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09/26/2018 Commissioner Public Meeting Minutes
Warren County Commissioners Public Meeting
September 26, 2018 12:00 p.m.
Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin called the meeting of the Warren County Commissioners to order with Commissioner Cindy Morrison present.
Staff Present: Pamela Matve, Chief Clerk; Phil Gilbert, Eric Hern, Fiscal Director and Linda Critzer
Citizens Present: Josh Cotton (WTO), Joe Scully, and Chris Darling
Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin listed the meetings to which either two or all three Commissioners were together, which was the Elected Officials Retreat in which both he and Commissioner Jeff Eggleston attended. Commissioner Cindy Morrison stated that she and Commissioner Jeff Eggleston attended the Winterfest Meeting.
Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin then stated that we did receive a letter regarding the Spotted Lantern Fly. This is a danger to crops, and it has hit in the southeast part of the state, New York, and they think it may be heading our way. He then gave out the website for those to do further research if they so choose.
Joe Scully asked is it true that you are opening up your Budget meetings to the public, and don’t you think this will create a problem; sometimes the group may argue about certain points.
Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin stated that I do not have an issue if an argument happens, I also feel to adhere to the Sunshine Act we do not have a choice. Mr. Scully asked about wages, and personnel issues, is that not private? Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin stated that yes it is, and if there is a need we will adjourn to an executive session.
Agenda Content: There were no changes made to the agenda
Minutes from the September 12, 2018 Meeting: There were no changes to be made to the minutes.
Fiscal Report: Eric Hern, Fiscal Director stated there was cash on hand of $1,720,725.00 and in the Erie bank account a balance of $197,322.00. The total payouts are approximately $19,769.00.
Eric Hern, Fiscal Director then stated that we should be right in line to pay back the TAN by the end of October.
Proclamations for Domestic Violence Awareness Month, National Disabilities Employment Awareness Month and Honoring 4H members and volunteers were read.
Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin stated that it is sad that Warren County is lower than most counties on certain crimes; but for Domestic Violence we are higher than most.
Commissioner Cindy Morrison stated she supports the Proclamation in recognizing our 4H members and volunteers. It is very rewarding to visit our county fair and see all the exhibits, and see the young faces light up when they receive a ribbon. 4H does exactly what the proclamation states; it builds self-esteem, and it helps to build future leaders. I am very proud to support this proclamation.
Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin agreed with Commissioner Cindy Morrison by stating that this group does help to build leadership in our young people.
Motion was made by Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin, seconded by Commissioner Cindy Morrison to approve today’s agenda, the September 12, 2018 minutes, the fiscal report as presented, and the proclamations as read. Motion carried unanimously.
Homeless Assistance Program: Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin stated that the Warren/Forest EOC manages the Homeless Assistance Program which included the Salvation Army. For the fiscal year 2018/2019 EOC will manage costs of $32,058.00 for Case Management and Housing Assistance; while the Salvation Army will manage costs of $26,000.00 for Case Management, Emergency Shelter, and Housing Assistance.
Motion was made by Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin, seconded by Commissioner Cindy Morrison to approve the Homeless Assistance Program with Salvation Army and the Warren/Forest EOC for the FY 2018/2019. Motion carried unanimously.
Lowes Settlement Agreement: Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin stated that today is just a formality for the commissioners to publicly agree and approve a settlement officer in which the attorney will then present to Lowes to settle a law suit they have with the County regarding their tax assessment. The values as presented are as follows: 2017 $1,641,510.00, 2018 $1,591,920.00 and 20119 $1,616,710.00.
Motion was made by Commissioner Cindy Morrison, seconded by Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin to approve the settlement officer as presented by Tax Assessment for Lowes Home Center. Motion carried unanimously.
MOU with Warren General Hospital for the 340B Drug Program: Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin stated that Warren General has asked the Commissioners to enter into a MOU and designate them as a 340B entity in Warren County. Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin went onto state that at our Work Session on Monday, Commissioner Cindy Morrison asked why they had not requested this in the past. Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin stated that he presented this question to the hospital and they replied stating they did not qualify. You have to have a certain amount of indigent clients to which they did not have a large enough percentage, and now they do.
Chris Darling stated that he has experience with the 304B program and there has been much success.
A 340B entity can buy drugs at a lower cost and the savings would flow back to the community by allowing them to use the savings to bring in specialists, or to have a variety of programs to help the community with health issues such as Diabetes.
Commissioner Cindy Morrison hopefully those 340B entities use the savings in the way it was intended. She then asked if there is a limit to the amount of 340B entities a County may have to which Chris Darling stated no, there is not a limit.
Commissioner Cindy Morrison stated to Mr. Darling that she appreciated his coming to today’s meeting to explain this program.
Motion was made by Commissioner Cindy Morrison, seconded by Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin to approve the MOU with Warren General designating them as a 340B entity in Warren County.
Joe Scully stated that this program is to help the indigent, which is good, but there are many of us on Medicare, but you state that Medicare patients are excluded.
Chris Darling stated that yes, Medicare patients are excluded, as the government has part D to help Medicare patients. Unfortunately I have not seen any help for Medicare patients in the near future.
After no further discussions, the above motion was called and the 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 12:36 p.m.
Respectfully submitted, Approved:
Pamela J. Matve Jeff Eggleston, Secretary
Chief Clerk Warren County Commissioner