LOCK HAVEN — The Clinton County Board of Commissioners honored those lost to domestic violence during its voting session this week.
The council proclaimed October Countywide Domestic Violence Awareness Month on Thursday morning.
Commissioner Angela Harding read the proclamation, which offered information and statistics.
“Domestic violence is a serious crime that affects people from all demographic groups,” Harding read. “The crime of domestic violence violates the privacy, dignity, security and humanity of an individual, due to the systemic use of physical, emotional, sexual control and/or violence , psychological and economic.
In the 2021-2022 fiscal year, Roads to Peace (Clinton County Women’s Center) served 413 men, women and their children as well as 20 self-identified members of the LGBTQ+ community, according to the proclamation.
In total, Roads to Peace provided 1,149 hours of counselling, advocacy and support to victims of domestic violence.
“Roads to Peace received 666 phone calls and provided emergency shelter to 144 survivors”, Harding continued. “Only a coordinated community effort will put an end to this crime.”
The proclamation, endorsed by Harding, Board Chairman Miles Kessinger and Commissioner Jeff Snyder, encourages county residents to participate in Roads to Peace events and work to end domestic violence against members of the community.
Cheyenne Brickley, SA/DV Prevention Education and Volunteer Coordinator with Roads To Peace, and Julie Jaglowski, Youth Advisor, accepted the proclamation on behalf of their organization.
Brickley noted that Roads to Peace will hold its “Remember My Name: Candlelight Vigil” tonight at 7 p.m. at Triangle Park.
“We’re going to have coffee and hot chocolate on 209 Avenue, displays to watch, and of course honor the lost victims of domestic violence and just remember who they are,” she says.
Music, a proclamation and a poetry reading will also be featured at the event and a guest speaker in an open mic session.
In other cases, Commissioners:
– Passed a resolution to apply for a DCNR grant for Phase 6 of Bald Eagle Valley Trail development. The county is asking for $165,778.75. The total cost of the project, according to Chief Clerk Jann Meyers, is $208,878.64, with the county providing 20% cash and in-kind matching.
— Heard by Deb Rudy, outgoing representative of Senator Cris Dush’s office. Due to the redistricting, Rudy will be transferred to Senator Gene Yaw’s office. Brandy Reiter – former representative of Sen. Jake Corman – will take Rudy’s place. Rudy thanked the stewards for their hard work.
“As I’ve always said, to me county commissioners are the most important people in the state. They do the work.” she says.
Reiter, who worked in state government as a representative for 33½ years, said she was excited to take on her role in the coming year.
“I look forward to working with everyone. I will cover Clinton and the part of the Center that Senator Dush owns,” she says. “I’m excited, this is a new opportunity for me.”
– Meyers updated the public on the county’s 2023 budget process. “The budget process is moving forward. We are about halfway through department meetings,” she says. The meetings will continue until the end of October, then the entire budget will be put in place for review.
— Approval of a one-year subscription license agreement with CDW-G for Solarwinds Helpdesk Solution for $840.
— Renewal of a one-year maintenance contract with Beyond Trust Corporation for remote access software for $1,971.
– Approved the 2023 county government official holiday schedule.
– Hired Joshua Knauff as an adult probation officer effective Oct. 24 with a salary of $38,080. With the hiring of Knauff, the department is now complete.
— Hiring of Derek Hoover as a part-time 9-1-1 dispatcher in the Department of Emergency Services. Hoover will be paid $16 per hour for not exceeding 1,000 hours per year.
– Accepted the resignation of Brett Arnold, truancy officer for Children and Youth Services, effective Oct. 21.