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Warren County Commissioners Public Meeting
May 8, 2019 12:00 p.m.
Commissioner’s Conference Room
Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin called the meeting of the Warren County Commissioners to order with Commissioner Cindy Morrison present and Commissioner Jeff Eggleston present by phone.
Staff Present: Pamela Matve, Chief Clerk, Phil Gilbert, Eric Hern, Fiscal Director, Nathaniel Schmidt, Sheriff Kenneth Klakamp, Deputy Thomas Kibbey, Lisa Rivett, Director of Elections, and Lorri Dunlap, Grants Administrator, Warden Jon Collins, Brian Zeybel, County Detective, Meredith Ketcham, C&Y Administrator, and Patty Wassink
Citizens Present: Josh Cotton (WTO), and Connie Zaffino
Announcements: Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin announced that the meeting is being recorded.
Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin stated that the only time two or more commissioners were together was this morning for an executive session with the solicitor to review open cases he is working on.
- Agenda Content:
Minutes from the April 24, 2019 Meetings: one spelling correction to be made
Fiscal Report: Eric Hern, Fiscal Director stated there was cash on hand of $1,005,404.00 and in the Erie Bank account a balance of $448,144.00.
Eric Hern, Fiscal Director stated that we did not have to draw down on the TAN as stated in the prior meeting as we had tax revenue come in.
Proclamation(s): Foster Care Month, Emergency Medical Services week, National Skilled Nursing Care Week, and Relay for Life
After reading the Foster Care Month proclamation, Meredith Ketcham, C&Y Administrator thanked all those who have fostered our youth currently and in the past.
Commissioner Cindy Morrison stated that we appreciate all you do at Children & Youth and for the presentation given on Monday at the work session.
After the Emergency Medical Services Week proclamation was read, Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin stated that he would like to add law enforcement to the proclamation as one of the many departments listed. EMS provides a much needed service and programs to our community.
Motion was made by Commissioner Cindy Morrison, seconded by Commissioner Jeff Eggleston to approve today’s agenda, the April 24, 2019 minutes with the correction as defined, the fiscal report as presented, and the proclamations as read. Motion carried unanimously.
Award of the Storm Water Improvement Project, Bear Lake: Lorri Dunlap stated that she is asking that the Commissioners award this CDBG project to Chivers Construction in the amount of $209,050.00.
Motion was made by Commissioner Cindy Morrison, seconded by Commissioner Jeff Eggleston to approve the award of the Bear Lake Storm Water Improvement Project to Chivers Construction in the amount of $209,050.00. Motion carried unanimously.
Appointment to the Transit Authority Board: Motion was made by Commissioner Cindy Morrison, seconded by Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin to approve the appointment of Al Hendricks to the Warren County Transit Authority Board effective immediately for a five year term. Motion carried unanimously.
Medical Assistance Transportation Agreement with resolution of County Match: Motion was made by Commissioner Cindy Morrison, seconded by Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin to approve the Medical Assistance Transportation Program Grant Agreement and Assurance of Compliance along with the resolution confirmation the local match by the county in the amount of $37,025.00 to be paid in June 2019. Motion carried unanimously.
Agreement with Shallow Creek Kennels for a K9 Service Dog: Sheriff Kenneth Klakamp and Deputy Thomas Kibbey gave a presentation on the purchase of a K9 service dog.
Sheriff Kenneth Klakamp stated that he and Officer Kibbey have worked very closely with Detective Zeybel and the other police chiefs in the county regarding the purchase of a K9 service dog.
He went onto explain that Officer Neiswonger and K9 Nick cannot be available for all necessary calls. For example last week they were on a call and then we could have used Officer K9 Nick for another call, but he had already put in his “working” hours.
Sheriff Kenneth Klakamp stated that Officer Kibbey has been chosen to be the handler. The Community Foundation has raised $30,000.00 that has been earmarked for a County K9. This will cover the cost of the K9, training, cage, food, vet costs, and a heat sensor for the vehicle. The heat sensor is so that when the car reaches a certain temperature the air conditioning will automatically come on.
Sheriff Kenneth Klakamp stated that he has spoken with Warden Jon Collins and we both feel that besides the schools, it will be beneficial to have a K9 do a periodic search of the jail.
