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Warren County Commissioners Public Meeting
July 24, 2019 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, Solicitor Nathaniel Schmidt, Ed Burris, Director of Veteran's Affairs, Lisa Rivett, Director of Elections, Kim Exley, Human Resource Administrator, Meredith Ketcham, Children & Youth Administrator, and Brian Zeybel, County Detective
Citizens Present: Josh Cotton (WTO), Rob Dickinson, 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, he and Commissioner Jeff Eggleston were together twice and that was for an event at Tidioute last evening, and this morning to meet with Sheriff Kenneth Klakamp regarding the vehicle fleet.
Correspondence: Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin stated that no correspondence was received.
Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin took this time to introduce Rob Dickinson from the Ag Extension office.
Rob Dickinson introduced himself to the group, he is the new Client Relations Manager, and wanted to introduce himself to the Commissioners. He then updated everyone on the programs that the ag extension has to offer in August.
- Agenda Content:
Minutes from the July 10, 2019 Meetings: no changes need made
Fiscal Report: Eric Hern, Fiscal Director stated there was cash on hand of $932,579.00 and in the Erie Bank account a balance of $448,569.00.
Commissioner Jeff Eggleston thanked Eric Hern, Fiscal Director and his staff for their efforts to do what can be done so that we do not have to draw from the TAN.
Eric Hern, Fiscal Director stated that the outside auditors are about 80% complete with the 2018 financials.
Proclamation(s): Stevens Johnsons Syndrome Awareness Month
Motion was made by Commissioner Cindy Morrison, seconded by Commissioner Jeff Eggleston to approve today’s agenda, the minutes from July 10, 2019, the proclamation, and the fiscal report as presented. Motion carried unanimously.
Bonus for Melissa Zydonik: Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin stated that Melissa Zydonik had turned into him, at his request, time sheets for the hours that she was Chief Deputy, but working as acting Coroner and did not get paid. The hours amounted to 200 hours from December 2018 until May 2019. Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin then stated that he is asking the commissioners to approve $2,000.00 be paid to Melissa for these hours, it constitutes the 200 hours at $10.00 per hour. This is to be paid as a 1099 employee as this was done before becoming an elected official.
Motion was made by Commissioner Jeff Eggleston, seconded by Commissioner Cindy Morrison to approve paying Melissa Zydonik $2,000.00 for her uncompensated time as Acting Coroner during the time of December 2018 until May 2019.
Commissioner Cindy Morrison then asked why was she not compensated for this. Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin stated that the Coroner was ill during this time, and Melissa was acting coroner doing the reporting to the state, the computer work, etc.
After nothing further to above motion was called to question and the motion carried two to one with Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin and Commissioner Jeff Eggleston for and Commissioner Cindy Morrison against.
Approval of the C&Y Needs Based Plan Budget: Meredith Ketcham, Children & Youth Administrator explained the steps that are needed to approve the budget for C&Y such as public hearings etc. She also reviewed some statistics such as the increase in the Drug and Alcohol investigations.
Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin confirmed that what you need today is for us to approve the narrative and budget for the needs-based plan? Meredith Ketcham stated that is correct.
Motion was made by Commissioner Cindy Morrison, seconded by Commissioner Jeff Eggleston to approve the narrative and budget for the Children & Youth Needs Based Plan as presented. Motion carried.
Approval of the three-year price lock agreement with National Fuel Resources: Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin stated that he is looking for a motion to allow Eric Hern, Fiscal Director to sign the Transaction Confirmation for a three-year price lock once he and the solicitor work through the fine details.
Nathaniel Schmidt, Solicitor stated that he has discussed and reviewed the agreement with Eric Hern, Fiscal Director and he feels this is a good agreement to enter into.
Motion was made by Commissioner Cindy Morrison, seconded by Commissioner Jeff Eggleston to approve the three-year agreement with National Fuel Resources and authorizes Eric Hern, Fiscal Director to sign on behalf of the County. Motion carried.
Personnel Transaction Report
July 24, 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 Report as presented. Motion carried unanimously.
Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin stated that he has spoken with Bill Gallagher and we are seeking vendors for a jail management system that will tie into systems used by law enforcement offices. You will be getting invites to meeting as they are arranged.
Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin then stated that he and a couple staff members are putting together a bicentennial celebration for the first week in October 2019. We will be doing a time capsule, therefore if there is anything you would like to add to this capsule, please get in touch with Pamela Matve, Chief Clerk.
Adjournment: Motion was made by Commissioner Cindy Morrison, seconded by Commissioner Jeff Eggleston to adjourn the meeting. Motion carried unanimously.
Meeting adjourned 12:24 p.m.
Respectfully submitted, Approved:
Pamela J. Matve Jeff Eggleston, Secretary
Chief Clerk Warren County Commissioner