Board demurs on DUI case woes

It’s too early for the Warren County Commissioners to comment on the developing situation in the district attorney’s office regarding five years of DUI cases, many of which may have to be dropped or amended.

During the commissioners’ meeting Wednesday morning, Commissioner Chairman Stephen Vanco said, “It’s all in his (District Attorney Rob Greene’s) office.”

The commissioners met with Greene on Tuesday to discuss the situation.

Vanco said Greene is “doing preliminary findings.”

“Until he can give us information, we can’t comment,” Vanco said.

On Tuesday, Greene said the commissioners are cooperating with his office and are “being very helpful.”

The commissioners find themselves in a relatively strong position financially, despite having about $350,000 less cash on hand than they did a year ago.

According to Fiscal Director Paul Pascuzzi, the county had $994,202 at the time of Wednesday’s meeting. A year ago, the number was $1,345,310. However, the county has used $1 million less – $1.5 million compared to $2.5 million – in tax anticipation note funds than it had at this time last year.

Pascuzzi said he expects the county to need to dip into that TAN for another $500,000 in the next few weeks.

The commissioners approved a full Warren County contingent for the Workforce Investment Board.

“After nearly a year, I’m happy to announce we have three individuals – Jason Hall of Ellwood National Forge, Jim Decker of WCCBI, and Rob Kaemmerer of United Refining – who will fill our allocation,” Vanco said.

The WIB members will serve in an advisory capacity, taking the training needs of Warren County employers to the WIB.

“I’d like to thank these people,” Commissioner John Eggleston said. “It is a volunteer position and requires some time and some effort.”