Sheriff Kenneth Klakamp stated we are not asking for any county dollars.
Officer Kibbey stated that the decaling of the vehicle has been donated, food has been donated, and any fund raising the Community Foundation does for K9 will be split with Conewango Township.
Detective Zeybel stated that we have also applied for a grant through the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation to help cover the cost of the K9.
Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin stated that this is not new to the county as they have had K9’s in the past. Sheriff Kenneth Klakamp stated that there were three, one bomb and two drug K9’s.
Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin went on to state that this agreement has been reviewed by the solicitor and he has asked for changes to be made. Sheriff Kenneth Klakamp stated that those changes are being made as we speak.
Nathaniel Schmidt stated that he does have one more request and in the agreement it should state that after training is completed, the County has clear title to owning the K9.
Commissioner Cindy Morrison asked about additional labor costs for Officer Kibbey to which Sheriff Kenneth Klakamp stated that Officer Kibbey will work a different shift allowing him to work with the dog, and then if needed we will schedule adjust.
Sheriff Kenneth Klakamp then stated that the District Attorney has agreed that if they have seizures, such as money or vehicles in a drug bust that the K9 was a part of. The K9 program will get 10% of the funds collected so that it is self-sustaining.
Commissioner Cindy Morrison asked about insurance and who covers that. Officer Kibbey stated that the K9 will go onto the county’s insurance, but Walmart has stated they are willing to cover the cost of the insurance.
Commissioner Jeff Eggleston stated that he does support this, but feels that before this is signed and approved, there needs to be a meeting with Fiscal, Sheriff, and the Commissioners to run the numbers to make sure this is not going to use county funding. Can we table this for two weeks?
Sheriff Kenneth Klakamp stated that we are on a timeline, and if this is signed today, Officer Kibbey can pick up his K9 on Friday so the two of them can get acquainted before training starts in June.
Commissioner Cindy Morrison asked if the Community Foundation is understanding of the longevity of this program, and are they willing to cover all costs.
Sheriff Kenneth Klakamp again stated that they have $30,000 in this fund, and we are only requesting $18,000.
Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin stated that he is very supportive of this initiative and it will be a great addendum to the School Resource Officer.
Motion was made by Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin, seconded by Commissioner Cindy Morrison to approve the agreement with the edits requested by the solicitor.
Commissioner Cindy Morrison asked if Officer Kibbey will be the sole handler. Officer Kibbey stated yes, it is not recommended to have different handlers for one dog. Officer Neiswonger will be socializing with my dog and vice versa. Detective Zeybel stated that at no time will any other officer be handling the K9.
Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin asked if Officer Kibbey is committed to staying with the county. Officer Kibbey stated that yes, he is committed to the county for the life of the K9. As a matter of fact we are working out a contract on this matter.
Phil Gilbert asked if this is the same kennel that Officer Neiswonger used for his K9. Officer Kibbey stated yes. Detective Zeybel stated that this is part of the choice so that training is done in the same manner, and if both K9’s are used on a case, the commands are the same and they work together in a good manner.
Commissioner Cindy Morrison asked if there is a desired breed to which Officer Kibbey stated yes, I am going with a male German Shepard, they are more relaxed.
Connie Zaffino asked Officer Kibbey if he will have this dog for life, and Officer Kibbey stated yes.
Josh Cotton asked how long training will take. To which Officer Kibbey stated that it will start June 24th and go Monday through Friday for six weeks.
After nothing further the above motion was called to vote and the motion carried unanimously.
Personnel Transaction Report
May 8, 2019
New Hires for Warren County
Changes for Warren County Employees
Motion was made by Commissioner Cindy Morrison, seconded by Commissioner Jeff Eggleston to approve the Personnel as presented. Motion carried unanimously.
Adjournment: Motion was made by Commissioner Cindy Morrison, seconded by Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin to adjourn the meeting. Motion carried unanimously.
Meeting adjourned 12:46 p.m.
Respectfully submitted, Approved:
Pamela J. Matve Jeff Eggleston, Secretary
Chief Clerk Warren County Commissioner