As part of Safe Haven's month long campaign, "Paint Pike Purple," representatives from the Pike County organization were present at the Pike County Commissioners' Oct. 2 to recognize the adoption of Resolution No. 13-32, and talk about the project that is meant to bring awareness to domestic violence and the struggles that victims face. According to the Executive Director of Safe Haven, David Bever reported that last year, 470 victims of domestic violence received help through the organization.
Commissioner Karl Wagner said 57 women and 10 men died in Pennsylvania last year because of domestic violence. A crime of power and cohesive control, he added that domestic violence robs victims of their dignity and places them in a state of fear. The "Paint Pike Purple," campaign is meant to help victims through prevention and empowerment, along with emotional social justice.
Bever said 2012 was a good year because of the organization's move to 402 Broad Street and the community's continuous support. Aside from helping women and children, he said men can also receive help, but men typically don't seek assistance. Although it is good that services are available in the region, Bever added that it is unfortunate that there is a problem to begin with.
This year, he said, the organization has been communicating with other resources that include police departments and clergy so people are aware that domestic violence won't be acceptable in a community where there is a "culture of accountability." Unless people are aware of the issues, he said change won't occur.
Commissioner Richard Caridi said if not for Safe Haven, there really aren't any other places for families to go under such circumstances.
On Oct. 6, the Delaware River March for Babies will occur at the Firefly Field at Airport Park in Matamoras to raise funds for the March of Dimes. A chairperson for the event, Joseph Biondo was present because of the adoption of Resolution No. 13-31 and to discuss the fourth march. Last year, approximately 400 people walked and thus far, over $200,000 has been raised in the community, which is, "really incredible" he stated.
Commissioner Matt Osterberg reported that almost half a million babies are born premature every year and it is the leading cause of new born deaths in the United States, as well as a major cause of life-long disabilities. Registration for the march will start at 10 a.m. and the 3.5 mile walk will start at 11 a.m. There will be team introductions, refreshments, lunch, music and family fun. For more information visit or call call 570-829-1019.
Also at the meeting:
The Commissioners approved payment of county bills in the amount of $2,254,373.92.
Payment from the liquid fuels account was approved for road maintenance for the Westfall traffic light for $1,747.54.
The payment from the Pike County employees' health insurance fund was approved in the amount of $139,365.52.
Under personnel, with the approval from the Prison Board, the Pike County Warden Chair Craig Lowe promoted Gordon Olsommer to be the Director of Building Services at the Correctional Facility for a 40 hour work week with continued benefits. Olsommer was the Assistant Director. With Olosmmer's promotion, his pay will be $48,000.
Additionally, Lowe has hired Justin Iocolano, Jesse Reganess, Bianca Verrastro, Russell Frederick, Matthew Willis, Elnora Fripp and Haydee Camacho as full time Correctional Officers for a 40 hour work week. The officers will start Oct. 7 and receive benefits after 90 days. The Correction Officers pay has been set at $11.50 per hour as per Union contract.
Robert Carl was hired as a part-time van driver for the Transportation Office. With no benefits, Carl will work less than 1,000 hours per year and his pay was set at $10.00 per hour.
Lattimore Construction was awarded the bid for the 2013 winter maintenance of county roads as follows: Brooks Road, Stone Quarry Road by Eureka, and Tower Road at $675 per application; and Old Owego Turnpike from Raymondskill Road to Route 6 at $350 per application.
As recommended by the county engineer, Greiner Excavating Inc. was awarded the bid for site work for the Community Development Block Grant Ann, Street Park project in the amount of $5,775.
A 2002 Honda Odyssey Caravan with 149,466 miles is for sale with a minimum bid of $3,500. The commissioners received a bid for $2,061.94 from a company in New Jersey, which they denied since it did not meet the minimum bid. So the van is still available.
The PEMA Federal Fiscal Year 2013 Emergency Management Performance Grant Agreement between PEMA and the County of Pike on behalf of EMA was approved by the commissioners.
The commissioners authorized that an order between CB structures and the County of Pike for an additional $1,724.38 for the Community Development Block Grant for the Rohman Park Pavilion project be allowed.
Additionally, the commissioners authorized the Senior Rental Assistance subsidy voucher in the amount of $528 to the Delaware Run for October 2013 to occur.
The next Pike County Commissioners meeting will be Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 9 a.m. in the Administration Building on Broad St., Milford.