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Friday, April 23, 2010

POTTER COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MEETING

~ AGENDA ~

POTTER COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MEETING

April 22, 2010

CALL TO ORDER

MOMENT OF SILENCE/OPENING INVOCATION - Rev. Harold Kiel, Bingham Center Bible Church

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

ROLL CALL

PUBLIC COMMENT

MINUTES – 4/8/10


NEW BUSINESS

• RESOLUTION #3-2010 – CHANGE IN POLLING PLACE FOR ALLEGANY TOWNSHIP VOTING DISTRICT

• RESOLUTION #4-2010 – AUTHORIZATION TO POTTER COUNTY REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

• RESOLUTION #5-2010 – FAIR HOUSING

• RESOLUTION #6-2010 – FY 2010 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT ENTITLEMENT PROJECTS
o Genesee Water
o Housing Rehabilitation

CONTRACTS AND AGREEMENTS

• CONSENT TO ASSIGNMENT OF PROFESSIONAL SERVICES CONTRACT TO PROVIDE A PROBATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEM – Between Potter County and Digital Solutions, Inc.

• PCHS CONTRACTS

COORDINATED SERVICES 2008/09 2009/10
Galeton Area School
Transportation, zone 3 n/a $22.28
Per one way trip
3/1/10 to 6/30/10

CHILDREN AND YOUTH
Essence of Motion Dance Studio
21ST Century Enrichment Activity
Per session n/a $50.00
3/1/10 to 6/30/10

Bethesda
Residential Treatment for Del./Dep. Youth
Residential $197.92 $196.14
Shelter $172.63 $163.26
Diagnostic $197.92 $198.06
Group Home $159.05 $145.16
Foster Care $ 72.12 $ 72.12
Revised Rates 7/1/09 to 6/30/10
Laurel Youth Services
Residential Treatment for Del./Dep. Youth
Blacksburg Diagnostic $245.99 $239.77
Male Residential $202.30 $188.04
Female Residential $196.84 $188.04
Shelter $188.08 $188.04
LA-SA Quik $257.80 $227.10
Revised Rates 7/1/09 to 6/30/10
Potter County Commissioners
April 19, 2010
Page 2

Centre County Youth Service Bureau
Residential Treatment for Del./Dep. Youth
Stormbreak $164.90 $155.00
Stepping Stone $135.33 $118.00
Zerby Gap $170.95 $163.00
Revised Rates 7/1/09 to 6/30/10

Cornell Abraxis
Abraxas I, D&A Treatment/Prev. $211.99 $171.36
Abraxas I, Intensive Residential $446.52 $289.32
Abraxas II, Community Based Inten. $151.96 $147.75
Abraxas III, Community Based Inten. $159.88 $146.69
Abraxas Center for Adolescent Females $197.10 $187.73
Leadership Development Program $161.78 $151.65
Leaderhship Development Program-Female N/A $151.65
Open Residential Fire Setter/Sex Offender $295.67 $293.55
Abraxas Youth Center, Fire Setter/
Sex Offender $312.62 $307.73
Abraxas Youth Center, Detention $229.60 $219.30
Abraxas Youth Center, Shelter $225.65 $219.30
Abraxas Academy, Habitual Offender
And Sexual Offender $371.32 $309.41
Psychosocial Rehabilitation Unit N/A $254.73
Erie Residential Mental Health N/A $247.29
Revised Rates 7/1/09 to 6/30/10

TRAINING REQUESTS

• Retroactive - Krista Miller, Julie Dubots (Treasurer’s Office) - County Treasurer’s Spring Seminar, April 13-14, 2010. Expenses paid by County Treasurer’s Association

Purpose: Seminar

• Krista Miller (Treasurer) – County Treasurers Association Annual Convention, June 14-18, 2010, Gettysburg, Pa. Request for meals, mileage, lodging ($550.00) and registration fee ($250.00) expenses.

