Pike County Commissioners, May 17th, adopted a resolution honoring “Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week.”

MILFORD - Pike County Commissioners, May 17th, adopted a resolution honoring “Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week.” Several representatives of local law enforcement attended, to receive certificates, including PA State Police, Shohola Township Police, Milford Borough Police, Eastern Regional Police, Pike County Corrections, Pike County Sheriff’s Department and the Pike County District Attorney.

Commissioner Richard Caridi read the resolution for the record, acknowledging May 14-20 as National Police Week. All citizens of Pike County are urged to “express their deep appreciation to the men and women who have sacrificed their lives in the line of duty and to honor those who still drive to keep us safe.”

National Peace Officers Memorial Day was first observed in 1962 when President Kennedy proclaimed May 15th for the occasion, and the calendar week in which May 15 falls as National Police Week.
The observance takes note of the vital role that law enforcement plays in safeguarding the rights and freedoms of citizens in the community; keeping our neighborhoods safe; enforcing our laws and responding in times of crisis.

Pike County Sheriff Philip Beuki expressed thanks for the help of local law enforcement in helping to keep the recent jury trial for Eric Frein, running smoothly and without incident. “We were prepared for anything,” Beuki said.

Commissioner Chairman Matthew Osterberg referred to the dangers inherent in the job of any police or correctional officer. District Attorney Raymond Tonkin expressed thanks to the Commissioners for the recognition.

Also discussed

Christopher Murphy was hired as a Correctional Officer at $15.45 an hour, per Union contract, for a 40 hours work week, effective May 8th. Benefits start after 90 days. Robin Soares was transferred from Children & Youth to the Area Agency on Aging as an Aging Case Manager Supervisor 1 for a 40 hour work week, starting May 15. Annual pay was set at $34,400, with continued benefits. Christopher Ingulli was promoted from Resource Conservationist Grade 1 to Grade 2 for the Conservation District, retroactive to May 1. Annual pay was set at $39.500. Thomas Conway, Correctional Officer, was approved for a pay increase to $22.17 retroactive to March 27, as approved by the Prison Board and in accordance with the Union contract. This was due to his prior correctional officer experience. Change Order #3 was approved for the Courthouse Annex project between Joyce Electric and the County, for additional rough-ins for security equipment. The cost is $27,119.19. Commissioner Osterberg stated that the construction is proceeding well. Bids were opened for the CDBG Matamoras Borough Firehouse re-siding project; awarding the bid was tabled to June 7. Bids were opened for the purchase of groceries (including frozen foods) for the Correctional Facility. The bid is to be awarded on June 21. Wayne Pike Adult Literacy Program is hosting a banquet for their 30th anniversary, June 15th at Silver Birches, Rt. 507 in Tafton. For ticket information call their office at 570-253-3221. The Pike County Tick-Borne Task Force is hosting a “meet and greet” at the Pike County Public Library Community Room in Milford, Thursday, May 25, from 10 a.m. to noon.

The next regular commissioners’ meeting is set for Wednesday, June 7 at 9 a.m. at the Pike County Administration Building, 506 Broad St., Milford.