District judge office in Elkland to move

WELLSBORO — The Elkland District Court will be getting a new home, just around the corner from where it is at the old elementary school in Elkland.

Tioga County commissioners on Tuesday approved a sales agreement for the county to purchase property in Elkland borough at the intersection of Main and Parkhurst streets for $38,000 to house the District Court.

“This will be a new location for the district magistrate’s office. The purchase is contingent upon a final survey, review of borough zoning and subdivision ordinance, architectural review, and the current owner’s responsibility for the removal and elimination of steps and ingress/egress usage by bordering property’s tenants,” the commissioners announced in a statement.

The commissioners also approved an agreement with EADs Architects for professional architectural and engineering services for the development of the new office for $10,800.

“Our working arrangement with EADs has been very successful and this will be one more positive move,” Commissioner Erick Coolidge said.

Commissioners also:

• Increased the pay for conflict counsel to $65 effective Jan. 1.

• Approved the 2016 PHARE grant agreement for $338,000. Award recipients include: Tioga County for relocation expenses in amount of $91,300; the county Department of Human Services, $71,895; United Christian Ministry’s shelters David’s by the Lake, Nelson, $82,676; and Kenner Court/Garnet House, Tioga, $90,475.

• Approved an agreement with Korn Ferry Hay Group to provide annual actuarial work for the Tioga County Employee’s Retirement Fund, at $2,074 per month effective Nov. 15, 2016. The agreement automatically will renew each year unless terminated by either party.

• Approved an agreement with The Verdin Co. to survey and determine the requirements for a new replacement timepiece and hands for the existing tower clock on the courthouse for $2,490, 50 percent, with the balance paid upon completion of the work for a total of $4,980. Currently maintenance of the clock requires personnel to be on a catwalk; this system will be operated via computer in the basement where all electronics are located without having personnel go up to the roof on a regular basis for maintenance. “It is an investment in safety,” Coolidge said.

• Approved an amendment with Cleveland Brothers Equipment Co. for the routine preventative maintenance of generators at the Human Services Complex, Emergency Services Complex and communications tower sites for $1,012.

• Approved a contract with Patrick J. Zirpoli LLC, to audit Tioga County Prison on the implementation and compliance with the National Standards for the Prison Rape Elimination Act for $3,250.

• Approved the resignation of Mitchell Christman, chief deputy in the Sheriff’s office, effective Jan. 2.

• Approved the use of the Green for a Classic Car Club social on the Green from noon to 8:30 p.m. July 19.