Commissioners’ Activity Slows in Wake of Flood
By Rick Hiduk
After managing both disaster relief and public relations for Bradford County during recent flooding and recovery efforts on an almost daily basis, Bradford County Commissioners have had a bit of a break in the wake of the crisis and in advance of the general and municipal elections slated for November.
The Sept. 22 meeting began with the opening of a single bid from Reinhart Foodservice to supply a new industrial dishwasher at Bradford County Manor at a cost of $48,383. Wrapping up other unfinished business, recent bids to provide laundry service and a new refrigerator for the Manor were awarded by the commissioners to EcoLab of St. Paul, MN, and Singer Equipment of Elverston, PA, respectively. Bids for linen service to the facility were rejected by the board and will be readvertised. A bid to provide copy service for the county at the courthouse was awarded to Copy Source of Towanda.
In new business, the commissioners approved a $5,000 agreement with New World Systems Corporation for a software systems upgrade that will affect the efficiency of time card assimilation and the county’s retirement system. The board also approved a revision of the Homeless Assistance Program pre-expenditure report and allocation reduction, which, Commissioner Mark Smith explained, will help address a variety of issues concerning homelessness and securing temporary housing for people in emergency situations. The board voted to extend the county’s emergency food assistance program to December due to the fact that the state has not yet rewritten the terms for a five-year contract set to expire in October.
A spate of partnership agreements between Bradford County Human Services and Children and Youth Services and several related agencies was approved, as were the transfers and hires of numerous county employees, including Stephanie Parker, Amanda Place, Charles Sheridan, Benjamin Phelps, Frank Salintino, Steven Vischansky, Claire Searle, Linda Padula, Taylor Benninger, Joshua Hutchinson, Virginia McClintic, Jennifer Seadler, Rhonda Ham, and Nancy Epler. Based on performance evaluations, the positions of both Ashley Vanderpool and Kelley Robinson were elevated from probationary to regular status. It was also noted that Jennifer Shaw and Linda Coe had been hired to fill positions in the county’s Probation Office in response to an order from the Court of Common Pleas, as was Connie Carr to a position in the Domestic Relations Office. Those garnering approval of their recent promotions at the courthouse included Rebecca Huff in the Probation Office and Patricia Weaver in the Office of the Prothonotary. The salaries and pay rates of 21 county employees were recognized.
Commissioner John Sullivan presided over the business of the Bradford County Board of Elections in advance of the Nov. 8 elections. First, a proclamation was approved to advertise an official list of candidates for statewide, county, and municipal offices. The Board of Elections will meet on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 11:30 a.m. in the commissioners’ office to determine the eligibility of any and all provisional ballots cast on Nov. 8, and the Bradford County Return Board will meet there on Monday, Nov. 14 to compute and canvass the election returns. Electronic tabulating equipment to be used in the election will be tested for accuracy in the courthouse annex at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3.
The next meeting of the Bradford County Commissioners is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6.