Clearfield County discusses dental discount program|
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
By Wendy Lynn Brion Staff Writer
A new discount program for county residents may soon be presented by the Clearfield County Commissioners.
During yesterday's meeting, the commissioners discussed the NACO Dental Discount Program. Commissioner Mark McCracken noted that the opportunity is being presented by the same people who provide the prescription discount cards to the county for county residents. The dental plan will require payment of a fee each year by participating residents, and could result in savings of 5-50 percent on dental procedures including routine exams, cleaning, dentures, etc.; savings of 20 percent on orthodontics; and normal fees for all specialties. The plan can be used at participating dentists and specialists nationwide.
The commissioners passed on the information to Solicitor Kim Kesner and will revisit the matter at a future meeting.
Under personnel, the commissioners approved the resignation of Megan Owens, part-time corrections officer at the Clearfield County Jail, effective June 22. Also, new hirings were approved: Joey Lorance, Brittany Biancuzzo and Alinda Steiner, part-time telecommunicators/911, effective July 9.
Under new business, the commissioners:
• approved a settlement and mutual release agreement between the county and Windstream. According to the commissioners, Joe Bigar and staff reviewed the contract and payments with Windstream, and discovered the county has been paying too much money to the communications company. The county will be receiving about $27,000 in overpayment and future payments will be reduced.
• the hazardous materials report was accepted.
• approved purchase of new bulletproof vests for the sheriff's department and domestic relations. According to Lisa Kovalick, community development specialist, the vests have a life span of five years because the nylon fibers, which make up the vests, begin to wear out from use. She said the Federal Department of Justice has a reimbursement grant for 50 percent of the cost. Each vest costs $790 and the sheriff's office is requesting eight vests, while domestic relations is requesting six vests. The sheriff's department is intending to pay its share with funds designated in the next budget. Kovalick said they have until August 2014 to make that payment, but she expects it will be made long before the deadline.
• approved the memorandum of understanding between the county and Retired and Senior Volunteer Program.
• approved the North Central Greenways Implementation Grant Program contract, which is for a feasibility study for nine miles of replacement for the Snow Shoe Rails to Trails.
• approved the internship agreement between the county and Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania for the Children and Youth Services department.
• announced a vacancy on the Clearfield County Housing Authority board of directors. Anyone interested in serving may send a letter to the commissioners by July 9 to be considered at the July 10 meeting.
• approved granting $1,200 of hotel tax discretionary funds to the Curwensville Days Committee for marketing.
• approved liquid fuel allocations to Burnside Borough, $3,300; Houtzdale Borough, $3,347.69; and Wallaceton Borough, $3,300.