crime Victims Rights Week

Beth Hoch, joined by District Attorney Dave Arnold, discussed the Victim Witness Assistance program, and received a proclamation for Crime Victim’s Rights Week in Lebanon County.  The message to victims is strength, resilience, justice.  475 families have been served in Lebanon County.

Dan Seaman with Veterans Real Estate Tax Exemption

Chief Assessor Dan Seaman presented seven veteran’s exemptions from real estate tax for approval.  These veterans have been 100% disabled due to their service.

LVRT and Fair Weather Lodge

Dennis Firestone recommended a bid award of $274,644 to Barwis Construction for the Lebanon Valley Rail Trail.  Then, three bids were received for Fair Weather Lodge on Cumberland Street in the City of Lebanon.  The winning bid is $209,207.12.  The Lodge should open on July 1, 2017. 

For approval, Kevin Schrum presented twelve contracts with total changes of $91,827.

TMI Emergency Plan Updated

EMA Director Robert Dowd and presented a revised TMI plan to commissioners for approval.  The plan updates shelter locations on four pages in the document.

Bus Shelters coming to mark bus pickup locations

Jon Fitzkee presented a license agreement for bus shelters to service Lebanon Transit. Penn DOT is using Lebanon County as a pilot to site shelters to try to simplify the process.  What seems simple, takes property owner permission, municipality requirements, engineer drawings…..  At least one shelter will adjoin the Lebanon Valley Rail Trail on Hanford Drive in Lebanon Valley Rails Business Park behind Lebanon Valley Mall, and and another will be at 12th and Walnut Streets.  In addition to marking bus pickup points, riders will have shelter in inclimate weather. 

Under old business, Assistant Administrator Kathleen Kirby presented a request from the Lebanon County Historical Society for a letter of support for a DCNR grant to install ADA walkways and parking, replace the boat dock, install bike racks…around the Krall barn at Tunnel Hill Park. 

Finally, commissioners reappointed David Paxon to the Drug and Alcohol Board. 


David Weisnicht on Snow Storm Stella Back at the Gap

David Weisnicht, Fort Indiantown Gap, stated that the PA National Guard activated 700 troops to assist with Snow Storm Stella….

Ann Pinca, Pipeline Awareness, reviewed the status of the Sunoco Mariner East and Atlantic Sunrise pipelines.  March 23 is the hearing where eminent domain cases will be heard in Williamsport.  Appeals are pending in court for 105 and 102 permits that were issued on February 14, 2017.  Commissioner Phillips stated that he did not approve of promoting civil disobedience at meetings held in the courthouse.  Pinca responded that Lancaster, not Lebanon, has such plans.  Members will hold the next meeting of Pipeline Awareness at the Mt. Gretna Fire Hall on April 25, 2017. 

To meet current laws, Human Resources Director Michelle Edris requested approval of a new employee handbook.

The District Attorney received approval to reclassify one PT Assistant District Attorney position to FT.

IT Director Danielle Hogg was granted a change from 37.5 to 40 hours per week for Barry Hartman and Michael Collins.

North Lebanon Township Tree Planting Project

Cheri Grumbine and Lori Books, North Lebanon Township, updated commissioners on a Tree Planting Project that used $7000 in Marcellus Shale grant funds.

Rail Trail Rennovation Project Phases 1 thru 3 totals 8 miles

Transportation Planner Jon Fitzkee and Purchasing Agent Dennis Firestone were on hand to open bids to restore 8.1 miles of the Rail Trail (sections 1-3).  Please note that WG Land Co. and Rutledge met the requirement to be delivered to the courthouse by this date and time.  While in the building, the documents came to the commissioner’s office shortly after their meeting.  To be fair, these documents were opened and included for consideration.  Our consultant will review the bids for completeness and accuracy.  A recommendation will be made to commissioners at our next meeting. 

Warihay Enter., Manheim PA


Bill Anskis Co., Elysburg PA


Barwis Con., Birdsboro PA


Land-Tech Enter., Warrington PA


Rogele Inc, Harrisburg PA


Kinsley Construction


Construction Master Services


Arthur Aungst Inc, Pine Grove PA


WG Land Co., Champion PA


Rutledge, Tyler Hill PA


Comcast Easement to Service the Driver's Center E of Lebanon

Comcast requested an easement on County owned land east of the City of Lebanon, near the Driver’s Center.  The cable will be placed underground on the northeast corner of the County’s land.  A Party interested in purchasing this parcel will be notified. 

EMA Chief Bob Dowd discusses Snow Storm Stella and more

EMA Director Bob Dowd provided an update on Snow Storm Stella, and received a vote of affirmation declaring an emergency for the event.  The Emergency Operation Center, EOC, was not activated as the storm produced less snow than expected.  Also, a National Joint Purchasing Agreement was approved with MCM Consulting to execute a contract with Frontier Communications to install and maintain a Mitel phone system that will work with Next Generation 911.    Finally, a PEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant of $56,300 was accepted.

VOJO and RASA Grants accepted

Nicole Eisenhart prepares grants for the District Attorney’s office.  Commissioners accept a $23,057 award to cover salaries and benefits for VOJO and RASA.

George Christianson Receives County OK for LERTA in Union Township

Attorney George Christianson returned to respond to questions concerning a LERTA for Union Township’s Vision Properties owned by Jeff CampThe project will create 400 jobs, and will pay tax on improved land with utilities and parking lots.  Forklift operators will start at over $16/hour.  The LERTA was approved on a vote of 2-to-1, with Ames voting nay, to ramp up taxes on the building by 10% per year over 10 years. 

                    Commissioners approved a proclamation for Redith Snoberger who served on the Children and Youth Advisory

                    Board, in schools, at Wernersville State Hospital, and is celebrating her birthday.

Casting of Lots with Voter Registrar Michael Anderson

At 11AM, the commissioners sat as the Election Board.  Voter Registrar Michael Anderson guided the process while commissioners observed casting of lots, which is a hands-on process that involves candidates and/or the public choosing numbers to decide ballot position in contested races for the primary election.  The whole process is transparent.   The lowest number chosen for each office is positioned first on the ballot. 

At 1:30PM, commissioners sat as the Board of Assessment and Review to hear one appeal.  Also, tax exempt status was granted to the Lebanon Valley Council of the Arts at 8th and Cumberland Streets.  Another request for the Fredericksburg Sewer Authority is under review. 


For Treasurer Neuin, Dawn Edris presented a resolution for approval from First Citizen’s Bank for a new money market account.  Also, today’s payroll came from an internal TRAN, which will be returned to savings once real estate taxes start coming in.  Tax bills will be in the mail by tomorrow.

Its Official Avon Voters will go to the Masonic Temple

After posting notices for two weeks, Voter Registrar Michael Anderson reported no comments received on the move of the closed Avon Fire Company polling place to the Masonic Hall across from the AES Ironwood Playground in South Lebanon Township.  All 2200 voters in the District will be notified of the change by mail.   The ballot will appear in the Lebanon Daily News at a cost of $450, and in the Sun at a cost of $235.

Children and Youth Director James Holtry presented 2nd Quarter Invoices totaling $1,374,993.49 for approval.

Drug and Alcohol Director Jim Donmoyer presented $10,000 in contract amendments for approval.  This would cover Positive Recovery Solutions to stage a mobile Winebago in Lebanon County once each month to administer Vivitrol, which is paid for by a person’s insurance or Medical Assistance.  While the cost of an injection is $978.67, one shot per month is more convenient and requires less mileage than Methadone, a daily treatment to wean people off of heroin. 

Proposing a Block Grant for Human Services in Lebanon County

Kevin Schrum, MHIDEI; Jim Donmoyer, Drug & Alcohol; and Phyllis Holtry, Community Action Partnership; polled their Boards for consensus to sign onto a Community Development Block Grant CDBG for Lebanon County.  Advantages include using remaining funds in one category or department to help fund shortages in another category or department.  For example, in 2016, Drug and Alcohol had $70,000 that had to be returned to the State while Mental Health had a waiting list to serve.  The three department heads work closely together on serving dual diagnosed clients.  Previously, Children and Youth and Area Agency on Aging were included in the Block Grant process, but removed by the State without explanation. 

Kevin also received approval on contract amendments in the amount of $69,644.

Airbus Contract goes to Frontier 911 Public Safety

Purchasing Agent Dennis Firestone and EMA Chief Bob Dowd returned to rescind a previous recommendation to purchase an airbus.  After adding in the cost of maintenance, the consultant stated that what appeared to be the second lowest bidder, Frontier 911 Public Safety Communications, not Carousel, was actually the lower bid at a cost of $567,556.94. 

This and That with Administrator Wolgemuth

Administrator Jamie Wolgemuth presented numerous requests for consideration by the commissioners:  1) Three disabled veterans were approved for real estate tax exemption; 2) from the repository of unclaimed property, a bid for a mobile home at Twin Maples Park was approved for $1; 3) appointment to the Housing Authority Board of Richard Randall, a resident of the properties, to replace Neva Lutman who served with distinction for a long-time; 4) Support for an Historic Schaefferstown grant for restoration at the Alexander Schaffer Farm; and a proclamation for PA Keystone Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society was granted.

Commissioners then met in Executive Session. 

Audio of Interview with Amanda St Hilaire ABC 27 News

At the conclusion of the meeting, Amanda St. Hilaire, Investigative Reporter for WHTM abc27, interviewed commissioners for a regional report on why commissioner meetings are held during the daylight hours, and asked, what does the job of commissioner entail?


City wants a Land Bank to Trump other Bidders

At a Wednesday workshop on March 1, 2017, Mayor Sherry Capello outlined her request for a City Land Bank, which would allow the Bank to bid on City properties with a Trump card.  The Mayor considers the Land Bank to

be one of her top three priorities, along with moving City offices downtown and implementing the BID.  The goal is to raise the percentage of owner occupied housing units in the City.  Questions centered around impact to Habitat for Humanity, payment to the Redevelopment Authority to administer the program....  Commissioners will consider the request for a future vote.

Community YouTubes

  1. Wife saves husbands life with CPR meet Suzanne and Paul Newladomy
  2. The Waybright Family History with Junior at 95
  3. Glass Slipper Fashion Show and Prom Dress Sale 2017
  4. Glass Slipper Prom Dress Sale Brings Out the Good in People
  5. Keeping Mr Lincoln by Sandra Fenichel Asher
  6. On Tap at Gretna Theater for 2017
  7. Winston Lackey worked for Armar Bordner


Volunteer with the USO at their FIG Recreation Facility - Duration- 3 minutes, 59 seconds

Liberty USO of PA and NJ needs volunteers to help with recreation for soldiers at Fort Indiantown Gap.  Over 12,000 visitors have passed through their facility in five months.  Donate food, like their Facebook page or email

Treasurer Sallie Neuin presented her report, and to earn more interest, requested signatures to open two new accounts, one for the General Fund, and one for Super Funds, with the 1st National Bank of Pa.

New Phone System Installation at Lebanon Courthouse - Duration- 12 minutes

Commissioners met with Purchasing Agent Dennis Firestone and representatives installing a new digital phone system at the courthouse.  In addition to typing in a department name, common terms/key words should help to guide callers to find building permits, dog and hunting licenses, marriage licenses.....

Avon Voters may move to the Masonic Temple on S 14th Ave

Voter Registrar Michael Anderson proposed a new polling location for Avon, at the Masonic Temple, 499 S 14th Ave., Lebanon, as the fire company and social hall has been sold.  Avon and Hebron Fire Companies are merging.  He will accept comments for two weeks before posting the move and notifying impacted voters.  The 2017 Primary ballot will be advertised in both the Lebanon Daily News and Hummelstown Sun.

Wellspan Wellness Center proposed

Wellspan proposed a Wellness Center in the City as a prototype for integrated human services.  The $10M project is being studied, and seeks $3 million through an Urban Corridor Revitalization grant facilitated by the county commissioners.  The facility would be separate from the hospital, thus pay property taxes.  It was uncertain, pending the outcome of a study, whether the facility would be built on existing hospital property, or on new land.  A 50/50 match is required.  Per Jason Trout, while applying through the same grant pool, the City municipal building and hospital would be listed in different categories, and if qualified, theoretically, both could be funded.

EMA Upgrade

Purchasing agent Dennis Firestone and EMA Director Bob Dowd brought in MCM consulting to help open bids for a new EMA Airbus DS Vesta 7X Geo-Diverse Solution to assist us on our migration path to Next Generation 911 to accommodate text, mapping, call handling, routing...  Three bids will be checked for compliance and awarded to the lowest qualified bidder:  Carousel of North America $279,279.05; Frontier 911 Public Safety $280,701.13; and CenturyLink Government $317,499.38.  A fourth envelope from Motorola did not contain a bid. 

Michael Battistelli & Brett Holland, Stifel Nicolaus, joined commissioners and the Pension Board to review 4th Quarter Performance Reports.  With a mix of 60% in stock, 30% in bonds, and 5% cash, today's balance is $119,760,596.  2016 saw 8.59% in interest.  To pay pensioners, approximately $550,000 is withdrawn monthly. 

Children and Youth Director James Holtry presented 49 Provider Contracts for approval.  30 companies had no increase in rate, and the remaining 19 providers averaged an increase of 2.7%. 

GLRA grant from DEP to start a new 10 year Waste Management Plan

DEP awarded Lebanon County a $75,000 grant for the Greater Lebanon Refuse Authority GLRA to begin a 3-year process to develop a new 10-year plan that will increase capacity from 5-6 years to 25 years.  Director Larry Taylor also discussed electronics waste recycling. 

