County adopts annual service, provider agreements

BY STACI WILSON

Annual agreements for foster care allowances and other Children and Youth services and Drug and Alcohol providers were approved by the county commissioners at the June 13 meeting.

Board and allowance rates were increased in the foster care program, effective July 1.

The commissioners also signed an agreement with Avanco International, Inc., ofMcLean,Va.Avanco runs the child accounting and profile system which manages the Children & Youth record database. County cost for the annual contract is about $3,875.

The county also agreed to per hour rates for technical services such as computer programming and specialized training, on an as-needed basis, from Avanco.

The commissioners also signed theLackawanna- Susquehanna Commission on Drug & Alcohol provider contracts for fiscal year 2012-13.

The contracts call for the funding of prevention, intervention and treatment services. The estimated county match for the programs in fiscal year 2012-13 is $13,200.

The commissioners also signed a lease agreement with Trehab for 19 vehicles to be used in the Shared Ride program and for Medical Assistance Transportation, at $1 per vehicle. Trehab is responsible for all maintenance, repairs, inspections and insurance on the county vehicles.

The commissioners also adopted the policy and procedures for selecting an engineering consultant.

The county contracts with an engineering firm to perform bridge inspections. With changes to the state requirements, the county must go through the process to select an approved engineering firm.

The contract with the current firm, Ceco Associates, expires at the end of this year. However, that does not mean they will not be selected again to serve as the county’s engineering firm.

Commissioner Alan Hall said the county needed to go through this process in order to have it done by the time the contract expires.

The county also approved the transfer of $12,000 previously approved for the demolition of a property in Thompson Borough to assist with the completion of an approved demolition of a property inForestCitythrough the DCED Small Cities Program.

The fund transfer serves to revise the approved 2010 Community Development Block Grant program.

The Tax Claim Bureau was exonerated from collecting delinquent taxes on a trailer, in the name of Joel Van Wert, that had been located inRoyalTrailer Park, Clifford Twp. The doublewide trailer was exonerated May 23 from the assessment rolls as dismantled. Total taxes to be exonerated are $61.58.

James Kessler, of Franklin Twp., was appointed to serve as a public director on the Susquehanna County Conservation District board for the unexpired term that runs through Dec. 31.

The commissioners also acknowledged the hiring of Michael Harlost, Hop Bottom, by Register-Recorder Mary Evans to a part-time clerical position in the office.

Meeting attendee Bruce Paskoff once again questioned the commissioners about the absence of “public comment” in the meeting minutes.

For months, Paskoff has been seeking to have the comments, as well as discussion pertaining to commissioner votes, noted in the county’s official record of the meetings.

Paskoff told the commissioners he believed the omission of public comments and discussion was in breach of the state’s Sunshine Law.