County approves drug and alcohol contracts

BY STACI WILSON

The Susquehanna County Commissioners approved the Lackawanna-Susquehanna drug and alcohol program contracts for 2014-15 at the Wednesday, July 11 meeting.

Lackawanna-Susquehanna Behavioral Health, Intellectual Disabilities and Early Intervention Acting Administrator Jeremy Yale said the agencies and centers approved were paid mostly from federal and state funds.

Susquehanna County’s portion of the $1.1 million in services received is about $25,000.

Audience member Edna Paskoff asked why groups like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous were not being used by the county for treatment, instead of “coddling” some individuals at taxpayer expense.

Yale said those support groups are available and people are often referred to them through case management services.

In personnel matters, Misty Chapman was transferred from her position in the prothonotary’s office to Human Resources Administrative Assistant.

The commissioners also acknowledged the change to Rachel Carrico’s title and corresponding job duties as Administrative Assistant/Emergency Management Grant Writer/Purchasing Manager, effective May 29.

A classification change from TC to QA01 for Marissa Franchak in 911 was also acknowledged, effective May 30.

The commissioners also acknowledged, with regret, the resignation of Carol Tanner from the library board, effective June 6.

Tanner was one of the more recent appointments to the board, and Commissioner Michael Giangrieco questioned the reason for the resignation.
Commissioner Alan Hall said it was personal reasons and that Tanner “felt he could not work with the group that was there.”

No bids were received by the June 10, 4 p.m., deadline for milling and repaving a portion of Monument Street, the Old Jail and by the 88 Chenango Street office building. No action was taken by the commissioners.

The county approved amending an agreement with the Dept. of Community and Economic Development on behalf of the Susquehanna County Housing Authority to increase the contract by $250,000, for a total of $657,000 to assist with home repairs for the elderly.

Giangrieco explained that there was an increase in the grant amount. The grant monies are “pass-through” funds to SCHRA.

Bruce Paskoff asked the commissioners for an update on the status of the county’s recycling center.

Hall said the center had been put out for bid; two bid packages had been picked up and one tour of the facility was given.

There is a minimum bid price of $1 million, Hall said.

He also said that the county has established certain criteria that has to be met for a sale of the facility.

Vera Scroggins asked the commissioners how much of the county’s Act 13 money was left.

Of the Impact Funds received last year, Hall said about $1.2 million remained and would go into the budgeting for programs and expenses next year.

The remainder of the funds received last year have been allocated with a 20 percent tax reduction; as well as funds spent for emergency management, the sheriff’s office and the county’s judicial services.

Craig Stevens said he felt the county’s Impact Fee revenue was being used for the people that have been impacted by drilling. He advocated that the county “step up” to help people with water quality changes.

“The people in cities help out more than people here in the past four and one-half years,” Stevens said.

The Salary Board convened to create an Administrative Assistant for the Chief Clerk.

On Friday morning, Public Safety Director R. S. Stoud was sworn in as the interim Chief Clerk, and will serve in the position until the open Chief Clerk position is filled.