Administrator Wolgemuth presented Board nominations for approval:


Commission for Women--Leigh Miller, Stephanie Feld, Laurie Funk, and Linda Jackson for reappointment; and Brook Smith and Cheryl Umberger as new appointees. 


Drug and Alcohol--Sally Barry, Stephanie Falk, Susan Jaros, and James Edwards. 


Lebanon Transit--David Warner and Pat Pittinger

Commissioners approved relief of real estate taxes for a totally disabled veteran on East Cumberland Street in Lebanon.

At a cost of $150 per year, commissioners approved a one-acre farm lease in South Annville Township.

Finally, commissioner passed a proclamation supporting PA One-Call Safe Digging 811 on April 20, 2017. 

11:30AM  Metropolitan Planning Organization MPO with the Federal Highway Administration, Penn DOT, and local partners.  Song Kim presented updates on the LV Rail Trail. 

1:30PM The Board of Assessment and Revision met to hear four appeals. 


At this week's commissioner's workshop Sheriff Klinger proposed scanners for the front and rear entrances, and once again the Inwood Bridge plans have been revised based on comments by DCNR. 

Scanners at Courthouse Entrances - Duration- 8 minutes, 50 seconds

Groundhog Day and the Inwood Bridge on Phase 10 - Duration- 10 minutes

Community YouTubes:

Roie Adams Grumbine and Harmonia Circle - Duration- 27 minutes


David Weisnicht presented an update on Back at the Gap.  299 deer were harvested, which helps to control Lyme disease.  33,329 troops trained at FIG in 2016.  Next week will see 5,385 soldiers on post. 

Human Resources Director Michelle Edris presented a request for approval of the 2017 Civil Service Compensation Plan pertaining to Children and Youth, MHIDEI, Area Agency on Aging, and Drug and Alcohol. 

HAVA and Official Party Certifications - Duration- 2 minutes, 9 seconds

Voter Registrar Michael Anderson presented the $371,735.01 HAVA-Help America Vote Act-grant for approval as well as certification of Political Parties--Democrat and Republican--for Lebanon County based on the percentage of votes cast for candidates in the two most recent elections where a candidate received at least 5% of the highest vote total of any countywide candidate.  Major political parties may nominate candidates via the petition process that culminates with the primary, and Minor political parties who nominate candidates via the paper process beginning March 8 -August 1 after which candidates are placed directly onto the November election ballot.  Major parties have at least 15% of voters statewide registered with their political party. 

North Cornwall Park on Dairy Street completes Phase 1 - Duration- 11 minutes

Township manager Tom Long and Steve Sherk were on hand to review the recently completed 19.645 acre Gloninger Woods Park with 80 parking spaces.  At a cost of $1.4 million, North Cornwall Township completed Phase 1 of their Park on Dairy Road near 23rd Street, across from the Lebanon Valley Mall in Pleasant Hill.  They allow dog walking, and feature baseball fields.  Phase 2 will hook this Park to the Lebanon Valley Mall, Wengert Park and the LV Rail Trail, and install amenities like water, sewer, and electricity.

2016 Coroners Report for Lebanon County PA - Duration- 9 minutes, 57 seconds

State of the Coroner's Report:  Dr. Jeff Yocum, joined by MHIDEI Director Kevin Schrum and Drug and Alcohol Director Jim Donmoyer, shared the sad fact that 20 people committed suicide in Lebanon County, 11 of them by gunshot--1 knife, 1 bow, 2 hangings, 2 gas related, 1 MVA, and 2 asphyxiation.  If you or a loved one are contemplating suicide, call Crisis Intervention at 274.3363.

Over all, drug related deaths exceeded motor vehicle deaths 16 to 14.  2 trees fell on and killed people. one person had an anaphylactic reaction; one drowning; and one elderly woman was run over by her own vehicle.  There were 2 homicides; 2 undetermined involving children; and 1 pending.

Kevin Schrum presented provider contract amendments totaling $71,617. 

LVRT Phase 7 Formal Plans and Phase 9 easement with Lebanon Water Authority - Duration- 2 minutes, 35 seconds

Phase 7 of the Lebanon Valley Rail Trail LVRT, which runs through North Lebanon and West Lebanon Townships, is underway.  Jon Fitzkee presented formal plans to commissioners for approval.  To facilitate Phase 9 N of Jonestown, commissioners signed an agreement for an easement with the Lebanon Water Authority to pass through their property. 

City to Move to 9th and Cumberland Streets - Duration- 20 minutes

At a cost of $16,3 million, Mayor Sherry Capello asked commissioners for a letter of support for the City to obtain a $10 million Urban Corridor Revitalization grant.  The Mayor met with Kerry Kirkland, a new DCED regional manager.  As stated in Grow Lebanon 2020, she shared her vision to move the City offices to downtown and build a parking garage.  Capello says that Lebanon is the only city with a population of more than 20,000 that does not have a parking garage.  Kerry liked the project, and asked if the City was on the Capitol Improvement List.  When Melissa Quiones checked, they found out that Lebanon is on the list, thanks to Jackie Parker.  This designation moves any grant application to the top of the list.  Capello emphasized that this is not a loan.  Also, this is her priority project.

The deadline is Friday.  The new City building and 400-space parking garage would be constructed at 9th and Cumberland Streets.  80 spaces are currently rented out with a long waiting list.  The Mayor is counting on this being a revenue generator at $50/space and an economic driver for the City.  60 of 150 employees, including the police, would work in the new space.  10,000 square feet will be rented as offices.  The lot would count as a match for the project.  The current City space would be sold, most likely to the County. 

Timeline:  The building should be constructed within two years.  Architects, engineers…would start as soon as the grant is awarded, probably in three months. 

City of Lebanon’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grant submission for their Urban Corridor Revitalization Project would be titled “Market Square Parking Garage and City Hall”.  This resource would help to finance a multi-tier public parking garage with a three story municipal building for all city offices including the police department headquarters in the heart of downtown Lebanon City.

The land currently is improved with a surface parking lot, which carries a waiting list of potential renters.  Currently, business owners and their staff find it difficult to arrange for long-term parking and daily find themselves feeding the meters and/or moving their vehicles every two hours during the course of routine business.  This activity disrupts the natural flow of business and adversely impacts the employees’ experience of working in the downtown.  Let alone curbing the desire to invest in a new business start-up. 

Parking is often viewed as a single-focused feature, addressing capacity issues only.  However, increasingly cities are leveraging parking structures and strategies to help achieve economic development objectives. 

The City released an economic development strategic plan eighteen months ago.  Any city is only as strong as its core.  Lebanon’s Central Business District (CBD) represents the heartbeat for its neighboring districts and neighborhoods.  The plan documents that it must be a goal to ensure the highest degree of integrity and functionality for the CBD.  Although the district is well-defined, over the past years, vacancies in the CBD have had a noticeable impact on the quality of the shopping and dining experience for visitors and residents.  New investments in the past couple years are starting to add to its vibrancy; ensuring that this trend continues to catalyze additional development is a critical next step.

The City’s economic development vision is to become: “A Place to Learn and Work”, “A Destination”, and “A Community”.   A specific action item identified the potential relocation of the City offices and police department to a location within the CBD as a desired and potentially beneficial outcome for the urban core.  The benefits of ensuring that municipal and public services remain in the urban center, not only for the convenience and greater access of all residents, but also for the added benefits for city employees and customers to frequent downtown businesses.

Public investments such as this can lead to private sector development and businesses to support that activity, having a catalytic impact on the downtown urban corridor as a whole and thus, also positively advancing the County as well.

Administrator Wolgemuth presents Board Appointments etc - Duration- 3 minutes, 9 seconds

George Kaufman was reappointed to the Housing and Redevelopment Authority Board.  Gloria Brown, Mike Arnold, and Mike Devan were appointed to the Renova Center Board

A $15,077 PCCD Juvenile Justice grant was approved to conduct LSIR assessments.

A $1200 farm lease was renewed with Ken Reist for the property by LCCTC. 

Commissioners approved a proclamation for the Boy Scout Mall EXPO at Lebanon Valley Mall. 

Community YouTubes:


Wengert Memorial Park on the Rail Trail - Duration- 2 minutes, 47 seconds


2017 County Commissioner Priorities - Duration- 22 minutes


Dancing with the Stars Lebanon Round 1 in 2017 - Duration- 9 minutes, 9 seconds


Dancing with the Stars Lebanon Round 2 in 2017 - Duration- 12 minutes


Sweep the Streets spoke to the Womans Club of Lebanon - Duration- 16 minutes


PA Army National Guard at FIG receives national Environmental Award - Duration- 3 minutes

David Weisnicht shared the national first place Army National Guard Environmental Award bestowed on Fort Indiantown Gap.  FIG is the busiest training center in the united States.  Further, FIG is working with Union Township on access gates, which are 1.5 years away.  A manned visitors center will all issue temporary passes to use base facilities. 

Michelle Edris presented a request from AAA Director Carol Davies to add 4 substitute meal transporter positions for delivery of Meals on Wheels.

Michelle also presented a request form Chief of Voter Registration Michael Anderson to reclassify a part-time clerk to regular part-time position.

EMA HazMat Team applies for Williams Grant - Duration- 3 minutes, 11 seconds

With a March 1 deadline, Gary Verna and Brian Burke presented a $10,000 Williams grant request to purchase coveralls, helmets, safety glasses...for 30 EMA HazMat volunteers.  Grants are non-competitive, and can be requested every six months.

Chief Assessor Dan Seaman presented a disabled veteran for real estate tax exemption.

LVRT and Farm Preservation 1 19 2017 - Duration- 3 minutes, 29 secondsA $2M Transportation grant was accepted for Phase 7 of the Lebanon Valley Rail Trail.  Jon Fitzkee was given signatory authority.

Jamie Wolgemuth was granted signatory authority for the ECMS Bridge Engineer Reimbursement Agreement with PennDOT. 

$164,274.40 was certified for Farmland Preservation

Liquid Fuels 1 19 2017 - Duration- 2 minutes, 23 seconds

Liquid Fuels balance at the end of 2016 was $296,043.58  with $80,947 encumbered for current projects, and $244,962.43 set aside for County share of the Inwood Bridge.  The federal government provides 80%, and the State provides 15% of the cost.

West Nile Virus Coordinator Needed - Duration- 56 seconds

A $65,203 West Nile Virus grant application was approved to fill a vacant position shared with Lancaster County.

The Commission on Crime and Delinquency awarded a $46,058 grant for Evidenced Based programs in Probation.

A $26,625 grant was approved for utilities and repairs to three houses for Community Action Partnership's Continuem of Care through HUD in Harrisburg.  Houses will be used for homeless families with children.

MATP drivers were approved for the Community Action Partnership. 

Also, 3-year staggered terms were changed to a rotating basis for CAP.  Ursula Richardson was appointed to the Board.

Community Action Partnership and other Board Appointments - Duration- 7 minutes

Sue Killinger was appointed to the Drug and Alcohol Board.

Chris Gebhard was reappointed to the Health Facilities Authority Board.

Ann Thompson and Sara Fuller were reappointed to the MHIDEI Board.

Laurie Zimmerman was appointed to the Library Board.

A proclamation was approved for LCCTC on the 100th Anniversary of the Smith Hughes Act celebrating Career and Technology Centers.  An event will take place January 31.

Abilities in Motion received a letter of support for paralyzed veteran disability grants to modify homes and vehicles in 14 counties.

Matt Barber

Courts will pay to Update Probation Office - Duration- 17 minutes

President Judge John Tylwalk and Probation Chief Sally Barry requested that the County approve remodeling of the Probation Office at the Court's expense using Act 35 funds.  Some interior walls would be moved to create a more appealing workspace, and new furniture purchased and installed that could be moved should the office move.  The total cost is $434,270.  So that the project can start as soon as possible, State bid contracts that have included prevailing wage will be used--Keystone Purchasing Network, CoStars....  Lobar will do the work and coordinate with Honeywell, maintenance, purchasing and an architect.

At 2:30, commissioners sat as Board of Assessment and Revision to hear five appeals.


Pat Kerwin thanked commissioners for approving purchase of a sign for the Expo Center.

Reorganization votes took place: Reorganization of County Commissioners 2017

Board--Bob Phillips will remain as chairman; Bill Ames as vice-chairman; and Jo Ellen Litz as secretary.  Jamie Wolgemuth will continue as the Chief Clerk and Administrator, and Dave Warner as the solicitor.  All employees on the County payroll were reappointed to their respective positions. 

Meeting Dates--The first and third Thursday monthly as well a s July 27 at the Lebanon Area Fair and December 28 to vote on the final budget that has been on display for 20 days.

Liaison Assignments--(The Energy Consortium was removed.)  Changes from 2016 are in red.


·         Phillips:  Drug & Alcohol, EMA, Housing & Redevelopment, Penn State, Planning, and Renova Center.


·         Ames:  AAA, Building & Grounds, Chamber of Commerce, Conservation District, Elections, LVEDC, LV Expo, Lebanon Transit, LV DMO, IT, SC WIB, United Way from Litz.


·         Litz:  Children & Youth, City of Lebanon from Phillips, CAP, GIS, MHIDEI, Veterans Affairs, & Women's Commission.

Salary Board--Philips, Chair; Litz Vice-Chair; and Ames Secretary.  Warner, Solicitor.  Also Row Officers  Mettley, Neuin, Lutz, Resanovich, Smith and Klingler voted to appoint respective employees.

