Managing Editor
A grant is being sought to make comfortable quarters for families visiting Pike County Children & Youth Department, in Milford. Pike County Transportation now has their offices in the small building, at 105 West George Street. Commissioner Chairman Rick Caridi said Sept. 19th that the goal is to create a Visitation Center for parents and children to meet with caseworkers and supervisors. Currently the County lacks an adequate facility for families, he said. An application will be made for the Monroe County Local Share Assessment funds, which utilizes a portion of revenue from Mount Airy gaming. Approximately $100,000 is needed to do the necessary improvements, including in part, a handicapped accessible ramp, paved parking, a fence, kitchenette and other interior renovations. The Children & Youth program will use the site for parental training and counseling. Caridi commented that innocent children are directly impacted by the extreme economic conditions facing the region. The County also lacks the budget to do the renovations, without seeking a grant. The Transportation Department is expected to move to the County Administration Building, when 9-1-1 communications are established at the Pike County site at Blooming Grove as the primary emergency communications facility.
Other matters
• Eight bids for food at the Pike County Correctional Facility need to be reviewed before a contract is awarded. • Five bids were received for the Lily Pond Pavilion project, at the count park off Schocopee road, Milford Township. The bids were tabled for review. • The Multi-Municipal Groundwater Level Monitoring Project was accepted. The United States Geological Service (USGS) will continue a study of groundwater conditions, to determine both the quality and quantityy of well water. This is the 6th year in a 10-year study to get a good baseline of data. Twenty wells are being tested, mostly on county or municipal land, with a few private wells. Caridi said that so far the study has shown that water quality is good, and the quantity is exceptional. He noted, however, that there has not been a declared drought in a few years; the last time, some area wells went dry. There also has not been developmental pressure in Pike as in the past. This study is separate from another USGS well study in Pike County, which is looking to establish current data in the event that gas drilling becomes a reality here. • Winter maintenance bids are sought for the three miles of roads owned by the County. • Cameron Alber was hired as a full-time Juvenile Probation Officer. Steven Cooke was hired as a part-time van driver. These are both replacement positions. • Comment was made that the new Pike County Public Library building on East Harford Street is “coming along nicely.” The Pike County Commissioners meet on the first and third Wednesday at 9 a.m. at the County Administration Building on Broad Street.