Tuesday, September 30, 2008

On the agenda for Wednesday's Commissioners meeting

At their weekly meeting tomorrow, the Lancaster County Commissioners are expected to present Letters of Commendation to 10 paramedics and EMTs from Lancaster EMS and Susquehanna Valley EMS for volunteering to help evacuate special-needs patients from the City of New Orleans in advance of Hurricane Gustav on August 29.

The Commissioners are also expected to approve a project change order for restorations to the Big Conestoga #2 Bridge, also called the Bitzer's Mill Covered Bridge near the intersections of Routes 222 & 322 in West Earl Township. The project is already complete and the bridge is open, but with paperwork processing, a cost of $1,825 is being added for the materials and equipment needed to paint the bridge for a total cost of $76,325, according to Assistant County Engineer Barry Garman.

Also, just as the Commissioners opened a period of public comment on the future use of the 225 W. King St. county building, they are also going to announce a public comment period tomorrow in relation to about eight acres of land the County owns along old trolley tracks adjacent to the Sunnyside Peninsula. Commissioner Scott Martin said he is uncertain how the County first acquired the land. Further information will be provided at Wednesday's meeting.

With regard to 225 W. King, the Commissioners noted that they have received "multiple letters of interest."

Finally, the Commissioners announced that they are hiring a special counsel at a rate "not to exceed $270/hour" if needed to deal with "potential litigation regarding insurance matters" but refused to elaborate on the nature of the issue.