The Greene Gazette E-Newsletter for July 2017 from the Greene County Board of Commissioners, Greene County, Pennsylvania

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GREENE COUNTY, PA — Monday, July 31, 2017


Greene County Commissioners
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Phone: 724-852-5210
County Office Building, 3rd Floor
93 East High Street
Waynesburg, PA 15370

For Immediate Release
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Ruth Thornberg, Webmaster

Compiled by Kelli Rishell
Administrative Assistant &
Ruth Thornberg, Webmaster


Edited by JoAnne Marshall
Communications Director


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August 16

Stuff the Bus
. FMI, call the Greene County United Way at 724-852-1009.


August 19-26, 2017
64th Annual PA Bituminous Coal Show


Eastern Mining Collectors Show

FMI, call 724-966-5426 or visit www.kingcoalshow.org


August 30

FMI, call Mimi Ritenour at 724-852-5300



September 16

Wags, Whiskers, & Wine

FMI, call 724-627-9988


Greene County Tourist Promotion Agency

Visitors Guide

Hot off the presses, our 2017 Official Visitors Guides has arrived!! This full-color, 35-page guide features events, attractions, and photos of your friends and neighbors! To request a copy, call 724-627-8687 or e-mail tourism.
Now available

Order your "GREENE T-Shirt" today

$12 each - call, 724-627-8687

EQT REC Center
Membership Pre-Sales

FMI, call 724-627-2739 or
Email: kcoss@teamexos.com
Chamber Announces Name Change
Click HERE for news release

FMI, call 724-627-5926
September 4 - Labor Day Holiday

Holiday Schedule

Transportation Holiday Schedule


Commissioners attend event at White House

All county commissioners from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania were invited to the White House on Thursday, July 13 for the Keystone County Commissioners' White House Conference. Commissioners Blair Zimmerman, Dave Coder, and Archie Trader were among the many local county commissioners who attended the conference.

The main purpose of the conference was to introduce the county commissioners to whom they could contact in the federal government, if the need arise.

There were high-level officials from the presidential administration at the conference to answer questions and concerns. Pennsylvania counties, especially rural counties, do relay on federal grants and funds to offset costs in their budgets.

The conference offered the opportunity to ask questions and let the administration know how much the counties depend on federal funding.

To our commissioners knowledge, it is the first time that the executive branch of the Federal Government took such interest in Pennsylvania counties. The invitation did not specify what was on the agenda, but the conference proved to be very helpful to all attendees.

Pictured above are our three county commissioners standing outside and inside the White House in Washington, DC.

Local Food Enterprise Project
It was an inaugural event on July 18, 2017 at Republic Food Enterprise Center celebrating a $1.75 million grant, a popular concept for food entrepreneurs and farmers to get their foods to kitchen tables to help increase opportunities and jobs in the region.

Dignitaries and local farmers and food entrepreneurs like bakers, artisans, caterers and vendors gathered at the center for the announcement of the grant awarded to the center.

Development of the Local Food System in Southwestern PA (Republic, PA) is a project of the Fayette County Community Action Agency funded by the Appalachian Regional Commission. Building on history agricultural clusters, ultimately creating jobs, income and wealth in the community... and making a change in agriculture.


Commissioner Coder was one of the speakers as both Fayette County Commissioners and Greene County Commissioners partnered with the project. Other speakers at the event included PA Secretary of Agriculture, Russell Redding, Fayette County Commissioner Vincent Vicites, state Reps. Pam Snyder and Matt Dowling and Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development Executive Deputy Secretary Neil Weaver.

Robbie Matesic, Executive Director for Greene County Department of Economic Development, was a key player involved with the grant application and expressed what a great opportunity it will be for Greene County residents willing to start a food business and interested in utilizing the center. The center is working with 30 farmers in the area with a goal of bringing 100 new agriculture jobs, creating 20 new businesses and retaining 50 other entrepreneurial businesses.

(Photos courtesy of Tom Straw from the SPC Region)

Commissioners indulge in the legendary Jacktown Fair

Tuesday, July 18 started off the fair with the annual street parade.

Elected officials and others attend the crowning of the 2017 Fair Queen (on left). Pictured on right is Commissioner Blair Zimmerman enjoying a ride in the parade pulled by an antique John Deere tractor.

Photo 1 above: West Greene Lady Pioneers Softball Champions were the Grand Marshal for this years parade. Many parents/relatives of the girls work for the county.
Photo 2 above: 2017 Jacktown Fair Princess, Mia Rhome.
Photo 3 above:
(Above photos courtesy of Jacktown Fair fb page)

Pictured on the left and below are of several county employees in or at the opening parade. Including the Greene County Commissioners: Blair Zimmerman, Dave Coder, and Archie Trader; Cory Grandel, Treasurer; Dave Balint, Controller; President Judge Farley Toothman, getting a selfie by Aimee Gillispie, Judicial Admin Assistant for the Courts; and Jordan Kiger (Tina Kiger Election directors son) in the passenger side of the Center Township rescue truck; the 2017 Fair Queen Courtney Ross and 2017 Fair Princess Mia Rhome; Amie Nehls from the Elections Office is shown in the Center Township FD truck (where Amie is a volunteer within the FD); and Amie Nehls' little daughter Ellie in the front seat of the fire truck with grandmother; and let's not leave out Wayne Drop in the blue suit -- Waynesburg Rain Day mascot and Greene County Tourism.


The West Greene softball team was grand marshal of the parade this year, coming through the gates on a flatbed float with the coaches in the front. The team was then honored at the grandstand with several rounds of applause.