Assessment--Litz, chair; Ames vice-chair; Phillips, secretary; Wolgemuth, administrator; Warner, solicitor; Seaman Chief Assessor.  Meeting Dates 1.19; 2.16; 4.20; 5.18; 6.15; 7.20; 8.17 & 31; 11.16; & 12.21.

Elections--Ames, chair; Phillips, vice chair; Litz, secretary; Michael Anderson Chief Clerk; Warner, solicitor. 

Depository Banks--First Citizens, Santander, Jonestown, Fulton, First National, & Northwest Savings. 

Election Board/Registration Commission--Ames, chair; Phillips, vice chair; Litz, secretary; Michael Anderson, Chief Clerk; Warner, solicitor.

Regular Meeting

David Weisnicht, Fort Indiantown Gap:  42 soldiers are on base today, but 1,000 are expected next week.  27,000 were trained in the first quarter.  295 deer have been harvested on the 17,000 acre base, 30% of which is open to hunters. 

Treasurer Sallie Neuin requested a new account for Capital Improvement Funds to be held at the First National Bank. 

Michelle Edris presented personnel transactions.

Commissioners received an anonymous letter requesting that holiday notices be recorded on the phone system.


Bob Dowd was named as the new Emergency Management Agency Director

On behalf of Treasurer Neuin, commissioners approved tax collections for Cleona and North Cornwall.

Controller Mettley voted against the Salary Board recommendations. 

After being on display for 20 days, commissioners voted on the 2017 budget, which passed 2 to 1 with Commissioner Litz voting nay because the $7.1 remaining from the sale of Cedar Haven was not being returned to the people.  Instead the majority commissioners placed the funds in an unrestricted account

2 to 1 Vote to create an Unrestricted Account with Cedar Haven Funds - Duration- 10 minutes

Even so, the millage remained at 3.2925 on a $45,015,213 General Fund budget.  With State reimbursements, the total budget is $74,539,585.  A $32,000 COLA award reduced the General Fund surplus to $32,308 Between Cedar Haven funds not being returned, this year's tight budget after raising taxes last year by over 30%, and awarding a COLA rather than paying down the pension deficit, Litz voted nay.

2017 Budget Vote 2 to 1 Cedar Haven Funds not returned to the People - Duration- 117 seconds

During the Pension Board meeting, past minutes were approved.  Interest on employee investments will remain at 4.5%.  The 180th class requires a 7% mandatory employee contribution.  Changing the status would have required a 9% contribution.  Hay Benefits Group will again prepare statements at a cost of $1.85 each.  A $32,000 /.03% COLA will pay employees $2.86 more.  Back payments were eliminated by the State.  It is necessary to revisit the COLA every three years.  Treasurer Neuin and Controller Mettley joined Commissioner Phillips in passing the COLA.  Because a $22M deficit remains in the Pension Fund, Litz and Ames voted nay. 

$32000 on COLA 22M Pension Deficit remains - Duration- 10 minutes

Refunds to former employees, death benefits, and payments to 2016 retirees were approved.  Mettley is also researching new pension reporting software. 

To chart a course and share a vision for Lebanon County, Commissioner Litz again requested a Strategic Plan, of which one arm is a well thought-out financial plan including an Unrestricted General Fund account; a Capital Improvement Fund; and an Investment Plan; among others recommended by the CPA.

Last week's minutes included Ame's reference to removing Commissioner Litz from signing checks.  Litz addressed the comment at today's meeting.                  Re:  Social Security #, Birth Date, ID Theft

Dear Colleagues:

At the last commissioner's meeting, it was suggested by Commissioner Ames and reaffirmed by Commissioner Phillips that I would be removed from signing checks to pay bills...because I withheld my birth date and social security number.  I strongly object to this maneuver .  As a minority commissioner, I am part of the system of checks and balances concerning payment for services, taking out loans....  In light of world events, this system of checks and balances carries a heightened role.

Over the years, I have resisted these requests from several agencies and the Treasurer.  In fact, at one point, I endured cyber bullying where a high-level bureaucrat threatened to withhold payments for services to those in need--unless I turned over my personal information.  The Privacy Act of 1974 makes it clear that I do not have to submit this information.  Please consider that:


·        The national scene is an example of how those who would do us harm will not hesitate to hack into electronic transmissions.


·        Whether a corporation or government, those entities are responsible for debts, not individual officers or office holders.


·        Alternative forms of identification for officers and office holders include a notarized statement or personal visit to the bank to show them ID rather than record it on a form along with other office holders for electronic transmission.


·        The solicitor has not disputed my claim.

Attached please find examples of communications and a newspaper article addressing identity theft.

MeetingHighlights/Ames to block Litz supporting docs.pdf

Thank you for the opportunity to share my point of view and insist that I retain my elected right to sign contracts with agencies and banks. 

Sincerely,  Jo Ellen Litz

From a folded Industrial Development Authority fund, $108,000 was approved for a new digital 25' high sign at the LV Expo on Rockerty Road.  The IDA fund was originally $170,000 with $25,385 spent on an economic impact study.  The remaining balance is $36,615. 

Sign for LV Expo approved - Duration- 4 minutes, 1 second

For approval, John Fitzkee presented a $1,116,724.57 National Bridge Inspection 5-year agreement with Wilson Consulting.

Next, Fitzkee requested commissioner approval on a $2 million multimodal grant to complete a culvert under Tunnel Hill Road and for LV Rail Trail improvements in West Lebanon and North Lebanon Townships.  The culvert will take one-half of the funds. 

LVRT Update 12 22 2016 - Duration- 8 minutes, 5 seconds

Commissioners also agreed to a signature delegation agreement, which would, after approval by the commissioners, designate Jamie Wolgemuth as the signatory authority for commissioners.

Next, commissioners approved a Marcellus grant extension for the John Wengert memorial park along Chestnut Street, across from Lebanon Catholic High School.

Chief Assessor Dan Seaman presented the 188th disabled veteran for real estate tax exemption.  All total, disabled military veterans are saving $108,000 in County real estate tax. 

Commissioners approved a proclamation for 20-year employee Charlene Simaska who retired from the Lebanon County Correctional Facility. 

Charlene Simaska Retires from the Prison

Commissioners approved a $70,716 maintenance contract for 1170 hours of technical labor, vehicle, and test equipment for support and maintenance of the Emergency Management Agency's Radio System. 

Radio Maintenance


Prison Board:

536 Inmates:  455 male, and 81 female

The Tourist Promotion Agency TPA changed their chairs.  Outgoing Chair Jill Weister welcomed incoming Chair Josie Ames, Bill Ames' wife

At 4PM, the City held a Zoning Hearing on the Day Reporting Center DRC to be run by PA Counseling Services PCS.  The Hearing Board denied a permit. 

Recap City Zoning Hearing on Day Reporting Center

Community YouTubes:

Driving and Hiking the LVC Bridges

Mark Singel, former Lt Gov and Gov for 6 months in Casey Administration - Duration- 19 minutes

Twas the Week Before Christmas Manikin Challenge - Duration- 70 seconds


David Weisnicht updated commissioners on Back at the Gap.  The recent deer harvest by hunters yielded 280 deer--94 buck and 186 doe; and 4 coyotes.  Coyotes are hunted because they are invasive, raiding dumpsters, carrying rabies, and eating chickens and small dogs.

Weisnicht again thanked the County for accepting 4-5 bus loads of troops to vote at Union Township on Election Day.  Finally, FIG was cooperative to assist with a Pictometry flyover of their restricted air space.

Treasurer Sallie Neuin presented a request to collect taxes for Cleona Borough.  Commissioners voted to extend the service to Cleona.

Chief Assessor Dan Seaman presented two disabled veterans and two surviving spouses for real estate tax exemption.

Liquid Fuels were approved for East Hanover, $2801 and the City of Lebanon $25,477.

Commissioners approved a $629,957 contract with Wellspan Philhaven to run the Crisis Intervention program for Lebanon County.  Funding comes from several County Human Service departments--Children and Youth, MHIDEI, Drug and Alcohol.

Farms and Farmers are Valued.  The goal is for the farm and Rail Trail to co-exist.

Handouts:  MeetingHighlights/12.15.2016 Commissioner Presentation with attachments.pdf

Rail Trail Phase 7:  The Meily's, Rail Trail members, commissioners and others met during our regular meeting. The goal is for the farm and Rail Trail to co-exist. Commissioners support farms and farmers through farmland preservation and Clean and Green, which waves higher real estate taxes on productive land. The Meily farm is enrolled in both programs. The courts will be asked to review title claims and make a decision. Also, utilizing a stream cattle crossing and rail-bed crossings, all segments of the farm are accessible. Pink lines on the attached map represent existing farm lanes and crossings. Lime green lines represent potential farm lanes. 

At 11AM, commissioners were briefed on the Inwood Iron Bridge Rehabilitation and Replacement Project, Route 24` Corridor Safety Project, Wilhelm Avenue Intersection Realignment, Killinger Road Intersection Improvement Project, South Spruce Street Bridge Project, Lebanon Transit Bus Shelters, Ramona Road and US 422 Intersection Improvement Project, and Rout 501 and US 422 and Locust Street and Us 422 intersection improvements during the Metropolitan Planning Organization to prioritize road and bridge projects.

At 1:30PM, commissioners met in Executive Session to interview personnel concerning the EMA Director opening.

Community YouTubes:

Christine Horn is the 2016 Athena Recipient

LHS Show Choir and Chamber Singers entertain at Quest

Northern Lebanon Rotary mans the Salvation Army Kettle at BGs in Jonestown PA

A Renova Center Christmas

Meet Lois Herr, author of Woman of my Dreams

Meet Jan Helen McGee, author of Carriers of Genius, the Mothers of 12 Famous Men


Children and Youth Director James Holtry presented $1,461,932.45 in First Quarter invoices for approval.

Contract Extension to Maintain and Program Voting Machines - Duration- 3 minutes, 52 seconds

At the same rate as the previous contract, Voter Registrar Michael Anderson presented commissioners with a one-year extension to maintain and program Lebanon County's voting machines.  While cost varies with services rendered, it is expected that around $38,000 will be the annual cost. 

Lebanon PA Certification of 2016 Election on 12 1 2016 - Duration- 82 seconds

Today, with their signatures, commissioners Phillips and Litz certified the 2016 election.  Commissioner Ames, who was participating by phone, will sign the documents upon his return.  While counties like York received challenges, Lebanon County did not. 

Assessment Chief Dan Seaman presented one disabled veteran for Real Estate Tax Exemption. 

2017 Lebanon County Budget

Lebanon County Commissioners approved a $74,374,311 budget that goes on display for 20 days before final adoption.  Included in the full budget is a $44,936,000 General Fund Budget.  The Annual Retirement Contribution is $3,400,000, but a healthy portion is State reimbursed.  The Pension fund is 83% funded.  Excess funds from health insurance refunds will be placed in a Capital Account to fund depreciable projects.  Because $7.1M remains from the sale of Cedar Haven, has no written plan, nor returned to the tax payers, the final vote was 2 to 1 with Commissioner Litz voting against the budget.

7 Walking Maps of Lebanon County Communities

Jean Reidenbaugh reported that using local talent for design, Colortech as a printer, and Lebanon County tourism dollars, the Lebanon Valley Conservancy has finished seven of fourteen maps of villages, boroughs--Mt. Gretna, Myerstown, Schaefferstown, Annville, Palmyra, and Jonestown--as well as the City of Lebanon.  Commissioner Litz requested PDF versions for use by smart phones.  The future will see electronic versions as well, perhaps with assistance from Hotel Tax dollars.

Jackson Township Park 2016

Steve Sherk and Chad Smith with Steckbeck Engineering are working with Jackson Township Supervisor Clyde Deck and others to install Bocce courts, pickleball courts, a pavilion and more in their Park, which will accommodate seniors and children.  Previously soccer fields and a walking trail were installed for the younger set.

Pending Zoning Approval, Lebanon County Day Reporting Center is set to Go

Commissioners gave Pennsylvania Counseling Services PCS the green light to open a Day Reporting Center.  Ruth Davis said the proposed Center is zoned "Office" like their other 4 buildings, and other providers, within the City limits.  To add offices within the existing structure, a building permit was sought, but there is a City zoning hearing on May 21 to address whether or not a different zoning classification is needed.  Apparently, there was a misunderstanding that people would be spending the night, which is not the case.  In addition to teaching people how to make good decisions, PCS will coordinate Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol services, help people to find a home or apartment, help them to find a job....  The judges, probation, DA, and others will have a say in who has earned the privilege to attend these classes.  However, a clause was added to the contract for either party to pull out should the zoning not be resolved.  Also attending today's session was Kim Ernest and Sally Barry.  The program will provide services 68 hours per week from Monday-Saturday.  3.5-8 full time positions will service 40-110 clients at a cost of $28.25-$15.25 per day.  Reducing the prison population will also reduce medical, food, clothing, utility...costs at the prison.  Kutztown University will work with PCS to monitor data, and improve program services. 

Library Board appointments included Don Kline, Lebanon and Frank Yeager, Annville.

A contract with James Miller was approved to drive for the Medical Assistance Transportation Program at the Community Action Partnership.


Verifying Vote Totals, Absentee, Write In, and Provisional Ballots - Duration- 7 minutes, 48 seconds

Because Friday was Veteran's Day, the Election Board, consisting of the three county commissioners, counted absentee, write-in and provisional ballots for 9 hours on the following Monday.  Then, on Wednesday, overseas military ballots were counted.  The next step is for the commissioners to vote on the final tally for all races on the ballot.  This will take place at their next voting session.


