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					September 13, 2011



TUESDAY: A Regular Meeting of the Somerset County Board of Commissioners was held at 10:46
a.m. in the Commissioners’ Board Room.


PRESENT: Pamela A. Tokar-Ickes, John P. Vatavuk, and James C. Marker, Commissioners; Bernie
Hornick, Tribune-Democrat; Judy Ellich, Daily American; Lisa Beam, Community Action Partnership;
Kerri Burtner, Comprehensive Plan Coordinator; Jon Wahl, Somerset Planning & Engineering Services;
Randy Welker, Fiscal Anaylst; Daniel W. Rullo, Solicitor; Sonya Augustine, Assistant Chief Clerk; and
Carolyn Zambanini, Chief Clerk.



                                          Public Comment

None.



                                          Approve Minutes

Motion by James C. Marker, seconded by John P. Vatavuk to approve the minutes of the Commissioners’
Meeting held on August 30, 2011.

The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.



                                     Approve Payment of Bills

Motion by James C. Marker, seconded by John P. Vatavuk to approve the payment of bills in the amount
of $1,247,980.56.

The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.



                                          Travel Requests

Motion by James C. Marker, seconded by John P. Vatavuk to approve the following travel requests:

        request for Brad Zearfoss of the Planning Commission to attend the Pennsylvania
        Planning Association Annual Conference on October 16-18, 2011 in Scranton,
        Pennsylvania; and

        request for David Fox and David Johnson of Somerset County 911 to attend the State
        NENA Conference on September 21-23, 2011 in State College, Pennsylvania.

The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.



                       Community Action Partnership for Somerset County
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Carolyn Zambanini, Chief Clerk stated that at the last meeting, the Board tabled the acceptance of the
Medical Assistance Transportation Program (MATP) Grant Agreement for further review by the County
Solicitor for consideration of the financial impact on the County Budget. The County has been informed
that the required $2.00 per trip co-pay from participants to help defray costs has now been rescinded by
the Department of Public Welfare but there is still no change in the assurance of the Department to cover
budget overruns. Jeff Masterson, Executive Director of the Community Action Partnership for Somerset
County (CAPFSC), is recommending the Commissioners accept the MATP Grant Agreement with the
addition of language regarding coverage of budget overruns.


Motion by James C. Marker, seconded by John P. Vatavuk to approve the Medical Assistance
Transportation Program (MATP) Grant Agreement with the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare
in the amount of $524,059.00, subject to additional language to be inserted by the Solicitor concerning
reimbursement to the County for budget overruns.

The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.


Carolyn Zambanini, Chief Clerk stated that the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is requesting the
County approve an extension to The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) Contract through
December 31, 2011 to provide time for revisions to the new agreement which will be effective January 1,
2012. The current TEFAP Agreement is for the period of October 1, 2006 to September 30, 2011.


Motion by John P. Vatavuk, seconded by James C. Marker to approve an extension to The Emergency
Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) between Somerset County and the PENNSYLVANIA
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE for the period October 1, 2006 to September 30, 2011, through
December 31, 2011.

The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.


Commissioner Tokar-Ickes asked Lisa Beam of the CAPFSC for an update on The Emergency Food
Assistance Program. Ms. Beam stated that there is concern regarding cuts in funding for the program.
There is a shortage in FEMA funds that are needed to supplement food pantries. State funding cuts are
not as severe as the FEMA cuts. The TEFAP program will continue to seek and be in need of donations
from the community.



                                  Emergency Management Agency

Carolyn M. Zambanini, Chief Clerk stated that on September 1, 2011, Hazardous Materials response
transitioned from the Somerset Volunteer Fire Department (SVFD) Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT)
Response Team to the newly-formed County HAZMAT Team, Team 600. The SVFD has requested the
County reimburse it for HAZMAT supplies and equipment which the SVFD has transferred to Team
600.


Motion by John P. Vatavuk, seconded by James C. Marker to approve the Bill of Sale between the
County of Somerset and the Somerset Volunteer Fire Department for reimbursement of Hazardous
Materials (HAZMAT) supplies and equipment which have been transferred to Team 600 in the amount
of $19,082.68.