After the annual parade that opened the first night of the 152nd Jacktown Fair, Courtney Ross was announced as this year's Jacktown Fair Queen and was crowned by the 2016 Jacktown Fair Queen Laura Wise, 19, of Graysville. The pageant was held Sunday evening prior to the start of the fair, when contestants had to do an interview on state and model evening gowns, with Courtney Ross of Aleppo Township and Haley Pierson, a recent West Greene graduate, competing for the title.

Photos courtesy of Rachel Gillispie, Elections Office.

Flags in Memory of lives lost

June 29 PennDOT drive safely media event — the Greene County Commissioners Blair Zimmerman, Dave Coder, & Archie Trader, and Jay Ofsanik from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation along with representatives from the Greene County Courthouse, Greene County Sheriff's Office, Representative Pam Snyder's office, Senator Camera Bartolotta's office, Waynesburg Borough Police, and Pennsylvania State Police placed flags on the courthouse lawn in memory of the 47 lives lost due to a vehicle crash on Greene County roadways from 2012 to 2016.

Each flag representing a life lost due to a vehicle crash on Greene County roadways.

"Parade of Champions" celebration
Monday, July 12 — Greene County Commissioners, state officials and county residents honored the county athletes who have won state titles during the past year with a parade in downtown Waynesburg and a recognition ceremony on the steps of the Greene County Courthouse. Dozens of people gathered along High Street to greet our local champion athletes.

The West Greene softball team the winning athletes, with some of the players riding on a Center Township fire truck, were introduced by Terry Tanner, West Greene history teacher, and all were presented with certificates from the County Commissioners as well as state officials congratulating them on their achievements, including the softball team that won the state title in June 2016.

Arriving on a Center Township fire brush truck and pictured above with the commissioners are: Marissa Kalsey, Waynesburg Central HS graduate & senior at Westminster College, won a Division III college championship while pole-vaulting at Westminster College earlier this year; Ben Bumgarner (left), who won a state cross-country title this year for Waynesburg Center, and Gavin Teasdale (right), a three-time state wrestling champion at Jefferson-Morgan, were each honored.

The celebration honored the West Greene High School girls softball team (Lady Pioneers), who won the WPIAL state championship; three-times state Champion Wrestler Gavin Teasdale, two-times state gold medalist Ben Bumgarner, and NCAA Division 3 National champion in pole vault, Marissa Kalsey.

The celebration was organized by the Greene County commissioners and a committee of parents, coaches and courthouse employees, began at noon (11:30 am to 1:30 pm) with a parade on High Street, from Morgan Street to the courthouse.

(Article information courtesy of the Observer-Reporter, 7/12/17 ed., Mike Jones, || Photos courtesy of the Greene County Tourist Promotion Agency)

Eagle Scout Project
Gerard Schleicher, Boy Scout of Troop 1168 in Rices Landing, presented his Eagle Project to the Greene County Commissioners at their agenda meeting on Wednesday, July 26.

The "Airport Archway Project" is to construct a brick and metalwork archway to replace the existing inoperable chain-link gate behind the terminal building at the Greene County Airport. It will add signage, lighting and provide a working gate for airport safety.

This Month in Greene County Government...

Board of Commissioners:
During the commissioners' regular board meeting on Thursday, July 27, the Commissioners made the following actions:
  • Under Finance & Administration:
    1. Commissioner Coder made the motion and Commissioner Trader the second to modify the County travel policy retroactive to July 1, 2017. Vote unanimous.
    2. Commissioner Trader made the motion and Commissioner Coder the second to accept Shelly Brown’s resignation from the Southwest Corner Workforce Investment Board of Directors. Vote unanimous.
    3. Commissioner Coder made the motion and Commissioner Trader the second for a proposal for professional services between the County of Greene and EADS Architects, Inc. for the masonry restoration project at the Fort Jackson Building in the amount of $40,800 for the design and $18,700 for construction consultation. Vote unanimous.
    4. Commissioner Trader made the motion and Commissioner Coder the second for a proposal between the County of Greene and Fire Fighter Sales and Service Company for a complete install of a fire alarm system in the Fort Jackson Building in the amount of $22,343.20. Vote unanimous.
    5. Commissioner Coder made the motion and Commissioner Trader the second for a proposal between the County of Greene and Fire Fighter Sales and Service Company for a complete install of a fire alarm system in the Ben Franklin Building in the amount of $19,894.16. Vote unanimous.
    6. Commissioner Trader made the motion and Commissioner Coder the second to accept the Financial Statements and Required Supplementary Information and Supplementary Information from Maher Duessel for the year ended December 31, 2016. Vote unanimous.
    7. Commissioner Coder made the motion and Commissioner Trader the second for an agreement between the County of Greene and Kirk A. King, Esquire for services in the Register and Recorders office in the amount of $6,000. Vote unanimous.
    8. Commissioner Trader made the motion and Commissioner Coder the second for a change order from Gumpher, Inc. in the amount of $11,628.60 for fairground improvements. Vote unanimous.
    9. Commissioner Coder made the motion and Commissioner Trader the second to accept an attorney Agreement between the County of Greene and Timothy Ross, Esquire for duties as assigned in the Public Defender’s office in the amount of $3,750 per month effective 06-30-17. Vote unanimous.
    10. Commissioner Trader made the motion and Commissioner Coder the second for a special events agreement between the County of Greene and Cineworx Productions to lease the courthouse on August 26, 2017 from 10:00 pm to 1:00 am. Vote unanimous.
    11. Commissioner Coder made the motion and Commissioner Trader the second for a request from Pennoni Associates, Inc. for a staff increase of 2% for the current Transportation Construction Inspector Supervisor. The current rate for this position is $29.30 per hour and the requested rate for this position is $29.89 per hour per staff classification by PennDOT. Vote unanimous.
    12. Commissioner Trader made the motion and Commissioner Coder the second for a notice to proceed to Morgan Excavating, LP for construction of the access road east and parking lot for the Greene County Airport. Vote unanimous.
    13. Commissioner Coder made the motion and Commissioner Trader the second for a change order #5 from Management Engineering Corporation in the credit amount of $4,313.46 for the Greene County Airport Entrance Driveway. Vote unanimous.
    14. Commissioner Trader made the motion and Commissioner Coder the second to award a bid for the Greene County Courthouse miscellaneous repairs and restorations project to Jesse L. Fiske, Sr., LLC in the amount of $246,800.00 pending solicitor, controller and engineer approval.

