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Volume 13 Issue 14

   July 12, 2018
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County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania

 

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Vivitrol Funds and Conference

The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (PA DOC) is pleased to announce the availability of up to $3 million in state funds. The Non-Narcotic Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) solicitation is established by the PA DOC to increase opportunities for counties to provide long acting non-narcotic, non-addictive medication (Vivitrol: Naltrexone for extended-release injectable suspension, 380 mg/vial) combined with comprehensive substance abuse treatment to eligible offenders upon release from county correctional institutions.

On July 31, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., a free Vivitrol Conference will be held at the DOC Training Academy, 1451 N. Market Street, Elizabethtown, PA 17022. Topics include implementing successful programs, the grant application process, reentry efforts, allowable expenses, lessons learned, reporting requirements and budget development. Administrators, business managers, medical staff, reentry staff, social workers and project managers should attend

 

Courthouse Videos to Air

The CCAP/PCNTV Historic County Courthouses videos will again air this year on PCNTV and feature York County on Thursday, August 16; Luzerne County on Thursday, August 23; Fayette County on Thursday, August 30; Lawrence County on Thursday, September 6; and Clarion County on Thursday, September 13. All programs will air at 7 p.m. After airing the videos will be placed here on the CCAP website. 

 

York County Open Data Portal Launched

The York County Planning Commission, with coordination from York County departments, has launched the York County GIS Open Data Portal. The portal allows anyone with internet capabilities to freely access and download current and up-to-date York County data. You have the option to download to a shapefile or geodatabase format. This site also includes links to their most widely used online web mapping applications like the property viewer. If you have questions about open data site, please contact Tanya Wall, Joe Simora or Jacob Trimmer

 

Broadband Access Research

The Center for Rural Pennsylvania is currently sponsoring research, Broadband Availability and Access in Rural Pennsylvania, to analyze and assess broadband availability in Pennsylvania, and is asking Pennsylvania residents to participate. The test results will help Pennsylvania State University researchers to measure actual internet speeds. The test will also provide participants with information about their broadband connection. If you'd like to help the Center for Rural Pennsylvania and our research partners at Penn State University map broadband access in Pennsylvania, please visit http://broadbandtest.us/ and take the broadband speed test. 

 

CECD Employment Report

The Center for Economic and Community Development (CECD) at Penn State has published Pennsylvania Employment on the Move: 2001-17. The report details, mostly with graphs, maps, and figures, the substantial employment changes that have occurred across the commonwealth since 2001. 

 

Rural Development Funds Available

Applications are being accepted for funds that must be used by August 1 from the United States Department of Agricultural Rural Development. Eligible applicants are public bodies and non-profit organizations located in rural areas of population of 10,000 or less. This program can be used to construct, enlarge, extend or improve rural water, wastewater and storm wastewater facilities. Visit here or call (717) 237-2188 for more information. 

 

Reminder to Set Elected Officials' Salary Schedule

For non-home rule counties, December 31, 2018 is the last date to set the salary schedule for county elected officials running for the 2020 term, since the county salary law specifically prohibits action in the year commissioners are running for office (see 16 P.S. 11011-10.1; home rule counties should check the provisions of their charters). Commissioners must adopt a schedule of increases, based on a uniform percentage applied to each row office. Most counties indicate a specific percentage by year (e.g., 2020, 3 percent; 2021, 3 percent; etc).

Although it is not tested in appellate courts, we believe it is also permissible to establish a specific salary benchmark (e.g., December 12-month US all-workers CPI). We also suggest consideration of extending the schedule for six years, to include the full term of row offices that have terms commencing in 2022.

In addition to the uniform percentage requirement, the county salary law provides that notice of intent to adopt the schedule must be advertised at least 10 days in advance, and that it is to be adopted at a special public meeting called for that purpose to be held between 6 and 9 p.m. at a central location in the county. 

 

Legal Issues and Risk Management Workshops at CCAP

The County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP) and the CCAP Academy for Excellence in County Government is pleased to offer county elected officials and staff the Legal Issues (Thursday, October 4 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) and Risk Management (Friday, October 5 from 9 a.m. to noon) workshops at the CCAP Office in Harrisburg.

On Thursday, October 4, join us as professionals from JonesPassodelis present on county legal issues including: employment discrimination claims and the impact of communicating a termination under the burden shifting framework; civil rights issue impacting counties including municipal liability, medical care cases in county prisons and hot topics in prisoner litigation; and, Title VII Harassment in the workplace claims including an analysis of the impact of #MeToo on county liability. The workshop is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with lunch included. Participants in the CCAP Academy for Excellence in County Government attend at no cost and will earn credit for the Legal Issues core course upon their full participation at the event.

On Friday, October 5, John Sallade, CRM, Managing Director of CCAP Insurance Programs, will present on county risk management including: contracts; claims; governmental immunity; safety and bonding; workers' compensation; unemployment compensation and, controlling employee lawsuits. The workshop is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon; lunch is not included.

Participants in the CCAP Academy for Excellence in County Government attend at no cost and will earn credit for the Risk Management core course upon their full participation at the event. The workshops are open to all county officials and staff. Associate members and other CCAP vendors are also invited to attend. Registered Academy participants may attend at no cost. The costs for non-Academy participants (CCAP members) vary. Other fees may apply for Academy graduates, associate members and vendors. Participants can choose to attend one or both workshops. A discount applies for multi-day attendance. The workshop fee includes refreshments, lunch (on Thursday only) and session materials. Seating is limited - please review the workshop brochure (PDF) and register online or contact Mandi Glantz, director of member and vendor relations, by phone (717) 736-4739 or email mglantz@pacounties.org.

 

Cybersecurity Summit October 1

Save the date! The third annual Cybersecurity Summit will be held Monday, October 1 at the CCAP office in Harrisburg. This year we will build on the knowledge gained during the first two summits. Our continued goal is to raise awareness, educate and engage key county stakeholders in short and long-term strategies for cyber incident prevention. A tentative agenda and registration will be available soon.

 

Welcome New CCAP Associate Members

 

Davenport and Company LLC offers a range of wealth management and financial advisory services, including traditional brokerage services, professional money management, financial planning, market research and public financing services.

 

General Code's Laserfiche Content Management Solutions (CMS) ensure regulatory compliance, enable collaboration, reduce costs, and assure continuity. You can even automate business processes and access information anywhere, anytime on a computer or mobile device to speed up the processing of paperwork and fulfillment of requests for information.

 

Masano Bradley is one of Berks County's leading full-service law firms with more than 120 years of cumulative experience. The firm continues its rich tradition of concentrating in the core practice areas of municipal and real estate law, as well as bank-owned real estate, banking, personal injury, estate planning and administration, business succession planning, employment law, divorce, custody and support.

 

CCAP Events

For a complete listing of upcoming events refer to the CCAP website.

 

NACo Webinars
Registration is now open for the following NACo webinars:

Recordings of webinars from the past six months are available. To access these recordings, or for additional details and course registration information, please visit naco.org.

 

Job Postings
As counties notify us of current vacancies we post them on CCAP's website and list them below.

Additional information on each posting can be found by clicking on the name of the vacancy you are interested in. To submit a job posting, refer to the CCAP Job Postings webpage. For additional information on submitting a job posting contact Mandi Glantz.

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