Carbon County officials are recognizing Americans with disabilities.
During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board adopted a resolution naming July 12 as Americans with Disabilities Act Day in Carbon County. They then presented it to two individuals who advocate for people with disabilities Oscar Santizo, employment specialist for Human Resources Center Inc. of Jim Thorpe; and Denise Corcoran, executive director at Anthracite Region Center for Independent Living Ltd., of Hazleton.
Prior to presenting the resolution, Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, chairman, read it.
It states, "The Northeast Pennsylvania Center for Independent Living, together with the Interagency Council of Carbon County is commemorating the 22nd anniversary of the signing of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law. The ADA prohibits discrimination in the areas of employment, state and local government, transportation, public accommodations, and telecommunications.
"The act has provided equal opportunity to the disabled by eliminating barriers and making reasonable accommodations in the workplace. Citizens of Carbon County with disabilities have steadily gained access to the community through curb cuts, increased access to public and private buildings, and fixed route services. People with disabilities represent a vital segment of Carbon County's population and economy and should be given the same opportunity to pursue their highest possible level of independence in all aspects of their life."
Nothstein thanked Santizo and Corcoran for their efforts and said that the county is working to ensure that facilities are handicap-accessible.
Santizo and Corcoran thanked the board for recognizing the ADA act.
"This is a great step for Carbon County, for the people with disabilities," Santizo said. "Just recently in Summit Hill, the Declaration of Independence was read and it indicated that we are all given rights, not man given rights, but by God. One of those are that we are all created equal."
In other matters, the board voted to approve a recycling service agreement with Bowmanstown.
Commissioner William O'Gurek said that the board is pleased with the agreement.
"When the county was looking for a place to put its facilities for storing temporarily old newsprint and magazines, we reached out to Bowmanstown and they were very cooperative," he said. "We appreciate it."
The terms of the agreement will be to use the facility in the borough to store and transfer mixed paper with Anthracite Recycling.
The county will then remit 10 percent of the revenue from the products to Bowmanstown. This agreement will continue for a two-year term, and shall automatically renew for additional two-year terms unless either party gives 30 days notice to terminate.
Commissioner Thomas J. Gerhard said that he received a letter from Mike and Celeste Bybel of Summit Hill, stating that motorized vehicles ATVs and dirt bikes have been driving on the Switchback Trail, which is designated strictly for hiking and bicycling.
He noted that he met with Mr. Bybel; as well as Dave Horvath, director at Mauch Chunk Lake Park, to address the issue.
It was decided that more signs banning motorized vehicle use on the trail would be placed along the trail, which stretches from Summit Hill to Jim Thorpe.
"It's an ongoing problem and we are addressing it," Gerhard said. "Motorized vehicles are not to be used on the Switchback Trail, but we believe it's local people so catching them may be impossible. We would like it to stop."
Nothstein added that the problem is a major safety issue for people who utilize the trail for hiking and biking purposes.
The board also acted on the following items:
Ÿ Approved the 2012 program year Work Force Investment Area financial agreement between Carbon County, the administrative entity, and Wayne County for employment and training and related administrative services. The maximum payment for Wayne shall not exceed $370,787. The agreement will be from July 1 to June 30, 2013. The Pocono Counties WIA provides employment training opportunities to help people get back into the workforce.
Ÿ Approved an addendum to the professional services agreement with Urban Research and Development Corp., Bethlehem, for planning services relative to the Carbon County Comprehensive Greenway and Open Space Network Plan. The addendum extends the contract from June 30, 2011, to June 30, 2012.
Ÿ Approve the statement of work agreement with Sirius Computer Solutions, Inc. to install and configure the refurbished Printronix P7205 printer. Customer will be charged for reasonable out-of-pocket travel and living expenses.