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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Dispatchers recognized for service

  • HONESDALE - At the meeting of the Wayne County Commissioners on Thursday, the Wayne County 911 dispatchers were recognized for their service to the county.
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  • HONESDALE - At the meeting of the Wayne County Commissioners on Thursday, the Wayne County 911 dispatchers were recognized for their service to the county.
    Jim Wayman, manager of Wayne County 911, provided certificates of appreciation to the members. Matt Kromko was also named Dispatcher of the Year.
    “I want to thank all of you,” said Commissioner Brian Smith. “You are the crucial link between people who need help and those who can provide help.
    “You do that on a second's notice. I hope the public appreciates the time you spend aiding, whether it's in the middle of the night or on downtime.
    “In a moment's notice you become that critical step. I can't say enough about all you do. Thank you very much.”
    Commissioner Jonathan Fritz said it takes a special individual to remain calm and cool during a crisis.
    “Your cause is special,” he said. “You are able to keep a balance between doing with a crisis and reaction and having fun and a team spirit. I'm honored to have your team in this county.”
    Commissioner Wendall Kay agreed with Fritz.
    “You keep your head when the worst is going on in someone else's life,” he stated. “It's not an easy thing to do and not everyone is cut out for that. We recognize you for that and how important your function is.”
    Other business
    The resignation of Barbara Fotusky, a clerk typist for the Behavioral Health and Developmental Programs, was accepted. This is effective May 2.
    • Bill Woodward, a resident from Pleasant Mount, gave an update about the “swap” between Boy Scouts from northern Wayne County and a troop from St. Croix, a U.S. Virgin Island.
    Woodward works with the community center in Pleasant Mount, which is a charter organization for Troop 407.
    He first came to the commissioners in January when the plan was in its early stages.
    “This will give them a chance to learn a bit about each area and they will also be able to earn merit badges,” Woodward previously explained.
    The “swap” is still in the planning stages and is set for 2015. Woodward said the troops won't be in the other location during the same week.
    In January, he said they are working to get the Air Force National Guard to fly the Boy Scouts to St. Croix. On Thursday Woodward stated he's unsure if they will still fly the scouts, but added there's money available to fly commercial if needed.
    “We're trying to save that money if we can,” he said.
    Page 2 of 2 - He said the plan is moving along well.
    “We ended up changing location for where the scouts from St. Croix will stay when they come here,” Woodward stated. “The Salvation Army at Lake Ladore said we can use their facilities.”
    He also said there's a doctor from Honesdale who volunteered to be the medical expert while those Boy Scouts are in Wayne County.
    That same doctor will be traveling with the scouts from Wayne County when they go to St. Croix.
    “We are currently working on a schedule,” Woodward said. “There will be 40 people with each group when they come back and forth.”
    • The commissioners approved a grant application for the Intermediate Punishment (IP) Treatment Program that the county and the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) are working to get.
    Wayne County District Attorney Janine Edwards, along with Judge Raymond Hamill, Chief Probation Officer Jim Chapman, (PCCD) and Jeff Zerechak, director of the Drug and Alcohol Commission, want to get IP treatment to help serve Wayne County offenders who have an alcohol or drug addiction.
    The program is an alternative to incarceration.
    Edwards said the program will focus on offenders listed as level three or four.
    According to the Pennsylvania Code for Judiciary and Judicial Procedure, Title 42, level three offenders are serious offenders and those with numerous prior convictions, such that the standard range requires incarceration or IP, but in all cases permits a county sentence.
    The code defines level four offenders as very serious offenders and those with numerous prior convictions, such that the standard range requires state incarceration but permits it to be served in a county facility pursuant to 42 Pa.C.S. §9762(b).
    The grant application is for $110,000.
    • The following were approved for the salary board:
    • Four part time corrections officers were hired at a rate of $12.01 an hour. They are James Billard of Honesdale, Todd Taylor of White Mills, Christopher Rude of Simpson and Daniel Wilson of Tyler Hill.
    The positions are effective May 5.
    • Andrew Edwards of Forest City was hired as an information technology generalist I for the Management Information Systems department, filling a vacancy.
    The position is effective April 21 and the salary was set at $32,024.70 for 37.5 hours a week.

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