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Warren County Commissioners Public Meeting
April 11, 2018 12:00 p.m.
Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin called the meeting of the Warren County Commissioners to order with Commissioner Cindy Morrison and Commissioner Jeff Eggleston present.
Staff Present: Pamela Matve, Chief Clerk; Eric Hern, Fiscal Director; Lisa Rivett, Director of Elections; Lori Bimber, Register and Recorder; Phil Gilbert, Tax Claim Director; Public Safety Director Todd Lake, Ken McCorrison, Deputy Mark Lehnen, and Ronna Tipton
Citizens Present: Josh Cotton (WTO); Joe Scully, George Borrello, Dan Heitzenrater, Richard House, Naomi House, and Anita Gillespie
Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin listed the various meetings that the commissioners attended since the last meeting noting that no decisions were made.
Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin stated there was no correspondence of importance to list.
Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello joined the meeting today to express interest in working with Warren County on the North/South Corridor project. This project will improve and expand route 62 to connect to Highway 86 in a more convenient fashion; this is very important for our two counties to thrive. The need, demand, and increased truck traffic is a large part of why this needs to be addressed. By joining our two counties in this project we can increase our representation to the legislatures for possible funding. Together we can make this happen.
Joe Scully stated that years ago Jim Lynch tried this; are our state representatives on board with this project?
Commissioner Jeff Eggleston stated that we are starting from the ground up this time around, getting a plan together before we present the project. They are more receptive if you have a plan to put in front of them instead of an idea. We have a legitimate need.
Mr. Borrello stated that this is a grass roots effort and it will take everyone working together. He thanked Commissioner Jeff Eggleston for coming to Chautauqua County and getting their involvement.
Commissioner Jeff Eggleston thanked Mr. Borrello for coming to the meeting today to present the project, and showing their support.
Agenda Content: Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin asked that the Apraxia proclamation be removed from today’s agenda until next public meeting.
Minutes from the March 28, 2018 Meeting: there was one minor spelling error to correct.
Fiscal Report: Eric Hern, Fiscal Director stated there was cash on hand of $1,277,208.00 and in the Erie bank account a balance of $196,910.00. There is no payable amount to give, and healthcare is estimated to be $35,000.00.
Proclamations for Emergency Services Week, Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, Correctional Officers and Employee Week and National County Government Month were read.
Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin commented that as an EMR he has a full understanding of the 100’s of hours of training that it takes to become an EMS provider; First Responder, EMT, EMR etc., I truly appreciate all of those EMS personnel.
Your Volunteer Fire Departments need you in various ways. One way Warren County can help is to push the government to change Act 37. Joe Scully has been very involved in getting a list of changes together that need to be made to make it easier for EMS Providers.
Commissioner Jeff Eggleston stated that Warren County jail has an incredible staff. I am grateful for the job they do. It is a very challenging job, especially as the state has closed so many forensic units, and now those with mental health issues are ending up in our facility.
Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin stated that we can try to make our jails a reformatory as they were in the 1900’s; not just a place to hold someone.
Motion was made by Commissioner Cindy Morrison, seconded by Commissioner Jeff Eggleston to approve today’s agenda, the March 28, 2018 minutes, the fiscal report as presented, and the Proclamations as read. Motion carried unanimously.
Agreement with Boetger Retirement Services: Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin stated that Boetger is our Actuary that process our retirement payments, Gasby reports etc. They have not had an increase in their cost in over eight plus years. They are asking that in 2019 we pay $1200 per month from the current cost of $1,500 per month.
Motion was made by Commissioner Cindy Morrison, seconded by Commissioner Jeff Eggleston to approve the agreement as presented for Boetger Retirement Plan Services. Motion carried unanimously.
Resolution #3106 Supporting CCAP 2018 Initiatives: Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin explained how this resolution will show that Warren County is supporting their initiatives in 2018. CCAP will push legislators on the various issues to make changes.
Commissioner Jeff Eggleston stated one item is the issues in our jail due to the closing of the forensic unit at the State Hospital, and how this effects rural jails.
Motion was made by Commissioner Cindy Morrison, seconded by Commissioner Jeff Eggleston to approve Resolution #3106 to support the CCAP 2018 Initiatives. Motion carried unanimously.
Agreement with the US Army Corp. and Allegheny National Forest: Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin stated that both of these agreements are done every year so that our Sheriff Deputies provide patrols for the Dam area and the ANF during peak times of the summer.
Motion was made by Commissioner Cindy Morrison, seconded by Commissioner Jeff Eggleston to approve the agreements with both the Allegheny National Forest, and the US Army Corp. for the 2018 season. Motion carried unanimously.
Repository Tax Bid(s): Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin reviewed the repository bids that have been presented by Tax Claim for approval:
Parcel Municipality Bidder Amount
YV-0081436 Pittsfield Victoria Bates $250.00
WN-142-4446 Farmington Victoria Bates $250.00
CY-371-36855 Brokenstraw Jeffrey Byers $329.13
WN-868-5532 Clarendon Kellie & Curtis $505.00
Motion was made by Commissioner Cindy Morrison, seconded by Commissioner Jeff Eggleston to accept the repository bids as presented above. Motion carried unanimously.
Resolution #3107 North/South Corridor Project: Commissioner Jeff Eggleston first stated that he wanted to thank Mr. Borrello for coming and speaking at our meeting this morning to show his support of this project. He then gave some points on why this is so important.
So today Commissioner Jeff Eggleston is asking that his fellow Commissioners approve this resolution to show Warren County’s support of this project.
Motion was made by Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin, seconded by Commissioner Cindy Morrison to approve Resolution #3107 showing support of the North/South Corridor project. Motion carried unanimously.
Children & Youth Agreements: Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin stated that at the beginning of the year we approved a list of authorized providers for Children & Youth. Today we have two agreement that are not on that list, therefore we need to approve them today. They are Alyce Bush – Guardian of the Person, and Alan Conn – Guardian Ad Litem.
Motion was made by Commissioner Cindy Morrison, seconded by Commissioner Jeff Eggleston to approve both the agreements with Alyce Bush and Alan Conn as listed above. Motion carried unanimously.
Personnel Report: Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin read the report stating that we have the following new hires: Tracey Morrison will start on April 23, 2018 as the Deputy of Wills in the Register and Recorder’s Office at a rate of $12.29 per hour. Warren County has the following separations: Tammy Rice, Human Services, and Anthony Lupo, Assessment.
Motion was made by Commissioner Jeff Eggleston, seconded by Commissioner Cindy Morrison to approve/ratify the personnel report as presented. Motion carried unanimously.
Adjournment: Motion was made by Commissioner Cindy Morrison, seconded by Commissioner Jeff Eggleston to adjourn the meeting. Motion carried unanimously.
Meeting adjourned 12:55 p.m.
Respectfully submitted, Approved:
Pamela J. Matve Jeff Eggleston, Secretary
Chief Clerk Warren County Commissioner