LV Chamber of Commerce turns 100 - Duration- 2 minutes

The Chamber of Commerce turned 100 years old. President & CEO Greg Buckler received Congratulations for the Chamber of Commerce on uniting small businesses for a century in the Lebanon Valley. Later in the evening, Bell and Evans was chosen as the Century Business. 

Redevelopment Authority Betsy Bowman and Dan Lyons - Duration- 9 minutes, 35 seconds

Betsy Bowman and Dan Lyons from the Redevelopment Authority present amendments and contracts for commissioner approval.  Commissioner Phillips abstained from voting on the Community Development Block Grant CDBG funds.

Volunteers in Medicine VIM $20,000 Public Service
Myerstown Borough $84,000 Public Facility-Street Improvements
County $51,161 Housing Rehabilitation
County $76,750 1st Time Homebuyers
County $50,097 Administration
TOTAL $150,907  

Next Gen Phone and Switch coming to Lebanon PA - Duration- 2 minutes, 24 seconds

Acting EMA Director Brian Burke received permission from Lebanon County Commissioners to upgrade the 30-year old phone system in EMA with the $490,609.54 technology called Next Generation to include a new switch and the ability to receive text messages, pictures and video from callers to 911. Funds come from Act 56 and 911 funds

Nicole Eisenhart, from the District Attorney's office, presented RASA and VOCA modifications for approval. 

MH.ID.EI Director Kevin Schrum presented a $22,044.38 Gordian Group design agreement for the Fair Weather Lodge at 418 Cumberland Street in Lebanon.  The reinvestment dollars come from Health Choices.  LoBar will perform construction/rennovations. 

Drug and Alcohol Director Jim Donmoyer received approval on Provider Contract Amendments.

Daniel Seaman presented one disabled veteran for real estate tax exemption.

Michael Battistelli and Brett Holland, Stifel Nicolaus, reviewed the third quarter retirement fund, which has a 6.22% performance rate.  With the County's $3.6 million Annual Retirement Contribution ARC deposit and payouts of $6,624,325, the balance in the retirement account is $116,341,369.  The ARC was kept in cash for additional near term payouts.  Mike Quigley with Wedgewood Partners also provided an update.

Commissioners approved $193,314 for Juvenile Crime Justice Grant-in-Aid.

Administrator Wolgemuth made the following requests:

Misc Commissioner Business 11 17 16 - Duration- 7 minutes, 10 seconds

Commissioners approved appointments to the Destination Marketing Organization DMO, Visit Lebanon Valley as follows:   Greg Bracale and Charles Hildebrand.  However, because Commissioner Ames said he was going to continue to serve on the same Board with his wife, believing this was a conflict of interest, there was a split vote to appoint the following group:  Josie Ames, Jan Morrissey, Warren Parks, and Stephen Somers.  Josie Ames will automatically assume the position of Chair according to DMO by-laws as she has served as Chair-elect during 2016.  Ames moved, and Phillips seconded the motion to proceed.  The majority commissioners voted for approval while Litz voted nay. 

Commissioners unanimously voted to appoint Randall Leisure and Brent Kaylor as farmer directors to the Conservation District Board.

Next, commissioners approved two grants from the Hotel Tax Fund$1500 to the Kris Kindle Mart to help rent a vendor's tent, and $1000 to the CLA to put on the Holiday Parade.

At 1:30PM, commissioners sat as the Board of Assessment and Revision to hear four appeals.

Community YouTubes:

Lebanon Farmers Market 10 Anniversary - Duration- 4 minutes, 46 seconds

Tom and Joya Morrissey own a number of properties in Lebanon County, including the Farmers Market and Richland Quarry.  They credit the vendors and Bart for being instrumental in attaining 10 years since the Farmers Market re-opened.

United Way at the Farmers Market - Duration- 3 minutes, 9 seconds

At the Foundry Craft Grillery above the Market, Kenny Montjo, Executive Director of the United Way and Campaign Chair energize the crowd to raise needed dollars to support non-profits in the Lebanon community.

Sec of State Madeleine Albright visits Lebanon PA - Duration- 12 minutes

Lebanon PA,  11.6.2016:  Lebanon Democrats staged from 608 Cumberland Street, and special guest, former ambassador to the United Nations, and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright dropped in to wish the canvassers well.  She was quite articulate, and shared a few stories about how Hillary Clinton told her husband to hire her because among other things, it would make his mother happy.

LCCTC Baguette Cutting and Open House - Duration- 4 minutes, 52 seconds

11.17.2016:  Congratulations to Chefs Peffley and Corle on completion of remodeling the Hilltop Café at the Lebanon County Career and Technology Center.  Awesome opening cutting the baguette followed by a chili cook off to highlight your talented students.  Awesome!

Lebanon Holiday Parade 2016 - Duration- 47 minutes

11.19.2016  High School Bands, Fire Companies, dance troupes, and more--like Santa Claus at the end.  Great community parade, CLA.  Thank you.

Fairland Church Youth help in the Lebanon Community - Duration- 14 minutes

When Tropical Storm Lee hit, people lost many things--cars, homes, and personal belongings.   Swatara Watershed Association lost picnic tables, a van, their shed, and more.  The shed followed a power line opening across a small creek, and rested in an isolated area.  Tree growth on paths back to it's original location did not allow the shed to be transported whole.  So today, the Fairland Youth Group provided community service by dismantling and reassembling the shed, well almost.  The floor and three walls have  been rested on stone in the original parking lot from where it came.  The last wall and roof are for another day.  Thanks everyone, for your kindness and generosity.  SWA is truly grateful.


Back at the Gap 11 3 2016 - Duration- 3 minutes, 15 seconds

Per David Weisnicht, 3,800 soldiers are training at Fort Indiantown Gap.  Hotels are booked by contractors.  On another note, the Kittatinny Ridge Coalition is seeking Central landscape Designation in order to qualify for additional funding to preserve land, which also encompasses St. Anthony's Wilderness--Stony Trail.

Treasurer Sallie Neuin presented a request to collect taxes for North Cornwall Township.  Commissioners approved.

Under personnel transactions, EMA Director John Wilson moved to the Planner position.

John Shott presented a $15,077 PACCD Justice Reinvestment Funding Application.  This is a joint application with Lancaster for a "train the trainer" program so that in the future, Lebanon County can provide in-house training.  LSIR, Level of Service Inventory Revision, is an assessment tool for supervision of offenders.  This proprietary software costs $3 per assessment, and will move paper assessments to online.  $13,130 of the contract is with CCAP, and the information will be available to the prison, day reporting, and central booking.  The balance of the grant is to purchase two tablets with wifi.

Happy 70th WLBR - Duration- 6 minutes, 20 seconds

WLBR Radio has been in the Lebanon Valley for 70 years.  Owner Robert Etter is the second generation committed to serving the Lebanon Valley with News, Sports, and Weather.  Today, Lebanon County Commissioners presented Robert Etter with a proclamation in honor of the occasion.  Joining Robert were Mickey Santori and Tim Ritchie.

According to the Centennial Edition, Lebanon, Pa., Saturday, Sept. 30,1972:  Groundbreaking for the present studios, located in Ebenezer, took place on June 18,1956. A number of officials from the city and county joined with WLBR personnel to mark the occasion. Among those attending were County Commissioner Harry S. Forney, Lebanon's Mayor Frederick (Fritz) Miller, and the Chamber of Commerce president Donald Shepherd. The new studios, occupying some 3,500 feet of floor space, were occupied in December of 1956, and a public open house followed in March of 1957. An estimated 10.000 persons visited the new studios during the two-day open house celebration. WLBR-Radio was the brainchild of Lester P. Etter, a Lebanon native who now serves as managing director of the station and secretary- treasurer of the Lebanon Broadcasting Company, and H. Raymond Staiem, a native of North Carolina, who serves as general, manager and president of the corporation. 21 Full-Time Employees Today, the "Voice of the Lebanon Valley"...WLBR has produced a number of personalities, both locally and nationally, in the broadcast and entertainment fields. During its early years, Bill Haley, now reputed to be one of the originators of the present rock 'n roll sound, was a featured entertainer over 1270. One of the early news directors was Chet Hagen, who went on to become an official in the National Broadcasting Co.'s news department, and a producer of many top network news and special events shows. WLBR continues to follow its long-established policy of service to the communities it covers — services designed to promote growth, business, education and the general welfare of the public. Since November, 1946, WLBR has been the "Voice of Lebanon Valley."

Brian Burke receives Grant Approval for EMA - Duration- 79 seconds

EMA  Deputy Director Brian Burke presented a grant through the Hazardous Material Response Fund to cover eleven sets of uniforms for HazMat at a cost of $6,179 as well as two cradle points to allow Internet Access in the field. 

Bond Refinancing saves $150,000 in Interest for County - Duration- 6 minutes, 28 seconds

Peter Edelman, Stevens & Lee, and John Hewlett, Susquehanna Advisors, were on hand for refinancing of the GOB, Series 2011 Bond with Fulton Bank, which lowered interest rates from 4.4 to 2.74%.  The County will save $157,000, 80% in 2017.  The County owes Honeywell $1,199,999.72 from the sale of Cedar Haven, and will pay the debt with remaining CH proceeds.   The remaining bond totals $2,180,000.

Disabled Veterans Qualify for Real Estate Tax Exemption - Duration- 48 seconds

Deputy Chief Assessor Ted Connelly presented two disabled veteran's real estate for exemption.

New Leases for CRC now Acadia and Advanced Treatments - Duration- 3 minutes, 26 seconds

The County built the methadone treatment clinic, and the tenant, White Deer Run, financed the project allowing the County to pay them back by deducting rent payments from the mortgage.  The building has been paid off for some time, and WDR was sold to CRC.  Now there's another change to Treatment Advantage and Acadia.  Therefore, Solicitor Dave Warner prepared new leases, which required commissioner approval.

Board Appointments and Proclamations - Duration- 5 minutes, 57 seconds

Administrator Jamie Wolgemuth presents Board appointments to both Children and Youth--Michelle Kaufman, Val Grimes, David Laurel, Melissa Kulbitsky, and Michael Chanoff; and the Women's Commission--Allysa Perado; as well as Proclamations for commissioner approval.  Today, Sue Bowman was honored upon her retirement from the Housing Authority.  Also, commissioners honored Eagle Scout William F Foster V from Troop 426.  William built a 2-person outhouse on the Campbelltown Fire Company Grounds. 

11.6.2016 Workshop

Myerstown requests LERTA for the entire Boro - Duration- 41 minutes

Community YouTubes:

What do you know about the PA State Police - Duration- 5 minutes, 11 seconds

Clown Sightings a 7 year Recurring Legend - Duration- 2 minutes, 24 seconds


Active Military Voters at Fort Indiantown Gap can Vote - Duration- 5 minutes, 56 seconds

Voter Registrar Michael Anderson explains how Active Military stationed at Fort Indiantown Gap will be able to vote on Election Day, November 8.  David Weisnicht reviews war-fighter simulator exercises scheduled for FIG.

Absentee Ballots, Constables at Polls Every Vote Counts - Duration- 17 minutes

Anderson also received approval for the 2016 General Election ballot layout and advertising the Notice of Election in both the Lebanon Daily News and Hummelstown Sun. While the Merchandiser is delivered to every household, it is not a daily paper, therefore does not meet the requirements provided in the law. :( Mike also reviewed voter registration numbers after the Voter Registration deadline. Democrats conducted a voter registration drive netting a noticeable gain. There are approximately 47,000 Republicans and 27,000 Democrats in Lebanon County. Commissioner Ames, who was participating by phone, was cut off, then reconnected to participate in the process.

Kevin Anspach retires with 35 years of service to Lebanon County - Duration- 3 minutes, 49 seconds

Kevin Anspach is retiring after 35 years of service to the County of Lebanon. He worked in the Children and Youth Department investigating child abuse cases, then served as a supervisor at the Boys Group Home, before retiring from the Area Agency on Aging. He has helped children, families, and seniors. Thank you for your service to the community, Kevin.

North Lebanon Township Marcellus Grant Report - Duration- 2 minutes, 3 seconds

Cheri Grumbine and Lori Books presented an update of North Lebanon Township's Marcellus Shale Grant Project. In 2014, the Commissioners awarded $20,000 for three projects totaling $361,000. A baseball field was moved, trail constructed....

Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week Nov 12 thru 19, 2016 - Duration- 5 minutes, 1 second

Mike Ritter, president of the Domestic Violence Intervention Group in Lebanon County, received a Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week proclamation for November 12-19, 2016. Twenty percent of the nation's children are homeless. Since 1974, the week before Thanksgiving brings awareness to hungry children.

Kevin Schrum presented Contract Amendments for MH.ID.EI.

Sallie Neuin presented a request from Maintenance Director Steve Kline to purchase shelving at a cost of $14,240 for the storage building on S 11th Street.  Funds will come from the record improvement fund, which has a balance of $139,310.

Probation Chief Sally Barry and Juvenile Chief Sue Christman presented a Juvenile Court Judges Commission financial statement showing proper spending of $193,314 for salaries for five probation officers, training, radios, tablets....

Commissioners passed Ordinance 56 changing the hours at Monument Park to Sunrise to Sunset.

Ralph Zimmerman was appointed to the Destination Marketing Organization. Ralph represents the Mt. Gretna Historical Society.

