Krause recognized for service

The agenda for the weekly meeting of the Wayne County Commissioners was packed on Thursday morning, with the recognition of a long-time solicitor and addiction topping the list.

Drug and Alcohol Administrator Jeff Zerechak brought the growing issue of addiction and recovery to the attention of the commissioners.

"It's a very serious disease with devastating affects on society," said Zerechak. He also stressed that "proper treatment and proper time does work" to help those afflicted enter recovery.

In a proclamation naming September National Recovery Month, it states that the "prevention of mental and/or substance use disorders works, treatment is effective" and allows people in our area to recover not just around the nation, but locally.

"Last year, we helped around 640 Wayne County residents," Zerechak said. "We encourage those who need help to seek it."

He also encourages family members dealing with a disease to not "suffer in silence" and take advantage of the services that Wayne County Drug and Alcohol has to offer.

In 2011, 2.3 million people aged 12 or older received treatment for a substance abuse disorder and 31.6 million adults aged 18 or older received mental health services, according to the 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

The commissioners made a proclamation designating September as National Recovery Month in Wayne County.

The commissioners also formally congratulated solicitor Lee Krause for being the recipient of the 2013 Solicitor of the Year Award. Krause received the award from the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania at the Annual Conference held in August.

Krause, who has been representing Wayne County for 33 years, has served the county for a total of nine Boards of Commissioners and their staff.

Commissioner Wendell Kay thanked Krause for his service, adding that he provides "common sense and level headed advice" when necessary.

Commissioner Brian Smith added that he finds it "amazing all that you have accomplished" during his tenure.

Krause said that he was honored to receive recognition for his service, and was "in complete shock" when it was presented to him.


Mary VanPatten, recycling coordinator, brought the yearly 904 Performance Grant to the commissioners for approval.

The 904 Performance Grant is provided through the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and must be completed each year to obtain funding.

"The grants run about two years behind," VanPatten said. "We just received 2010's funds" recently.

VanPatten said that when the grant is received from DEP, "we use a formula to give the money back to municipalities" based on their recycling efforts. Factors that are used in this formula are items like the tonnage of recyclables collected and commercial versus residential recycling.

She also said that the tire recycling program held at the Wayne County Recycling Center "is up and running," with 14 tires collected so far in just a few days of operation.

Emergency Management

Steve Price, Emergency Management Agency Director, presented a narrative report of the Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Preparedness Assessment for 2012. There are currently 32 entities that must report material to the county.

Also dealing with emergency management, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) Hazardous Materials Response Fund grant agreement was discussed.

The county has sent in an application to PEMA to apply for funding, which totals $11,998. This funding "is consistent with the past few years," according to Chief Clerk Vicky Botjer. Last year, the county received $11,438 in funds for this program.

Food purchase program

The final report for the state food purchase program was presented by Human Services Director Andrea Whyte.

The report details the expenditures from fiscal year 2012-13. In the report, the total amount spent on purchasing food was around $69,000.

The area food pantries served around 1,000 children, 1,500 adults and 500 elderly.

"A total of 1,216 households were served multiple times," Whyte said.

Other business

• Paul VanHorn was promoted to assistant maintenance supervisor, effective Sept. 16.

• Michael Hull was promoted from a part-time to full-time corrections officer, effective Sept. 15.

• Anthony Vitto was promoted from part-time corrections officer to sergeant, effective Sept. 29.

• Tracey Herzog was hired for part-time custodial work in the Wayne County Correctional Facility, effective Sept. 16.