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Live Scan/CPIN project given boost in Carbon

Published April 20. 2012 05:01PM

Carbon County commissioners on Thursday gave a boost to the Live Scan/CPIN project at the county prison in Nesquehoning by approving the execution of a subgrant with the county Criminal Justice Advisory Board.

The grant is the second-year funding of the project, and is based on a 50 percent match ratio. The county will receive $11,983 in federal funds under the Byrne Justice Assistance Program that will allow it to sustain the project which provides for the fingerprinting and photographing of all arrestees at the jail.

Also on Thursday, commissioners:

*Approved a work-based learning program agreement between the county and the Carbon-Lehigh Intermediate Unit 21 for the 2012-13 school year. The program will allow the IU to assign six to eight students to work in the county's Archives Department, where they will prepare files, remove staples, collate papers, stamp papers, move boxes and assist the Solid Waste Department in removing archived documents after they have been microfilmed.

The program is designed to assist the students in their physical and mental capabilities, the supervised work program serving to help the youths establish work habits, skills and attitudes at work sites.

*Agreed to modify a state grant the county receives for the Victim's Witness program in the Court of Common Pleas. The county is expected to receive $70,833 in grand funds from the state to operate the program. The funding pays for personnel, benefits, travel, training, equipment and supplies.

But because the state has eliminated other funding pertaining to the program, the commissioners said it was necessary to redirect a portion of the funds. Accordingly, $4,500 that was previously set aside for training and travel will now be utilized for consulting services.

In a related move, the commissioners approved an agreement with the Victims Resource Center to provide the consulting services, not to exceed $4,500. The center staff will work with persons associated with crimes by assisting them with services available to them under the Rights and Services Act.

*Approved a Statement of Work relating to the certification of a Northampton County company's hope of becoming certified by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency as a responder to clean up of hazardous material spills in the county. The statement indicates the county has met with the company, Rapid Response/Environmental Waste Minimization, Inc., regarding sponsoring it for the PEMA certification. Once the company becomes certified, the county plans to use it as a responder in emergency cases.

*Approved execution of amendments to two Local Share Account grants it received from the Commonwealth Finance Agency linked to the development of the Packerton Yards Business Park. One grant is in the amount of $599,543 and the other is for $631,958. They are part of a $5-million pot of money the county has received to develop the park, although the project has been stalled by permitting and authorization delays.

The commissioners said the amendments seek authorization to not have to spend the money until Dec. 31.

The project is being held up by approvals that are needed from the Mahoning Township board of supervisors regarding planning approvals, and a highway occupancy permit pending before PennDOT.

*Approved the use of the gazebo in the county-owned Josiah White Park, Jim Thorpe, for the May 18 wedding of Melissa Ernst and James Sharpley, Lehighton.

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