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Warren County Commissioners Public Meeting

June 12, 2019 12:00 p.m.

Jackson Courtroom

 

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, Ed Burris, Director of Veteran's Affairs, Solicitor Nathaniel Schmidt, Lisa Rivett, Director of Elections, and Lori Bimber, Register and Recorder

 

Citizens Present: Josh Cotton (WTO), Joe Scully, and Connie Zaffino

 

Announcements: Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin announced that the meeting is being recorded.

 

Meetings held since the last meeting: Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin stated that since the last meeting we met on May 23rd to sign First Internet Bank document, May 24th we had a demo on a body scanner for the jail, June 5th we had a meeting with the Little League Association, and on June 6th we signed documentation for the USDA loan that was approved at a public meeting a while ago.

 

Correspondence: Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin stated that the NW Commission has completed the study on the petroleum plant. He then gave a brief explanation of this plant, where it is going and stated that he will forward the email to the other Commissioners.

 

Public Hearing:

 

Public Comment:

 

Joe Scully stated that the Governor’s Office is still pushing for all municipalities to have police protection and they must pay a fee for this coverage. Now they want the change to be that the tax payers must pay so much for each person in their household. Joe feel’s that the Sherriff’s Office should be given more police powers and they can patrol the county.

 

Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin stated that the Auditor General has a report that shows how much of the gas tax goes to support the PSP. This subject is becoming more and more talked about, and maybe it is time the Commissioners step up and to allow the Sherriff’s more policing powers.

 

Connie Zaffino asked who would pay for additional costs. Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin stated that the Sheriff already has a staff that does some limited patrolling. Connie then stated that it would be the tax payers that pay for the overtime and any extra costs; Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin stated that we do not know if there would be any costs at this time.

 

Consent Agenda:

 

  • Agenda Content:

 

Minutes from the May 22, 2019 Meetings: no changes need made

 

Fiscal Report: Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin stated there was cash on hand of $1,042,730.00 and in the Erie Bank account a balance of $448,294.00.

 

                Proclamation(s):  Suffrage Centennial

 

Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin stated that on June 24, 2019 at noon there will be a celebration on the Courthouse steps to celebrate the Suffrage Centennial, with the ringing of the bell 19 times, and speakers on hand.

 

Motion was made by Commissioner Cindy Morrison, seconded by Commissioner Jeff Eggleston to approve today’s agenda, the May 22, 2019, the fiscal report as presented, and the proclamation as read. Motion carried unanimously.

 

Old Business:

 

 

 

New Business:

 

Resolution #3140 Authorizing Application to the Red Light Enforcement Program: Motion was made by Commissioner Cindy Morrison, seconded by Commissioner Jeff Eggleston to approve Resolution #3140 authorizing application to the Red Light Enforcement Program. Motion carried unanimously.

 

Appointment to the Housing Authority of Warren County: Motion was made by Commissioner Cindy Morrison, seconded by Commissioner Jeff Eggleston to appoint Dr. William Clark to the Warren County Housing Authority Board for a two year term. Motion carried unanimously.

 

Appointment to the Board of the Warren County Transit Authority: Motion was made by Commissioner Cindy Morrison, seconded by Commissioner Jeff Eggleston to reappoint Cindy Jarzab, Linda Swanson, and Grace Wright to the Board of the Warren County Transit Authority. Motion carried unanimously.

 

Agreements with the Army Corp. of Engineers and the Allegheny National Forest: Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin stated that the agreement have already been signed, so today we are publicly acknowledging the agreements with the Army Corp. of Engineers for the patrolling of Kinzua Dam, and the Allegheny National Forest for the patrolling of the ANF both have a patrolling period from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Motion carried unanimously.

 

Motion was made by Commissioner Cindy Morrison, seconded by Commissioner Jeff Eggleston to approve the patrolling agreements with both the Army Corp. of Engineers and the Allegheny National Forest.

 

Commissioner Jeff Eggleston apologized as he signed one of the agreements out of turn, thinking it had already been approved at an earlier meeting.

 

Solicitor Nathaniel Schmidt stated that he has reviewed these agreements.

 

Joe Scully asked about the Army Corp. of Engineers, why do we not patrol this all year? Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin stated that currently it is at the discretion of the people higher up in the ranks, but there is talk about letting the local agencies make the decisions on when this is patrolled.

 

After no further comments the above motion was called to question and the motion carried unanimously.

 

Cooperative Agreement with the EOC: Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin stated that this agreement is signed each year with the Warren Forest Economic Council for support of the various program they have to help many clients in our county.

 

Motion was made by Commissioner Cindy Morrison, seconded by Commissioner Jeff Eggleston to approve the Cooperative Agreement with the Warren Forest EOC as presented. Motion carried unanimously.

 

Repository Tax Bid(s): Motion was made by Commissioner Cindy Morrison, seconded by Commissioner Jeff Eggleston to approve the repository tax bid from Samuel Vernon Harvey in the amount of $250.00 for parcel

WN-546-5927 and the repository tax bid from Josh Speiss for Carysfort Reel LLC in the amount of $250.00 for parcel CY-333-9536. Motion carried unanimously.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Personnel Report:

Warren County

Personnel Transaction Report

As of

June 12, 2019

 

 

New Hires for Warren County

 

Changes for Warren County Employees

 

 

Separations

 

Motion was made by Commissioner Cindy Morrison, seconded by Commissioner Jeff Eggleston to approve the Personnel Report as presented. Motion carried unanimously.

 

Closing:

 

Joe Scully let the Commissioners know that there is a meeting of the Fire Services Committee on June 21, 2019 and they are all welcome to attend. Warren County has a dire need for volunteers for fire departments, EMS, etc.

 

Commissioner Comments:

 

Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin stated that he will be out of the office next week but had a couple items to update everyone on.

 

He stated that he attended the Annual Dinner for AHUG, and there was a speaker who talked about the cuts of hardwood being reduced due to the tariffs, and how this is a big concern.

 

He then stated he attended a Community Revitalization program in Erie and the DCED presentation was rewarding, and he will forward the presentation to the other commissioners once he receives it.

 

He then stated that with this being the era of a World War, he would like to make application to get a tank to place in the court yard as a memorial. It could cost upwards of $10,000.00, while nothing is definite, we would have to apply and I am asking the board if they have any objections to the County applying for this.

 

Both Commissioner Jeff Eggleston and Commissioner Cindy Morrison stated they have no objections.

 

Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin then gave a brief on his recent trip to Washington D.C. and stated that this was a good event.

 

Adjournment:  Motion was made by Commissioner Cindy Morrison, seconded by Commissioner Jeff Eggleston to adjourn the meeting. Motion carried unanimously.

 

Meeting adjourned 12:33 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted,                                                                     Approved:

 

Pamela J. Matve                                                                                  Jeff Eggleston, Secretary

Chief Clerk                                                                                           Warren County Commissioner