  • Under Bridges:
    1. Commissioner Coder made the motion and Commissioner Trader the second for a Standard Bridge Reimbursement Agreement Grant Agreement between the County of Greene and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, acting through the Department of Transportation for County Bridge #63 (Gray Township) and assign Jeffrey A. Marshall, Chief Clerk, to be sole signatory on all documents relative to Greene County Bridges. Vote unanimous.
    2. Commissioner Trader made the motion and Commissioner Coder the second for a Project Specific Agreement between the County of Greene and Widmer Engineering, Inc. for Greene County Bridge #63 (Gray Township) in the amount of $357, 275.46. Vote unanimous.

  • Under Veterans Affairs:
    1. Commissioner Coder made the motion and Commissioner Trader the second for an application from the American Legion Post #992 in the amount of $200.00 for Memorial Day Expenses. Vote unanimous.
    2. Commissioner Trader made the motion and Commissioner Coder the second for an application from the Filer-Sadlek Post #954 in the amount of $200.00 for Memorial Day Expenses. Vote unanimous.

  • Under Probation:
    1. Commissioner Coder made the motion and Commissioner Trader the second for the Greene County State Offender Supervision Fund Agreement for FY 2017-2018. Vote unanimous.
    2. Commissioner Trader made the motion and Commissioner Coder the second for a Grant-In-Aid continuing program for the improvement of adult probation services for FY2017-2018 application and agreement. Vote unanimous.
    3. Commissioner Coder made the motion and Commissioner Trader the second for the purchase of service agreement between the County of Greene and Jefferson County Juvenile Detention Center for Juvenile Detention Services. Vote unanimous.
    4. Commissioner Trader made the motion and Commissioner Coder the second for the criminal justice advisory board mini grant in the amount of $1,500 for mental health. Vote unanimous.

  • Under Human Services:
    1. Commissioner Coder made the motion and Commissioner Trader the second for the FY2016/2017 grant amendment with HUD for grant PA0284L3E011508 for permanent supportive housing and shelter plus care. Vote unanimous.
    2. Commissioner Trader made the motion and Commissioner Coder the second for the FY2017/2018 contracts with HUD for housing grants PA0284L3E011508, PA0651L3E011604, PA0780L3E011601 and PA0781L3E011601 for permanent supportive housing and shelter plus care. Vote unanimous.

  • Under Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities:
    1. Commissioner Coder made the motion and Commissioner Trader the second for the FY2017/2018 contract with Allegheny Health Choices, Inc. Vote unanimous.

  • Under Children and Youth (CYS):
    1. Commissioner Trader made the motion and Commissioner Coder the second for the health services coordination of care agreement between the County of Greene Children and Youth Services and Gateway Health Plan, LP. and assign Stacey Courtwright as sole signatory on the documents. Vote unanimous.
    2. Commissioner Coder made the motion and Commissioner Trader the second for a notice of intent to participate in Pennsylvania’s Barriers to Permanency Project. Vote unanimous.
    3. Commissioner Trader made the motion and Commissioner Coder the second for an addendum to the contract with Sharon Willison for work as an independent contractor working for CYS effective 07-01-17. Vote unanimous.

  • Under CDBG:
    1. Commissioner Coder made the motion and Commissioner Trader the second for the re-evaluation for contract #C000065035 Waynesburg Borough phase I sewer system characterization, long term control plan. Vote unanimous.
    2. Commissioner Trader made the motion and Commissioner Coder the second for an exempt status determination for Waynesburg Borough waste water treatment plant and pump station rehabilitation. Vote unanimous.

Prison Board:
During the Prison Board meeting on Thursday, July 27, the Commissioners made the following motions:
  • Security:
    • With the completion of pre-installation logistics, PSx has started the installation of the new inter-com system today.
    • Will be conducting the on-site inspection of the area proposed for the installation of the live scan system on August 22, 2017. This inspection will be conducted in part by Mr. Jerry Miller, the Offender Identification Technology Coordinator for the PA Chiefs of Police Association and his associates.
  • Treatment:
    • The garden started this year by the inmate workers is starting to produce some vegetables, most notably green beans, zucchini, and some peppers. The inmates that have been involved in the preparation and maintenance of the garden have expressed their satisfaction in that they were provided with an opportunity to be outside working and that they have demonstrated the ability to create something. Regardless of what volume of produce generated this year, I would recommend that we continue with this program next year, if for no other reason that the development of the vocational and self-developmental aspects.
  • Training:
    • Administrative Assistant Jennifer Gumbarevic and Food Service Karen Taylor received computer training for excel application on -7-25-17 and 07-26-17. Corrections Officer Darcy Bostich is currently in her fourth week of Basic Training at the DOC Academy.
  • Maintenance:
    • Cummins-Bridgeway provided an annunciator for the main generator which will alarm in operations when a power failure occurs. The equipment was installed on 07-25-17 with a follow up systems check to be conducted on 07-28-17.
  • Financial Report:
    • Fayette County currently owes $14.500.00 for the month of July in regards to rental fees and has paid $29,750.00 for the month of June.
    • Deposits totaling $1,880.00 have been made with the treasurer’s office for June work release and weekend inmates.