Purpose: Annual convention

• Sherry Hoffman (PCHS) – Knowledge Sharing Session for SAMS Administrators, May 11-13, 2010, Gettysburg, Pa. Request for meals, mileage, lodging ($405.48) and registration fee ($100.00) expenses.

Purpose: Annual information sharing conference. Required to keep up to date with data collection system information and requirements.

• Glenn Dunn, Dean Predmore (DES) – PEMA Quarterly Training, May 5-6, 2010, State College, Pa. Request for meals and mileage expenses only.

Purpose: Quarterly training required for certification

• Nancy Hurt (DRO) – Director’s Conference, May 10-12, 2010, State College, Pa. Request for meals, mileage and lodging ($262.57) expenses. There is no registration fee.

Purpose: Provide Directors with updated information on policies and performance management

• Nancy Hurt (DRO) – Guidelines Changes 2010, April 28, 2010, Erie, Pa. Request for meals and mileage expenses only.

Purpose: Update staff on guideline changes for 2010.

• Sue Weber (PCHS) – Apprise Basic Training, May 17, 19, 24, 2010, Clarion, Pa. Request for meals and mileage expenses only.

Purpose: Mandatory Apprise Basic training for Apprise Counselors

• Donna Foust (PCHS) – Protective Service/Guardianship Committee Meeting, May 20, 2010, Harrisburg, Pa. Request for meals, mileage and lodging ($77.70) expenses. There is no registration fee.

Purpose: Protective Service Supervisors request to attend for discussion on proposed documentation system, PS documentation requirements, update on legislation for ages 18-59 protective services.

• Pauline Kleintop, Pat Nichols, Margo Germino (Elected Auditors) – Regional Spring Meeting for PSACA, May 21, 2010, Bloomsburg, Pa. Request for mileage reimbursement only.

Purpose: Spring conference, auditor’s training

• Angela Milford (Jail) – Potter County Leadership Program, 2010. Request for registration fee ($750.00) expense.

Purpose: Leadership training

PERSONNEL

• SUMMER HIRING – County Extension Director Don Tanner requests the hiring of two 4-H summer assistants as follows:

o Nicole Gabreski from June 7 through August 20, 2010 at $8.40 per hour
o Kristen Hayman from July 13 through August 13, 2010 at $8.40 per hour

Funding for these positions has been allocated in the 2010 budget.

CHIEF CLERK REPORT

• Applications for County Liquid Fuels Tax Funds for county aid as follows:
o Genesee Township - $2,630.55

22 comments :

Anonymous said...

Invocation?
Here we go again?
Was this an invocation that was respectful to the Jewish, Muslim and other faiths, as well as the agnostics and atheists?
Was it even constitutional?
I see a train wreck in the distance if this is not nipped in the bud.
A Christian invocation, or any other invocation that promotes one religion and ignores others, has no place at a public government meeting.

Anonymous said...

2:13, Great question! Maybe you should begin your mission to remove an "invocation" from the meetings by first finding the muslims, atheists, and jewish people that were at the meeting. Best to find out from them how this invocation may have offended them.

Anonymous said...

This using a Christian prayer before the meeting of a government organization is a lawsuit waiting to happen. The courts are consistent on it. Even Congress and the General Assembly do not open with Christian prayers. Why would they? The county commissioner board is a secular organization and should not endorse one religious faith (Christianity) over any others. This will lead to trouble.

Anonymous said...

I am a Christian, and if they have a Christian prayer at a government meeting then this offends ME. My personal belief and faith system has no place in a setting like that.

Anonymous said...

I could see a prayer being offered before the meetings if it is does not reflect the county's endorsement of Christianity. That is a fine line but a very important one. If you notice in Congress of in Harrisburg they do not have Christian prayers and that is out of respect for those who have not accepted Jesus Christ as their personal savior. I do not think the county government should accept Jesus Christ as it's personal savior either. I can see a prayer to God as you have to remember that "in God we trust" as a people. The saying isn't "in Jesus we trust" because there are those who believe in a God or a higher power who do not accept that Jesus Christ was the son of God. Like I said there is a fine line and it should not be crossed.

