Temporary housing added at jail

In a continued response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Susquehanna County Commissioners approved 12-month lease of two, 20’x8’ box office units for use at the county jail.

The units will be used for temporary housing for inmates brought to the facility before they are moved into the jail’s general population.

Delivery of the units was expected on May 18.

The cost of $11,050 has been marked as a Covid-19 expense.

The commissioners also approved a contract with Tyler Technologies for software products, support, licensing and maintained, effective May 22, for a period of years, at a one-time cost of $203,106 with recurring annual fees of $83,303. The county will use Act 13 funds to cover those costs.

The commissioners accepted, with regret, the resignation for purpose of retirement of Lori Shelp from the position of court recorder/transcriptionist, effective May 15, per the recommendation of President Judge Jason Legg.

The commissioners reminded residents to complete the 2020 U.S. Census and noted that personnel from the Census Bureau would be beginning to visit households that have not completed the survey.

They also admonished those who posted negative comments on the Sheriff’s Department social media page regarding a census reminder that was posted there.

“We can’t be any plainer, we need 100 percent compliance,” Hall said. “If you don’t do this, we don’t get the funding.”

Commissioner Judy Herschel said that filling out the census leads to the county receiving about $2,100 per individual. “Our hospitals need it, our roads need it,” she said.

The election board approved the move of the Jackson Township polling place from the township building to Jackson Baptist Church, located at 17280 SR 92.

The salary board added the positive of Election Day Traffic Control with those workers ensuring that social distancing guidelines are complied with at polling stations.

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