The Pike County Commissioners Meeting of Jan. 25, 2012 was highlighted by a presentation of a letter of appreciation, a report by Keith Raser, Director of Pike County Transportation, and new Hazard Mitigation Plan.
After the pledge, Pike County Commissioner Richard Caridi read a letter of appreciation being presented to PFC Alejandro Izquierdo of the 2nd BTC 1-73 Calvary, 82nd Airborne Division of the United States Army, for his service to our country. The Milford resident, recently returned from Afghanistan, is, as Commissioner Caridi said, is a “local man who put himself in harms way” for the preservation of America’s freedoms. The young man, a Calvary Scout with the 82nd, was born in Brooklyn but grew up in Milford. His proud mother was on hand to witness the presentation.
Then it was on to County business, with the reading and approval of the week’s agenda. $334,248.04 was approved to pay County bills, $15,615.40 for a payment from the Bond Series A to reimburse the Bond Series B fund, $6.09 from the Debt Service Fund to reimburse a double payment, $1.22 from the SCRP Debt Service Fund to reimburse a double payment, $96,746.63 to pay for PC Employees’ Health Insurance, and $1,500.00 from the PC AG Land Preservation Fund. (The latter was explained by Pike County Community Planning Director Sally Corrigan as payment for a land survey of a County residential property in Greene Township for an agricultural easement.)
Director Corrigan then discussed Resolution 12-04, Pike County 2012 Hazard Mitigation Plan, which the Commissioners approved. The Plan, which is required by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) of every community in the country, must be updated every five years. The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) had some grant funds left over and notified Pike County that they were due for an upgrade soon, so funded the formation of the new plan. Director Corrigan said that the new plan, which received input throughout 2011 from all the municipalities of Pike County, addressed at least three areas the previous plan had not.
“The new plan,” Director Corrigan explained. “Addresses three areas not previously addressed. Pandemic. Hurricane, Tropical Storm, nor’easters . . .they all fall into the same category. And Wild Fires.” She also said the new plan addressed areas of man-made or human disasters not taken into consideration in previous plans. These included “utility interruptions, transportation accidents, terrorism, nuclear, environmental hazards, dam failures.”
The Commissioners also addressed a motion to advertise for proposals from qualified advertising companies to act as representative of Pike County Transportation Department for sale of exterior and interior advertising on its buses and minibuses. The motion was approved. This conversation lead into a report from Keith Raser, Director of Transportation for the Department for Pike County.
Director Raser reported that a grant was applied for in the amount of $209,500.00 to purchase new buses and minibuses. Due to cut backs, the grant was only approved for $205,000.00, which Mr. Raser said was enough to purchase two new buses and two new minibuses. He also said that two new 18-passenger buses and a new 7-passenger minivan were recently delivered. The cost, $145,009.00 ($39,537 for the minivan and $52,736 for each bus), was paid for by the PA lottery and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT).
Another motion before the Commissioners was a proposal from Dominion Voting for the Assure voting machine upgrade of hardware and software in the amount of $12,181.48. It was approved.
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