Clearfield County recognizes long-time employee|
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
By Wendy Lynn Brion Staff Writer
The Clearfield County Commissioners yesterday bid farewell to a long-time employee of the county.
Barb Frankhouser, who has been employed with the controller's office since 1976 recently announced her retirement. Controller Tony Scotto presented her with a plaque and said how much he has appreciated her hard work and help in the office and her dedication to her job.
The commissioners also expressed their appreciation and noted that whenever there was a question about the budget or finances, they could always come to her for information. Commissioners Mark McCracken and John Sobel both added they wished Frankhouser and her husband, Bill, luck with their work as owners of the Super 322 Drive-In.
Frankhouser said she appreciates all of the kind words and added, "What I do no one else has ever done because so much has changed."
The commissioners also proclaimed November as National Adoption Month and heard from Teresa Guaglianone of Children's Aid Society, who explained CAS works to match children in the foster system with adoptive parents, or the parents with infants available for adoption. She said there are many children waiting for permanent families. The proclamation also notes every child deserves a loving home and there are many older children and teens waiting for a home due to various circumstances.
The week of Oct. 20-26 was also proclaimed Business Women's Week, noting the hard work women have done to obtain equality in the workplace.
The commissioners discussed the ongoing issue of the pole building for the Probation Office. The building was to have been substantially completed by Monday, but according to Commissioner Chairwoman Joan Robinson McMillen, work has not even begun on the building. Solicitor Kim Kesner said he will need to review the contracts and discuss the matter with the commissioners before formal action can be taken.
County Planning Director Jodi Brennan presented the commissioners with information concerning the availability of Affordable Housing Trust Funds. She said this is the third year the funds have been available and they are looking for projects to increase the availability of quality affordable housing in the county. The funds are not available for individuals but to rehabilitation programs, first time home buyer programs, emergency repair programs, etc.
She said in the past the county has worked with Cen-Clear, the CHORE Program, redevelopment companies, first time homebuyer programs, blight prevention programs, etc. She asks that anyone with a program in mind to call the planning office and talk with her about funding.
The commissioners also approved an agreement with SERVEPRO to deliver and collect election equipment. McMillen explained that county employees have been the ones to load the equipment onto rented trucks and deliver it to the polling stations, then pick up the equipment the day after the election. Clearfield County has learned that other counties hire a service to do this, which allows employees to continue working on their jobs and allows professional movers to do the heavy lifting, etc. The contract is for $7,500 for two elections.
The 2012 audit was reviewed and the county is in good shape with $4.8 million in the general fund, which is down from 2011 due to the commissioners lowering taxes by 2.5 mills. Net assets equal $23.1 million, which is also down because the commissioners worked to sell off items such as vehicles that cannot be driven, etc. McCracken noted the audit shows a low debt load with expenses under budget and revenues about where they were projected.
In other business:
l the commissioners approved a provision of foster care services contract. This is under the interstate compact and is with the state of Florida. A child currently in the Children and Youth Services system is in need of foster care and one option is to place the child with grandparents who live in Florida. The county is required to have this contract in place in the event this option is chosen.
l the commissioners approved an agreement with Fairfield Computer Services LLC for online dog licensing and a copier lease agreement with WPS was approved.
l an internship agreement with Slippery Rock University was approved.
l the commissioners reappointed Denny Norris and Mike Hollabaugh to the Clearfield County Conservation District board of directors.
l liquid fuels funds for Newburg Borough were approved in the amount of $3,300
l under personnel, two new hires were approved: Heather Gill, Department Clerk II in the Controller's Office effective Oct. 21 and Thomas Levi Wick, temporary caseworker in CYW, effective Oct. 21. Lora Vaow, secretary II DRO was transferred to Enforcement Officer DRO effective Oct. 14. Two resignations were approved: Kahlani Deck and Michael Moyer, part time telecommunications officers effective Oct. 11 and Sept. 26 respectively.
The commissioners remind citizens that the times for some upcoming meetings have changed. The Nov. 5 meeting was changed to Nov. 7, the Dec. 24 meeting was changed to Dec. 23 and there will be no meeting Nov. 12.