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Warren County Commissioners Public Meeting

August 28, 2019 12:17 p.m.

Jackson Courtroom

 

Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin called the meeting of the Warren County Commissioners to order with Commissioner Jeff Eggleston present.

 

Staff Present: Pamela Matve, Chief Clerk, Eric Hern, Fiscal Director, Solicitor Nathaniel Schmidt, Lisa Rivett, Director of Elections, Phil Gilbert, Director of Tax Claim, Lorri Dunlap, Grants Administrator, Meredith Ketcham, Children & Youth Administrator, and Kathy Lebon

 

Citizens Present: Josh Cotton (WTO), Joe Scully, Nancy Freenock, Steve Blume, and Troy Clawson

 

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

 

Meetings held since the last meeting: Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin reviewed the various meetings where there were two commissioners. He then stated that there was an executive session held with the solicitor on Monday. There was also a retirement Board meeting on Monday and the decision was made to move investments from International to index funds.

 

Correspondence: Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin stated that no correspondence was received, but there is a citation that will be going out to Bingaman & Sons in Clarendon for 25 years of business. Unfortunately, their celebration is the same day as our public meeting, September 11, 2019.

 

Public Hearing:

 

Public Comment:

 

Consent Agenda:

 

  • Agenda Content:

 

Minutes from the July 24, 2019 Meetings: no changes need made. Also noted there was no meeting    August 14, 2019.

 

Fiscal Report: Eric Hern, Fiscal Director stated there was cash on hand of $981,473.00 and in the Erie        Bank account a balance of $448,569.00.

 

Eric Hern, Fiscal Director stated that the outside auditors are about 90% complete with the 2018 financials and they are anticipating they will meet the September 30 deadline.

 

Commissioner Jeff Eggleston asked Commissioner Jeff Eggleston if he could provide a report for the next meeting showing the interest that has been saved comparing this year to the past couple years.

 

                Proclamation(s): Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness, Remembrance & Commemoration of 9-11,                 Suicide Prevention Month, and National Recovery Month

 

Meredith Ketcham thanked the commissioners for the proclamation for FASD and bringing awareness to the public. This is a bigger problem that people think it is.

 

Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin stated that he hopes to have greater statistics for the work session on Tuesday on suicide prevention month.

 

Commissioner Jeff Eggleston stated that National Recovery month is dear to his heart personally. He stated that he is a prime example if you get your life together, you can become Commissioner.

 

Motion was made by Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin, seconded by Commissioner Jeff Eggleston to approve today’s agenda, the minutes from July 24, 2019 noting there was no meeting on August 14th, the proclamation, and the fiscal report as presented. Motion carried unanimously.

 

 

 

Old Business:

 

New Business:

 

Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin stated that these next six items are done every year dealing with Fair Housing, Housing and Urban Development, CDBG bidding etc. therefore we will pass them all with one motion:

  • Approval of the Residential Displacement Plan under Section 104(d)
  • Resolution #3142 Fair Housing Resolution
  • Resolution #3143 Adopting of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprise Plan
  • Resolution #3144 Policy Regarding Nondiscrimination of the Basis of Disability
  • Approval of Section 3 Plan of Housing & Urban Development
  • Resolution #3145 Approval of the Housing & Urban Development Plan

 

Lorri Dunlap stated that these all have to be passed each year in order to receive State and or Federal Funding.

 

Motion was made by Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin, seconded by Commissioner Jeff Eggleston to approve the Residential Displacement Plan under Section 104(d), Resolution #3142 Fair Housing Resolution, Resolution #3143 Adopting of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprise Plan, Resolution #3144 Policy Regarding Nondiscrimination of the Basis of Disability, Section 3 Plan of Housing & Urban Development, and Resolution #3145 Approval of the Housing & Urban Development Plan. Motion carried.

 

Act 13 application approval (Rotary Club): Commissioner Jeff Eggleston stated that after a presentation from the Rotary Club regarding a Sensory Playground they are constructing at Lacy Playground he has helped them file an application to request $20,000 funding from Act 13 funds. He feels this is a very worthwhile program, it will benefit all children, not just those with sensory issues.

 

Motion was made by Commissioner Jeff Eggleston, seconded by Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin to approve the request of $20,000.00 from Act 13 funds for the Sensory Playground project.

 

Approval of the 2019/2020 Homeless Assistance Program:  Motion was made by Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin, seconded by Commissioner Jeff Eggleston to approve the agreement with the EOC for the Homeless Assistance Program for the FY 2019/2020 in the amount of $32,056.00. Motion carried.

 

Children & Youth Needs Based Plan Approval: Motion was made by Commissioner Jeff Eggleston, seconded by Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin to approve the 2019/2020 Needs Based Plan in total amount of $930,000.00. Motion carried.

 

Approval to hire Annie Sharp, Esq. as Guardian Ad-lidem: Motion was made by Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin, seconded by Commissioner Jeff Eggleston to approve the hiring of Annie Sharp, Esquire as Guardian Ad-Lidem for Children & Youth. Motion carried.

 

HR Consulting Agreement with Melinda F. Centi: Eric Hern, Fiscal Director stated that Melinda Centi will be helping part time in the HR department to help accelerate some projects such as the employee handbook update. Her rate will be $16.50 per hour.

 

Motion was made by Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin, seconded by Commissioner Jeff Eggleston to approve the agreement with Melinda Centi at a rate of $16.50 per hour to help in the HR Department. Motion carried.

 

Personnel Report:

Warren County

Personnel Transaction Report

As of

August 28, 2019

 

 

New Hires for Warren County

Changes for Warren County Employees

 

Separations

 

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

 

Closing:

 

Commissioner Comments:

 

Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin stated that there will a Townhall meeting tomorrow evening in Spring Creek Township.

 

Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin stated that he did attend the Farm Bureau luncheon and the dairy industry is hurting in our county. I would like to find a way the county can help so that we do not lose our dairy farmers.

 

He then stated that last week he attended a program in Erie called Flagship Opportunity Zone. He was encouraged by what he heard about opportunity zones. He then stated that he is working with Tim Wachter from Knox Law, to see if he would come to Warren to present, as there may be ways we can help in our own county.

 

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

 

Meeting adjourned 12:53 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted,                                                                     Approved:

 

Pamela J. Matve                                                                                  Jeff Eggleston, Secretary

Chief Clerk                                                                                           Warren County Commissioner