Retirement Board:
During the Retirement Board meeting on Thursday, July 27, the Commissioners stated that for new business that they received a favorable determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service for the Greene County Employees Retirement System and Trust plan the application was made in December 2015.


Salary Board:
During the Salary Board meeting on Thursday, July 27, the Commissioners also approved the following personnel actions; SEIU employees were reclassified based on the MOU signed during the current union agreements eff. 7/01/2017:

SEIU Reclassifications:
  1. Tax Assessment
    • Rhonda Glendenning, Field Assessor 2 @$20.95 to Field Assessor 3 @$22.00
    • Jackalyn Jeffries, Dept. Clerk 2 @$16.25 to Dept. Clerk 3 @$17.06
    • Melody Lesko, Admin. Asst. @$23.05 to Admin. Asst. 2 @$24.20
  2. Elections
    • Amie Nehls, Admin. Asst. @$16.68 to Admin. Asst. 2 @$17.51
  3. Maintenance
    • Bruce Hardy, Working Supervisor 1 @$20.39 to Working Supervisor 2 @$21.41
  4. Veterans Affairs
    • Kathy Cipcic, Admin. Asst. @$21.70 to Admin. Asst. 2 @$22.79
  5. Treasurer
    • Vickie Steinmiller, License Clerk @$17.32 to License Clerk 2 @$18.19
    • Marge Kurilko, 2nd Deputy Treasurer @$21.45 to 2nd Deputy Treasurer 2 @$22.52
  6. Clerk of Courts
    • Lisa Murdock, 2nd Deputy Clerk of Courts @$16.54 to 2nd Deputy Clerk of Courts 2 @$17.37
  7. Register and Recorder
    • Annette Tharp, 2nd Deputy Reg/Recorder @$17.57 to 2nd Deputy Reg/Recorder 2 @$18.45
  8. Domestic Relations
    • Denise Forman, Docket Clerk @$20.95 to Docket Clerk 2 @$22.00
    • Lisa Eddy, Fiscal Asst. @$18.00 to Fiscal Asst. 2 @$18.90
  9. Human Services
    • Karen Pettit, Fiscal Technician 2 @$18.54 to Fiscal Technician 3 @$19.47
  10. Transportation
    • Paul Kraich, Van Driver @$18.12 to Van Driver 2 @$19.03
    • Martin Wilson, Van Driver @$17.82 to Van Driver 2 @$18.71
    • Mary Kalaski, Van Driver @$17.82 to Van Driver 2 @$18.71
    • Joseph Lilley, Van Driver @$18.12 to Van Driver 2 @$19.03
    • Michael Antonelli, Van Driver @$17.56 to Van Driver 2 @$18.44
  11. Soil Conservation
    • Rebecca Salosky, Fiscal Officer @$21.08 to Fiscal Officer 2 @$22.13
  12. Jail
    • Tina Smith, Corrections Officer @$18.02 to Corrections Officer 2 @$18.92
    • Darcy Bostich, Corrections Officer @$15.77 to Corrections Officer 2 @$16.56
    • Brian Bundy, Corrections Officer @$18.02 to Corrections Officer 2 @$18.92
    • Rhonda Rafail, Corrections Officer @$17.27 to Corrections Officer 2 @$18.13
    • Wilmer Smith, Corrections Officer @$18.77 to Corrections Officer 2 @$19.71
    • Jamie Maher, Corrections Officer @$17.27 to Corrections Officer 2 @$18.13
    • Amanda McCool, Corrections Officer @$16.52 to Corrections Officer 2 @$17.35
    • Ryan Kmetz, Corrections Officer @$15.77 to Corrections Officer 2 @$16.56
    • Tonja Grimes, Corrections Officer @$19.03 to Corrections Officer 2 @$19.98
  SEIU Reclassifications (continued):
    M.   Parks and Recreation
    • Joseph Ayersman, Working Supervisor 1 @$17.73 to Working Supervisor 2 @$18.62 Paul Garrison, Working Supervisor 2 @$20.62 to Working Supervisor 3 @$21.65
    • Traci Sokol, Day Camp Coordinator @$14.52 to Day Camp Coordinator 2 @$15.25
    • Debra Riggi, Secretary 1 @$15.51 to Secretary 2 @$16.29
    N.   Fairgrounds
    • Steve Shultz, Working Supervisor 1 @$19.73 to Working Supervisor 2 @$20.72
    • James Scott, Working Supervisor 1 @$20.36 to Working Supervisor 2 @$21.38
    • Charles Haring, Maintenance Worker 2 @$19.44 to Maintenance Worker 3 @$20.41
Increase in Pay:
  • Linda Chambers, Casual, Assistant District Attorney, DA
New Hires:
  • Beth Booker, RFT, Caseworker 1, CYS
  • Joshua Chodrow, RFT, Caseworker Supervisor, CYS
  • Amanda Debolt, RFT, Fiscal Assistant 1, CYS
  • Glenn Perry, RFT, Caseworker 1, CYS
  • Jessica Welsh, RFT, Caseworker 1, CYS
  • Cathy Zuback, RFT, Court Recorder, Courts
Position Eliminaton:
  • Caseworker 2, SAP Liaison, HS
Promotions:
  • Sarah Braddock, RFT, Casework Supervisor, CYS
  • Zachary Burger, RFT, Corrections Officer 1, Prison
  • Ali Hayes, RFT, High Fidelity Facilitator, HS
  • Sarah Smith, RFT, Veterans Affairs Director, VA
  • Thomas Stimaker, RFT, Casework Supervisor, CYS
Reclassifications:
  • Zachary Basinger, RFT, Environmental Program Specialist 2, GCCD
  • Christine Brottish, RPT, Department Clerk 2, Treasurer
  • Edward Brizzi, RFT, Caseworker 2, CYS
  • Toni Karlowicz, RFT, Secretary 2, CYS
  • Lindsay Kozlowski, RFT, Assistant Manager/Environmental Program Specialist 2, GCCD
  • Lesia Moore, RFT, Department Clerk 2, Sheriff
  • Kimberly Thompson, RFT, Caseworker 1, CYS
  • Ty Negley, RFT, Caseworker 1, CYS
Resignations:
  • Ashley Bishop, High Fidelity Youth Support Partner (PT), HS
  • Jennifer Lash, SAFE Coordinator, HS
  • Danielle Smith, Caseworker 1, CYS
Retirements:
  • Dalene Watson, Veterans Affairs Director, VA
Transfers:
  • Crystal Barrett, RFT, Caseworker 2, IDD, HS
  • Melissa Ewart, RFT, Caseworker 2 Hospital Liaison, MH, HS
  • Jennifer Jones, RFT, Caseworker 2, Housing/D&A, HS

