Cambria approves 911 funding requests

Commissioners also OK funds for electronic storage system

EBENSBURG — Cambria County commissioners approved funding for the upgrade and maintenance of a 911 interconnectivity system and an electronic storage system for Tax Claim Bureau records on Thursday.

Robin Melnyk, the county 911 director, requested the approval of a statewide interconnectivity funding grant of $439,653 for the upgrade and maintenance of the 911 communication system shared by multiple counties within the state’s western district.

She also requested approval of another grant agreement amounting to $96,607 for the maintenance monitoring of systems between Cambria and Blair counties and Cambria and Somerset counties.

The commissioners unanimously approved both of her requests.

Because of the county’s location in the state, it can act as a pathway of 911 communication systems for not only the Southcentral Mountain region but also for the Northern Tier region, Melnyk said.

After using a paper filing storage system for years, the Tax Claim Bureau will be able to purchase an e-Archives System with Infocon Corp. to store its records electronically, ac­cording to JoAnne Ranck, director of the bureau. The system, which costs $5,940 and has an annual maintenance fee of $3,600, was approved by the commissioners.

For this year’s elections, the commissioners approved a bid of $54,316 from William Penn Printing of Pittsburgh for election supplies and services. An amount of $6,937.60 was also approved as an alternate for supply boxes for both elections.

The commissioners also approved the hiring of Kelly Benton, Scarlett Daugherty, David Marrapode, Justin Silvis, Scott Clevenger, George Gustkey, Colton Pearce, Brady Skibo, Matthew Conti, Cindy Kinsey and Karin Seymore as per-diem correctional officers at the Cambria County Prison at $14 per hour upon successful health screenings.

Brendon Appley and Joseph Frontino were also approved to move from per-diem to full-time correctional officers at a salary of $18.95 per hour.

Jennifer Cavalet was approved as a full-time clerk for the clerk of courts at a pay rate of $9.89 per hour. Meanwhile, Lisa Spaid, a full-time magistrate clerk who works for Magisterial District Judge Susan Gindlesperger, will work for Magistrate John Prebish starting Feb. 18 at a wage of $11.65 per hour.

Those removed from payroll are Cathy Bodenschatz, Kathleen Daley and Ronald Makuchan from Children and Youth Services, Marissa Stanick from the Prothonotary’s Office, Roberta Kulish from Domestic Relations, Terrance Nyland from the Department of Emergency Services and Gregory Neugebauer from the District Attorney’s Office.

Bids from Conserv Flag Co. of Sidney, Neb., of $23,961.60 for grave flags and $24,646.80 for grave flag holders were approved Thursday as well.

Extra space for repairs to the Chest Creek Bridge in Clearfield Township was granted with the commissioners’ approval of two right-of-way agreements and easements, both in the amount of $1,000.


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