Commissioners take multiple actions at planning session

The Lycoming County commissioners approved several items Tuesday to help department heads avoid making a return trip for Thursday’s meeting.

Seven professional service agreements were renewed for the county Children and Youth Services. Two were for emergency shelter and residential care services, one with the Centre County Youth Service Bureau at a range of $71 to $186 per day and the other with Cornell Abraxas Group Inc. at a range of $287 to $290 per day.

The others were for legal services.

John P. Pietrovito will continue as solicitor for Children and Youth at a rate of $5,500 per month from July 1 through June 30, 2019. In the event a substitute solicitor is needed, Greevy and Taylor Law Office will be used at a rate of $120 per hour.

Angela C. Lovecchio will provide “guardian ad litem” services, or legal representation specifically for children, at a rate of $3,200 per month. In the event a substitute is needed, Trisha Hoover Jasper or Patricia A. Shipman will provide services on an as-needed basis at a rate of $75 per hour.

For the landfill, the commissioners approved an amendment with Field-Tech Services, a vendor that provides bailer repair and other services, increasing the hourly labor rate from $75 to $90.

The commissioners also approved a minor permit modification to the state Department of Environmental Protection for the capping replacement at the landfill’s fields one through four, which does cost about $300 but may be reimbursable.

In another matter, the commissioners and several department heads bid a fond farewell to Marci Hessert, executive assistant, who is retiring after serving the county for nearly 23 years. Tuesday was her last day with the county.

After thanking her for her hard work, dedication, reliability and institutional knowledge, the commissioners asked Hessert if she will keep her cellphone number the same.

“Yes, but I’m blocking all of you,” she answered, laughing.

“Thanks, all of you,” Hessert said, serious now. “I’ve learned so much here.”

Actions to be considered Thursday include making an amendment to the Timber Run subdivision plan, approving a $38,049 purchase for the Department of Public Safety using 911 funds, approving a $16,000 purchase for the coroner’s office using forensic funding and multiple personnel actions.

Commissioners Jack McKernan, Tony Mussare and Rick Mirabito were present. The next meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in Executive Plaza.