A resolution was passed by the Pike County Commissioners Oct. 3rd designating Oct. 7-13 as National 4-H Week. Pennsylvania 4-H marks its centennial this year. 4-H Educators for Pike County, Deborah Albrecht and Debra Brodhecker, who were hired in May 2012, gave an overview of the local programs. Brodhecker stated that their clubs offer everything from “robotics to cows” and helps youth develop their life skills. Albrecht said that there were four active clubs when they started and have since doubled that number. They hope they can multiply the clubs offered. Club leaders set their own schedule; they need to meet at least four times a year but many meet twice a month. Clubs differ in focus. They include art, horses and ponies, knitting, archery, local history and rifles. It costs $10 a year to join 4-H. Help is available if that is a hardship for a family. Membership is open to children between the ages of 7 and 19. Club leaders and volunteers are welcome. For information online, visit http://extension.psu.edu/pike/programs/4-h or on facebook. You may also call Pike County Penn State Extension at (570)296-3400.
• An award of $359,228 was approved from the Scenic Rural Character Preservation program (SRCP) to purchase a 436 acre tract in Delaware Township. The land, off Silver Lake Road behind the Pocono Mountain Lake Forest development, is expected to be transferred to the Delaware State Forest. Negotiation is underway with the landowner. An additional grant is sought from the state DCNR. Since 2006, approximately 3,500 acres of Pike County land has been preserved as open space, under this program. • A grant application of $221,161 was executed, to benefit the Pike County Public Library building project. The money would help with the purchase of furniture and shelving. The County is seeking funds from the Monroe County Local Share Account (gaming revenue). The new library is expected to be completed by April 2013. • The bid for the Lily Pond Pavilion Project was awarded to Ed Nikles Custom Builder. The bid totaled $182,237. The County is paying for it from the Monroe County Local Share Account. • Bids were opened for paving of the Airport Park in Matamoras (Phase III). Awarding of the bid was tabled for the solicitor to review. • A resolution was adopted, urging the PA General Assembly to approve House Bill 135, Justice Reinvestment. This would request that savings come back to the county level from keeping more prisoners in county jails rather than send them to a state correctional facility. Under Act 122-2010, the state seeks to cut expenses for the Criminal Justice System, but the expense is shifted to the counties. • A grant of $112,732 was accepted for the Technology Advancing Central Court project. District Attorney Raymond Tonkin explained that the funds enable the county to save huge postage costs by sending documents from district courts rather tahn mailing them. The system is also streamlined by allowing victims and witnesses to avoid appearances at multiple proceedings. • Robert Pollish III was hired as a full-time Juvenile Probation Officer. This is a replacement position. • Sherry Ehrhardt was hired as a full time Administrative Clerk at the Pike County Correctional Facility. This is a replacement position. • The following full time Correctional Officers have been hired: Kenneth Coutts, Michael Koehler, Michele Platellas, Adam Rodriguez and William Scheuer. • Full time Dispatchers were hired for the Communication Center. They are Jesse Young, David Spalding and Mark Moreno. These are replacement positions. • The Pike County Commissioners’ meeting was opened with a prayer led by Father Greg Kelly of St. Patrick’s Church, Milford. The Pike County Commissioners meet on the first and third Wednesday at 9 a.m., in the County Administration Building on Broad Street.