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Commissioners talk recycling taskforce, audits and more

Wednesday’s Warren County Commissioners meeting included some audit determinations, a citation of excellence and appointments to the task force that will implement a county-wide recycling plan.

Chairman Ben Kafferlin presented correspondence received regarding several audit findings.

He said that the state Department of Community and Economic Development found only one “statutory determination” in an audit of the county’s Community Development Block Grant program.

He said that “had to do with the fact that we were going to allocate some (amount) of money to slum and blight but no property was demolished.” He explained that results in the need to return $16,303.07 but “by return, it will not be given to us in a future budget.”

He noted that a Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency audit revealed “no findings” on 911 center operations and noted that “all revenues and expenses were within the eligibility guidelines.”

Additional state audits of the county’s handling of federal awards did not raise serious issues except for a documentation issue that the county had already addressed.

The commissioners also approved a citation of excellence for community service to Carmen Fedele.

Commissioner Jeff Eggleston noted that Fedele is one of the “chief architects” of the recycling center the Lions Club has developed in Tidioute. Eggleston said the recycling center is going to be renamed “in recognition of his efforts.”

Eggleston also asked – and the rest of the board approved – five appointments to a Sustainability Task Force.

Eggleston said these five are in addition to four already appointed and that other appoints would be forthcoming.

He explained that the task force will “put together the final plans for the recycling center and several other sustainability initiatives.

Those appointed include Bob Carlson, Jennifer Watt, Daniel Reese, Catrina Leamon and Kevin Downey.

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