Service Provider week

During their meeting Tuesday, the McKean County Commissioners proclaimed June 10-14 as “Child Welfare Service Providers Appreciation Week.” From left are Commissioner Cliff Lane, Children and Youth Services caseworker Emily Truman, Commissioners Carol Duffy and Tom Kreiner, Josh Haney, CYS caseworker, and CYS Director Dan Wertz.

SMETHPORT — The McKean County Commissioners on Tuesday officially accepted the bid for the parking and sealing project for the jail and CYS/911 parking lots from Taylor and Armstrong in Eldred.

At their May 28 meeting, commissioners opened this bid of $20,460 — the only quote received — but delayed any action until the county solicitor and maintenance department had time to evaluate it.

Another approved item permits the county to accept offers for purchasing property from the McKean County repository for unsold property.

The successful bidders and their purchases are as follows: Shane Yehl, $500, Linwood Avenue, Bradford; Pamela Anderson, $1,000, 50 Burnside Ave., Bradford; Pamela Anderson, $500, 69 Edgewood Road, Bradford Township; Duffy Inc., $50, 44 Railroad Avenue, Keating Township; Joel Walker, $600, 24 Rochester St., Bradford; and Karl Hipchen, $400, 47 South Kendall Ave., Bradford.

Chief Assessor Angelia Tennies said the municipalities and school districts have approved of these sales.

Two County Aid applications, paid through the 2019 Liquid Fuels allocation, gained the nod. The request from Wetmore Township for $5,931 will be used for a chip seal project. Smethport Borough’s $3,727 is to encumbered for future paving projects.

Commissioners adopted the proclamation to declare June 10-14 as Child Welfare Service Providers Appreciation Week in the county as designated by the Pennsylvania General Assembly on June 6.

Commissioner Tom Kreiner read the official proclamation, which in part says, “Every day in Pennsylvania, thousands of children receive services as a result of their involvement with child welfare agencies, and Pennsylvania recognizes the risks and need to intervene to protect Commonwealth children and families and provide services for the betterment of their lives.

“Child welfare service providers work with children who have experienced trauma and have been victimized by physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect and other forms of maltreatment. These providers also bring expertise to family preservation, foster and other out-of-home care, counseling, behavioral health treatment, independent living skills and other challenging areas.”

On hand for issuing this proclamation were Children and Youth Services Director Dan Wertz and CYS caseworkers Emily Truman and Josh Haney.

Under the terms of the renewed Memorandum of Understanding agreement with the county’s five food pantries for participation in the Emergency Food Assistance Program and the State Food Purchase Program, the county will again be designated as administrator for these programs.

The commissioners’ next meeting will be at 10 a.m. on June 25.