Gas companies on board to keep county informed

BY STACI WILSON

County Commissioner Michael Giangrieco said not all natural gas related companies have cooperated with the county’s request for information – specifically for emergency management and first responders.

“We want to know what’s going on,” he said, “so we know what to dispatch (for emergency calls).”

But that is changing, he said at the April 23 commissioners’ meeting, even though there is no state regulation that requires companies to respond to county, Giangrieco said. “The natural gas companies are now on board to let us know what’s going on.”

Commissioner Alan Hall said County Director of Public Safety Steve Stoud was at the scene of the April fire at a Springvillle-area compressor station.

Hall said that he was told salt and corrosive materials had corroded the pipe coming into the station. He said no explosion occurred.

The foam truck, housed at United Fire Company, Montrose, responded to the scene.

An audience member asked if the placement of pipelines was tracked by the county.

Hall said the county does not do that but the information is available on the Dept. of Environmental Protection website, he said. He also said some pipeline companies have dropped off maps of the proposed routes for the county.

Sheriff Deputy Justin Sprout will be transferring to the position of Detective/K9 officer in the District Attorney’s office, effective April 30.

In March, the commissioners were presented with a motion to approve the purchase of a new police canine but tabled the item to get more information about the request.

Although Sprout was hired as the K9 handler, the county has still not approved the purchase of the dog.

The cost for the dog, including training, was estimated in March to be about $19,500 and was to be paid with Drug and Alcohol funding.

The commissioners exonerated the Tax Claim Bureau from collecting delinquent taxes on two trailers. The trailers were also removed from the Repository List.

One trailer, located in Montrose Terrace, Bridgewater Twp., was deleted from exempt rolls by the Assessment office in December 2012.
The other trailer, on Hugaboom land in Ararat Twp., was demolished and removed from the Assessment office exempt rolls in April 2014.

Several board appointments were also made by the commissioners:
*Jim Kessler, of Hallstead, to the Conservation District Board of Directors as a Farmer Director, to fill an open position until Dec. 31.
*Carl Tanner, of Great Bend, to the Susquehanna County Library Board, term to end Dec. 31, 2015.
*Rueben Everitt, of Brackney, to the Agricultural Land Preservation Board, term expiring Dec. 31, 2016.
*Bruce Butler was appointed as the 911 Operations and Training Administrator.
*Betty Phillips was hired to a part-time position in the Register/Recorder’s office; and Linda Hunter was hired to fill a temporary position in the Prothonotary/Clerk of Courts office.

The commissioners also accepted, with regret, the resignation of Stuart Slocum as Public Director from the Conservation District Board of Directors, effective April 17.

The salary board passed motions clarifying changes made in the county personnel manual regarding floating holidays, donated time and the county wage scale.