Comms praise department head’s decade of service

In addition to approving various personnel changes discussed earlier this week, the Lycoming County commissioners recognized a department head’s decade of service Thursday.

Jason Yorks has been the director of Resource Management Services for 10 years. Since taking the helm, Yorks has had a direct impact on the landfill’s improvement, officials said Thursday.

Yorks brings a dedication to the county, his employees and a commitment to the safe operation of the landfill, Matthew McDermott, director of administration, said.

“There’s heavy machinery entering and exiting there throughout the day,” McDermott said. “Jason has added an increased focus on safety there … he is a dedicated, mission-focused department head.”

Yorks was awarded a service pin by the commissioners, citing the success of his department to the variety of unique skills his employees bring to the table.

At the commissioners’ meeting Tuesday, they discussed the reclassification of various county positions of staff in the maintenance department. On Thursday, they approved the removal of one custodial worker position and upgraded the pay scale of 11 custodial positions. In the District Attorney’s office, they approved the removal of one temporary law clerk.

The changes go into effect Monday.

In other business, the commissioners approved the submission of a state grant to go toward a portion of the ongoing levee recertification project.

The money would go toward cross-pipes in South Williamsport as well as the West End of Williamsport, Fran McJunkin, with the county planning department, said.

The following contracts for Child Welfare Services also were approved Thursday:

• George Junior Republic, for emergency shelter and residential care services from $76 to $312 a day.

• KidsPeace National Centers Inc., for foster care and residential care services from $57 to $350 a day.

• Families United Network Inc., for foster care and residential care services from $28 to $202 a day.

• Geisinger Clinic for the Child Advocacy Center of the Central Susquehanna Valley, for forensic child abuse interviews at $100 per interview.

• West Branch Drug and Alcohol Abuse Commission for the Strengthening Families Program not to exceed $25,000.

• Susquehanna Valley CASA – Voices for Children, for child advocate services to dependent children not to exceed $30,000.

• Susquehanna Home Care and Hospice for the Nurse Family Partnership Program not to exceed $75,000.

• Lycoming-Clinton Counties Commission for Community Action through STEP Inc., for Family Navigation services at $47,000, Youth Workforce Development and Employment at $200,000 and STEPping Stones program services at $6,5000.

The majority of the funds for the contracts would be covered through state and federal funding. The county is typically responsible for about 18 percent of coverage for these contracts from July 1 through June 30, 2020, Mark Egly, of the county’s Children and Youth Services, said.

All actions were unanimously approved by commissioners Jack McKernan, Tony Mussare and Rick Mirabito.

The commissioners will meet next at 10 a.m. Oct. 22 for a work session. There will be no public meetings held on Oct. 31, Nov. 5 or Nov. 7.


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