County upgrading courthouse
The Wyoming County Commissioners met on Thursday to discuss a contract for added work to be done on the courthouse.
The new contract being considered will cover the painting of new windows for the courthouse and is valued at $26,000. Plans to upgrade the courthouse’s windows and lighting were contracted out within the last year, but there was some dissatisfaction expressed.
“We were not satisfied with the new windows,” commissioner Tom Henry said. “We didn’t feel that they were the right look for the building.”
The windows had to be replaced several times before the windows were found to be acceptable.
The project to replace the Courthouse’s lighting and windows was done to save the County on energy costs, including heating and air conditioning. The first contract was valued at just over $250,000.
The $26,000 contract for painting the replaced windows will be in addition to the original quarter million.
Commissioner Tom Henry made the motion to accept the $26,000 contract for the window painting. Commissioner Judy Mead and Henry both voted to accept the contract, but Commissioner Ron Williams voted against the contract, claiming that he believed the price was excessive. With a 2-1 vote, the motion passed.
The Commissioners also noted that they will accept qualifications of interest from engineers to perform bridge inspections on the 13 bridges owned by the county. The inspections, which are required by the National Bridge Inspection Program, are necessary if the County wants to pursue Federal Act 26 funding for future bridge work.
Wyoming County currently receives $100,000 a year to maintain all of its 13 bridges, but even one substantial bridge project can massively exceed that modest sum. Act 26 funding would cover 80 percent of any bridge project with federal dollars, while Wyoming County would only be responsible for 20 percent of the costs.
Despite the fact that the inspections are required, Henry reassured everyone that, short of two bridges in Falls Township, “the majority of our bridges are in great shape.”
Commissioner Williams made the motion to approve and sign several Children and Youth Certification and purchase agreements. These agreements are a means by which Wyoming County can purchase services for youths and adolescents who require care. Purchase and Service Agreements were approved and signed by all the Commissioners for Volunteers of America Pennsylvania, Mike White Polygraph Service, Kid’s Peace Placement Center, and Mid-Atlantic Monitoring.
Prior to their meeting the commissioners held a short meeting with the Wyoming County Prison Board during which Warden Kenneth Repsher shared the good news that the Wyoming County Correctional Facility was found to be in “full compliance” during its state inspection.
“Full compliance” is equivalent to a 100percent perfect score.
Repsher also announced that plumbing work has started for a new hot water heater at the facility.
The Commissioners unanimously thanked the Warden and the rest of the Prison Board for their good work.
The next meeting of the Wyoming County Commissioners will be held on Tuesday, June 17.