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Only one dog shelter

Published July 20. 2013 09:03AM

A Carbon County official wants to clarify that there is only one dog shelter in the county.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Commissioner Thomas J. Gerhard said that he wanted to set the record straight with a few rumors circulating about the Carbon County Animal Shelter, which is located on the Broad Mountain in Nesquehoning.

"The only shelter housing dogs in the county is the Carbon County Animal Shelter," he said. "Any other organization using the county's name is in no way affiliated with the shelter."

He noted that there has been some recent confusion lately regarding where donations are going because a non-profit group has formed that also uses the Carbon County Animal Shelter in its name.

"We have not received any proposal from anyone yet expressing interest in running our shelter," Gerhard said. "If you are going to make a donation, just please find out where the donation is going."

Gerhard said that the animal shelter supporters, which include the commissioners, county administrator and other officials, will be hosting "Dogs 4 Dawgs," from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., July 23, 24, and 25, in the parking lot of the Kovatch Corporation in Nesquehoning.

The event, which includes hot dog lunches, will help raise money for the shelter's operations and is open to the public.

In other matters, the board discussed a piece of correspondence that was received; as well as acted on a number of motions. They include:

• Commissioner William O'Gurek explained that the correspondence received from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation, notifies the county that the transfer of ownership from the county to the Lehigh Canal Commission Lehighton, Parryville, Weissport, East Penn, Franklin Township and Mahoning Township that occurred 38 years ago, was now approved by the state.

O'Gurek said that in 1975, the county's recreation authority received a 500 conversion grant for the purchase of the Lehigh Canal. At that time, the county then transferred the land to the Lehigh Canal Commission, which it was not allowed to do, but did not know it was not allowed to do.

As a result of the Pennsylvania Turnpike bridge project over the Lehigh River in the area of Parryville a few years ago, the error was discovered.

The letter now acknowledges that since the commission continued to use the land for recreation purposes, the transfer that occurred three decades ago was now approved.

• Approved the 2013-2014 grant-in-aid application and agreement with the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole for the improvement of adult probation services through the reimbursement of eligible salaries of professional staff. The estimated revenue is $65,000.

• Appointed Sandra Gallagher of Jim Thorpe to a two-year term with the AAA Advisory Board. The term shall expire June 30, 2015.

• Reappointed Roxanne Downs of Blue Mountain Health System Palmerton Adult Daycare; Nick Krutz of Social Security, Wilkes-Barre; and Jean Zimmerman of Weatherly to two-year terms on the AAA Advisory Board. The terms shall expire June 30, 2015.

• Reappointed Joseph Sebelin, Pocono WIA; as well as Grace Riggio, Lehighton; Victor Pituch, Lansford and Anthony DiMiceli, Nesquehoning; to one-year terms on the AAA Advisory Board. The term shall expire June 30, 2014.

• Regretfully accepted the resignations of Thomas Ward of Weatherly, Virginia Zabo of Lansford, and Shirley Brinkos of Summit Hill, from the AAA Advisory Board.

• Approved the recommendation from the Carbon County Prison Board to execute the settlement agreement relative to Teamsters grievances 14842 and 29232.

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