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Voices Of Joe Roundtable

On Wednesday, July 19, the Voices of JOE political advocacy group, which focuses on safety for corrections workers, will be holding a discussion at the Lackawanna County 911 Center, Valley View Drive, Jessup, beginning at 7 PM,  hosted by Lackawanna County Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley,

The roundtable, facilitated by officers of Voices of JOE, will have in be attendance Federal, State and County legislative staff members, corrections officers, administrators,  union personnel, and family members.  It will focus on pending legislation in both the U.S. House and Senate along with new legislation in State Government. Issues such as staffing augmentation and  “man down” radios will be reviewed along with the hiring freeze and proposed budget cuts for the State’s Bureau of Prisons.

The impact of the outcome of the Eric Williams murder trial on the corrections community will also be discussed.

There will be limited seating for the public who those wishes to attend as observers.

911 Staff Honored For Life-Savings Efforts

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission recognized three staff members from the Lackawanna County Emergency Services Center for their recent role in assisting local law enforcement officials in saving the life of a young teenager by encouraging the person to return safely to the deck of the Clarks Summit Freedom Bridge.

L-r, Commissioner Jerry Notarianni, John Hoban and Valima Joseph, 911 staff; Brain Gray, 911 Supervisor; Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley, Todd Leiss, Traffic Incident Management Coordinator/Traffic Engineering and Operations for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission; and Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings.

Snow Storm/Blizzard Reimbursement Program

A special meeting for all elected officials, staff and administrators from area townships, boroughs, municipalities, cities and school districts will be conducted by the Lackawanna County Commissioners on Wednesday, March 22, at 6 PM in the Conference Room at the 911 Emergency Services Center, Valley View Drive, Jessup, to outline the process for securing reimbursement for the cleanup related to the recent snow storm/blizzard.

“It is critical for our elected officials or a staff member to attend this program.  In touring the County, I have witnessed how hard we were hit by the storm.  Securing State and Federal money is important for both your bottom-line and general operations,” said Commissioner Board Chairman Patrick M. O’Malley.

County and Emergency Management Agency (EMA) officials will outline the criteria for securing the necessary funding for the cleanup and related costs associated with the work that had to be done to resume normal operations after the storm.

The timeline for the process, eligible and non-eligible costs, the forms to be prepared, and other pertinent information will be outlined at the meeting.

It is important that all of the townships, municipalities, districts and hospitals maintain all paperwork and receipts for the highest amount over a 48 hour period for equipment, fuel, overtime, contractors and any other expenses involved in cleaning up from the storm.  The material will be vital for completing the required forms.

The threshold for Lackawanna County to secure reimbursement for storm cleanup is $740,000.  If this level is met, all parties who submit the paperwork/application would be eligible to receive $.75 on the dollar.

There is a 30-day window for submitting the paperwork for possible reimbursement.