POTTER COUNTY — The election went on with zero issues in Potter County, the board of Potter County Commissioners said during its Nov. 5 meeting.

The county received about 1,500 mail in and absentee ballots and reported more than 78% of the county’s registered voters cast ballots.

Commissioner Paul Heimel commended the county election board on a job well done during a “very challenging election” that started months before actual Election Day, with legal challenges.

“I think it went very smoothly,” Heimel said.

He, on behalf of the board, also extended appreciation to all of the local poll workers who dealt with the same things and were prepared with coronavirus precautions and were ready if there was any “unrest.”

Both parties had “watchers” in the room, he said who watched over the board of elections as they processed 1,500+ mail in and absentee ballots.

The commissioners signed and approved a proclamation for the Potter County Conservation District, for its 75th anniversary, naming November Potter County Conservation District month. The Potter County Conservation District was formed Nov. 28, 1945 and was the Commonwealth’s first conservation district. The commissioners also presented the district with a cake.

A fee agreement was approved with Cafardi Ferguson Wyrick Weis and Gebriel LLC, a law firm of business attorneys based in Sewickley, who specialize in labor and employment legal services. Commissioner Nancy Grupp said the county is contracting with them on an hourly basis “for any issues we might have.” The contract is good through December 2022.

Grupp said she had the coronavirus and was sick for about 10 days. She encouraged everyone to continue to wear a mask in public and social distance. She said it was handled very well at the county offices, all three commissioners went home and were tested. They all quarantined until the test results were back; Heimel and Commissioner Barry Hayman were negative.

“I just want to encourage everyone, social distance, social distance, social distance. Wear your mask. It does work,” Grupp said.Also approved at the meeting include:

  • Kayla Berger’s hiring as mental health program specialist 1 in Potter County Human Services,
  • Vicki Flewellyn’s retirement as administrative assistant for the public defender’s office, effective Feb. 16, 2021,
  • Cameron Kockler’s internship with District Attorney Andy Watson, effective Jan. 4, 2021, for 10 weeks,
  • Brittany Simms’ hiring as probation secretary, and
  • Clara Township’s application for the 2020 liquid fuel funds in the amount of $949.16.

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