Jefferson County on the Hook for Tower Property

BROOKVILLE, Pa. (EYT) – Jefferson County is on the hook for $24,000.00 to buy a property it hoped would be transferred from the state.

At their meeting on Tuesday in Brookville, the Commissioners approved buying a 30-acre property at 102 Conrad Road in Punxsutawney where one of the county’s tower sites is located.

“We were concerned about the security there, and it covers a hole in our network,” Commissioner Jack Matson said. “We hoped that it would have been transferred to us, but we just recently received the bill for it.”

“We are going to go down there at some point and see if we can recoup some money off it, possibly for timber sales,” Matson said.

The property was orange fenced in the fall.

The county apparently will save some money on its contract to provide phone and inmate banking services at the Jefferson County Jail.

The Commissioners approved terminating their agreement with DSI-ITI, Inc. for non-coin operated telephone services, inmate banking services, and other services.

It will initially cost the county $9,275.12, but Matson said the new contract with Beacon Software Solutions has a signing bonus that will more than offset the costs to terminate the old agreement.

The next Commissioners’ meeting will be at 10:30 a.m., on Tuesday, February 28, with the jail board meeting to follow at 11:00 a.m.

Also, all county offices will be closed on Monday, February 20, in observance of Presidents’ Day.

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