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STAFF PHOTO/C.J. MARSHALL The Wyoming County Commissioners issued a proclamation on Tuesday, marking the 100th anniversary of the Wyoming County Chapter of the American Red Cross. In the front row are Commissioners Judy Mead and Tom Henry. In the back row, from left, are Red Cross volunteers Kathy Talcott, Kate Bartron, Kate Crowley, Barbara Furbish, and Senior Volunteer Specialist Andy Nagy.

The Wyoming County Commissioners voted on Tuesday to accept the resignation of Joseph Stanco as the Penn State Extension 4-H educator.

According to Commissioner Judy Mead, Stanco has taken a position as the Equine Extension Agent at Penn State for the Eastern Region.

Mead and Commissioner Tom Henry accepted Stanco’s resignation with regret, saying he has served as the Extension Officer for over 12 years. Commissioner Ron Williams was absent on Tuesday.

Following a brief executive session by the Prison Board, Henry reported afterward they had met to discuss a personnel matter. The Prison Board then voted to terminate Steve Bennett from his position as a corrections officer at the Wyoming County Correctional Facility.

During the commissioners’s meeting, Henry and Mead issued a proclamation, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Wyoming County Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Established on June 17, 1918, the Red Cross has performed many life-saving tasks in its century of existence, according to the proclamation.

Following the proclamation, representatives from the Red Cross presented the commissioners with a framed duplicate of the Wyoming County Chapter’s original charter.

Red Cross volunteer Kate Crowley thanked the commissioners for their support, including allowing the chapter to set up headquarters at the county’s emergency management center.

Henry and Mead voted to approve District Attorney Jeff Mitchell as a Naloxone Coordinator for the county. Henry said that EMA Director Gene Dziak is also a Naloxone Coordinator, but Mitchell will handle things from the law enforcement end. A Naloxone Coordinator helps the county obtain the drug - which is used to counteract opioid overdoses - through grants and other sources.

The commissioners approved giving $5,000 in Streetscape money to Nicholson Borough to help it obtain a $630,000 grant from PennDOT for sidewalk improvements on Main Street.

At the request of 9-11 Coordinator Jeff Porter, the commissioners voted to authorize spending $37,029 in state funds to make renovations to three emergency communications sites in Wyoming County.

The commissioners also authorized using $16,884 in state money for rehabilitation work at the Blue Ridge tower site in Meshoppen.

On a motion made by Henry and seconded by Mead, the commissioners voted to send a letter to Amp Global Strategies, thanking the technician who fixed the communications dish during the recent storm.

Porter explained that the high winds pushed the dish 100 degrees out of alignment, making it useless. The technician climbed up 140 feet during the storm and moved the dish back into its proper alignment.

The commissioners voted to lease a vehicle to transport bodies from the coroner’s office. The coroner charges $200 for each transport, explained Chief Clerk Bill Gaylord, and last year 25 bodies were transported - for a total cost of $5,000 to the county.

The lease will be for a three-year period for $7,000, which includes the performance of all maintenance and upkeep, Henry said.