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June 16, 2014

Cambria makes money with cleanup sale

EBENSBURG — It’s cleanup time around the Cambria County Courthouse, at least when it comes to worn-out vehicles and equipment needed to get those vehicles over a stream or two.

Eight people were named the high bidders for the purchase of a host of items that were offered for sale by the county commissioners over the past month.

“It’s a bunch of old cars and a couple of old bridges that were pretty well bent up,” Commissioner Mark Wissinger said. “This helps clean things up.”

Estimates are the county made $31,000 on the surplus property sale.

Commissioner Thomas Chernisky said the money will go into the general fund.

Along with earning money by selling the vehicles, the county will save an uncalculated amount by getting the vehicles off the insurance premium, President Commissioner Douglas Lengenfelder said.

“The county will make money from the sale and by not insuring the vehicles,” Lengenfelder said.

Bits and pieces of a couple of modular bridges no longer used by the county were sold along with 29 vehicles, a commissioners’ representative said Monday.

The commissioners also approved a lease with Rent-A-Center Inc. at the rate of $31,500 annually for space on the first floor of the county-owned Central Park Complex, formerly Glosser Bros. on Locust Street in Johnstown.

The agreement extends the original lease through June 30, 2019, and is considered key in keeping the building occupied.

A couple of years ago as much as one-half of the basement and first floor were vacant, Lengen­felder said.

“Now every square foot that can be rented is occupied,” he said.

A number of motions were approved for the Cambria County Department of Emergency Management/911 dispatch center.

In most cases, the agreements come with some savings to the county, said Robbin Melnyk, deputy director of emergency services and 911 coordinator.

“It’s going back and pushing the vendors hard,” she told the commissioners.

In other business, the commissioners:

• Accepted the resignations of John P. James and Paul Neatrour from the Cambria County War Memorial Board, effectively immediately.

• Approved Christina Mankamyer, Carol Harding, George Johnson and Barbara Crissey to three-year terms on the Cambria County Area Agency on Aging.

• Approved the second amendment to the agreement with BI Inc. to continue to provide services for the Cambria County Day Reporting Center. Payment will be at the current level for the first of three years. The payments will increase by 1.5 percent for the second and third years.

The reporting center allows people who have committed nonviolent crimes to report to the center before starting off to work. It keeps the defendants out of prison while they work to pay off fines and restitution. A variety of counseling services also are offered to those sent to the center by the courts.

Kathy Mellott covers the Cambria County Courthouse for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow her on Twitter at

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