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Assessment board members scheduled for training

LOCK HAVEN — For the first time ever, members of the Clinton County Assessment Board of Appeals will be required to complete training under Act 155 of 2018.

Clinton County Chief Assessor Keith Yearick brought the news to the county commissioners work session on Monday morning.

Yearick said the training, which includes three separate training modules, is being offered as live trainings or webinars by the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania in partnership with the Assessors’ Association of Pennsylvania.

Beginning in May, all board members will also be able to take the training modules online on demand through CCAP at their convenience.

All individuals who serve on a board as of Jan. 1, 2020 must complete the modules by June 30. Any members appointed after Jan. 1, will have six months from the time of their appointment to complete the training.

Alternates must also complete the training, Yearick said. The cost is $10 per module.

Commissioner Miles Kessinger asked Yearick to find out if former alternates would be willing to take the training. Kessinger said the county will likely set up a time for the board members to acquire the training all at one time within the county.

In other business, the commissioners heard from county planning director Katie deSilva that county solicitor Larry Coploff has looked over a preliminary contract with Delta, a consulting firm working with Tioga and Lycoming Counties, and has suggested several changes before the county decides to join the neighboring counties applying for the BUILD Grant to cover trail construction. If the changes are approved by Delta, the contract will be on Thursday’s agenda for board approval, she said.

Clarissa Shirk, Independent Living Program Coordinator at Clinton County Children and Youth, reported on the Statewide Adoption Network Conference which she attended in January in State College.

She said she participated in three sessions. The first was under direction of Evan Thornburg, who works in the governor’s office in Philadelphia and runs the LGBTQ programs. Thornburg talked about the history of LGBTQ and how to provide better services to the children, criteria, resources and issues, Shirk said.

The second session was on legal issues for older kids, and included transition planning, securing adult connections, independent living and how to engage with older kids, according to Shirk.

Adolescent suicide was the third session. This group talked about concerns for parents, caregivers and professionals, what to look out for… signs… making a profile for youth who are more likely to commit suicide and how to intervene, Shirk explained.

She said there are 33 kids in Clinton County’s Independent Living Program at this time.

Chief Clerk Jann Meyers reminded the board that Thursday’s regular meeting of the commissioners will be a night meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Piper building, and there will not be a work session next Monday, Feb. 17, which is Presidents Day.

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