County Commissioners updated on area programs
Commissioner Tom Henry reported that Wyoming County is “gaining ground” with both the Luzerne-Wyoming County Drug and Alcohol Commission and the Luzerne-Wyoming County Mental Health and Developmental Services.
He said that annual meetings with both agencies were held recently in Wyoming County, and that Wyoming County has made progress in gaining recognition for the programs here, which have only about half the clients Luzerne County currently serves in programs like URS.
Lori Bennett, a supporter of URS, attended the commissioners meeting Tuesday, and asked, “Why don’t they appoint a Wyoming County director and get it over with?”
Commissioner Tom Henry said that, while it would be better to have a county director for both agencies, the recent meetings accomplished a great deal and were encouraging.
Commissioner Ron Williams said that there is still an ongoing discussion over the fate of URS.
He said officials are still trying to find out who really owns the building currently housing that program.
Bennett said that there has been no announcement of awarding of the bid to provide those services.
Henry said that the commissioners honored William Bush, Superintendent of Elk Lake School District and the Susquehanna County Career and Technology Center, who also was recently named as the recipient of the 2014 Susquehanna County Distinguished Citizen Award. Locally, they proclaimed May 1 as Dr. William Bush Day.
Commissioner Williams noted that CCAP has a fraud hotline to report fraudulent activity at the state, county and local levels.
Chief Clerk Bill Gaylord said that the county has this hotline available to employees and the public.
A Children & Youth purchase agreement was signed for NHS Youth Services of Harrisburg.
The commissioners attended Family Services Agency’s annual meeting, as well as one for the Area Agency on Aging.
All three commissioners will be attending the agency’s Senior Prom at Genetti’s in Wilkes-Barre, with lunch at 12:30 p.m. followed by a dance at 1 p.m.
Solicitor Jim Davis asked the commissioners to approve his attendance at the one day county solicitors conference at CCAP headquarters in Harrisburg. He said that this is a very good conference, which is helpful to him in many ways. The commissioners approved his expenses and overnight lodging for the conference, which begins early in the morning.