County Commissioners welcome new county employees

The Commissioners would like — to take time to welcome our new employees and introduce them to the rest of our county employees. Thank you for choosing us as your employer, we hope that you are happy in your new position. We have an open door policy for all our employees, and hope that you feel comfortable to drop in should you have any concerns.

The County Employee Handbook can be accessed through our intranet website which is for employees only, or you can obtain a copy of the handbook at the Human Resources office at any time. We expect all of our employees to abide with the rules and regulations stated in the employee handbook; but should you have questions, please contact Becky Harris, our HR Director at 724-852-5200.
Listed by appointment date

Beth Booker
Regular Full-time
County Caseworker 1
Children & Youth Services
Appointment eff. June 27
(UMWA HS/CYS)
 
Glenn Perry
Regular Full-time
County Caseworker 1
Children & Youth Services
Appointment eff. July 10
UMWA HS/CYS
 

Jessica Welsh
Regular Full-time
County Caseworker 1
Children & Youth Services
Appointment eff. July 10
(UMWA HS/CYS)
 
Amanda Debolt
Regular Full-time
Fiscal Assistant 1
Children & Youth Services
Appointment eff. July 17
(SEIU PG 8)
 

Joshua Chodrow
Regular Full-time
Casework Supervisor 1
Children & Youth Services
Appointment eff. July 31
(MG PG9)

Veteran's Affairs Office — retirement & rehire
Dalene Watson retire on June 30 from her position as Director at the Greene County Veteran’s Affairs Office. She held the position since February 17, 2011.

The Greene County Commissioners promoted Sarah Smith as the new Director for our Greene County Veteran's Affairs Office.

This position is not new to Sarah as she has previously held this position from 2009-2011, before she resigned and accepted a position as District Field Aide under the wounded warrior program, with U.S. Congressman Mark Critz, representing PA's 12th district.

When the Commissioners became aware of Ms. Watson’s retirement, they knew the fastest and most effective solution, would be to transfer Smith back to the VA Director position, since she was already working for the County as a Court Recorder for the Court of Court of Common Pleas in Greene County.

Smith comes from a long line of military War Era veterans, and is a OEF/OIF veteran herself. Having served in the Navy from 2000 – 2004, and deploying on the USS Whidbey Island, after the 9/11 attacks.

Smith said, that she is excited to be back and get reacquainted with the areas’ veterans. She also stated that the office is installing the latest technology that the Federal and State VA has to offer, to allow the areas veterans to have better tracking and faster claim responding time.

Smith is a 1996 graduate of Carmichaels High School, and a WCCC graduate. Her family resides in Greene County.

The Commissioners are pleased to welcome Smith back as the Veteran Affairs Director

Family Car Cruise — 1st Annual

Meet Duke Meyers, young little driver turning 6-months old on June 5th, won 1st place (Kids Choice) in the Kids Family Car Cruise (pictured above) sporting his cool shades, manly straw hat and a bow-tie, driving his snazzy-red convertible; looks like it was a tough drive that wore him out! Jake is the son of Tip and Shanna Meyers, Prevention Specialist in our Greene County Drug & Alcohol Program.     (Click HERE for event flyer)

The Family Stability Community Team of Greene County M.A.G.I.C. Collaborative along with the Street LordZ Car Club proudly presented it's; 1st annual Family Car Cruise on Saturday, June 17 in Clarksville, PA. The FREE event was open to all ages, and supported by the Greene County Board of Commissioners, the Greene County MAGIC Collaborative, The Clarksville Borough Council, and the Clarksville & Community VFD.

Also pictured pushing Duke in his red convertible is his Aunt Shelby Jeffrey, Department Clerk in our Register & Recorder's Office. and pictured on the right is Duke, Shanna, and Hayden Milan. Hayden is the son of Lisa Milan, High Fidelity Wraparound Coach/Supervisor in our Human Services Department.

Congratulations — Baby Announcement
Kenzley Lynn Roberts, born June 7, 2017 at 12:12 pm, 6lb 12oz and 20 inches long. The proud parents are Matthew & Nicole Roberts (Human Services Family Center); and proud grandparents are Bob & Tammy Colles and Jim & the late Tina Roberts.

Nicole says that "Kenzley is their entire world and they are so blessed to have her as their daughter!!"

Congratulations — Scholarship Award
It's always a pleasure to announce accomplishments and rewards! Especially when it's a county employee!

