Meeting recap: Washington County commissioners
Date: Dec. 6
Action: The commissioners approved a $30,000-a-year contract with Transitional Employment Consultants to trim weeds and cut brush along the banks of Chartiers Creek in Washington and Canonsburg and at Burgett’s Fork, Burgettstown, through 2018.
Also at the request of the county Planning Department, the board OK’d an open-cut crossing on Mingo Creek Road just outside Mingo Creek County Park, Nottingham Township, for M3 Midstream Energy Co. Appalachia Gathering LLC to construct a natural gas gathering system.
At the request of Washington County Court, the board replaced Daniel Chunko as criminal conflict attorney with Eric R. Isenhart beginning Jan. 2 under a contract paying $25,000 per year.
Attorney Bruce Ferguson was given a purchase-of-service agreement at a rate of $33 per hour to provide legal services to the Children and Youth Services agency through the end of the year when the agency’s full-time attorney is absent.
The commissioners also approved a purchase-of-service agreement addition with Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services Inc. through June 30, 2013, with an increase in the contract authorization amount to $80,000 from a prior $60,000.
The board ratified CYS caseworker Amanda Palmer’s trip to Texas to take custody of a child from a placement that was provided at no charge. County taxpayers are paying for $190 of the estimated $949 cost of the travel.
Reappointments: Veterans Advisory Council, Phillip Fiumara, Richard Warco, James Crouch, Larry Bresselsmith Jr., Thomas Shade, Paul M. Bierer, Ed Snarey, Gerald Gavazzi, Michael Klauer, Charles Rose, William Puchi, Herman Bigi, George Hutchko, Harry Wilson, George Eckert Jr., Charles Ringling, Herb Hermann, George Ross, Carl Maggi, Fred Owens, James Caserta and Nick Antonelli.
Next meeting: 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, in the public meeting room of the Courthouse Square office building.