Carbon County commissioners
Carbon County Commissioners acted on or discussed the following items on Thursday:
• Received a correspondence from the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services regarding the Family First Prevention and Services Act. Carbon County received $100,000 for costs incurred between July 1 through June 30, 2023. The allocation covers cost for providing mental health services, substance abuse treatment, in-home parenting training for families whose children are at risk, foster families or parents expecting children.
• Ratified an agreement with West Complete for three years of hard-bound subscription books and updates for the Law Library, three judges, three law clerks and two for court administration. The monthly cost is $4,117.21 a month for the first year, a 5% increase the second year and another 5% increase the second year.
• Approved constable coverage in all four district court offices through Aug. 31 at a rate of $13 per hour.
• Approved a five-year grant agreement between Carbon-Monroe-Pike Drug and Alcohol Commission and the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Program totaling $5,633,141 over the next five fiscal years. The grant covers all services drug and alcohol provides, including a forensic caseworker in the prison, counseling to people in drug and alcohol programs, representatives at veterans and drug treatment courts and more.
• Approved a resolution authorizing the chairman of the board to execute the agreement with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, District 5-0, to provide the Highway Safety Network access to the DOT programs for the Community Traffic Safety Project. The grant application, which runs from Oct. 1, 2020, to Sept. 30, 2022, is $254,342.77 in year one and $259,429.63 in year two. Carbon County is the pass-through for six counties - Carbon, Monroe, Schuylkill, Berks, Lehigh and Northampton - and the grant helps provide education programs on various road related safeties.
• Commissioners’ Chairman Wayne Nothstein recognized the 30th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act, which was on July 26. The civil rights act prohibits discrimination with individuals with disabilities. July also marks Disability Pride Month, which advocates for people with disabilities and reminds everyone to uphold the law of the ADA.
• Approved a special activities agreement with the Lenape Nation for a Native American Festival, Mauch Chunk Pow Wow at Mauch Chunk Lake Park Sept. 12 and 13.