The Wyoming County Commissioners welcomed recently appointed commissioner Michael Stabinsky and discussed the new Clear Ballot election system at Tuesday’s meeting.
It was the first meeting for Stabinsky, who was appointed by Judge Russell Shurtleff on Jan. 28 to fill the position left vacant by the late Ron Williams, who passed away in December.
Commissioner Tom Henry said he’s honored to have Stabinsky, a former Windham Township supervisor and former state trooper, on board and that his first week on the job has been going well.
The commissioners heard from county elections director Florence Kellett about the new Clear Ballot election system.
The Clear Ballot paper ballot system is reasonably priced, user-friendly and impressive overall, Henry and commissioner Judy Mead said.
Kellett said the county got a quote for 32 precinct scanners and 32 ballot marking devices.
“It’s one of the only systems that has the adjudication software and risk limiting audit capability,” she explained. “We can program the precinct scanner to take all ballots from that polling location and still give out different precinct totals.”
Mead said the scanners take photos of each ballot as well.
It costs under $300,000, and the state is supposed to cover half, Kellett said.
“Pending certification, I would like to have it implemented for the May primary,” Kellett said.
During the meeting, the commissioners recognized the seventh grade class at Tunkhannock Area for collectively passing CPR and “Stop the Bleed” courses.
They are the first full grade level in the state to do so, and the commissioners accepted an invitation to visit the STEM Academy Thursday at 12:15 p.m., Henry said, also noting that the students learned how to use Naloxone to stop drug overdoses.
The commissioners also ratified a redevelopment resolution for the Bridgeview Housing Authority in Nicholson to apply for gap loans.
Since the housing authority only receives payments every so often, and its vendors often cannot wait 90 days for compensation, this would allow vendors to get paid in the meantime, Mead said.
Henry said it’s a non-revolving line of credit.
Henry also read a letter from the Housing Development stating its intention to submit an application for an existing permit renewal regarding its annual discharge into Little Meshoppen Creek and the commissioners accepted it.
Additionally, the commissioners approved a yearly computer maintenance agreement with IntegraONE for the courthouse at $52,568.97. The price has not changed from the past, Henry said.
The commissioners approved the promotion of Cpl. Robert Warriner at the Wyoming County Correctional Facility to sergeant, with a pay increase as per union contract to $19.20.
Joseph Miller was also hired as a courthouse security guard at $12.99 per hour with benefits.
Henry said the commissioners discussed a new RDFI system with Wyoming County Correctional Facility Warden Kenneth Repsher, as well as the grant process to fund it with the County Commissioners Association.
Henry said the warden was very receptive, and they have until June to submit the application.
The RDFI system would electronically track current and former inmates in Wyoming County.
Henry also noted that drug treatment court graduation is coming up, as well as a GIS mapping system meeting with the hospital and a conservation board of directors meeting, both on Monday.
The County Commissioners are scheduled to meet again on Tuesday, Feb. 19.