Commissioners awarded a fixed allocation of $7,553 in Liquid Fuels funds to North Cornwall Township.

To notify victims, commissioners approved an annual agreement with the District Attorney's Institute for Centralized County information concerning release of prisoners.

An Hispanic Heritage Month proclamation was discussed.

Finally, a $255,990 pretrial Assessment and Placement Grant from PCCD was approved.

Next week, budget hearings will commence.  


Back at the Gap Land Preservation - Duration- 7 minutes, 1 second

As Lebanon County's largest employer, the military does a stellar job of keeping the County informed.  Thanks for the good working relationship.  We are blessed to host such a wonderful training facility at Fort Indiantown Gap. 

Pipeline Awareness on Supreme Court Decision and more - Duration- 15 minutes

Pam Bishop and Ann Pinca, Pipeline Awareness, addressed commissioners concerning updates on eminent domain as ruled by the Supreme Court where underground caverns are used as storage for gas; sample ordinances; a State website, and more.

Grants will cover a Table Top Railroad Car Incident Exercise - Duration- 5 minutes, 3 seconds

HazMat Chief Gary Verna will apply for grants for a table-top exercise focusing on rail car accidents, and will update written plans.  $15,578 with an 80/20 match, and possibly Transcare and Norfolk Southern providing the 20% match. 

Per Deputy EMA Director Brian Burke, a $142,110.00 grant will provide a 50% match for 1/2 reimbursement for salaries. 

Drug and Alcohol Underspent by $216000 and Narcan helped lower heroin OD deaths - Duration- 17 minutes

According to Jim Donmoyer, Drug and Alcohol Director, while the same amount of people were served, D&A was $216,000 under-spent due to MA expansion, which paid for many expenses the County normally covered. Act 152 funds are categorical, and could not be transferred to another area of need.  Therefore, the funds were returned to the State hub for redistribution.  In the past, Lebanon County received money for over-expenditures from the hub.  Governor Wolf has made heroin a top priority, and additional funds also came in during 2016 to cover treatment of heroin addiction.  Narcan is being used on a regular basis, which has reduced heroin deaths from 17 last year to 5 this year.  Bryan Smith said it's the second most used drug on his truck.  Eight police have used Narcan too.  Family dispensers are nasal rather than injections.  A kit is worth $80, and 40 kits were given away during a recent event. 

108 people were interviewed for D&A treatment at the prison.  All but four people were either placed in-patient or are receiving out-patient treatment. 

Renaissance Crossroads Renewal - Duration- 55 seconds

Renaissance Crossroads, a very successful inpatient drug and alcohol treatment center applies for a State grant to continue operation at the VA Medical Center. 

Red Ribbon Week in Lebanon County October 21 to 29 2016 - Duration- 21 minutes

D&A Director Jim Donmoyer receives a proclamation for Red Ribbon Week, which is scheduled October 21-29, 2016 in Lebanon County.  An overall healthy lifestyle, the theme is "Be Drug Free" #YouOnlyLiveOnce .  11,000 red ribbons will be provided to school districts.  Education and support is available too. 

Monument Park Ordinance being Advertised - Duration- 88 seconds

In an effort to deter vandalism and litter in historic Monument Park, commissioners are advertising an Ordinance to make Park hours from sunrise to sunset.  The origin of the Park dates back to 1867, right after the Civil War when it was known as Camp Coleman.  Monument Park was built by women, led by Mrs. G Dawson Coleman, who set out to erect a monument in honor of the 93rd regiment who was stationed there. 

Privacy Act of 1974 and Patriot Act Discussion - Duration- 6 minutes, 30 seconds

The Privacy Act of 1974 states that citizens do not have to provide their social security number unless a law specifically demands it.  IRS is a prime example of a time when you are mandated to provide your social security number.  The Patriot Act aims to guarantee who a person is that is signing a bank statement.  Banks ask for social security numbers, but in the case of the County, which is an entity similar to a corporation that is solely responsible for their debt, a government entity is responsible for their debt, not commissioners individually.  Therefore, Commissioner Litz requested that she be allowed to sign in person or provide a notarized statement to the bank.  She also asked that the bank's attorney review the Patriot Act, and provide a written response.  Commissioner Phillips also requested an interpretation by the County Solicitor. 

Community YouTubes:

Sgt Bill Christner retires from the Lebanon County Correctional Facility - Duration- 3 minutes, 31 seconds

Speaking Briefly at the Township Officials Conference - Duration- 2 minutes, 23 seconds

Working together with municipalities is an important function of County government. In Lebanon County, we administer zoning for many municipalities, distribute liquid fuels funds, bundle and bid bridge projects, coordinate road projects through the Metropolitan Planning Organization, declare emergencies during times of disaster to facilitate reimbursements that may come from the state and federal governments, make GIS mapping services available, set property values upon which municipal millage is calculated, provide detective to aid police forces with investigations.... Since Municipalities often host polls for elections, the cooperation goes both ways.

Litz addresses the Chamber of Commerce Business and Economic Summit - Duration- 17 minutes

At a Business and Economic Summit sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce at HACC, on a panel with her colleagues, Commissioner Litz presented a review of her liaison duties, which include Board of Assessment and Revision chair; Community Action Partnership CAP; Children and Youth; Geographic Information Systems GIS; Mental Health/Intellectual Disabilities/Early Intervention MHIDEI; United Way; Veteran's Affairs; and the Women's Commission.

Commissioners also sit jointly to manage Emergencies along with municipalities, PEMA & FEMA; on the MPO--Metropolitan Planning Organization to prioritize road & bridge repairs with PennDOT & the Federal Highway Administration; the Prison Board; and Retirement Board.

Authur Jack Cantwell Life Expressed in 25 Words or Less - Duration- 19 minutes

Filming Fireball Run in Lebanon County - Duration- 15 minutes

Ryan Pelton at Hollywood in Grantville PA - Duration- 7 minutes, 17 seconds


Human Resources Director Michelle Edris received approval for President Judge John Tylwalk's request for Brenda Silva, Assistant Fiscal Supervisor of Probation Services, to work an additional 2.5 hours per week, not to exceed 40 hours between 9.19-11.4, 2016.

Further, commissioners accepted Kevin Schrum's recommendation to eliminate the Intellectual Disabilities Case Management unit.  All staff were hired by two private firms providing service to clients.  Both firms are establishing offices in Lebanon County.

Absentee Ballots for the 2016 Presidential Election - Duration- 5 minutes, 58 seconds

For approval, Michael Anderson, Voter Registrar, provided commissioners, sitting as the Election Board, with sample ballot layouts containing the names of candidates for the November 8 election.

·       October 11 - Last Day to Register to Vote

·       November 1 - 5PM, Last Day to apply for Absentee Ballots

·       November 8 - Election Day - Polls open 7AM-8PM

A ballot question will also appear:  "Shall the PA Constitution be amended to require that justices of the Supreme Court, judges, and magisterial district judges be retired on the last day of the calendar year in which they attain the age of 75 years?"  (Note:  The current age is 70.)

Victims of Juvenile Offenders with Nicole Eisenhart

On behalf of the District Attorney, Nicole Eisenhart presented Victims of Juvenile Offenders VOJO modification and $231,057 in grant requests that included RASA.

Children and Youth Director James Holtry presented $1,311,876.13 in 4th quarter invoices for approval.  He will also will file an appeal for reimbursement of $782,060 in over expenditures.

Maple St Senior Center Lease

Commissioners renewed a new 3-year management agreement for the Area Agency on Aging at the Maple Street Senior Center.  The County will provide $100,000/year in building upkeep and utilities, including the fire company.  Excess funds will be placed into an account for the City, owner of the building.

Peggy Morcam becomes Lebanon Countys new Labor Attorney

Tim Sheffy resigned, and Peggy Morcam was appointed as Labor Counsel at the rate of $185/hour.  Work for an associate at Buzgon Davis will receive $150/hour, and a paralegal, $75/hour.  Previously, Peggy was doing non-union work for the County.  An example is the County handbook.

A proclamation was approved for Bill Christner who is retiring from the Prison after 32 years of service to the County.

Rita Groy retired from the Renova Center Board.

The HazMat team received recertification for four years.

11PM Monument Park Curfew may change to Dusk - Duration- 3 minutes, 40 seconds

While no action was taken, upon the City's request, commissioners will consider changing Monument Park to a dawn to dusk park, which is consistent with Coleman and other City Parks.  Currently, the Park closes at 11PM.

At 1:30,  commissioners sat as the Board of Assessment and Revision.


PA Counseling Service chosen to open a Day Reporting Center January 1 2017

Commissioners, Judge Tylwalk and the District Attorney visited the Day Reporting Center presentations one more time before Administrator Wolgemuth was asked to pursue a written management agreement with PA Counseling Services PCS.  Commissioners will take formal action after an acceptable agreement is reached.

United Way Kickoff 2016 - Duration- 62 seconds


Cornell Wilson addressed commissioners.

For Voter Registration, Commissioners approved a casual temporary position through December 22.  To accommodate the Presidential election, other Voter Registration employees were approved for an additional 5 hours per week, not to exceed 40 hours/week through November 18.

President Judge Tylwalk requested a title change for the Fiscal Technician in Domestic Relations to Fiscal Administrator. 

Dan Seaman, Director of the Lebanon County Assessment Office, presented one disabled veteran for exemption from real estate tax.

Betsy Bowman, Director of the Redevelopment Authority, presented $542,300.80 in revised Community Development Block Grant CDBG agreements for approval, as well as $104,000 for Annville to replace curbs and sidewalks on West Queen Street, and another for $33,000 in ADA improvements to J-1 Baseball Field in Jonestown.   $1855.12 will be reprogrammed to the County 1st Time Homebuyers Program.

Suicide Prevention Task Force - Duration- 11 minutes

Call Crisis Intervention 274.3363--or Text 741741
For more information:

The Suicide Prevention Task Force brings together many agencies to address suicide.  Kevin Schrum and Holly Leahy presented statistics and care sponsored by the Task Force.  Suicides peaked at 25 a few years ago.  While still a tragedy, the  number is down to 13 so far this year.  Cards for Crisis Intervention along with tips on recognizing a potential suicide victim are available.  Colorful wristbands are also available.  Commissioners passed a proclamation in honor of Suicide Prevention month. 

Warning signs of suicide include:


·        Threatening to hurt or kill self


·        Looking for ways to kill self.


·        Seeking access to pills, guns or other means to harm self.


·        Talking or writing about death, dying or suicide.


·        Feeling hopeless.


·        Experiencing rage, uncontrolled anger or seeking revenge.


·        Acting reckless or engaging in risk activities.


·        Feeling trapped, like there is no way out.


·        Increasing alcohol or drug use.


·        Withdrawing from friends or family.


·        Having dramatic changes in mood.


·        Feeling like there is no reason for living, no sense of purpose in life.


·        Sleeping too much or too little.

Crisis Intervention --Call 274.3363 --or Text 741741

For more information, visit Crisis Intervention 274.3363
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9.10  Place candles in your windows.


9.21  Dedication Service of a peace garden established near Stover's Dam to help families grieve. 


9.29  Participate in a ceremony for victims. 

Children and Youth Budget - Duration- 6 minutes, 18 seconds

Jim Holtry is at the helm in Children and Youth while Sally Barry steers the ship in the Probation Office.  It's important for them to work together to protect and guide children who are in need of help.  Jim read the numbers certifying $7,201,276 with a county share of $1,764,363.  Implementation and Needs Based Budgets were approved.  Funds are used for foster care, residential placements, as well as treatment of sexual offenders and mental health placements not covered by Perform Care.  Jim will also file an appeal to try and recoup $576,194 in additional revenue to offset the almost $800,000 increase in County share. 

Drug and Alcohol Contracts - Duration- 5 minutes, 8 seconds

Drug and Alcohol handles the paperwork, and pays bills for treatment services, including $27,475  for improvements to fighting the heroin epidemic. Contract amendments were also approved.   As important of a job as this is, so is teaching the next generation about the process.  Kudos to D&A Director Jim Donmoyer for mentoring a college student.

2015 Audit Report for Lebanon County - Duration- 12 minutes

Mark Zettlemoyer from Reintzel Kuntz and Lesher gave Lebanon County Commissioners and overview of the 2015 audit report which was recently completed.

Tourism Grant Awards - Duration- 3 minutes, 24 seconds

Lebanon County Commissioners can award grants to nonprofits to promote tourism.  Two grants were considered this date with $1500 going toward a music and beer festival, and $12,500 toward a video of Historic Schaefferstown and restoration of a drawing by Ferdinand Brader of a local building.  For consistency and because of her belief that the beer festival is counter to the mission of Drug and Alcohol, a County agency, Commission Litz voted nay to funding the festival.

West Cornwall Township was awarded $1979 in Liquid Fuels funds.

A Medical Assistance Transportation Driver MATP was approved for Community Action Partnership CAP as well as a $1,268,462 allocation.  Further, commissioners approved a $1,279,936 assurance of compliance wrap-up report for 74,954 trips by 1,023 consumers.

Commissioner Phillips requested a letter of support to help him raise funds for a 211 hotline.  Commissioner Litz asked for more time to return a call from Kenny Montejo and to gather information from a survey of PA counties.  Commissioner Litz also asked if there may be the appearance of a conflict of interest. The motion was passed with Commissioner Litz abstaining. 

Commissioners then met in Executive Session with Human Services Director Michelle Edris. 


