Elk County Commissioners 7-20-21

Contract renewals, bid openings, and appointments occupied most of the agenda at Tuesday's Elk County Commissioner meeting. 

ELK COUNTY--The Elk County Commissioners met for their second meeting of July on Tuesday morning at the Elk County Courthouse Annex. Commissioner Mathew Quesenberry was on vacation for Chairman Joe Daghir, and fellow Commissioner Fritz Lecker chaired the rather routine meeting.
Tracy Gerber, the CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) Coordinator, was appointed last month by the Commissioners to take over the Elk County Planning Department with the retirement of the long-serving Jodi Foster. On Tuesday, Gerber was also appointed to replace Foster as Elk County's representative on the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission (North Central) Executive Board and to service on the Elk County Room Tax Committee, which allocates how the local room sales tax is used to promote the region. The Commissioners congratulated her on her first official day as Planning Director and thanked her for all the work she has done for all the local municipalities over her years as CDBG Coordinator.
The Room Tax Committee recommended, and the Commissioners approved, a 16-month renewal contract with the PA Wilds for the placement of Elk County Brochures in all the "Welcome-Centers" statewide. These "rest-stops" are located in high traffic areas on major interstates throughout Pennsylvania, and the PA Wilds fills, maintains, and keeps these racks of brochures stocked throughout the year. 
While summer is in full swing in Elk County, plans are already being made for summer and fall festivals in the area. The Courthouse grounds in downtown Ridgway is one of the most attractive venues in the region, and groups and organizations must petition the Commissioners to use the area well in advance. Though there is no cost for the venue, organizations and groups must agree to certain stipulations, including cleaning up after their event. The Elk County Council on the Arts (ECCOTA) was approved to hold an "Open Mic" night on July 30, from 6-9 p.m., for local artists to share their talents with residents. The Mecca-Mann Group will hold a ceremony and a display on August 31 for International Overdose Awareness Day on the Courthouse Lawn. And the Ridgway-Elk County Chamber of Commerce requested the use of the area for the annual "Flavors of the Fall" Festival that brings dozens of vendors to downtown Ridgway this year to be held on Saturday, September 25, beginning at 9 a.m. All of these events were approved for use.
A tentative collective bargaining agreement was reached between Elk County and the United Mine Workers local Union 8923 Commissioner Residual Unit. This will result in the County workers represented by this Union receiving the same 2.5% raise as all other County Employees.
For the Elk County Veteran's Affairs Department, the commissioners unanimously approved 18 headstone and burial allowances ($100 each) for the month of July. 
St. Marys Paving Company was the sole bidder and was awarded the contract to build a new parking lot on the site of the recently demolished lot at 311 South Street. With the County Engineer Ryan Miler agreeing that the bid of $92,229 for complete paving of the site was quite reasonable and Solicitor Tom Wagner approving the contract's wording, the bid was accepted. St. Marys Paving will have 90 days to complete the project after the signing of the contract. The parking lot is designed to give Elk County Courthouse and Courthouse Annex employees a dedicated parking lot and will seek to relieve congested parking along Broad, Center, and South Streets in Ridgway. 
The Commissioners Join the rest of the County in Wishing the best of luck to Johnsonburg native Michael Shuey as he competes in the Javelin throw at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. 
The next meeting of the Elk County Commissioners will take place on Tuesday, August 3, beginning at 10 a.m. in conference room #2 of the Elk County Courthouse Annex at 300 Center Street in Ridgway. The meeting is open for public attendance in person or through the Zoom platform, with the meeting room listed on the Elk County website (co.elk.pa.us) the day before the meeting.


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