Financing set for treasurer’s office entry project

BY STACI WILSON

Financing arrangements for the county treasurer’s office entryway were put into motion at the Wednesday, Jan. 22 commissioners’ meeting.

Peoples Securities Bank & Trust offered the county a short-term loan in the amount of $125,000, at 1.5 percent interest, with a $100 bank fee, and no pre-payment penalty.

In order to use funded debt to pay for the portion of the project, the county is required to take out the loan – which would be paid off almost immediately, Commissioner Michael Giangrieco said.

At the Jan. 8 meeting, the commissioners awarded the bid for the entrance canopy project to Rock Boulder Inc., of Binghamton, N.Y. Total bid price was $179,300.

The balance of the project will be paid for out of the general fund.
Commissioner Alan Hall reported on the progress of the county’s quest to have a water line run to the county jail, located off Rt. 29 in Bridgewater Twp.

Hall said the preliminary engineering work has been done and the county’s economic development arm – the Progress Authority – is seeking funding for the estimated $1.1 million project.

Audience member Vera Scroggins asked if the commissioners would consider running the water line to Dimock Twp.

“Our goal is to get water to the jail,” Hall said. “We are not responsible for taking water to Dimock.”

Currently, a water tank at the correctional facility has a leak which is slated for a $1,600 repair.

The commissioners said the water has been tested and that is safe.
During the time of the actual tank repair, replacement water will be brought in to the facility.

Scroggins also asked the commissioners why they had refused to allow County Solicitor Thomas Meagher – in his position as the county’s attorney – to be interviewed by an Italian film crew she would have in the area later the day of the meeting.

Giangrieco responded, “Where is come from we call that ‘attorney-client’ privilege.’”

The few items appearing on the sparse agenda dealt with personnel:
The commissioners acknowledged the hiring of Josh Hale by Sheriff Lance Benedict to the position of Deputy Sheriff, effective Jan. 20.

The resignation of Bruce Laubacker, 911, was accepted, with regret, effective end of business on Jan. 8.

And the commissioners also acknowledged the acceptance, with regret, by Treasurer Catherine Benedict the retirement of Patricia Oleniacz, effective end of business April 3. Oleniacz has worked for the county for 35 years.

After reading the agenda item, Giangrieco kidded, “If we don’t accept this, does that mean she can’t go?”