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County Commissioners meet via tele-conference

The Warren County Commissioners went virtual on Wednesday night.

The second monthly meeting for March – and the first since a disaster declaration – was held via GoToMeeting.

Commissioner Ben Kafferlin said that the commissioners “will probably be doing this through the state of emergency.”

He announced that he signed several items relative to the emergency declaration – a contract to consult on a pandemic plan, an inter-agency police agreement and “requests to PEMA (Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency) for equipment and such to start coming our way.”

He said the commissioners have been “in communication” a “bunch of times” since the last public meeting, including executive sessions daily to hear updates from Public Safety Director Ken McCorrison.

In terms of regular county business, Treasurer Denny Munksgard said the county would “potentially do the first TAN (Tax Anticipation Note) withdrawal” next week.

The TAN is a loan used to cover county operations between now and when tax revenue starts to come in later this year.

The Commissioners also agreed to allocate almost $150,000 in liquid fuels funding to the county’s municipalities.

“We do not have any roads or bridges,” Chief Clerk Pam Matve said. “We give it to our municipalities.”

Commissioner Jeff Eggleston said this total is the maximum allocation that could be awarded.

“We’ve done what we can to give everything to the municipalities,” he said.

Eggleston also told the board that the company working on elevators at the courthouse has “re-engaged to finish the project” and that the jail elevator – a sore spot for the commissioners of years – will hopefully be inspected and operational in the next couple weeks.

The Commissioners also approved appointments of Joe Whipp to the Redevelopment Authority and Don Saporito to the Zoning Hearing Board.

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