The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.
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Motion by James C. Marker, seconded by John P. Vatavuk to adopt Resolution No. 16 of 2011
acknowledging Somerset Volunteer Fire Department – Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) Response Team
for providing HAZMAT Response to the County as follows:

        WHEREAS, the Somerset Volunteer Fire Department (SVFD) - Hazardous Materials
(HAZMAT) Response Team was founded in 1985. The SVFD was the first fire department HAZMAT
Team in Somerset County; and

          WHEREAS, The SVFD and its HAZMAT Response Team has provided distinguished public
service to all residents of Somerset County for the past twenty-six years; and

          WHEREAS, the SVFD and its HAZMAT Response Team have provided countless hours of
self-less volunteer service in both training and response to maintain public safety and health to prevent
and mitigate incidents involving hazardous materials throughout Somerset County; and

         WHEREAS, the Somerset Volunteer Fire Department (SVFD) provided valuable technical
assistance and training for the formation of Team 600, Somerset County’s HAZMAT Response Team
which was placed into formal service on September 1, 2011; and

         NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED AND IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED by the
Somerset County Board of Commissioners that the Somerset Volunteer Fire Department (SVFD) and its
officers are recognized and honored for their commitment and dedication to all citizens of Somerset
County.

          ADOPTED this 13th day of September, 2011.

                                            SOMERSET COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
                                            /s/ PAMELA A. TOKAR-ICKES, Chair
                                            /s/ JOHN P. VATAVUK, Vice Chair
                                            /s/ JAMES C. MARKER, Secretary

/s/ CAROLYN M. ZAMBANINI, Chief Clerk

The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.


Commissioner Tokar-Ickes thanked the Somerset Volunteer Fire Department (SVFD) for serving
Somerset County with Hazardous Material Response and for assisting with the formation of Team 600.
The SVFD provided training, oversight, and equipment for the transition to Somerset County’s
Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) Response Team. Commissioner Vatavuk thanked the SVFD for
providing HAZMAT Response, which was a savings for the County over the years.



                                          Personnel Actions

Motion by James C. Marker, seconded by John P. Vatavuk to accept the resignation of CHARLOTTE
GEIGER of Salisbury, Pennsylvania from her position as Clerk Typist III for Children and Youth
Services, effective September 20, 2011.

The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.
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Motion by John P. Vatavuk, seconded by James C. Marker to reclassify LOGAN OAKES of
Hooversville, Pennsylvania from the position of Aging Case Aide 2 to Aging Care Manager 1, at an
annual salary of $20,943, effective September 19, 2011.

The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.


Motion by John P. Vatavuk, seconded by James C. Marker to approve the unpaid leave of absence for
Employee #1993 of the Domestic Relation Department for the period of September 16-23, 2011.

The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.


Motion by John P. Vatavuk, seconded by James C. Marker to approve the unpaid leave of absence for
Employee #1712 of the Somerset County Jail for the period of September 7-8, 2011.

The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.



                                  Jefferson Township Water Project

Commissioner Tokar-Ickes asked for an update on the status of the agreement to supply water to the
Jefferson Township Municipal Authority (JTMA) for the Village of Bakersville Water Project previously
requested by the Jefferson Township Supervisors.

Solicitor Daniel W. Rullo reported that a three-party agreement had been drafted among the Somerset
County General Authority (SCGA), the Municipal Authority of the Borough of Somerset (MABS), and
the Jefferson Township Municipal Authority (JTMA). There has been some discussion of adding the
governing bodies of these Authorities to the agreement. Three additional issues of concern were
discussed as follows:

    1.    The need for the Borough of Somerset to obtain a Water Allocation Permit. The Borough is
          requesting that the County issue a letter asking the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental
          Protection (DEP) to act upon Somerset Borough’s Water Allocation Permit application.

    2.    Additional language in the agreement as to whether wheelage would apply to the Jefferson
          Township system should water eventually be transmitted to areas beyond its system such as
          Hidden Valley or Seven Springs. The agreement allows for wheelage payments to Somerset
          Borough for transmission of water through its system; therefore Jefferson Township should be
          entitled to wheelage and any additional pumping costs in addition to the charges from Somerset
          Borough. Customers beyond Jefferson Township’s system would pay wheelage to Somerset
          Borough as well as Jefferson Township. The current agreement is for 20,000 gallons per day
          for Jefferson Township; however, the County must look into the future from a long-term
          standpoint when the system expands beyond the capacity of the present allocation.

