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Susquehanna County Commissioners Questioned on Bonding


By Sandra Raub

At their Dec. 14 meeting, the Susquehanna County Commissioners passed two resolutions, with only one prompting questions from visitors.

Resolution 2011-19 answers a standard requirement by the state that the chief clerk is to review the bonding insurance at the close of every calendar year to make sure the coverage meets the needs for the upcoming year for every individual who handles county monies.

Questions from the public concerned who was covered, and for what types of actions, given that the wording of the resolution as it was passed on to the county from the state expresses coverage for “individual bonds, blanket bonds or crime insurance covering county officers and employees.”

Commissioner Mary Ann Warren assured the room that the wording was per state requirements, and that the coverage was strictly for the handling of the county funds, i.e., embezzlement, and not for other criminal acts, defined by the questioner as things like “killing your wife.”

The unquestioned resolution also adopted by the commissioners, Resolution 2011-18, authorized the appointment of Charlene Moser as Applicant’s Agent, to execute on behalf of the county for Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funds released by the state for the mitigation of damages associated with Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. Funds applied for will be utilized primarily in the acquisition and demolition of primary residential dwellings within the county that are designated as “repetitive loss” properties by FEMA.

In other business, the commissioners recognized Stephen Frederick of the 911 department for 15 years of service, as well as acknowledging the acceptance of the resignation of Laura Conarton by County Coroner Anthony Conarton, effective Dec. 31; the acceptance with regret by Catherine Benedict, County Treasurer, of the retirement of Mary Lou Warner, effective Dec. 30; the resignation of Bruce Butler, Susquehanna, as 911 dispatcher and the hire of Butler as Assistant 911 Communications Coordinator, effective Dec. 15; the hiring of Justin Sprout, Springville, as full-time deputy sheriff effective Dec. 5, and the hiring of Matt DeMann, Montrose, as full-time 911 dispatcher trainee.

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