SMETHPORT — The McKean County Commissioners shared with the public Tuesday their plans to honor the life and public service of a former colleague, Al Pingie, who died April 23. Tuesday would have been his birthday.
Commissioner Carol Duffy said the county has submitted a request to the office of U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Pa., for a flag that has flown over the U. S. Capitol and an appropriate certificate.
“McKean County Director of Veterans Affairs Zach Pearson assisted us, and we hope the flag will be here for Memorial Day,” Duffy said.
Prior to becoming a county commissioner, Pingie was a U.S. Marine veteran of Vietnam, a retired Bradford City fireman and former Bradford Township supervisor.
In public votes, the commissioners agreed to submit an application to the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development for Emergency Solution Grant funding to provide homeless housing services.
With this approved resolution, A Partnership in Housing is authorized and directed to execute an ESD application in the amount of $185,341 to the DCED. These funds represent $86,137 for services provided through APIH and $110,204 for services provided through YWCA Bradford.
Commissioners also authorized the county to enter a grant agreement with the Department of Human Services for the Medical Assistance Transportation Program Participation Grant Program Grant agreement and Assurance of Compliance.
The MATP provides transportation for medical assistance recipients who have available transportation. The individual’s county of residence provides the type of transportation which is least expensive but still meets the person’s needs.
Renewal agreements were OKd with Benecon for the county’s group health plan — with Integra One for the Information Technology Department for HP contract service — and For the Record for the judges offices for their recording software.
Voting machine inspectors for the May 21 municipal primary election were approved. According to the resolution, the director of elections is to provide the necessary training for the inspectors to carry out their official duties.
Two proclamations were adopted. One proclaims May as Foster Care Month in the county, recognizing those foster families who open their homes to the approximately 15,000 children statewide in this system that provides them with safe, secure and stable homes.
Personnel from Children and Youth Services attended the meeting for the signing of the proclamation. They were Marcy Flickinger, foster care and adoption supervisor, and Lisa Johnston and Sue Hogue, foster care and adoption program specialists.
Information provided to The Era shows there are 67 foster homes in the county. Last year, 14 adoptions were recorded. So far that number has reached four, with eight more scheduled to occur.
The commissioners’ second proclamation declared May 6-11 as Economic Development Week in the county.
This proclamation recognizes the McKean County economic developers for the roles they play in promoting job creation, economic growth and prosperity, as well as their support for county job creators businesses and entrepreneurs who are the backbone of the economy.
Two bids were received for the 1997 Ford ambulance. Commissioners agreed to accept the higher bid of $3,601, provided it meets all the specifications.
In personnel matters, Kate Kennedy was named to complete the unexpired term of Brandy Schimp on the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Committee. This term expires December 31, 2020.
Marcy Lynch Assetta was appointed to the Bradford Regional Airport Authority for five years,
Peter Gardner and Jeff Rhinehart were reappointed to four-year terms on the McKean County Planning Commission.
During the open public comment part of the agenda, Jim Giordano took issue with the sale of the ambulance earlier in the meeting. saying it could have been handled better.
The commissioners’ next meeting is slated for 10 a. m., May 28.