Grants sought for Victim Witness Program|
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
By Jeff Corcino Staff Writer
The Clearfield County Commissioners voted to approve applying for two grants for approximately $90,000 for the county's Victim Witness Program.
The grants Victim Witness Program are seeking are two state grants. The first is the Rights and Services Grant, which is a two-year grant for $81,068. This is to provide services to victims of crime, such as notifying victims of all phases of case events from preliminary hearings through sentencing as well as post sentencing services if there are any appeals.
The funds would also provide for victims to be accompanied to all court events and to be informed of their rights to submit either a written or an oral Victim Impact Statements to the court.
Restitution information is also provided by the Victim Witness Staff on behalf of the victims for inclusion in the sentencing of the offender.
The other grant is the Victims of Juvenile Offenders grant, which is a six-month grant for $9,396. This grant adds funds for Victim Witness Staff to provide similar services as the RASA grant but for victims of juvenile crimes.
The county funds are used to subsidize the Victim Witness Program. In previous years the county subsidized the program to cover the shortfall due to state cutbacks in the program but is no longer doing so due to financial constraints.
In other business:
The commissioners voted to:
• approve the execution of the Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreement establishing the Northern Tier Regional Telecommunications Project.
The cooperation agreement allows for neighboring counties to receive 911 calls in the event a county's 911 system would go down, according to Commissioner John Sobel.
• approve the Liquid Fuels allocation to Pine Township for $3,300.
The commissioners approved the following personnel changes:
• Resignations, Nick Murone, caseworker, Children Youth and Family Services; Matthew Dombrosky, law clerk/courts.
• Transfers, Park Lauffer, part-time corrections officer at the Clearfield County Jail to full-time corrections officer at the jail.
• New hires, Laura Dell'Antonio, law clerk/courts, John Brown Jr., special deputy, Sheriff's Department; Tammy Murray, special deputy, Sheriff's Department.
• Family Medical Leave, Ashlee Majewsky, CYS, six weeks starting approximately Aug. 31.
The salary board also voted to set the salary for vacant caseworker supervisor position at $30,000 per year.