    3.    Language must be included in the revised agreement in the event there is a demand beyond what
          Somerset Borough can supply from the Laurel Hill Creek Water Plant and the Shaffer Run
          wells. If the supply exceeds the water allocation permit, the parties would need to be able to
          supply water directly from the Quemahoning water system.

Solicitor Rullo recommended that the agreement be revised with respect to those concerns and submitted
for execution to the Somerset County General Authority and the County of Somerset, if necessary. The
County would need to authorize the SCGA to enter into the agreement and if necessary to add the
governing bodies of the municipal authorities to the agreement for execution. Commissioner Tokar-
Ickes stated that it is very important to get the agreement finalized quickly to meet application deadlines
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and to assure an ample and safe public water source for the 84 residents of Jefferson Township.
Commissioner Marker noted the request made by the Jefferson Township Supervisors to the County
regarding this agreement. Commissioner Marker attended the public meeting where both the MABS and
the Somerset Borough Council unanimously approved participation in the three-party agreement.


Motion by James C. Marker, seconded by John P. Vatavuk to authorize the Somerset County General
Authority (SCGA) to execute the agreement with the Municipal Authority of the Borough of Somerset
(MABS), and the Jefferson Township Municipal Authority (JTMA) and the governing bodies of those
authorities, if necessary, to provide water to Jefferson Township.

The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.



The Regular Meeting of the Board of County Commissioners adjourned upon motion by James C.
Marker, and seconded by John P. Vatavuk at 11:01 a.m.




                                          _____________________________________________
                                          JAMES C. MARKER, Secretary
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September 13, 2011



TUESDAY: A Salary Board Meeting was held at 11:05 a.m. in the Commissioners’ Board Room.


PRESENT: Pamela A. Tokar-Ickes, John P. Vatavuk, and James C. Marker, Commissioners; Donna
Schmitt, Treasurer; Bernie Hornick, Tribune-Democrat; Judy Ellich, Daily American; Jon Wahl,
Somerset Planning & Engineering Services; Randy Welker, Fiscal Anaylst; Daniel W. Rullo, Solicitor;
Sonya Augustine, Assistant Chief Clerk; and Carolyn Zambanini, Chief Clerk.



Motion by Donna Schmitt, seconded by John P. Vatavuk to increase the salaries of CASEWORKER III’s
covered by the AFSCME Contract by $1,500 each commencing with the first full pay after the
employees’ 18 months and 36 months anniversary dates.

The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.



The Salary Board Meeting adjourned upon motion by James C. Marker, and seconded by John P.
Vatavuk at 11:06 a.m.


                                          _____________________________________________
                                          JAMES C. MARKER, Secretary
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September 13, 2011



TUESDAY: A Somerset County Employees’ Retirement Board Meeting was held at 11:06 a.m. in the
Commissioners’ Board Room.


PRESENT: Pamela A. Tokar-Ickes, John P. Vatavuk, and James C. Marker, Commissioners; Donna
Schmitt, Treasurer; Bernie Hornick, Tribune-Democrat; Judy Ellich, Daily American; Jon Wahl,
Somerset Planning & Engineering Services; Randy Welker, Fiscal Anaylst; Daniel W. Rullo, Solicitor;
Sonya Augustine, Assistant Chief Clerk; and Carolyn Zambanini, Chief Clerk.



Motion by Donna Schmitt, seconded by James C. Marker to approve the Request for Refund of
Accumulated Deductions and Authorization for Distribution submitted by TAMMY LYNN BARRON of
Somerset, Pennsylvania, whose last day of work as a Full-Time Clerk in the Somerset Magisterial
District Judge’s Office was August 5, 2011.

The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.



The Somerset County Employees’ Retirement Board meeting recessed at 11:07 a.m.




                                                  _______________________________________
                                                  CAROLYN M. ZAMBANINI, Secretary

				
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