Inwood Bridge 9 1 2016 - Duration- 20 minutes

Karen Light was on hand as Penn DOTs John Kennedy briefed commissioners on his plan to rehabilitate the Inwood Bridge and place it on the Rail Trail, then build a new bridge across the Swatara.  Penn DOT would take over the construction project and absorb the County's 5% share.  In the end, the County would own both bridges.  While the old iron bridge would be moved for rehabilitation soon, anticipated start date for the new bridge is 2020, with a drive-through date in 2021.


Day Reporting Center 8 24 2016 - Duration- 41 minutes

President Judge John Tylwalk, District Attorney Dave Arnold, Warden Robert Karnes, Probation Chief Sally Barry, and Lebanon County Commissioners exchanged notes on presentations by GEO Group, PA Counseling Services, and Youth Advocate to run a Day Reporting Center as an alternate to incarceration, which would reduce space needs at the jail, treat the whole person, and in many instances, avoid a record of incarceration for individuals with mental health, drug and alcohol and other situations such as not working and getting in arrears on child support.  The Court liked GEO, which is a national firm.  The commissioners like PCS, a local firm with a good record administering the Renaissance Crossroads program.  Also, PCS would be open 7 days a week in a downtown location, be open more hours than the other two bidders, and be less cost to real estate taxpayers who would partially foot the bill.  The group will reconvene in two weeks to try to come to an amicable agreement.  

211 -  Is it right for Lebanon County?

Two call centers were visited in 2010.  One was Dauphin County, which due to low call volume, no longer runs a 211 system.  Armstrong, Cumberland, Cameron, Elk and other Counties do not have a 211 system either. Some believe it adds cost, uses dollars that could go for treatment, and duplicates existing programs like those run by the American Red Cross during times of disaster.  I was in the field during the Campbelltown Tornado, Tropical Storm Lee..., and saw the American Red Cross helping people at their homes, offering people comfort....  I saw tractor trailer loads of bottled water donated  by stores like Giant and Weis.  I saw Home Depot and Lowes set up tents to distribute buckets, gloves, and other cleanup items.  We pull together in time of need and get the job done.  After the disaster, I sat on a Disaster Recovery Group Board.  We worked with FEMA, and the local American Red Cross who called every victim and offered assistance.  Lend-a-Hand treated mold; Mennonite Relief ground up stumps and helped to replace roofs.  Lebanon County used "Home" funds to provide $500 to help people with their insurance deductibles....

Lebanon County also has searchable data bases on their website 24/7.  Other counties do not provide these comprehensive alphabetical and word searchable documents.  See below, or visit , click on Departments, then Community Action Partnership.  In time of need, people often turn to someone they trust--teachers, policemen, counselors, pastors...  These professionals can utilize existing information. 

No Wrong Door:  64 pages  - Created by CASSP at MHIDEI

Human Services Directory: 159 pages  - Created by Community Action Partnership

Further, these PDF Guides can be downloaded to a smart phone or iPad for use when phones are down or WIFI is unavailable.  Additionally, hard copies of these manuals are available at County Libraries.  Millenials will probably Google an answer on where to get service.

             Lebanon County Department Heads meet to discuss how to maximize our dollars to treat the whole person.     Similar numbers may be confusing--311 for services; 411 for phone numbers; 511 for roads; 711; and 911 for emergencies.

    The United Way has committed to $30,000 per year, and projects 100 calls per month.  That's about $25 per call for 3-4 calls per day; which would not overwhelm Crisis Intervention and 911 staff.  The County already provides funds to Crisis and for 911.  Commissioner Phillips committed to raising money for the project.


Scott Aungst shares his views on Tourism

Scott Aungst said that he was one of the original three founders of the tourist bureau that was at the Quality Inn.  He said that he collects the new 5% fee, which is an increase from 3%, but Air Bed and Breakfasts in homes do not pay the hotel tax.

Long-term employees William Christner (1984) and Thomas Neuin (1989) submitted their retirement notices.  Thanks for the longevity and loyalty to the County of Lebanon.

Both full time ADAs and APDs will work 40 rather than 35 hours per week.

Prothonotary Barb Smith thanks commissioners for funds to organize her office - Duration- 23 seconds

Prothonotary Barb Smith thanked commissioners for funds to rearrange her office.

Probation Chief Sally Barry requested $1,037,000 in Grant-in-Aid from the State.  2016 actual was $77,000.  Sally also distributed a handout showing an historical overview of funds.

John Wilson requests approval for a Counter Terroism Task Force Grant

John Wilson brought a request for commissioners to approve a $1,715,551 Homeland Security grant agreement for the South Central Terrorism Task Force.  The money will be used for equipment maintenance, HazMat, SWAT Teams...

Retirement Fund 8 18 2016

Michael Battistelli and Brett Holland of Stifel Nicolas presented the second quarter Retirement update. The Retirement fund stands at $115,408,658.  $4.9M has been withdrawn year-to-date. Jeff Davidek, Senior VP at CS McKee, also made a presentation and answered questions. 

Bridge House Study

Phyllis Holtry, Director of Community Action Partnership, asked commissioners to approve $27,010 in Act 137 Funds to study needed upgrades to the Bridge and Transitional Houses for homeless families.  Joe Conner, Beers and Hoffman Architecture, explained some of his observations on the original walk through of the 1986 and 1998 purchases.  Arthur Funk and Sons can provide a cost estimate of recommended repairs to see if they make sense.

Amy Mozella DiBasco is employed by the Greater Lebanon Refuse Authority created by the County of Lebanon as a subsidiary to handle Lebanon County's trash disposal needs.  Recycling is one component of the GLRA.  Amy presented a $39,147 80/20 matching Municipal Waste Planning Grant with DEP.  County share can be in either cash or in-kind professional services. 

Commissioners approved one Medical Assistance Transportation Program contract with Nicole Heater.

Two disabled veterans were approved for real estate tax exemption.

Fixed Liquid Fuels allocations were awarded to Bethel $5007, Cleona $2080, Palmyra $7320, S Londonderry $6991, and Union $3099.

From the Repository of Unclaimed Property, commissioners accepted a $1000 bid from Sue and Robert Foltz on N Quarry Road, Swatara Township.

Rosemary Millgate was appointed to the Drug and Alcohol Board.

A $363,263 PCCD grant award was received for Victims of Crime.

Community YouTubes

Cold Storage LLC Breaks Ground- Duration- 2 minutes, 33 seconds

Stronger Together in Lebanon PA. - Duration- 17 minutes

Hillary in Scranton 8 15 2016 - Duration- 6 minutes, 53 seconds

Cornell Spillmont What is your Hillary Story - Duration- 53 seconds


Weisnich with Back at the Gap - Duration- 3 minutes, 51 seconds

Back at the Gap with David Weisnick:  August 13 & 14 is Demolition Training.  The Flight Schedule will avoid populated areas.  2000 troops are on base currently, but will go up to 4000 troops with training ending on September 30.  121,000 troops trained at FIG in 2015, which makes FIG the most heavily used installation in the United States.  8.21, the swimming pool closes.  Repairs of the Route 443 bridges are underway.  One lane remains open.  Effective 8.15, Gate Closure is in it's final phase, but Fisher and Clement Avenues will remain open.  David was also appointed to the Local Defense Group.

Chief of Assessments Daniel Seaman presented three (3) disabled veterans for real estate tax exemption.

Meet Gary Verna new HazMat Chief - Duration- 12 minutes

John Wilson and Gary Verna, new HazMat Chief and lifelong resident of Lebanon County, were on hand.  Verna introduced himself, and reviewed a sulfuric acid incident on Route 81; and the short response time needed for a local team to contain the spill verses waiting up to four hours for an outfit to respond from New Jersey. 

Burn Ban will go Thru 8 26 2016 - Duration- 3 minutes, 59 seconds

Further, commissioners affirmed a burn ban, which will run for 30 days, and expire on August 26. Even with the recent rain that ran off of the hardened soil, DEP has Lebanon County under a drought watch.  A long soaking rain would help the ground water to recharge.  To help comply with a voluntary 5% cut in water usage, consider turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth, repair leaks, install low-flow heads on your faucets and showers....

Next, the Annual HazMat Emergency Response Preparedness Report was approved.  Finally, a $15,018 Radiation Emergency Response Fund Grant Agreement was approved to help calibrate radiological equipment and computers used during drills or incidents.

Liquid Fuels Funds Awarded to 5 Municipalities - Duration- 78 seconds

Fixed Liquid Fuels funds were awarded to North Lebanon $11,429; Mt. Gretna $196; South Lebanon $9463; Jackson $8163; and Richland $1519.

Contracts for Medical Assistance Transportation for the Community Action Partnership were awarded to Lebanon Transit, Central Medical, and Philhaven Behavioral Health Care Services. 

Class Action Suit Withdrawn - Duration- 113 seconds

Controller Mettley requested that per Kessler Topaz, commissioners withdraw their class action suit "lead" status as Chicago Police Pension plan had already filed as lead.  Gerdau SA, a Brazilian Steel Mill company, defrauded the federal government by not paying  $400M in taxes.


Pension Borrowing 8 3 2016 - Duration- 26 minutes

At the previous meeting, a $4M carryover from insurance refunds acknowledged, which is 10% of our General Fund Budget of $41M. This is good. Add that to the left over $8M from the sale of Cedar Haven, and you have $12M in funds that are uncommitted. That's over 1/2 of the $22M they want to borrow. We can self-fund, and probably save another $11M in interest. Are we fiscally conservative, or not? PS. On our year-end financial statements, pension debt has not used against our borrowing capacity, but a loan or bond does go against our borrowing capacity. Therefore, pension is a soft debt, and borrowing or bonds are hard debt.

If this borrowing goes through, that means, Cedar Haven was sold for $25.5M; Taxes were raised 32% to 3.4925 mills; now majority commissioners want to borrow $22M--all without a written plan, as required by the CPA completing our annual financial statements, to share a vision and guide this and future Boards of Commissioners.

Community YouTubes

The 2016 Democratic National Convention - Duration- 42 minutes


David Weisnick Back at the Gap

David Weisnick provided an update on Back at the Gap.  6900 troops are training.  Clement and Fisher Avenues are still open.

Dan Seaman, Chief of Assessments, presented disabled veterans for real estate tax exemption.

James Holtry, Director of Children and Youth, presented Juvenile Probation Detention Contracts with Northampton ($250/day) and Lancaster ($299.37 for Secure Detention and $182.63 for Secure Shelter). 

Class Action Suit over $100,000 Loss - Duration- 4 minutes, 50 seconds

Controller Robert Mettley received approval for Lebanon County to be the lead in a Class Action Suit to recover funds lost when Gerdau SA, a Brazilian Steel Mill company, defrauded the federal government by not paying  $400M in taxes.  Kessler Topaz will represent Lebanon County, and file a motion in an effort to recover $100,000.

West Nile Virus Coordinator David Schmidt presented a $24,268.50 DEP Zika Virus grant for acceptance.  Funds are split between Lebanon and Lancaster.  The Agent Tiger mosquitoes have made their way to PA.

Chief Clerk Jamie Wolgemuth presented items for commissioner approval: 

Commissioners Clean Water Resolution Supporting GGIII


A Growing Greener III proclamation supporting Clean Water and recreation projects;


Liquid Fuels for Millcreek $3892; Cornwall $4112; Swatara $9000; and Myerstown $3062.


At a cost of $4000, Syner Road Bridge debris clearance by Shuey Excavating;


Wilhelm Ave Lease


Lease renewal for 1320 Cornwall Road at $750/month, a County owned property in anticipation of Wilhelm Avenue realignment.  The County mows and provides water and sewer.  The tenant shovels snow and pays electricity and oil heat.  There's a 30-day out clause, but construction is anticipated in 2018.


25 MATP drivers for Community Action Partnership.

7.23.2016  Wednesday Workshop

Pension Debt Borrowing Review 7 20 2016 - Duration- 31 minutes

At 1:30PM, commissioners sat as the Board of Assessment and Review where they heard four appeals. 

Community YouTubes

Dr Charles Greenawalt on Presidential National Conventions

Dr. Charles Greenawalt was on the air during the 911 attacks on the Twin Towers in New York.  A respected professor of political science at Millersville University, Dr. Greenawalt spoke to the Northern Lebanon Rotary on Presidential National Conventions.


Lt Col Waltmans last Commissioner Meeting

Lt. Col. Dale Waltman attended his last "Back at the Gap" report to commissioners.  The Colonel is retiring.  David Weisnicht, his replacement, accompanied Waltman to the meeting.  500 people from all over the world saw the Regal Frittilary butterflies, and two more walks at 10AM will take place this Saturday.  Gate closure is being channelized.  July 18 will allow access on 443 and Fisher Avenue.  The bridge project on 443 is delayed.  The helicopter flight pattern is normally above 4000 feet and extends up and down the Lebanon Valley.  Darkened skies between Blue Mountain and St Anthony's Wilderness (no street or other lights) are valued training routes.  Berks County is a turn-around point, like other small airports in the area.

Sunoco asked to hold a Mariner East Hearing in Lebanon County and Extend Comment Period by 30 Days - Duration- 5 minutes, 14 seconds

Pam Bishop, Concerned Citizens, asked commissioners to send a letter to Sunoco requesting that a hearing be held in Lebanon concerning the 300 mile twin line, Mariner E, and that they extend the comment period for another 30 days through September 24.  19.7 miles is located in six municipalities within Lebanon County. Pam says that the application is still being revised and is complex, which warrants both more time for a thorough review and a local hearing.

