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Susquehanna County Finally Moving on Purchased Chenango Property

The Susquehanna County Commissioners are moving ahead on renovating the Chenango St. property that they purchased at auction last year, but, at their most recent meeting it was said, “We have not determined who will go there.” Bids will be advertised for renovating, and will be opened at the first meeting in May, which is the eleventh. The work will be a two-phase process, starting with demolishing the back part of the property, which the commissioners said “can’t be repaired.” They paid $190,000 for the property. The second phase will be making the front (rest of the building) office space. Regarding which offices/departments would be moved there, the answer that they have given in the past about not knowing yet, was reinforced when it was said, “whatever goes there will have to fit in.” The back area that is being torn down will be replaced with a parking area.

In an agenda item that could be related to this property, an “Agility Agreement between Susquehanna County and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation” was approved. Agility agreements are made with PennDOT so that parties swap maintenance duties that each is better suited for or has equipment necessary to complete a project. It was said that one thing they might consider is having PennDOT pave the new property parking area.

Other agreements were approved at the meeting also. One would lease 872 square feet in the Warner Building to NEPA Community Health Care, Hallstead, for $10,788 annually, with monthly installments of $899 beginning June 1. The Warner building is the back section of the courthouse. The space will be used for WIC offices.

A contract with MCM Consulting Group, Inc., McMurray PA, authorizes MCM to provide professional services for wireline/wireless planning and 9-1-1 annual and triennial plan funding requests to the Commonwealth, including planning through PEMA (PA Emergency Management Agency). It will also include Act 72 VOIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) in the review and planning process. This three-year contract began April 13 totalling $42,000 for the three years. About 60 percent will be reimbursed from wireless funding, and MCM will help find grant money. There is no cancellation provision in the agreement, but the commissioners have checked with other counties and were assured about the company’s efforts.

A lease agreement with Claverack Rural Electric Cooperative will allow for the continued lease of 1.01 acres in Apolacon Township for $1 a year, for 10 years. This site is used to keep emergency communications equipment and facilities on the Claverack Tower and site. This new agreement ends April 12, 2021 and will automatically continue an additional 10 years unless either party terminates the lease.

In personnel, the voluntary separation of Erica Canfield as a temporary part-time clerk/typist in the Prothonotary/Clerk of Courts office was acknowledged. Her last work day was Sept. 24, 2010 and the temporary position ended Feb. 28. Jeanne Davis, Meshoppen, was hired to a part-time position as Dispatcher Trainee at $9.25 an hour, with an unspecified starting date.

A Memorandum of Understanding will eliminate a position that administratively supports the Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Education Program between Children & Youth and Penn State Cooperative Extension. It is effective May 25, per the recommendation of Children & Youth Director Susan Adamec.

According to the commissioners, the state cut backs necessitated the need to prioritize, resulting in this cut.

Several people were reappointed to the Tourism (Room Tax) Committee for the term 5/8/11 to 5/7/2012. These include Andy Aulakh, Gregg Confer, Sandy Conklin, Tom Follert, Kim Ross and Michele Suchnick.

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