The Huntingdon County Commissioners approved creating a new position that will aid with pretrial services in the county at their weekly meeting Tuesday morning.

Leonard Hahn, probation director for the county, explained the position, deputy director of pretrial services, will be run from his department.

Hahn also explained a little bit about the position.

“For pretrial services, we will use risk assessment tools (for nonviolent offenders) to see how much risk they would be to break bail, or how much extra supervision they would need,” he said. “It could be determined that they are very low risk, and it would be a matter of calling them to remind them of trial dates. They could also need extra services like drug and alcohol counseling as well as mental health services.”

The services offenders may need would be received while they are waiting any court hearings or trial.

Hahn explained this position will be the one to conduct risk assessments on nonviolent offenders, and the goal is to help lower the population of the jail by keeping any nonviolent offender out during the court process.

“There will also be safeguards and procedures in place if any offender would violate their terms during pretrial services,” said Hahn.

Ryan Pollocino, current probation officer, was approved to fill this position, effective Sept. 15.

Lou Ann Shontz, the county’s recycling coordinator, also garnered approval from commissioners to submit the 904 Municipal Waste Program and Performance Grant for Huntingdon, Bedford and Fulton counties for 2019.

“We will be reporting 1,889.37 tons of residential recyclables and 8,621.38 tons of commercial recyclables,” said Shontz, noting this was the amount of recyclables collected for all three counties.

“The grant will reimburse the three counties for all materials counties can provide proof of materials that was collected,” Shontz added.

Shontz also mentioned the Tire Recycling Challenge, conducted by Keep Huntingdon County Beautiful, will be held at the Huntingdon County Fairgrounds from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 14.

Additionally, she wanted to remind residents of the upcoming electronics recycling event, scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Huntingdon County Fairgrounds.

“So far this year, we’ve collected 71,341 pounds of electronics, and that’s compared to 124,560 pounds collected in 2018,” said Shontz, adding they are on track to collected as much in 2019.

She also wanted to remind residents to use the race track entrance to the fairgrounds for the recycling event.

Shontz also wanted to give thanks to the fair board of the Huntingdon County Fair and, in particular, fair manager Danny Hawn, for their help with the events.

Five renewals of purchase of service agreements were approved for Huntingdon County Children and Youth Services.

Kylie can be reached at khawn@huntingdondailynews.com.

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