Atlantic Sunrise Update 7 7 2016

Ann Pinca provided an update on the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline, and asked commissioners if they provided comment.  Commissioner Litz said she submitted her personal comments.  Pinca encouraged commissioners to submit a joint statement. 

Mike Schroeder on the Sale of Land E of the Quittie Wetland off of Walnut St - Duration- 8 minutes, 56 seconds

Mike Schroeder, co-president of the Quittie Watershed, expressed concern about flood control, water quality, and storm water run-off from the sale of 4 acres owned by the County of Lebanon on the East end of the City.  He would like to be informed about and included in future meetings.  Commissioner Ames explained that the interested party is going through due diligence, may take a long time during which we hear nothing, and real estate may not transfer.  Commissioner Litz explained that municipalities, in this case South Lebanon, make the rules that must be followed concerning installation of conservation measures like pervious parking and rain gardens, but businesses can benefit financially from such installation while receiving accolades from the public.  Also, there is a time when real estate inquiries are not public until a potential purchaser is ready to request an agreement of sale. Next, to inform the public about topics to be discussed, meeting agendas are posted on the County website at least 24 hours in advance.  (At click on Departments, then commissioners, or for the MPO agenda, Planning.)  Finally, by law, storm water is to be contained on site.

Treasurer Sallie Neuin received permission to have Colette Aurentz and Ranae Lemke help process deer licenses for 6-8 weeks, about five hours per week. 

Diane McKinney Retires after 25 years from CAP - Duration- 3 minutes, 18 seconds

Diane McKinney retired after 25 years of loyal service to the County as an administrative assistant at Community Action Partnership CAP delivering Human Services to the residents of Lebanon County.

Michael Anderson was promoted to Voter Registrar/Chief Clerk in Voter Registration, replacing Lori Oliver.

Gary Verna was hired as the new Haz-Mat Chief, replacing Juan Rodriguez.  Gary worked at First Aid and Safety Patrol.  The first order of business will be to complete an overdue report.

Those present mourned the loss of Brenda Napierala, a fellow employee, who passed away earlier the same morning. 

John Wilson presents MCM Contract for EMA 911 - Duration- 5 minutes, 21 seconds

John Wilson, EMA Director, presented a 3-year contract, with MCM Consulting, to complete a 911 Planning Services Contract at a cost of $60,000, which will be paid from collected 911 fees.  The previous $47,500 contract did not deal with requirements contained in the new law concerning PEMA upgrades....

Refinancing $3 6M to save Interest and Pension financing options vote 2 to 1

Jay Wenger, Susquehanna Group Advisors, was back, and received approval to refinance a $3.6M General Obligation bond from 2011, which has the potential to save the County $330,000 in interest.  Brian Bradley represented RBC Capital Markets who will carry out the transaction, and Peter Edelman, Esquire, Stevens and Lee, who will provide legal counsel. 

Also, the majority commissioners approved further exploration of borrowing $24M to pay a pension deficit.  If completed, the County's hard debt would be more than doubled from $20M to $48M, require monthly payments on the newly borrowed $24M, plus interest, and the money invested in the stock market, a Ponzi scheme in the opinion of some authors--one that could provide a false sense of security and saddle future generations with additional debt because the debt may not be attributed to the pension by future Boards of commissioners.  On a  2 to 1 vote, Commissioner Litz voted nay.    

Kevin Schrum and James Holtry, directors of MHIDEI and Children and Youth respectively,  received approval on the Human Services Plan for Lebanon County.

Intellectual Disabilities Unit to Close

Kevin Schrum also said that of 9 positions, 3 are open in ID.  There is high turnover, and it is expensive to keep training people.  People tend to burnout, and transfer to other units.  Therefore, it is recommended the County permanently close the Intellectual Disability coordinator unit.  Case loads are about 60 clients per case manager.  Sara Fuller from the MHIDEI Advisory Board said there are concerns, but there should be more flexibility, and the Board recommends closure.  CMU, Harrisburg and SAM, Reading are interested in setting up shop in Lebanon to provide service.  The Supervisor will continue, and coordinate with a provider.  Remaining employees have options like transferring to other departments or a provider.  Letters will be sent to consumers. 

James Holtry also presented $1,315,625.60 in third quarter invoices for approval to pay bills at Children and Youth.

Roman Shahay presented a financial services contract with Aztec Inc. for Renova Center.  While a final figure was not available, since less units are involved, the contract is expected to be less than last year's $54,180.

Daniel Seaman, Chief of Lebanon County Assessment Office, received approval of two disabled veterans to receive exemption from real estate taxes.  Further, no change was recommended on a $675,000 property owned by Lee Allwein, Annville.

Honeywell Audit Review 2016 - Duration- 19 minutes

Patrick Salmon along with Sergio Diaz-Moresco returned for an annual audit report concerning Honeywell installation of energy efficient water fixtures and other conservation measures on County properties.  To add additional conservation measures, like solar panels or new windows when they become cost-effective, the 20-year contract can be amended at any time.  Energy savings are guaranteed to pay for all improvements.  Honeywell performs audits for governments, schools, and businesses.  A vote occurred to remove Cedar Haven from our Honeywell contract.  With the Cedar Haven sale adjustment, cumulative net savings to date total $1,189,821, and the County was guaranteed to save $958,740.  So, the County has actually made $231,081 and helped the environment. 

Finally, Jamie Wolgemuth presented fixed Liquid Fuels allocations for approval for West Lebanon Township $781 and Annville Township $4767.

Community YouTubes


John Worrilow Agnes Flood Hazel Dyke Droughts Christian Seigrist Dam Brasenhill- Duration- 39 minutes


John L Worrilow on Steel and Water - Duration- 33 minutes


Keep PA Beautiful in Lebanon Dauphin Counties - Duration- 2 minutes

June 16, 2016

Back at the Gap with Col Waltman on 6 16 2016

Colonel Dale Waltman  is a regular visitor to commissioner meetings as he gives Lebanon County updates on "Back at the Gap."  The Colonel will soon be retiring, and is mentoring his replacement.

West Cornwall Township Citizens Group - Duration- 10 minutes

Representatives of a West Cornwall Township citizens group addressed commissioners about Quentin Apartments, and challenged the affordable housing application requesting funds from Lebanon County.  Rodney Gernert, Dennis Tulli, and Ron Richard were in attendance.  They asked that commissioners fact check information provided; that the people who provided information be held accountable; and said that stripped topsoil made the land poor.   The group believes that the C1 designation is for business, not low income housing; there is indeed other subsidized housing, over 200 units, at Gretna Springs in West Cornwall Township; and the land should be returned to usable land for farming.  Otherwise, in their opinion, the land would not be in harmony with the community and adjacent area.  Schools, fire and police protection, and water pressure were also issues.

Sue Christner presented an opportunity for the County to acquire stop gap funding for Juvenile Offenders to receive multi systemic therapy using evidence based programs.  The $46,000 bridge funding is available in year one, and the County would be required to pay 30% of the cost in year two.  By paying $550 per week for direct placement, this program will save the County money from funding detention placements at a cost of $150-$250 per day.  On a 2 to 1 vote, commissioner Ames voted nay.

LCCM Food Distribution Plan and Lebanon County Designated Agency Approval

Troy Williams, Director of Lebanon County Christian Ministries Food Bank LCCM, addresses commissioners with a food distribution plan, and receives approval to utilize TEFAP, a State Food purchase program, but not commit a dollar amount due to local donations and vendors with favorable pricing. 

LCCM, the County, and local organizations join forces to feed the hungry in Lebanon County. LCCM has satellite offices, and works with the Central PA Food Bank as well as JOY in Jonestown and the Country Cupboard in Palmyra.

Carol Davies with Area Agency on Aging amended contracts and 4 year plan - Duration- 5 minutes, 4 seconds

Carol Davies, Area Agency on Aging Director, and Melissa Martinez, presented three contract amendments to Lebanon County Commissioners.  No additional funds were requested.  Funding comes from State Departments like Human Services and Aging. The four-year plan was also approved

From the Cedar Haven funds, commissioners approved transfer of $212,500 and $55,500, which is the assessed value of the Eldercare and Storage facilities built by the State for the Area Agency on Aging.

AAA Board appointments included James Rupetak, Joan Norman, Priscilla Heist, Aaron Ilius, Patricia Mallet, and Jan Fryer.

CAD Update for EMA - Duration- 3 minutes, 29 seconds

EMA Chief John Wilson and Bob Dowd were on hand for approval to purchase upgraded CAD software for the 911 call center.  $268,070 will come from the $1.65 per phone line fee collected for 911.  Tyler Technologies will train dispatchers and work with Dowd on installation.  The new software will allow sirens at fire companies to be activated one time only per call.  Implementation will take about six months.

Ordinance Raises Hotel Tax from 3 to 5 Percent

Administrator Jamie Wolgemuth presented Ordinance 54, which increases the Hotel Tax 40%,from 3 to 5%.  At 55%, the Visit Lebanon Valley Tourist Promotion Agency will receive $222,000 annually, LV Expo at 35% will receive $141,000, and at 10% the County $40,400.  Teeth were added to the collection process by implementing penalties and enforcement by the District Attorney.  Act 18 requires a 25% match for grants and a 4% administration fee.  The vote was 2 to 1 with Commission Litz voting nay due to refusal of the Board to address nepotism

Bid Award for Clear Spring and Killinger Roads - Duration- 2 minutes, 42 seconds

Jon Fitzkee, Transportation Planner for Lebanon County, updated commissioners on the Killinger and Clear Spring Road realignment bid.  Pennsy Supply, the only bidder, was awarded the contract.

LT Appointments Fixed Liquid Fuels Awards

Reappointments to Lebanon Transit included Franklin Shearer and Loel Brogan. 

Fixed Liquid Fuel distributions were approved for Jonestown at $1,905; South Annville $8550; and Heidelberg $4069.

Metropolitan Planning Organization MPO meeting to prioritize roads and bridges

Ellie Sallahub on Bicycle Plans - Duration- 6 minutes, 4 seconds

Ellie Sallahub read a statement requesting a bike path study.  Pat Krebs also addressed the Board concerning bike paths.

Lebanon County Road and Bridge Project Amendments - Duration- 2 minutes, 16 seconds

Adam, from Penn DOT, presented amendments to Lebanon County's road and bridge projects.

Assessment Appeals

Commissioners listened and/or addressed seven real estate appeals on assessment.

June 15, 2016

Prison Board

Census 469:  372 males, 97 females


Unsentenced inmates 266


Work Release 43


State Sentenced 28


Parole/Probation Violators 189


DJ Sentenced 7


Court of Common Pleas sentenced 36

Carolyn Robinson, Pa Prison Society, asked the Board about Muslim services.  She was told that no Muslim clergy have volunteered to come into the prison.  Further, inmates are allowed to pray in their cells, have ornaments like prayer rugs, and can read in their cells.  Carolyn also inquired about Mental Health treatment for inmates.


Dr. Weaver and Captain Ernesto Portillo made a presentation highlighting the Salvation Army.

Community YouTubes


Chris Gebhard Chamber Small Business Person of the Year 2016 - Duration- 4 minutes, 49 seconds


David Stein receives Chamber Entrepreneurial Spirit Award 2016 - Duration- 3 minutes, 16 seconds


Painting the Bordner Cabin - Duration- 29 minutes

June 2, 2016

Mutual Aid Bridges and Butterflies at FIG

Lieutenant Colonel Dale Waltman presented a report from Back at the Gap.  He tells about mutual aid, the closing of Route 443 for the replacement of two bridges, Asher Minor Road Bridge on June 20 (A paved alternate route on a tank trail will be available) and Clement Avenue Bridge, which will be reduced to one-lane on July 5.  Regal Fritillary butterfly tours on Jul 1,2, 8 &9, and a partnership with Zoo America were also in the Colonel's report.

Treasurer Sallie Neuin reported that beginning June 6, the State Department of Agriculture will be in Lebanon County checking to make sure that owners have dog licenses and rabies shots for their animals.

Further, Colette Aurentz was approved for temporary work June 13-June 17.

Commissioners approved a Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Chocolate Workers' Union, Local 464 involving the EMA Telecommunicators, will run through 12.31.2019.  A 3.5%/3%/3%/3.5% wage increase plan was approved for the 4-year term.  Employee contributions to health insurance costs, increased deductibles, and increase co-pays for doctor visits and prescriptions are also part of the agreement, which covers 28 employees.

DUI Checkpoints Cops in Shops grant requested - Duration- 4 minutes, 27 seconds

Lebanon County Chief Detective Daniel Wright presented a $30,000 Penn DOT DUI enforcement grant for checkpoints, Cops in Shops, and roving patrols.  Each 2-way checkpoint takes 13-15 officers to implement.  The Sheriff's Department has been assisting with the checkpoints.

MH.ID.EI Director Kevin Schrum presented $100,813 in Provider Contract Amendments for approval.  Next, Kevin presented a $2,963,1184 budget for Provider Contracts.  Essentially, his department has been flat-funded for 10-years.  Finally, Kevin presented an overall budget summary of $7,980,633, $162,000 more than last year to cover salary increases. 

Drug and Alcohol Director James Donmoyer presented an Annual Fiscal Report.  His budget went from $1,273,923 down to $1,193,174.  Also flat funded.  In addition, James submitted $42,800 in additional Provider Contract Amendments for Compassmark and Pyramid Health Care.

LERTA approved for Ridgeline - Duration- 3 minutes, 37 seconds

George Christianson returned for consideration of a LERTA on the Ridgeline Property Group application.  The motion passed 2 to 1 with Commissioner Ames voting nay.

