Commissioners support highway safety; review candidates for Chief Public Defender

The Adams County Commissioners have approved a program that will provide Adams County Adult Correctional Center referred inmates with online Alcohol Highway Safety School classes. Twelve hours in length, the cost to the County for the classes is $175 per student per month. The classes will be funded by Probation’s 2022-2023 Intermediate Punishment Treatment Program Grant, administered by the PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency.  

The commissioners also approved a temporary professional services agreement with the Law Office of Rosina Stambaugh, Esq. was made by Sarah Finkey, Administrator of Adams County Children and Family and Youth Services. The law office will provide legal services to a juvenile in a pending immigration matter at the rate of $80 per hour effective Sept. 26, 2022, and expiring at the conclusion of the assigned case.

Craig Yingling, Dave Wenk, Sidney Kuhn, and Doyle Waybright were all approved by the commissions to serve another three-year term on the Ag Land Preservation Board. Yingling will serve as chairman, Wenk as vice-chairman, Ellen Dayhoff as treasurer, LeighAnn Abraham, as secretary, and Mark Clowney, Assistant Secretary. The Preservation Board was established in 1990 to protect viable agricultural lands by acquiring agricultural conservation easements, which prevent the development or improvement of the land for any purpose other than agricultural production. Money for the program is allocated from both the county and the state and at its current level of funding is capable of preserving about 800 acres of farmland each year.

An original service agreement approved in June 2015 has been amended to increase the rate or pay for David K. James, III, Esquire from the original $6,000  to $7,500 a year for legal services required by the tax services department. The amendment is for a term of one year. A second recommendation was approved for the annual maintenance agreement for a high-volume pressure sealer. This machine allows interim tax notices to be sealed at the rate of about 1,000 in five minutes.

Human trafficking and domestic violence victims who are residents of the Adams County Adult Correctional Center will continue to be provided with services by YWCA Hanover Safe Home. In addition to victim services, professional training will be provided to ACACC employees and staff. There is no additional cost to the county.

As the county reviews candidates for the vacant Chief Public Defender position, Paul Royer, Esquire, and a former county assistant, will receive a rate of $90 per hour as assigned by the county public defender’s office. The agreement is effective through Dec. 31, 2023.

The next meeting of the Adams County Board of Commissioners will take place Jan. 25, 9 a.m. at the Adams County Historical Courtroom.

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Judith Cameron Seniura is a freelance reporter. She began her journalism career in the early ‘70s and has written for newspapers, magazines, and other media in Ontario, Canada, Alaska, Michigan, Nebraska, San Antonio, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.

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