Sixteen students from Greene County schools recently received $24,000 in scholarships from the R. Wallace and Margaret Maxwell Scholarship Fund. Among those 16 winners is Erin Confortini of Mather, who has been interning this summer in our Humans Resources Office.

Erin is a 2017 graduate of Jefferson-Morgan High School and the Salutatorian of her class, will be attending Robert Morris University in the fall to study Actuarial Science.

She is the daughter of Dean and Sharon Confortini of Mather, sibling to Dereka & Joe and the granddaughter of Sil and the late Jennie Confortini, who had a long career of public service working for Greene County government.

Congratulations from the County Commissioners and Rebecca Harris, HR Director.

Scholastic Clay Target Program Team
32 members of the Hunting Hills Hawkeyes, Greene County’s Scholastic Clay Target Program team, received a total of 43 awards during the Pennsylvania Scholastic Clay Target Program Sporting Clays Championship, held Saturday, June 17, at Factoryville Sportsman Club in Factoryville, Pa.

The event involved over 280 youth shooters from across the state competing in a 100-target shoot to determine state winners in seven skill divisions: rookie, intermediate entry, intermediate advanced, junior varsity, varsity, open and collegiate. Awards were given to the top three teams in each division, as well as the highest overall and first- through third-place scorers in each division. A total of 53 Hunting Hills Hawkeyes members participated in the shoot.

Hawkeyes squads took first-place in four divisions, second-place in five divisions, and third-place in one division, along with eleven individual and two collegiate awards.

Congratulations to chamber board secretary

Congratulations to the 2017-18 Greene County Chamber of Commerce Board Officers... with Cassie Teegarden as their Secretary.

Cassie has worked for the county for several years, initially in the office of Economic Development, and the Greene County Industrial Developments, Inc., and more recently as the Assistant Tax Claim Director in our Tax Claim office.

Even though Cassie has been on the board in the past, it's always nice to say thank you for all you do!

Pictured from l. to r.: Melody Longstreth, Chamber Directory; Bettie Stammerjohn, Community Foundation of Greene County; Jeff McCracken, President and lifetime honorary member; Janice Blair-Martin, Vice-President; Cassie Teegarden, Secretary; and Liz Menhart, Treasurer (former Greene County Tourism Director), now with First Federal S&L of Greene County).

Excel Classes (Basic)

Scott Kelley, IT Director, reports an excellent turnout at the Excel classes held July 25th & 26th at the Stewart Science Hall/Computer lab. We had a diversified attendance, including the Prison, EMA/911 Center, Probation Office, Human Services, and CYS.

The County offered computer classes to its employees through Waynesburg University for the second summer in a row. This summer’s classes were on basic excel use and a total of 28 employees' attended the classes.

The County is also participating with CCAP to provide training on “phishing” by sending fake emails into the counties to see how employee’s respond. The IT Department is distributing pamphlets from the Federal Trade Commission on various security-related themes to include computer scams and Identity theft.

Lunch & Learn training

A few county employees attended the Sandler Training, Customer Service Excellence: How to Win and Keep Customers" training presented by Jim Gaffney of Peak Performance, and facilitated by the Waynesburg Area Chamber of Commerce. The training (Lunch & Learn) was held at noon at the Community Foundation of Greene County on High Street in Waynesburg.

People judge your company by the experience they or someone they know has had. Some of the topics discussed were on common customer service issues, traditional reactions, and some innovative solutions to overcome customer service and inside business development roadblocks.

Seen in the picture (courtesy of the chambers fb page) are Jeremy Kelly, Planning & Business Development Manager; David Craft, GIS Coordinator; Rich Davis, Housing Specialist; and possibly others?

Conservation District - Rain Barrel Workshop
The Greene County Conservation District in cooperation with the Waynesburg Borough held a free rain barrel workshops in Waynesburg on Thursday, July 13 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, July 15 at 9:30 a.m.

Rain barrels collect and store water that falls on roofs to be used for household activities like watering gardens. By using rain barrels, the property owner saves money on their water bill and reduces the effect of stormwater runoff on our streams and rivers.

Purchasing a pre-manufactured rain barrel can be expensive but making one is very easy. Participants in the workshop construct their very own rain barrel from materials provided by the Conservation District. In addition, the organization also discusses other good practices that property owners can implement alongside their new rain barrel to reduce runoff, erosion and water pollution.

Financial and other support for this project is provided by the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, Inc. (PACD) through a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act, administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. For more information about PACD, visit www.pacd.org.

— Thanks Jared Zinn, Conservation District, 724-852-5278.

Conservation District introduces new cost share program

The Greene County Conservation District Board of Directors are now accepting applications for a new program that they are directly funding. Greene County’s Reinvestment in Agriculture: Cost-share Enhancement (GRACE) Program is a conservation based program designed to enhance soil health within the agriculture community.

Active farmers, farmers that rent or new farmers with animals may apply for livestock conservation fencing, lime, water development projects and fertilizer. Applications must be submitted by August 31 to be considered for funding.

The GRACE program provides guidance to new and existing farmers through technical assistance and cost share to help promote soil and water conservation practices that will improve pastures and soil health that lead to better animal production. When practices are implemented correctly value and profit will be added to the land.

"It is the goal of the district to offer a program that is easy to navigate and has a quick turnaround," Lisa Snider, district manager said. "Yes, there are a few hoops to jump through, but those hoops are beneficial in the long run to the operator."

Requirements such as becoming a cooperator with the District; registering with Farm Service Agency and completing conservation plans and manure management plans after an application only lead to further funding and a sound farming blueprint. Applicants for lime or fertilizer projects will also need to obtain a soil test kit from Penn State Extension that the Conservation District staff will administer during a farm visit.