Anonymous said...

I agree with the writer who said he or she is a Christian and does not think a Christian prayer belongs in a county government meeting.
Along the same lines, I do not think that the commissioners should vote on county business during a church service.
Each has it's place but the two don't go together.

Johhny Few Rights Left For Me said...

It is AGAINST MY RELIGION to pay taxes. Think that will fly?

Hell no!

PS: For those who hate it when posters use the "F" word and other fowl language ... they are just using THEIR 1st Admendment Right of Freedom of Speech.

Anonymous said...

If I'm not mistaken doesn't our State and Federal Govt. open its sessions in Congress both House and Senate with prayer? Only in Potter County...I was at the meeting, was that a muslim chant offered by Rev. Kiel...Oh, then it's ok, but just don't mention that Jesus guy...

Anonymous said...

Wrong.
State and federal governments do not open proceedings with a Christian prayer and that's as it should be.
It is not the place of the government to endorse Christianity over other faiths.

Obi Wan said...

Blah Blah Blah, I hate everything, what about me, blah blah blah. Thank you to the people of Potter County. Your mindless bickering over events that are pointless gives me hope everyday that I am not as big of a loser as I think. You all have a wonderful way of raising anothers self esteem

Anonymous said...

but wait a minute, Christianity is the ONLY true faith. Muslims and Jewish and other religions are just story telling. What is wrong with a prayer?

Anonymous said...

Don't worry about religion,........ Worry about where your tax dollars are being spent !!!!

Anonymous said...

Better check 9:08 the House, Senate and other Govt. entities do often open their sessions with prayer. What a ridiculous focus on the audacity of a simple prayer...disregard the shameful waste of tax dollars, the out of control spending of our school districts, the collapsing world, State and local economy..but lets curse that humble prayer...how sad... I say let them pray..I don't remember any objection to it when the Twin Towers were demolished and thousands lost their lives in NYC...Help us Lord, forgive our transgressions.We can use all the help we can get...

Anonymous said...

I sure agree with 3:09.
We can use ALL the help we can get, no matter where it comes from. And as to blogger 8:13 p.m. "they are just using their 1st amendment right to freedom of speech"? Well, maybe so but how about a little respect for others on here you "Potty Mouths"!
That is one of the biggest problems today. Nobody respects ANYTHING or ANYBODY. (Not even themselves.) Very sad.

Anonymous said...

There "is" and "has been" a separation of church and state. It may or may not please all, however the fact remains that it exists. Rev. Keil follows his wife, who is an employee of the county, to many meetings and does this same thing. Commissioner Kefover holds morning prayer sessions with county employees within the confines of our County courthouse annex every week. Remember when this was attempted a few years back? I feel that if the Commissioners have many, many other issues to confont and should start dealing with the issues at hand. This type of behavior is just not condusive to their oath of office nor is it fair to some of the employees who may feel they must pray with the commmissioners in order to stay on on the good side of them. It would appear that these commissioners feel they are untouchable - time will tell.

Anonymous said...

maybe your time spent would better be served in the service of others rather than in the criticism of those earnestly seeking help and wisdom from inspiration...regardless of the source

Anonymous said...

Even our foreign President of the United Staes uses refrences to GOD in the speeches.

Anonymous said...

I'm okay with prayer as long as it is not a prayer that endorses Christianity as the "official county religion." That's unconstitutional.

Anonymous said...

Read the back of your dollar bills if you have any. Heck, even check most of your coins there is a statement on there "In God We Trust" Im sure you would have all that removed as well?

Anonymous said...

Bad things happen when good people do nothing...

Anonymous said...

The bills and coins do not say "In Jesus We Trust."
That's the difference.
Commissioners better clean up their act.

non-believer said...

For anyone that would really like to give this some attention - write to http://www.ffrf.org/. They have a weekly podcast free on iTunes called "Freethought Radio" that focuses on how to maintain the separation of church and state. Government has a hard enough time making a decision - best to keep Jesus out of our voting booths!