New Children & Youth director named

BY STACI WILSON

The Susquehanna County Commissioners Nov. 14 meeting focused mostly on personnel matters, as a new Children and Youth director was named.

Caseworker supervisor Michelle Graziano was named Children and Youth Administrator/Agency Director effective Dec. 1, at a starting salary of $55,000. Following a six month probationary period, the annual salary will be increased to $60,000.

Graziano will take the place of Agency Director Susan Adamec who announced her intention to retire earlier this year.

The two commissioners present, Michael Giangrieco and MaryAnn Warren, also accepted, with regret, the retirement of Allen Luce, head of the county’s maintenance department, effective Dec. 20.

Absent from the meeting, Commissioner Alan Hall was attending a Northern Tier Regional Development and Planning meeting focused on the Public Utility Commission Act 13 disbursements.

Donna Betters was transferred, Oct. 29, from a clerk/typist position in Children & Youth to the departments Fiscal Assistant position.

Sonja Bomersheim, Lenox Twp., was hired Nov. 1 as the Assistant Director of Elections/ Assistant Voter Registrar.

Brandy Caswell, Montrose, and Valorie Knott, Hallstead, were hired as dispatcher trainees in the 911 department.

An upgrade to Children and Youth’s Child Accounts and Profile System (CAPS) by Avanco International, of McLean, Va., was approved.

Costs involved in the upgrade are shared by all of the counties using CAPS and proportionally allocated based on the number of users in each county.

Susquehanna County will pay $1,798 of the $228,500 total cost of the upgrade.

Sealed bids for refuse collection were opened for review. Only one bid – from Joe’s Disposal, Hallstead, the county’s current refuse collector – was received.

The bid on the two-year contract will be reviewed against what the county is currently paying for the service.

The commissioners also opened sealed bids for four vehicles that had been advertised for sale.

Three bids were received on the vans and passenger buses formerly used by Susquehanna County Transportation.

Those bids will be compared to the vehicle vin numbers.

One audience member asked if the county would consider opening a dog park where dogs could safely spend time off-leash.

Giangrieco said that a dog park would be municipality specific –the county could not tell a borough or township to do that.

“The county probably would not be involved,” he said.

Audience member Bruce Paskoff admonished the commissioners for holding a special meeting on Monday, Oct. 29 – the night of Hurricane Sandy.

“I’m astounded the commissioners held a meeting under such dangerous circumstance,” Paskoff said.

At the Oct. 29 meeting, the commissioners set the salaries for the elected county positions that are up for vote in 2013. Those positions are sheriff, prothonotary/clerk of courts and tax collectors.

A report of the meeting and salaries set by the commissioners appeared in the Nov. 7 issue of the Susquehanna County Independent.

The Susquehanna County Commissioners meet the second and fourth Wednesday of each month, at 9 a.m., in the courthouse.