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COUDERSPORT -- Potter County Commissioners handled several routine matters at the Sept. 26 meeting, including approving a tax anticipation loan for 2020.

The board approved the proposal from Juniata Valley Bank, which set the interest at 1.98% plus a $250 fee on the $1 million loan.

The loan, said commissioners, is to continue providing services through the county and Human Services Department until tax revenues start to come in or the state reimburses Human Services.

In 2019, Human Services used $300,000 to continue operations; the county did not use any funds.

Potter County also received three other proposals from banks: C&N Bank, 2.91% interest with a $1,000 origination fee; First Citizens Community Bank, 2.9% interest and no fee; Northwest Savings Bank, 3.61% interest and a $500 commitment fee.

Commissioners approved the hire of Ellen Russell as the community development director retroactive to Sept. 23 and learned prothonotary Kathy Schroeder hired Robin Rogers as a part-time support clerk in the office, effective Sept. 23.

The board approved the resignation of Christine M. Cole as a clerk typist from the Human Services as of Oct. 1 and the termination of Timothy Mitchell as a part-time corrections officer at the Potter County Jail as of Sept. 18.

Commissioner Paul Heimel reported on the Stepping Up Technological Assistance Center workshop he recently attended with Human Services executive director Jim Kockler. The two picked up several suggestions that will be reviewed with the Criminal Justice Advisory Board. The goal is to improve the outcome for people in the criminal justice system who have addiction or mental health issues.

Commissioners also approved 18 requests to send 22 employees to a variety of continuing education programs ranging from prison medical management, veterans service training, GIS for assessment, protective services for the aging, responding to reports of sexual violence against older adults and people with disabilities, to basic corrections officer training.

The county has also received two requests for Liquid Fuel tax funds from the following municipalities: Pike Township, $1,232.85 and Clara Township, $985.13.