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A request for a market rate adjustment for nurses at the Lycoming County Jail met with some objections from County Comptroller Krista Rogers at this week’s commissioners’ meeting.

The Commissioners together with Rogers act as the Wage Board to process these demands, which are then voted on by the Commissioners.

Jessica Segraves, the county’s director of human resources, had requested that all LPNs and RNs actively employed at the prison receive a $1.90 salary adjustment and that starting salaries for these positions be increased by that amount retroactive to the 1st June of this year.

The reason given for the request was the difficulty of finding people to fill these positions with competition from the private sector.

Rogers’ objection was based on the fact that other departments were also struggling and that adjustments needed to be made in other areas and not just in a “one by one” fashion.

The commissioners emphasized that they were dealing with the problems.

“We take care of that. We’re not going to take this any further, I can guarantee that.” said commissioner Scott Metzger.

Following the discussion, acting as a member of the salary council, Rogers voted “Nope,” while the other board members voted to approve the market rate adjustments for nurses. The commissioners then voted to approve the wage board’s action.

Commissioners also discussed a request from the Sheriff’s Department for an X-ray imaging system upgrade for the courthouse. The county will request more information and current quotes before proceeding with the request.

Under staff, the county has approved the following positions at the rates of pay listed: Madison Zwisle, part-time resident supervisor at the Pre-Release Center, $15.95 per hour; Dennis Lynn and Nathan Bennett, both full-time corrections officers at the jail, $18.10 an hour; Regina Rooker, full-time operations coordinator in the facility management department, $19.28 per hour; Mara Persun, full-time clerk in the Solomon District Magistrate’s Office, $14.44 an hour; and Skylar Corbin, full-time telecommunication intern at the Public Safety Communications Center, $17.18 an hour.

Following a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) hearing, Commissioners have approved a budget amendment for CDBG 2020 Coronavirus. This is related to the transfer of CDBG funds from various programs to the Brook Street Water Main project.

Other approved actions include:

• An agreement to extend The Palumbo Group’s contract for the county employee health centre. The center should be finished at the end of October or the beginning of November.

• An agreement with Families United Network Inc. with no rate increase.

• An agreement with Johnson Controls Fire Protection LP.

• An amendment to an agreement with ATC Group Services d/b/a BCM Engineers for a $35,000 change order for the RiverWalk Extension.

• An amendment to a subrecipient agreement with Transitional Living Centers, Inc. to extend the duration of Pennsylvania Housing Affordability Improvement and Rehabilitation Funds.

• Purchase of a Caterpillar 2022 landfill compactor from Cleveland Brothers Equipment for landfill use. The purchase price of more than $1.5 million will be taken from the capital fund budget.

The next meeting will be September 15 at 10 a.m. at Executive Plaza, 330 Pine St.

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