Services agency seeks input on use of grant
October 17, 2012
Butler County Human Services is seeking public input on how to spend roughly $9 million in grant funding. The first meeting will be 10 a.m. Monday at the Community Alliance Church at 800 Mercer Road in Center Township. The second will be 6 p.m. Oct. 23 at Tanglewood Center at 10 Austin Ave. in Lyndora. County residents also can submit comments by mail to: Butler County Human Services, P.O. Box 1208, Butler, PA 16003 or send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Carmine Scotece, director of county human services, said at the county commissioners meeting Wednesday the block grant from the state Department of Public Welfare provides counties flexibility in using the money. “The block grant is a new approach to the way the state works with counties to distribute current funding for human services,” he said. The money can be used in such areas as mental health, intellectual disabilities, homeless assistance and behavioral health. Butler was one of 20 counties to be awarded the funding. Fire alarm Eckstein criticized the county and city officials who chided him for causing difficulties during last week’s fire alarm. Some officials said on Friday Eckstein hampered the Oct. 4 evacuation of the government center by refusing to leave the building once the fire alarm was activated. Although the alarm turned out to be a malfunction, no one knew that when the alarm sounded. Eckstein said he was especially offended he was blamed for aid to a disabled employee being delayed. He said people couldn’t stoop any lower than claiming he didn’t care about the welfare of handicapped people. Eckstein compared himself to Hillary Clinton being blamed for the alleged murder of Vince Foster, a man who committed suicide. During public comment, Steven Hively of Cranberry Township asked how Eckstein didn’t know he should immediately leave the building upon hearing an alarm. Hively said Eckstein should have learned what to do in first grade when he experienced his first fire drill.