Funds for the program are a direct result of PA Act 13 that the district receives annually to foster conservation efforts within Greene County. Snider emphasized, "these funds are obtained through an 'impact' fee and the district believes that the money received should be used on the ground where the impacts were made."

Click HERE for GRACE Pamphlet. For more information or to apply, call the District at 724-852-5278, e-mail gccd, or visit during office hours at 22 West High Street, Waynesburg. Office hours are Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The District will also be at the Greene County Fair daily from 6 to 10 p.m. to accept applications.

Information Technology Tips — Identity Theft:

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Free Credit Reports — If you are a victim of Identity Theft, via Phishing or some other scam, your credit report is one of the main ways to spot this (besides suddenly finding yourself completely broke and in debt...). Click HERE for a pamphlet (14 pages/2.79 MB) detailing how you can get your credit report from the Federal Trade Commission, how to spot fake websites that actually charge you for your credit report, and steps you can take to ensure your report is accurate.

One additional important tip:   To all the millennials (you know who you are); click HERE for an article that is intended for the IT staff but I saw no need to break it apart, plagiarize it, and send it out reformatted. This is how you (as county employees), in general, affect the security of the County network – and the security of your own data, County data, and your own work product. I highlighted the important parts for those that fit the generalization of those with a short attention span☺   Enjoy!

Final comment:   When emailing someone in IT about a problem you are having, please email IT@co.greene.pa.us , as opposed to any one individual in IT, such that the first available person can respond to you. It is summer and any of us may be out on vacation or perhaps making Hay etc. and your issue may very well go in addressed if you do otherwise.

— Thanks, Scott Kelley, IT Director (x296)

EMA - 911 Public Notice

The Greene County Emergency Management and Department of Emergency Services would like to announce a public meeting to review the Greene County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan, Risk Assessment Section will be conducted on August 30, 2017 at 6:00 P.M. at the Greene County Emergency Management Agency located at 55 West Greene Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370. Public participation in the hazard mitigation plan update process is very important. This meeting will outline the updated list of natural and human-caused hazards that will be included in the 2018 Greene County Hazard Mitigation Plan Update and the risk of these hazards to the public.

— Thanks, Greg Leathers, EMA/911 Director (x387)

Wellness Rewards Program Update:
Lunchtime Lectures:   As part of the 2017 Wellness Program, a series of lunchtime lectures are being offered from 11:30-12:30 monthly:
  • Wednesday, July 12 was Technology for an Active Lifestyle — reviewing what pieces of technology can help us daily to keep moving, how to use heart rate monitors for optimal results and apps to help us make better food choices.
  • Wednesday, August 9 will be a lecture on "Health Snacking Options" — to review tips for a healthy snack, what types of options and when to incorporate them into your day.
Both lectures are worth 20 points each for the Wellness Program (if you attend)!
  Strides for Health Walking Program:   This program is an 8-week walking event campaign to help you establish the habit of walking for exercise. The walking and physical activity challenge was designed to help improve your level of fitness through a regular walking program. By participating in this program, you'll discover how to:
  • Increase your physical activity and energy level
  • Develop a regular commitment to walking for fitness
  • Get in shape and improve your fitness and health
  • Decrease the health risks associated with inactivity
  • Better manage your weight or chronic conditions
The walking program began on July 10 and is worth 25 points for the Wellness Program!

— Thanks, Rebecca Harris, HR Director (x200)

Greene County Veterans Affairs — announcements:
United States Armed Forces — Significant Days & Observances in August to remember: — Thanks, Sarah Smith, VA Director (x275)

Tourism Memos: (Notes from Tourism partners)
  • Save your coffee grounds! The Corner Cupboard Foodbank is utilizing used coffee grounds in their Community Garden as fertilizer. FMI: 724-627-9784.
  • Save the date and build your team! Corner Cupboard Foodbank is introducing a new event this year – Greene County Hunger Challenge. It will be a team-based event with challenges like a chocolate slip ‘n slide, cake eating challenge, flour bag crawl and more!
  • Community Builders of Greene County: The Community Foundation of Greene County is accepting applications for the Community Builders course. It is an eight-session leadership development course that provides the tools needed to serve as an effective board member or facilitator to improve the quality of life for your community. A limited number of partial scholarships are available on a first come basis. FMI: www.cfgcpa.org or email cfgcpa@gmail.com.
  • Lucas Oil Pro Pulling Expo Tickets: Tickets are on sale now at the Tourism office for the Mega Truck Pull held on September 9 at the Greene County Fairgrounds. Pre-sale tickets are $17 per person and are available for purchase at Tourism until August 4 and at the Greene County Fair Office from August 6 to August 12. Tickets at the gate are $20.
  • Wags, Whiskers, and Wine Tickets: Tickets are on sale now at the Humane Society of Greene County for their dinner dance fundraiser – Wags, Whiskers, and Wine held on September 16, 2017 at the PA National Guard Readiness Center.
  • 27th Annual King Coal Association Sara L. Ruth Memorial Golf Outing: Team registration forms for the 4-Person Scramble are due by August 7, 2017. A limit of 36 teams are accepted with a $250 registration fee per team. Shot-Gun start at 9 a.m. on Saturday, August 19 at Carmichaels Golf Course. First place will receive $300. FMI: Bob Schiffbauer at 724-998-8919 or Lisa Allison at 412-400-4939. Full King Coal schedule available at www.kingcoalshow.org.
— Thanks, JoAnne Marshall, Tourism Director (x687)

