MILFORD, PA – Pike County Commissioners held their final weekly meeting of 2011 on 12-28-2011. This week was the final meeting for Commissioner Kathy Hummel, having finished out Harry Forbes’ term and did not seek a full term in the November 2011 election.
After the call to order and the pledge, Commissioner Caridi called everyone to offer up a moment of silence for two county employees who had passed in the previous month. Michele Storm, of Milford, was a Clerk for Pike County in the Tax Claim Administration Office. And Phillip Grimaldi, of Lords Valley, who was a retired Supervisor and was a driver for Pike County Transportation at the time of his passing. He was also a member of the Hemlock Farms Fire and Rescue.
There was then a presentation of a Letter of Appreciation to Lance Corporal Ryan N. Maloney of the 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Division Charlie Company of the US Marine Corps. Lance Corporal Maloney and his wife went up to receive the Letter, and the grateful thanks of many attendees at the meeting for his service to our country.
Nine motions and approvals for the County Agenda proceeded smoothly, as usual. The Agenda for the December 28, 2011 Agenda, the December 21, 2011 Commissioner’s Meeting Minutes (of which all three of the Commissioners and Clerk Orben were in attendance this week), and the Conference Minutes of December 21, 2011 were all motioned and approved. In the December 21, 2011 Commissioner’s Conference, the County Commissioners met with PNC bank representatives to review the current bonds and to request a proposal for additional monies for the Scenic Rural Character Preservation (SRCP) Program / Capital Improvement.
$354, 571.13 to pay County bills was motioned and approved. Payment from the SER B Bond Account (for the EMS building) in the amount of $4,091.03 and from the SER. A bond Account (for the SRCP – Scenic Rural Character Preservation fund) in the amount of $8,513.37 were both motioned and approved. A motion was made and approved to make a payment from the Capital Reserve in the amount of 30,900.00 to purchase a new 2012 Ford Expedition for the Sheriff”s Department. A general transfer from the Conservation Works was motioned and approved in the amount of $111,900.86. And a motion was made and approved to make a payment to the Pike County Employees Health Insurance Fund in the amount of $85,536.07.
The Commissioner’s Meeting was recessed and a Salary Board Meeting was held. Motions were made to approve the December 14, 2011 Salary Board minutes and to approve the 2012 Pike County Employees Salaries as presented. The Salary Board was adjourned and the Commissioner’s Meeting was reconvened.
Under Old Business, there was a motion and approval to open the bids received for the County’s 2005 Ford Crown Victoria (which had 202,000 miles on it), with the minimum bod set at $850. There was a bid for $875 and $876. But the winning bid, which went to Antonio Diaorf (the spelling is approximate due to the bid being presented on the back of a store receipt), in the amount of $1001. If the legitimacy of the winning bid is in question, the next highest bid of $876 was from a Jersey City car dealership.
Under New Business, a motion was made and approved to adopt the 2012 Pike County Budget as presented. Then a motion was made and approved to adopt Resolution 11-33, 2012 Tax Levy and Appropriation Resolution. Resolution 11-33 is a piece of nonsensical taxation from Harrisburgh that requires everyone to levy certain taxes within each county. Pike County has no such tax and the rate is set within the Resolution motioned and passed at Zero Dollars. A room tax, however, is imposed in the Resolution. It is set at 3%.
Motions were made and approved to advertise bids for grocery and frozen food purchases for the Pike County Correctional Facility, to authorize the Chairman to execute the 4th Quarter Community Development Block Grant – CDBG-R Report, to authorize the Chairman to execute the Pike County Rental Assistance Subsidy Voucher from Delaware Run in the amount of $866 (for January 2012), and to execute the Baseline Document and Deed Restriction for Lackawaxen Municipal Park (as recommended by the SRCP Program Board).
Under Miscellaneous business, a report was given by Sally Corrigan of the Pike County Planning Commission on the acquisition of two parcels of land, which would eventually be turned over to the State Bureau of Forestry (as part of the Open Space program). The Rock Hill Land Acquisition, which is currently owned by the Boy Scouts of America, is a 486 acre parcel off Route 739 in Dingman Township, it borders Delaware State Forest and State Game Lands #180, has a price of $1,126,000.00, and is needed for preservation of critical habitat, headwater protection and passive recreation. The KD Land Acquisition, is a 310 acre parcel off Routes 402 and 6 in Blooming Grove,it borders Delaware State Forest lands, has a price of $600,000.00, and is needed for preservation of habitat and passive recreation. Ms Corrigan reported that 50% of the funding for these properties is slated to come from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR). Of the remaining funds needed, approval is still pending for most to come from the Scenic Rural Character Development program. The Commission is also working on securing donations for whatever is still outstanding. If any funding remains unsecured, Ms Corrigan commented that there may be a need for the County Commissioners to help out with the rest.
At the close of the meeting, Commissioners Cardi and Wagner, along with the staff of the Pike County Commissioners, publicly thanked Commissioner Kathleen Hummel for her service and presented her with a Certificate of Appreciation. She has “been absolutely outstanding,” said Commissioner Caridid. Both he and Commissioner Wagner said she could have just walked through the appointment without doing anything but she did just the opposite. “She was interested in the issues . . . and she worked hard,” said Commissioner Wagner. Commissioner Hummel said it had been a “rewarding experience” where she “learned a lot.” She also applauded the two women in the office (Jennifer Hughston and Domenica Campanella), of whom she said it “would not run without them.”
Questions and comments were taken from the public and press.
The Meeting, the last of 2011, was then adjourned.
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