County signs proclamations for April|
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
By Wendy Lynn Brion Staff Writer
The Clearfield County Commissioners issued four proclamations for the month of April during yesterday's regular meeting.
The first proclamation was to proclaim April 14-28 as Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Weeks and recognizing April 28 due to the MS Walk in Treasure Lake, DuBois. Heather Dodd, who is working with the MS Walk, explained that the walk benefits the Multiple Sclerosis Society and it is a wonderful event with food, activities, socializing and more. She said the walk follows designated roads in Treasure Lake, beginning at the Lakeview Lodge. More information can be found at www.mssociety.org.
Commissioner John Sobel noted the recent passing of Annette Funicello, who had suffered from MS for many years and brought attention to this autoimmune disease.
Included in the proclamation, it was noted that Clearfield County places a high priority on health issues and especially autoimmune diseases. Over 400,000 Americans are affected by MS and it can cost over $2 million over a person's lifetime to treat. The proclamation also stated that the county supports public efforts to eliminate this and other diseases.
The second proclamation was to proclaim April 21-27 as National Volunteer Week in Clearfield County. Donna English, Retired and Senior Volunteer Program project director, said the week is about inspiring and encouraging and putting a spotlight on what volunteers do, not just in RSVP but in other areas of life, such as Scouting, volunteer firemen and so on. Alice Pollock, Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging volunteer coordinator, added that the average valued wage of a volunteer is $26.15 per hour. "We are a very rich county in volunteerism," she said.
The proclamation noted that the history of volunteerism is strong in the county, state and nation and volunteers give of themselves for others without expecting anything in return. The week is to honor outstanding volunteers and everyone is urged to volunteer.
Third was a proclamation to declare April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Staci Neal, who works with PASSAGES Inc., gave each commissioner a teal ribbon as a reminder and explained that PASSEGES provides counseling, legal and medical avocation and well as prevention education. She noted they serve three counties, Clearfield, Jefferson and Clarion, with a staff of seven and also works with Children and Youth Services.
The proclamation stated that sexual assault is widespread and impacts the entire community. One in five women and one in 71 men will be raped; one in six boys and one in five girls will be assaulted. The community needs to speak out and can be successful in prevention with education and brining to light something that, as Neal stated, is not "polite conversation."
Commissioner Joan Robinson McMillen pointed to the statement that men can also be victims and Neal added that boys are also victims.
The final proclamation was to proclaim April 14-20 as National Public Safety Telecommunications Week. Joe Bigar, department of emergency services director, explained that dispatchers are available 24-hours a day, seven days a week fielding calls and this week recognizes them for their hard work. Deb Archer, 911 coordinator, added that the recognition is done at a national level. "They do a great job, they really do."
In other business:
• the following new hires were approved: Jolene Rosinsky, Department Clerk III in the assessment office effective April 1 and Brian Moore, part time telecommunication 911 effective April 15.
• the commissioners approved the owner county agreement with Central Counties Youth Center. McMillen explained this is an annual renewal as Clearfield County is one of five owner counties of the center, located in Bellefonte.
• the commissioners approved letters of agreement between the county and Cen-Clear Child Services in order to allow Cen-Clear, CYS and probation to share information.
• Hotel Tax Discretionary Funds were awarded. DuBois Volunteer Fire Department was awarded $7,500 for DuBois Community Days. McMillen noted that the event is a fun time for families and is free. Also, this is the 125th anniversary for the fire department.
The Quehanna Motor Lodge was awarded $3,272.50 in matching funds to help with marketing special events through the summer. The lodge has a new owner who is working to have events there and bring more attention to the Quehanna Wild Area.
• an Affordable Housing Trust Fund contract between the county and Moshannon Valley Council of Governments was approved. The money, $15,000, will be used to create a pilot joint code enforcement program to help remedy blighted properties in the county.
• the polling place in Burnside Borough was permanently changed from the Burnside firehall to the borough building.
• liquid fuels allocations were approved: DuBois $8,980.01, Lumber City $3,300, Penn Township $4,917.31.
The salary board also briefly met and approved extending the temporary position of part time department clerk II in the Prothonotary's office through April 5 and creating a temporary part time position of administrative assistant in the assessment office, retroactive March 22 through Dec. 31.