State Budget Stalemate Impacts Some Agencies; County Could Be Affected Soon

Jefferson County Commissioners Paul Corbin James McIntyre Jeffrey PisarcikBROOKVILLE, Pa. (EYT) – The state budget stalemate hasn’t yet forced Jefferson County to take any extra measures to ensure it has necessary funding, but county leaders are concerned for the impact it has had upon service agencies which provide aid to residents.

The Jefferson County Commissioners said at their September 22 meeting the county has not yet been significantly impacted by the state budget impasse, but that time may be soon approaching.

“We do not believe we’ll have to borrow money as a county right now, but some our our agencies have had to take action,” said commissioner Paul Corbin.

One agency recently had to secure a line of credit in order to help fund its necessary programs.

“It’s definitely a pinch for them,” Corbin said.

Commissioner Jeffrey Pisarcik agreed and cautioned the county may be in a similar situation if a budget deal doesn’t come soon.

“We’re pretty good right now, but in another month, do we need to borrow money? I’m not sure. We do certainly feel for those outside agencies,” Pisarcik said.

Airport Situation

A strategic plan is in place to help the financial situation at the DuBois-Jefferson Regional Airport.

“We have a strategic planning meeting on Friday. We’re trying to get as much information as possible, so we can determine our action,” Corbin said.

Jail Renovation Inspections

The commissioners approved an inspection and testing contract for the Jefferson County Jail renovation project, awarding the work to GeoTech Engineering, Inc. in the amount of $59,896.00.

Bill Setree, county director of community development, said the building’s structure will be inspected and tested by the company, including building codes and earthwork testing.

“The amount here is included in the jail project budget,” Setree said.

Sykesville Water Line Project

The commissioners also approved a grant agreement with the state in the amount of $125,000.00 for the Appalachian Regional Commission HUD Grant Contract.

The money will be used to relocate a water main line within Sykesville Borough.

Setree said these funds, along with $60,000.00 from federal fiscal year 2013 Community Development Block Grant funding and $65,000.00 from Sykesville Borough, will go toward the project.

“It will relocate the line from Sykes Street to Sykes Street alley, and the tentative date to solicit bids will be February or March of 2016,” Setree said.

Other Actions

The commissioners approved a $4,000.00 agreement with Pinecreek Township for plowing of Service Center Road during the 2015-2016 snow season.

They also approved the re-appointment of Marie Elkin of DeLancey to the Community Connections of Clearfield/Jefferson Counties Advisory Board for a three year term expiring December 31, 2018.

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