CLEARFIELD – On Tuesday the Clearfield County Commissioners heard a brief update regarding the Bradford Township redistricting petition.
According to Solicitor Kim Kesner, there was a status conference Monday with President Judge Fredric J. Ammerman. He said Ammerman presented his “intended poster” for him and Attorney C.J. Zwick, counsel for the petitioners, to review and approve.
The poster consists of a very large map, as proposed by the Election Board, with a legend providing further explanation.
The proposed map divides Bradford Township in accordance with census blocks established by the last federal census. It also follows the boundaries of the township’s two census blocks.
As required by statute, it will be posted at six locations in the township. Kesner said Ammerman planned to have a constable handle the postings Tuesday.
The proposed map will be posted at both polling places, the Bradford Township Municipal Building and Bigler Civic Center/YMCA.
In addition, it will be posted at the Bigler-Jackson-Woodland Fire Department, as well as at the township’s three post offices in Bigler, Woodland and Mineral Springs.
“It’s worth noting that these are the legal steps,” Commissioner Mark B. McCracken said, “… since this was a court-ordered situation back in the late 80’s. We’re following through with the court.”
Kesner said Ammerman hasn’t yet set a hearing date in the redistricting matter, and it will also be up to the judge to set forth its rules for procedure.
Dawn Graham, elections director, also announced the elections office is proposing two polling place changes, which if approved, would be in effect for the May primary.
The first change would move Lawrence Township’s Golden Rod precinct’s polling place from the Clearfield Masonic Lodge to the Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church.
The second would move the Penn Township polling place from the Hepburnia United Methodist Church to the former Penn-Grampian Elementary School, which is now Cen-Clear Child Services.
Graham noted that the election office is proposing the polling place changes for the commissioners’ consideration at the request of the two current locations.
Graham said anyone who would like to make an objection may file one in writing with her office through Jan. 8. Her office is located at 212 E. Locust St., Suite 106, Clearfield.
In other business, the commissioners:
- approved a resolution regarding the acceptance and issuance of a Tax Anticipation Note (TAN) in the amount of $3 million from CNB Bank at the request of Kesner.
- approved the Professional Services Agreement with MCM Consulting Group at the request of Emergency Services Director Joe Bigar.
- approved the Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) agreement at the request of Bigar.
- approved the following employee separations/retirements: Todd Lombardo, part-time special deputy/sheriff’s department, effective Dec. 7; Tom Young, corrections officer/jail, effective, Dec. 7; Amanda Cole, caseworker/children and youth services, effective Dec. 21; Cynthia Coudriet, chief deputy/register & recorder, effective Dec. 31; Donald McClusick, director/probation services, effective Jan. 2, 2019; and John Crance, fiscal operations officer/CYS, effective Jan. 11, 2019. The commissioners thanked Young, Coudriet, McClusick and Crance for their many years of service to the county.