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Warren County Commissioners Public Meeting
September, 2019 12:25 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, Phil Gilbert, Director of Tax Claim, Ronna Tipton, Director of Human Services, Lori Bimber, Register and Recorder, and Rene Johnson, Solicitor for Human Services
Citizens Present: Josh Cotton (WTO), Joe Scully, Jennifer Rarey, Ashley Spicer, Connie Zaffino, and Julie Swanson
Announcements: Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin announced that the meeting is being recorded.
Meetings held since the last meeting: none
Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin stated that while it is not on the agenda, he will be asking the commissioners to sign a letter of support for an RCAP application to come later.
- Agenda Content:
Minutes from the September 11, 2019 Meetings: no changes need made.
Fiscal Report: Eric Hern, Finance Director stated there was cash on hand of $2,356,298.00 and in the Erie Bank account a balance of $448,569.00.
Eric Hern then asked if it would be possible to borrow from the Erie Bank Account rather than borrowing from the TAN saving on the interest.
Proclamation(s): Fire Prevention Week, National Disabilities Employment Awareness Month, Honoring 4H Members and Volunteers, National Bullying Prevention Month, and Commemorating the 200th anniversary of Warren County
After the reading of the proclamations the following questions and comments were made:
Ashley Spicer asked if the county supported any programs that would help the low-income families to get smoke detectors, cpap machines, or fire alarms that have lights on them for the deaf.
Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin stated that the fire departments have to keep up with safety plans. Lowes gives out the smoke detectors during the Public Safety Fair. He then stated that if someone cannot afford smoke detectors, they should approach their volunteer fire departments.
Ronna Tipton asked about families that have someone in a wheel chair. Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin stated that the 911 has a program that contains such information of households that have disabled persons so that when departments are dispatched, they are also alerted that there is someone in that household with a disability, and what type.
Commissioner Jeff Eggleston commented that the County contracts with (BEI) Bollinger Enterprises for the cleaning within county facilities. They also lease a part of our warehouse to wash cars. These clients can put a smile on your face, I enjoy interacting with them when they come into do their jobs.
Commissioner Cindy Morrison stated 4H has been a part of our community for decades. They have many volunteers who have donated countless hours. I commend all the members, volunteers and leaders for their time and efforts.
Commissioner Jeff Eggleston stated that the bullying proclamation is a very important proclamation. Bullying can affect a person’s outlook on life. We need to encourage everyone from youth to adults to work out their differences, not by bullying.
Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin thanked Josh Cotton and Pam Matve for being a part of the committee for the October 5th celebration, and for putting forth this proclamation.
Commissioner Cindy Morrison then stated that she wanted to go back to the finance report and asked Eric Hern how much he wanted to borrow from the Erie Bank account to which Eric Hern stated $3-$400 thousand and it would be paid back by mid-October.
Motion was made by Commissioner Cindy Morrison, seconded by Commissioner Jeff Eggleston to approve today’s agenda, the minutes from September 11, 2019, the proclamations as read, and the fiscal report as presented including borrowing funds from the Erie Bank account as requested. Motion carried unanimously.
Award of the Demolition of four properties project: Commissioner Jeff Eggleston stated that we have been fighting blight for years. This project will be covered by both CDBG and Act 13 funds. He then stated that by doing this as a package, it brought in a much lower cost.
Motion was made by Commissioner Cindy Morrison seconded by Commissioner Jeff Eggleston to award the demolition project to Fox & Sons at a cost of $35,500.00. Motion carried.
Ordinance 2-2019 Approving the Intergovernmental Agreement for BHARP: Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin thanked Ronna Tipton, Attorney Rene Johnson and the other 23 counties for taking the initiative and leadership on this issue.
Motion was made by Commissioner Cindy Morrison, seconded by Commissioner Jeff Eggleston to adopt Ordinance 2-2019 approving the BHARP program. Motion carried.
Resolution #3146 Authorization of an EMS Task Force: Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin stated that this resolution will create an Emergency Medical Task Force that was talked about at the Work Session. This will not cost the county anything except for the time of the Chief Clerk.
Commissioner Jeff Eggleston thanked Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin for spearheading this project as it is a large issue through out the county among our volunteer fire departments.
Motion was made by Commissioner Cindy Morrison, seconded by Commissioner Jeff Eggleston to approve Resolution #3146 authorizing the formation of the EMS Task Force. Motion carried.
Appointments to the EMS Task Force: Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin stated that while this list in inconclusive, this is the members I am asking be appointed to the EMS Task Force:
Motion was made by Commissioner Cindy Morrison, seconded by Commissioner Jeff Eggleston to approve the members of the EMS Task Force as presented. Motion carried.
Personnel Transaction Report
September 25, 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.
Adjournment: Motion was made Commissioner Cindy Morrison, seconded by Commissioner Jeff Eggleston to adjourn the meeting. Motion carried unanimously.
Meeting adjourned 1:00 p.m.
Respectfully submitted, Approved:
Pamela J. Matve Jeff Eggleston, Secretary
Chief Clerk Warren County Commissioner