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County OKs 911 system upgrades
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
By Jeff Corcino Staff Writer
The Clearfield County Commissioners approved an agreement necessary for the upgrades to its 911 system at its meeting yesterday.
Several counties in the region including Clearfield, Centre, Cameron, Clarion, Elk, Forest Jefferson, McKean and Warren are integrating their 911 systems in case one county's system would go down, calls and dispatching would go to another center.
And the agreement is with Zito Media to allow it to place equipment on county facilities necessary for the upgrades, county Solicitor Kim Kesner said.
On the whole, Kesner said the agreement is OK but said there are a few minor inconsistencies with the language in the agreement. He said in one section of the agreement, it allows the county to discontinue the license at any time, but in another section it says it is a five-year agreement that can only be terminated with cause.
If it would become an issue, he said he believed the courts would interpret it to allow the county to discontinue it at any time.
When asked, EMA Director Joe Bigar doesn't have any issues with the five-year term and said construction has already begun on the system.
The commissioners approved the agreement noting the discrepancies pointed out by Kesner.
In other business:
• the commissioners thanked the public and all the municipal officials who attended Monday night's EPA public hearing on the proposed injection well in Brady Township.
Commissioner Mark McCracken although the meeting didn't go as smoothly as the EPA had planned as its stenographer showed up late and ended up starting an hour later than planned. But, he said he was pleased with the strong turnout by the public at the meeting.
Commissioner Joan McMillen said she was particularly impressed with the Highland Street Extension group for its fact-based argument to the EPA against the injection well.
The commissioners voted to:
• approve the Juvenile Accountability Block Grant, National Youth Program Using Mini-bikes grant for $10,000. There is a 10 percent grant, which would be paid by Cen-Clear Child Care Services.
The funding would provide slots for five participants in the program but the total number served would be higher due to attrition.
• approve the following personnel changes:
Transfers, Crystal Vicklund, temporary caseworker at Children, Youth and Family Services to regular full-time caseworker at CYS.
Resignations, Brian Moore Jr., part-time telecommunicator/911, Nathan Curry, deputy/sheriff's department; John Brown, special deputy/sheriff's department.
Probation completion, Debbie Myers, caseworker/CYS, and Kim Demi, assistant director/tax assessment and claims.
Family Medical Leave Act, Tracy McCracken, corrections officer/jail, effective Dec. 23 for up to 12 weeks.
The salary board voted to hire a temporary full time department clerk II for the prothonotary's office 10 days after the job is posted as per the union contract and to collapse the switchboard operator's position at the commissioner's office.
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