County upgrades outdated technology

BY STACI WILSON

Some county departments are seeing an upgrade in technology funded by Act 13 revenue.

The commissioners authorized the purchase of 12 new desktop computers to replace old, outdated machines in seven county departments.

Cost of the upgrade is just over $14,493 for 12 new Dell computers in the following departments: Planning (1); Juvenile Probation (1); Probation (2); Children & Youth (3); Veteran’s Affairs (1); Voter Registration (1); and Front Office (1).

Audience member Vera Scroggins asked if the county would also consider purchasing a noise meter to monitor decibel readings near natural gas compressor stations.

She said the county could purchase a decibel meter for about $200.

An amendment to the county Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance that deals with compressor stations has a limit set at 50dcb at inhabited structures near the stations.

A sound study must be completed and meet the ordinance requirements before any compressor station plan receives a final approval from the County Planning Commission.

The commissioners did not respond to Scroggins’ suggestion.

Commissioner Chair Alan Hall said the county was, once again, looking into the possibility of using Act 13 funds to run a water line to service the county jail.

With that Scroggins and Craig Stevens advocated for the line to be continued through to the Dimock and Springville areas.

Audience member Cheryl Matulevich said she would be concerned about the capacity of Lake Montrose if the water line was extended that far.

Dimock is about seven miles south of Montrose; and Springville is about 10 miles south of the borough.
Stevens also spoke about natural gas wells that are slated to be drilled near Lake Montrose and asked the commissioners to look into why the gas companies want to drill that close to the lake.

John Kameen and Joe Andre were reappointed to serve three year terms on the County Economic Development Board, effective Jan. 1, 2013.

The commissioners exonerated the Tax Claim Bureau from collecting delinquent taxes on a trailer in the Oakland Trailer Park. The Assessment Department exonerated the trailer from its rolls as gone on March 19. Total amount to be exonerated is $352.57.

The commissioners also signed two Children and Youth Department service agreements.

Hall and Commissioner Michael Giangrieco were present at the meeting with Commissioner MaryAnn Warren absent.

The Susquehanna County Commissioners meet on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at 9 a.m. in the Commissioners’ Meeting Room of the Susquehanna County Courthouse, Montrose.