Hazard Mitigation grant ap approved

EMA Director John Wilson received approval to submit a $42,225 Hazard Mitigation Grant application, which covers 75% of the project totaling $56,300.  MCM Consulting will prepare the Plan.

County Selling 4 acres W of Lebanon

Justin Mandel, BT Management LLC, accompanied by Mike Swider, reviewed a $700,000 proposed Agreement of Sale for 4.5 of 13 acres of County Property on East Walnut Street by Home Depot.  Commissioner Litz stated that the agreement of sale does not address preservation of the Quittapahilla Wetland Park, which is important for ground water and Quittapahilla Creek recharge as well as to help protect the City of Lebanon from flooding.  Mandel agreed to provide up to $8,000 to subdivide the wetland parcel for preservation.  However, he refused to budge on covering the entire broker fee and allowing the County to retain $2500 of a down payment should BT withdraw their offer in the first 90 days.  In the end, the vote was unanimous. 

Majority Commissioners Pursue a Pension Obligation Bond  June 2

Proposed Pension Obligation Bond - Duration- 39 minutes  June 1

Jay Wenger proposed to borrow $24 million to fund the remainder of the pension deficit.  Known as Pension Obligation Bonds, a Chamber of Commerce sponsored seminar by Richard Dreyfuss warned that POBs pose serious risks and are lousy public policy.  His comments are supported by a 2014 Boston College study prepared for the Center for State and Local Government Excellence.  Commissioner Litz compiled tidbits from the numerous reports: 

  1. POBs do not change the total indebtedness.  POBs do change the nature of the indebtedness.

  2. You can amortize unfunded pensions, which are flexible.

  3. POBs are inflexible debt with required annual payments for up to 30 years.

  4. With the appearance of more assets than liabilities, there is a false sense of security.

    a.      Interest groups lobby for increased programs and benefits.

    b.      Rendell tried a POB, but future politicians forget the commitment.   Mayor Street didn't make Pension ARCs because of the false sense of reduced debt, which resulted in a compounded pension deficit.  It backfired and left Philadelphia in even worse financial shape.

  5. In short, POBs turn a somewhat flexible commitment into a firm commitment.

  6. Also, there are political risks.  Pension bonds can give lawmakers another incentive to underfund the plans.  Dreyfuss

  7. Rating Agency Warning:  "Moody's, a major credit rating firm, issued a statement warning governments about the risk of using pension bonds....We consider it a deficit borrowing and would view the financing as credit negative."  Marcia Van Wagner, VP at Moody's 3.12.2013 Erick Boehm

8.      Finally, and most importantly, in 2010, the State made such borrowing illegal

Phillips accused Litz of being negative when he and Ames want to try something to improve the pension fund.  Litz responded with two final quotes:

Dreyfuss:  "Would you, in today's world, take out another mortgage on your house at three percent and invest in the stock market?"

"It's foolhardy to trust politicians with found money and expect them not to be tempted to put it toward what's politically popular."

Eric Boehn:  "Sometimes the cure can be worse than the disease."

On a Phillps/Ames motion, Wenger was given approval to seek financing bids from banks.  Commission Litz voted Nay.

Yordy's Bridge debris removal

Jamie Wolgemuth presented an Emergency Resolution to clear stream debris from Yordy's Bridge.  The debris is a dangerous barrier for paddlers on the Swatara Creek, and could cause additional flooding during hurricane season, which is just starting.  The $28,100 bill will be covered with liquid fuels money.  John Reigle retired.  Shuey Excavation will perform the work.  Wood will be chipped and donated to Levitz Park.  A previously obtained Submerged License Land Agreement will allow work to commence next week.

Doug Siegried, Carlos Maldonado, and Eva Harter were approved as Medical Assistance Transportation drivers for Community Action Partnership.

Allison Gosh was appointed to the Board of Drug and Alcohol.

June 1, 2016

Area Agency on Aging held a public hearing to review their Aging Block Grant and 4-year Plan. 

Proposed Pension Obligation Bond - Duration- 39 minutes

Jay Wenger reviewed a Standard and Poors report.  Responding to the S&P narrative and statements by Commissioner Ames at the previous meeting, Litz stated that the current Board including Ames and Phillips have not acknowledge that they contributed to the deficit by ignoring a  2012 budget line containing a $500,000 pension contribution that was not made.  (A $101,000 payment came from not funding medical supplements to retirees.)  Therefore, the majority have contributed to the pension deficit while blaming previous administrations.  Further, because Cedar Haven was sold, Lebanon County now has more retirees collecting pensions than paying into the retirement system.  Also, had CRC run Cedar Haven for the County, their proposed budget included pension payments.  Finally, after the sale, the majority commissioners refuse to return $8.1 million in excess funds to the people or apply them to the remainder of the pension deficit to fully fund the pension plan, and reduce the ARC to a minimal contribution, thus allowing the County to grow a reserve fund.   Instead, they would borrow money to pay on the pension.

Litz believes that chasing a Standard and Poors rating is the wrong reason  to justify such actions.  By their own qualifications, an S&P rating is simply a statement of opinion, not a statement of fact.  In fact, S&P does not audit or guarantee the accuracy, completeness, (or) timeliness..., of content.  Content is provided on an "as is" basis.  It is subject to bugs from software, errors and defects. 

Red Cross to sell City Building and Rent

Jeri Sills and Paul LeVan disclosed that the Red Cross building in the City of Lebanon will be sold, but services will continue.

Community YouTubes:

Dr Glen Mesaros receives the Beyond the Call Award 2026 - Duration- 7 minutes, 5 seconds

Dent gets Money for Security Fence at FIG - Duration- 7 minutes, 6 seconds

May 8, 2016


Total Inmates:  462:  375 male and 87 female


244 unsentenced inmates


43 on work release


33 State sentenced


189 on Parole/Probation violation


11 DJ sentenced


17 sentenced by the Court of Common Peas

WORK SESSION @ 1:30PM:  Members of two local pipeline organizations approached commissioners about updating the website; requesting an extension of time to comment; submitting comments; and requesting that DEP hold a public hearing in Lebanon County.  Pam Bishop agreed to put the request in writing for consideration at Thursday's voting session. 

May 19, 2016

Commissioner Phillips announced that today is the County's first attempt at video recording meetings in their entirety, without edit. 

Artillary Fire Wounded Warrior Hunt and Pool Opens 6 4 - Duration- 71 seconds

Lt. Colonel Dale Waltman presented a report on Back at the Gap.  Ordnances are exploding during drills.  The community pool will open to the public on June 4.

FERC Pipeline Comment Extension and DEP Hearing Requests - Duration- 12 minutes

Pam Bishop requested that commissioners approve the following concerning pipelines:

  1. Extension of the public comment period through July 31, a total of 90 days, to FERC concerning the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline, Docket CP15-138-000.  A Litz/Ames motion passed unanimously.

  2. Request DEP to hold a public hearing in Lebanon County concerning a water obstruction and encroachment permit #E38-195. An Ames/Litz motion passed unanimously.

  3. Submission of comments to DEP by the May 31 deadline.  A Litz motion was not seconded.  Litz suggested that we could take a leadership position, and that submitted comments are necessary should the DEP not grant a local hearing.  Ames and Philips preferred to chance giving comments at a requested public hearing after the deadline.  Bishop said should the hearing transpire, comments given at that time would be acceptable. 

445 for 25 to CMN - Duration- 8 minutes, 53 seconds

Rik Rhoade, son Andrew, Aarron, an HMC representative, as well as Jennie and Tyler Shyda and his grandparents were on hand for Children's Miracle Network recognition.  Commissioners, and sometimes the City, have been providing support for over 25 years. The money raised in Lebanon County stays in Lebanon County to help children and their families utilizing the Hershey Medical Center children's unit.  For the past two years, Rik and the 445 Foundation raised $12,000 per year to donate to CMN.  Lebanon County Commissioners will pose a friendly challenge to Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Juniata, Mifflin, Lancaster, Perry and York Counties to issue a proclamation, and host a CMN recognition day at one of their meetings. 

Stifel Nicolas Pension Report - Duration- 8 minutes, 44 seconds

Michael Battistelli and Bret Holland presented a quarterly retirement board update.  The current value is $111,732,000.

Actuarial Report Review 5 19 2016 - Duration- 8 minutes, 33 seconds

Robert Mettley reviewed the Actuarial Report received earlier than in previous years due to audit details being turned in timely. With a majority of the payment scheduled for reimbursement, $2,862,255 is the new Annual Retirement Contribution ARC.  The funded ratio is 82.9%.  The balance of unfunded Annual Required Contributions is $23,940,974.  The budget contained almost $1M more for the ARC.  Due to the sale of Cedar Haven, for the first time, more retirees are collecting pensions than there are employees paying into the pension.  Stating that only a 100% funded pension plan is fully funded, Commission Litz requested that the County apply the remaining $8.1M in funds from the sale of Cedar Haven to further reduce the outstanding unfunded contributions.  This in turn would further reduce this and future ARC payments, and free up dollars to cover an internal TRAN.  Her request was dismissed. 

Blaze a Trail 31 all Total - Duration- 3 minutes, 30 seconds

Michelle Long and Susan Girrarti presented a Trail map with the theme, Blaze a Trail, produced by the Community Health Council, Area Agency on Aging, and the Merchandiser. 

Children and Youth Director Jim Holtry presented 49 contracts for approval.  22 contracts show no increase; 12 of the remaining 17 contracts were approved by the State; and the final contracts are within State approved rates.

Daniel Seaman presented three disabled veterans for real estate tax exemption.

EMS Strong - Duration- 3 minutes, 37 seconds

With the theme, EMS Strong, First Aid and Safety Patrol's Brian Smith and Jim Rittle were on hand for a proclamation recognizing Emergency Medical Services week.  FASP attained a GOLD level for heart care. 

George Christianson requests a LERTA - Duration- 12 minutes

George Christianson was on hand to request approval of a LERTA for a Union Township property, formerly George and Gloria Speck's farm.  Union Township approved the request on May 3.  On May 13, Northern Lebanon School District approved the LERTA pending passage by the County.  Commissioner Ames made a motion, but expressed opposition stating he didn't want LERTAs for warehouses.  Commissioner Litz asked for storm water information from SID Tool to see if commissioners ever foreclosed on a bond, which might have similar owners to this property.  Commissioner Litz moved to table the motion until requested information is provided.  Instead, Commissioner Ames moved to withdraw his motion.  Litz seconded the motion. 

Probation with Treatment grant application - Duration- 17 minutes

Sally Barry presented a two-year $236,000 pretrial diversion grant request to fund two positions to identify Drug and Alcohol offenders at the point of arrest.  This is a competitive grant process through PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency using federal dollars.  Persons targeted include newly charged people, those with bench warrants, who fail to appear for court....  People can be sentenced to this treatment program on more than one occasion by a MDJ or the Court of Common Pleas.  Expectations are that 100 people per month will be diverted from prison stays, AND recidivism (the number of reoffenders) will be reduced.  Commissioner Litz moved to approve submission of the grant providing that we revisit the program when it expires in two years to make sure the program meets outcome expectations.  The motion passed 2 to 1 with Commissioner Ames voting nay accompanied by comments concerning a union contract.

Administrator Wolgemuth presented items for a $15,000 grant to be submitted to PCoRP to control loss.  No match is required, and the submission is due by May 31.  Included in the request are two victim shields at a cost of $2400 for the Sheriff's Department; $2475 to upgrade MHID fire alarms; $1197 for panic alarms at AAA; outdoor cameras to cover AAAs parking lot; and ballistic glass for fines and costs at probation.

Community Action Partnership received approval for an Medical Assistance Transportation driver.

Richard Wertz was appointed to represent the Historical Society on the Destination Marketing Organization.

PCorp Grant and DMO - Duration- 6 minutes, 48 seconds

Commissioner Ames moved and Commissioner Phillips seconded a motion to raise the Hotel Tax from 3 to 5% to support tourism in Lebanon County.  First, Commissioner Litz asked to revisit Board composition to remove any trace of nepotism among these high ranking decision makers.  Her request was dismissed, and the motion passed 2 to 1 with Commissioner Litz voting nay. 

Commissioner Litz also asked whether the Sunshine Law had been broken responding to a Central Penn News article on the Hotel Tax.  Reporter John Latimer, Lebanon Daily News, said he asked commissioners the question at the end of the last long public meeting after Commissioner Litz had excused herself.  Litz accepted the explanation.  Ames and Phillips chastised Litz, disapproving of her destination and her question about the Sunshine Law. 

No Assessment Appeals will be heard today. 


Sallie Neuin reported that $5million has been set aside to cover payroll through October 13.

Michelle Edris presented a resignation from Voter Registrar Lori Oliver.

James Donmoyer provided a Drug and Alcohol Abuse contract amendment.

Awards were made to local groups and municipalities using Act 13 Marcellus Shale grant funds:


Lebanon County Conservation District for the Envirothon $10,000


Jackson Township for Fairlane Avenue Park $7,000


South Lebanon Township for a play area at South Hills Park $5,000


Clarence Shock Memorial Park at Governor Dick for a Board Walk and 2 platforms $20,250


North Cornwall Township for a backstop, bench and fence at Gloninger Woods $5,000


South Londonderry Township for a pavilion at Campbelltown Community Park $7,000


Jonestown Boro to rehab 250' of trail $5,000


City of Lebanon for SW Park Master Site Plan $5,000