Repairs coming for county-owned bridges

BY STACI WILSON

The county will be making repairs to two of its bridges – one in Rush Twp. and the other in Gibson Twp.

The Rush Twp. bridge – County Bridge 37 – is located on Creamery Rd. County Bridge 40 in Gibson Twp. is located on SR 2065.

The commissioners approved the repairs at the July 9 meeting. The bridge fixes are estimated to cost $34,000-$43,000 and will be paid with Liquid Fuels funds.

The Tax Claim Bureau was exonerated from collecting delinquent taxes on the following properties and removing the trailers from the Repository list:

*A 2.15 acre parcel in Great Bend Twp., assessed at $4,200 – the parcel number was given in error and does not exist. Total taxes to be exonerated are $1,110.54;

*A trailer in Lenox Twp. on Salansky land, assessed at $1,000. The trailer was deleted from the rolls in November 2013 as gone. Total taxes to be exonerated are $361.92.

Some county owned vehicles are going up for sale. A 1989 John Deere Tractor Model 1080 is being offered in “as is” condition.

And a 2004 BMW 745 Li, with 108,504 miles, is also being offered “as is.” The minimum bid for the car is $7,000.

Commissioner Alan Hall said the minimum amount was set based on the book price of the vehicle. The county came into possession of the car through a seizure, Hall said.

The county is also offering up for sale 34 LCD monitors of various makes and sizes in “as is” condition.

The commissioners appointed Chris Caterson, of Montrose, to the vacant slot on the Planning Commission. Caterson will serve a four-year term, effective July 9 through Dec. 31, 2017.

One-year appointments and reappointments were also made to the Northern Tier Regional Planning and Development Advisory Committee, effective July 1 through June 30, 2015.

*Economic development: Robert Neira, William Dovin and Bobbi Jo Turner;

*Local loan review: Joe Ferretti, Rick Soden and Keith Yurgosky;

Rural Area Transportation: Rudy Mattes, Leonard Wheatley and Alan Hall;

Local elected officials: Alan Hall, Michael Giangrieco and Mary Ann Warren;

Member at large: Jody Place.

No terms were in need of reappointment on the Workforce Development committee.

Joann Bentler-Alfano, of Susquehanna, was hired as the 2nd Deputy in the Register & Recorder’s office, per the recommendation of Register & Recorder Mary Evans.

Salene Herman, of Montrose, was hire to the 2nd Deputy Prothonotary position, per the recommendation of Prothonotary Susan Eddleston.

In the commissioners office, Maggie McNamara of Friendsville, was hired as the Administrative Assistant to the Chief Clerk, effective July 24, per the recommendation of Acting Chief Clerk R.S. Stoud.

Two full-time dispatcher trainees were hired for the 911 Department, per the recommendation of Art Donato.

The county is rolling out a new website. Hall said the updated site, www.susqco.com, was expected to go live on Friday.

As of Tuesday morning the site’s homepage remained unchanged but visitors that clicked on one of the homepage links are taken to a new page with drop down menus for the various county departments and agencies.

The county commissioners’ page includes links to meeting minutes, the county budget and the unconventional gas well usage report – which reflects how Act 13 funds were spent by the county.

The most recent report from 2013 shows that the $4 million received was placed in a capital reserve fund to be utilized for Act 13 approved expenditures.

In July, the county received just over $5 million in Act 13 (Impact Fee) funds. Hall said the commissioners will determine how to use those funds when they develop the 2015 county budget. The budget process is expected to begin in September or October.

Audience member Bruce Paskoff asked if the county had a contingency plan if the Act 13 funds “go away.”

Hall said the monies have not been used for operations so if the funding is no longer available, it won’t create a “big hole in the county budget.”

Act 13 funds have been utilized in the creation of two or three positions, but those positions are based on receiving the funding and would “disappear” if Act 13 was repealed.

Audience member Vera Scroggins asked where people could appeal or object to an allocation made by Act 13 funds if someone felt it did not address actual impacts.

The commissioners said they weren’t sure of exactly where a grievance could be filed but said the state’s Public Utility Commission handled the Act 13 funds.