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County gets $10K for RIP program

Published August 29. 2014 04:00PM

Carbon County has been awarded over $10,000 to help operate its Restrictive Intermediate Punishment program.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted 3-0 to approve a letter of award from the Pennsylvania Commission and Crime and Delinquency for the county's RIP Program. Under the letter, the county will receive $10,635 in match-free funding for 2014-2015.

The RIP program allows the courts to sentence offenders with minimal crimes to the home electronic monitoring program instead of prison.

Ronald Kokinda, director of the Carbon County Adult Probation office, the department that oversees the program, said that the grant will help sustain the current program.

In other matters, the commissioners acted on the following items.

• Approve a change order to the contract with eDocs Technologies regarding electronic imaging for the Carbon County Clerk of Courts office. The contract increases $2,400 to $45,693.80.

• Approve the 2014 Emergency Management Performance grant for funding to support salaries and benefits of the emergency management coordinator and administrative assistant. Estimated revenue is $64,665.

• Approve the distribution of $20,357.59 from the city of Bethlehem to area school districts and townships. This represents payment in lieu of taxes for 2014 on property in Carbon County owned by the Bethlehem Water Authority. Jim Thorpe Area School District will receive $8,528.30; Palmerton Area School District, $5,046.86; Penn Forest Township, $355.34; Towamensing Township, $304.29; Lower Towamensing Township, $4.70; and Carbon County, $6,118.10.

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