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7 reappointed to Carbon Environmental Commission

Published April 13. 2012 05:01PM

Carbon County commissioners on Thursday reappointed seven people to the Carbon County Environmental Education Commission.

Robert Miller, Lehighton; Dr. Carl Frankel, Hazleton; and Barbara Fogal, Jim Thorpe, were reappointed to terms that expire on Dec. 31, 2012.

Rick Grant and Dr. Rennie Shoop, both of Jim Thorpe; Carol Getz, Albrightsville, and Marigrace Heyer, Summit Hill, were reappointed to terms that expire Dec. 31, 2013.

In other matters, commissioners approved two agreements concerning the Carbon County Senior Games, to be held in May.

Victor Pituch of Lake Hauto will again serve as director of the games for senior citizens.

He will be paid $12 per hour, not to exceed $3,000.

Henry J. Long of the Perseverance Band, Lehighton, entered into agreement with the county for the band to provide the entertainment for the banquet to be held at the conclusion of the games on Thursday, May 10, at the Mahoning Valley Ambulance Hall. The band will be paid $400.

Also on Thursday, commissioners approved execution of the Juvenile Accountability Block Grant with the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.

The move ensures continuation of funding of the community service work clerk position in the Juvenile Probation department.

The clerk works with the "Litter Brigade," a work detail of court-ordered youths who cleanup area roadways; assists with other community service projects by juveniles, as well as restitution programs ordered by the court; and conducts routine office work.

Under this program, the county will receive $10,000 in federal funds for the program, which is expected to cost $18,800 to function. The remaining funds will be provided through the Supervision Fee Fund within the Juvenile Probation Department.

Also, the county was notified by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare that it will receive $1,014,670 to operate its Child Care Information Services Agency during the 2012-2013 fiscal year.

The program provides subsidized day care services for families that qualify for the assistance under the DPW program.

The program is operated similar to an insurance co-pay program whereby the DPW determines the county's share and the family's share of day care costs. About 400 children from 250 families are served in the program.

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