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Commissioners tout BBBS program
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
By Wendy Lynn Brion Staff Writer
The Clearfield County Commissioners declared January as Mentoring Month and heard a presentation from Lynda Saggese, program supervisor of Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Nichole Norris, case manager. Norris said BBBS received a grant to double the number of kids in the county served by BBBS from 30 to 60, but they are in desperate need of adult volunteer mentors for the kids. She said the commitment needs to only be nine hours a month where they meet with their child three times in that month.
BBBS is part of Children's Aid Society and has been active in the county since 1985.
BBBS will be holding information nights about becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister at Children's Aid Society on Thursday and Jan. 26, Feb. 9, Feb. 23, March 8 and March 22 beginning at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact BBBS at 765-2687.
The commissioners agreed the program has value and Chairman John Sobel read from the proclamation, noting, "One mentor can change a life forever."
The commissioners also heard from County Planning Director Jodi Brennan concerning the county waste disposal contracts. Brennan reminded the commissioners that the county has been working on a Solid Waste Management Plan and they need to extend the current contracts for waste disposal until the plan is in place. She said there are six agreements but only four have been received. She is not worried about the one from Shade Landfill, since it currently is not being used, but the one from Clinton County has not been received and she has tried to contact them. The commissioners agreed to sign the four and to allow the chairman to sign the other two when they come.
Brennan also reported on the affordable housing trust fund awards and said three projects will receive money: Cen-Clear Child Services Inc. for Specialized Housing Counseling Initiative, Central Pennsylvania Community Action Inc. for its CHORE service and the City of DuBois Redevelopment Authority to redevelop blighted properties.
Brennan said they hope to award funds every year. Commissioner Joan Robinson McMillen added that each of the awardees is also putting forward matching funds for the programs.
In other business:
• the commissioners approved a sub-contract agreement between the county and Osceola Mills Borough for Community Development Block Grant funds.
• approved an independent contract agreement between the county and James Schucker, who has been filling in while the commissioners look for a new Veterans Affairs director. The contract is for $20 per hour compensation. The commissioners also began interviewing applicants yesterday for the permanent position and thanked Schucker for coming out of retirement to fill in until someone is hired.
• Liquid Fuel allocations for New Washington Borough in the amount of $1,000 was also approved.
Prior to the commissioners' meeting the salary board met. The salary board approved two part-time special deputy sheriff positions to work on an as-needed basis not to exceed 1,000 hours or the budgeted amount, rather than fill the full-time position. The full-time position was also collapsed.
Salaries for staff attorneys for the district attorney's office were also approved. It was noted that the numbers are in the budget but were reallocated. The following salaries were approved: First Assistant District Attorney Beau Grove, $43,250; Assistant District Attorney Trudy Lumadue, $42,750; Assistant District Attorney Josh Maines, $41,250; and part-time Assistant District Attorney Warren Mikesell, $23,307.
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