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Monroe marks 75 years of conservation district

The Monroe County Commissioners recognized the 75th anniversary of the Monroe County Conservation District during their meeting Wednesday morning by approving an official recognition of the event.

Sharon Laverdure, chairwoman of the commissioners and a member of the conservation district’s board of directors, presented the certificate of recognition to them on Thursday during their meeting.

“It is my privilege to serve on the conservation district’s board,” she said at the commissioners’ meeting. “I enjoy the work they do. I celebrate the work they do. They do many important things in Monroe County.”

In addition to honoring the anniversary, the certificate of recognition applauded the conservation district for the work it does protecting the natural resources of the county and educating the public on the benefit of protecting these resources for future generations.

The commissioners also approved an accommodation for Carter Joseph Brown, an Eagle Scout candidate. He will receive the accommodation at the Eagle Scout award ceremony later this month.

“I think it’s really wonderful to have all the Eagle Scouts come back out.” Laverdure said about the upcoming ceremony.

In other business:

• Accepted proposal from Tri-County Termite and Pest Control Inc. to provide pest control services for all county buildings for 2023 for $4,290.

• Approved 9.25 hours of overtime for the Sheriff’s Office deputies for the period ending Jan. 1.

• Approved $2,840.73 in capital purchases in report dated Jan. 12.

• Authorized the Redevelopment Authority of Monroe County to apply for Whole Home Repair funding from the state Department of Community and Economic Development.

• Contract Service Provider Agreements for 2023 - attorneys: Eric Filer, Jacob T. Hill, Martin Souto-Diaz, Robert Saurman, all special public defenders; attorney Janet Marsh Catina, special public defender and Protection from Abuse defense advocate; and attorney Deb Huffman, PFA plaintiff advocate.

• Electronic financial transactions - vouchers: $1,346,917.70 for the week ending Jan. 13; gross payroll: $1,328,128.20 for the period ending Jan. 1; health care benefits payments: Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield, $140,283.55 on Jan. 3, Geisinger, $55,345.68 on Jan. 3, dental claims, $12,989.82 total, and Connect Your Care, $5,160.21 total.

• Monroe County Area Agency on Aging - appointed Sharon M. Taylor to the AmeriCorps Senior RSVP Advisory Board with a term to expire Dec. 31, 2025.

• Monroe County Children & Youth Services - purchased the services of Bethany Christian Services of the Greater Delaware Valley with a maximum contract of $75,000. According to the fiscal report for the first quarter on 2022-2023, the county’s children and youth services has $3,742,515.

• Monroe County Industrial Development Authority - reappointed to the board of directors: Pat Briegel and Robert Weseloh for terms ending on Dec. 31, 2027.

• Ratified grant agreement with the state Department of Environmental Protection for the Mosquito-Borne Disease Control Grant for the period of Jan. 1 through Dec. 31.

• Ratified Bakertilly US LLP to send letters of engagement to County Audit for 2022 for $61,650, and Gaming Control Grant Audit for $165 per hour, not to exceed $5,280.