MERCER COUNTY Officials OK bonds for BHC
Commissioners approved funding for repairing the Hadley Dam.
By MARY GRZEBIENIAK
MERCER -- Mercer County commissioners approved $2.65 million in tax-exempt municipal bonds to help finance new headquarters for the Behavioral Health Commission.
Commissioners served as the funding conduit for the BHC to sell municipal bonds, which is allowed by Pennsylvania law. It's the BHC, not the county, however, that must repay the money.
BHC, which receives most of its funding from the state, will centralize its services on U.S. Route 62 here.
BHC is responsible for mental health, mental retardation and drug and alcohol services in the county.
Dana Frankenburg, BHC executive director, said the project will include buying and renovating a building being rented by BHC at the location as well as constructing a new facility behind the building.
Services offered at the Dot Street office in Sharon will be moved to Mercer, Frankenburg said.
He said one reason for closing the Sharon office is the 70-percent no-show rate of clients for appointments with their caseworkers there. He said the consolidation will save nearly $100,000 per year.
In other business, commissioners approved a $9,225 contract with Anderson Construction, Greenville, for repairs to the Hadley Dam.
County Engineer Mark Miller said the repairs are needed to the earthen facility because of damage done by all-terrain vehicles.
The vehicles are banned at all the county's dams, but, Miller said, the dams cannot be policed constantly. The repairs are 65 percent funded by the state.
Commissioners also approved LeaAnne DuMars as deputy tax collector for South Pymatuning Township.