Noteworthy for Greene County:
Greene County had several events featured in the visitPA.com newsletter this month: The visitPA.com website is a great website to follow for trip ideas, destinations, places to stay, things to do, and much more in Pennsylvania. So it was good to see Greene County events mentioned along with other southwestern counties, but it was also great advertisement for Greene County's upcoming events. — Thanks, Jeff Marshall, Chief Clerk

Sheriff's Office July 2017 Activity Report

Civil Actions Processed
Civil Actions Attempted
Civil Actions Served
50
25
52
  Real Estate Processed
Real Estate Sale Served
Real Estate Posted
2
3
3
Personal Property Processed
Personal Property Served
1
2
  Protection from Abuse Processed
Protection from Abuse Attempts
Protection from Abuse Served
16
12
14
License to Carry Concealed Processed 76   Warrants Received
Warrants Served
6
8
Outside Agency Assist
(local police department, state, probation/parole/FMI)
6   County Transports 51
SCI Inmate Transports 6   Traffic Stops 18
Special Detail 5   Total Mileage Traveled by deputies for month of July
2,810
— Thanks, Brian Tennant, Sheriff (x315)


Calendar of Community Events
Be sure to check out the many upcoming events Greene County has to offer!

August 16 | Greene County "Stuff the Bus" — Greene County United Way is celebrating its 15th Annual Stuff the Bus, sponsored by First Federal Savings and Loan of Greene County, PA. Join us on Wednesday, August 16 for a picnic in the park form 11 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the Lions Club Park, JC Pavilion. Lunch is free for kids and served from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Jump on the bus to get a new backpack filled with school supplies (grades K-12). Dial 2-1-1 to register. You must be registered to participate . Click HERE for event flyer. FMI, call the Greene County United Way at 724-852-1009.

August 19, 2017 | Aviation Day in Greene County — held at the Greene County Airport, Waynesburg, PA from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., presented by SOAR of Greene County, PA, with special thanks to EAA Chapter 842 for hosting Young Eagles rides. Click HERE for event flyer. FMI, visit www.soarofgreenecounty.org of call 724-344-9693 (Email: soarofgreenecounty#gmail.com.

August 19-26 | 64th Annual Pennsylvania Bituminous Coal Show — held in Carmichaels, PA. FMI, visit www.kingcoalshow.org or email kingcoalshow@excite.com.



August 19, 2017 | Solar Eclipse — 1-3 PM at Ryerson Station State Park, 361 Bristoria Road, Wind Ridge, PA. FMI, visit Solar Eclipse fb.



August 26, 2017 | Eastern Mining Collectors Show — COAL MINERS - held from 9am to 2pm day of the Coal Parade on Saturday, August 26 at the firehall in Carmichaels. General admission is $1. Vendors with various coal mining paraphernalia (lights, hats, tins, buckets, etc.) and all mining related artifacts. Hosted by the King Coal Association, Inc. Click HERE for informational flyer. FMI, visit www.gogreenecounty.org or call 1-877-280-6867.


August 26-27, 2017 | Maxon-Dixon Frontier Festival — for details, visit www.masondixonpark.net for call 304-879-5500.


August 27, 2017 | Greene County Flashlight Drags — Street racing without the jail time! Held at the Greene County Airport. Dates are subject to change, rain dates will be held on the following weekend if schedules permit! Gates open at 12:00 noon, race starts at 2:00 p.m. Cost: $30 to race/$6 to watch. Click HERE for Flashlight Drags brochure with racing rules, and HERE for event flyer.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS, SAVE THESE DATES:

September 9 | 19th Annual Greene County Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling Expo — Gates Open at 4:00 p.m./Truck and Tractor Pulls are at 7:00 p.m. by Power Pulling Productions, LLC. (Sponsored by Bortz Chevrolet Subaru), featuring: 1) Unlimited Super Stock Tractors, 2) Super Stock Diesel Trucks, 3) Super Stock Trucks (PPP), and 4) Hot Rod Semi's. Rules available at www.powerpullingproductions.com. Admission (at gate) $20 / pre-sale tickets $17 (if purchased by August 13 at 3:00 p.m.); purchase your pre-sale tickets at the Greene County Tourist Promotion Agency, 19 South Washington Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370 or call JoAnne at 724-627-TOUR (between the hours 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday). Click HERE for event flyer.

September 9 | 16th Annual 50's Fest & Car Cruise — 10am - 4pm in downtown Waynesburg. Classic cars, trucks & motorcycles on the main drag.

September 16-17 | Greene & Washington Counties' Covered Bridge Festival — 10 AM to 5 PM, various locations. Held the third weekend of September each year, this signature event kicks off the Fall festival season! Each of 10 festival locations offers a charming atmosphere and an array of activities, including handmade arts and crafts, home style food, historic re-enactments, demonstrations, children's activities and live entertainment. FMI, visit CB Festival fb page

September 17 | Greene County Flashlight Drags — Street racing without the jail time! Held at the Greene County Airport. Dates are subject to change, rain dates will be held on the following weekend if schedules permit! Gates open at 12:00 noon, race starts at 2:00 p.m. Cost: $30 to race/$6 to watch. Click HERE for Flashlight Drags brochure with racing rules, and HERE for event flyer.

September 28-October 2 | Traveling Memorial Wall coming to Greene County — The Traveling Memorial wall stands as a reminder of the great sacrifices made during the Vietnam War. It was made for the purpose of helping heal and rekindle friendships and to all people the opportunity to visit loved ones who otherwise may not be able to make the trip to Washington DC. This project is being coordinated by the Waynesburg VFW. Sponsors and volunteers are needed to make this tribute possible. Click HERE for informational flyers. FMI, contact Rick Black at 724-998-0598.



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