Adams County Commissioners Honor Child and Youth Services Employees
David James, Esq. Was honored for 45 years of service to the children of Adams County as guardian ad litem at the Adams County Board of Commissioners meeting yesterday.
Commenting briefly to thank the board, James said he missed working with children, but would happily swap his formal suit for golf shirts and slacks for the rest of his natural life. He spoke passionately about helping children and praised those in attendance for their work with Adams County Child and Youth Services caring for children “who have nothing, or next to nothing”.
Teresa Polvinale, who dedicated 20 years of service as a program specialist, was also honored for her service to Children and Youth Services. ACCYS Director Sarah Finkey thanked the two for their years of dedication and service.
In other commission business, Casey Darling-Horan, MSW, county administrator for the York/Adams Mental Health–Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Program, presented information regarding the Service Development Fund block grant program at the person 2022-2023. The program provides services to approximately 15,000 clients in the two counties who require support and assistance with services related to developmental delays. Commissioner Jim Martin said he expects funding to increase, reflecting growing mental health needs in the PA. Darling-Horan said the program had been funded flat, indicating no increases, for the past 11 years. She added that this could mean “looking at how we prioritize needs” in the future.
* The Multi-County Broadband Feasibility Study will continue without Cumberland County. The Board of Commissioners approved an intergovernmental agreement with Franklin County to provide more equitable Internet availability in underserved areas of both counties. Design Nine, Inc. recently won the contract for the Multi-County Broadband Feasibility Study for approximately $100,000. Franklin County will bear half the cost of the study. Design Nine, Inc., a Virginia-based company, has worked with several counties in Pennsylvania, seeking to improve broadband service in rural areas.
* A recommendation to approve an agreement for Adams County Juvenile Inmate Housing and Emergency Placements at York County Youth Development Center was heard by Sara Finkey, Administrator of Children’s Services and to the youth of Adams County. The accommodation rate is $375 per day.
* The Board of Commissioners approved a recommendation from Angie Crouse, Director of Elections and Voter Registration, to apply for funds from the Election Integrity Grant Program, which would provide more than $365,000 to the county of Adams for eligible election costs. Senate Bill 982 was signed into law in July to allow counties to adopt security and personnel requirements.
* The Department of Emergency Services will receive improved network infrastructure for its 911 computer-assisted dispatch from Appalachia Technologies, LLC, of Mechanicsburg, PA. The company will provide after-hours technical support at a cost to the county of $32,857.80.
Featured image caption: Longtime Gettysburg resident David James was recognized for his 45 years of service to Adams County Child and Youth Services. Front row, left to right, Commissioner Jim Martin. Commissioner Randy Phiel, David James, Esq and Commissioner Marty Qually. [Judith Cameron Seniura]