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Help Available Through Employee Assistance Program

employeeassistPotter County employees and members of their immediate families are eligible for help through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Among commonly used EAP services are help with marital and family discord, issues with children and adolescents, emotional distress, personal issues, anger, stress,gambling problems, time management, alcohol or other drug addictions, health-related issues, child or spouse abuse and concerns about aging parents. Information on EAP services is often distributed to county employees with their biweekly payroll reports. Service is confidential and provided free of charge. For additional information, employees should contact the county’s EAP provider, Mazzitti & Sullivan, at 1-800-543-5080. Information is also available through a website, www.mseap.com. See Work/Life section (click next to lock at upper right). Login and password are case-sensitive: login is CCAP, and password is EAP (use all upper case).

Employee Discounts At Local Wellness Centers

wellnessPotter County employees are advised that they are eligible for membership discounts at each of the Charles Cole Memorial Hospital wellness centers in the region, as well as Chad’s Solid Body Gym on North Main Street in Coudersport. Under an arrangement worked out with the Wellness Committee and the Commissioners Office, county employees can join at the rates shown below. Our Fiscal Office can arrange for payroll deduction to cover membership at either center. To learn more, contact Pam VanVolkenburg at 274-8290, extension 204. Employee discount rates are:

  • Cole Wellness Centers: Individual, $195.48 for 6 months, or $344.28 for one year; couple, $277.92 and $482.88; family, $334.02 and $586.56.
  • Chad’s Solid Body Gym: Individual, $175.00 for 6 months, or $300 for one year; couple, $225 and $400; family, $270 and $500 (Contact Chad Cowburn about Silver & Fit program details; 814-558-4859).

Recycling: Let’s Shoot For 80 Percent!

recyclePotter County’s Building and Grounds Department expresses appreciation to those county employees who have helped to make our recycling program a success. Joe Kurtz, supervisor of buildings and grounds, reports more than half of the trash being generated in county offices is now being recycled. However, some employees are not separating out recyclables from the rest of their trash. Recycling is saving the county money – it costs much less to dispose of recyclables – and it’s an environmentally responsible habit. With a more concerted effort by employees, the proportion of waste that is recycled could be pushed as high as 80 percent.

The only items that cannot be recycled are food waste, plastic bags, window glass, light bulbs, foam packaging, tissues and aerosol cans. Recyclables do not have to be sorted, but can instead be deposited together in one “mixed recycling” bin. Acceptable materials include paper, plastic, aluminum, glass, cardboard, newspapers, magazines, catalogs, steel cans and more. Cans, bottles and other containers should be washed out before being deposited in the recycling bin. Anyone who wants to have additional collection containers delivered should contact Dawn Swatsworth in the Commissioners Office at 274-829o, extension 207.

Under a contract with Casella Waste Systems Inc., recyclables are trucked to Olean, N.Y., then transported to Geneva, N.Y., where Casella operates a massive separator that segregates the items for sale to various markets. Casella’s mixed recycling program is explained at this website (complete with a video): www.casella.com

‘Hotline’ In Place To Report Employee Fraud

fraudhotlinePotter County is affiliated with the Employee Fraud Hotline. It’s a service through which employees can report, on a discreet basis, any evidence of embezzlement, theft or any other crime occurring with county departments.

Employees can call a toll-free number, 1-800-716-3066, and use an identification code. For Potter County, the code is FJ04E. Callers are not required to divulge their identity. The service is presented in partnership with the Pennsylvania Counties Risk Pool and the Pennsylvania County Workers Compensation Trust.

County Employees’ Worker Compensation List Expanded

workcompA revised list of approved hospitals and doctors that may be used for county employees’ worker compensation cases has been circulated to employees and posted on bulletin boards at county buildings. The list below can also be printed from this website.

Authorized providers for family practice (all injuries) are Galeton Health Center (435-2942), Shinglehouse Health Center (697-7165) and Port Allegany Family Practice (642-9655). Other authorized providers are: Dr. Bruce Fink, chiropractor, Coudersport (274-8486); Dr. Lawrence Wei, opthalmologist, Coudersport (274-7910); Champion Orthopedics, orthopedic surgery, Coudersport (274-0900); Dr. James DeMatteis, neurologist, Erie (1-888-559-5111); Dr. Moheb M. Mohareb, general surgery, Coudersport (274-7474). To schedule diagnostic imaging tests at a local facility, contact Care IQ imaging at 1-888-922-7347. For physical therapy at a local facility, contact Care IQ Physical Therapy at 1-888-922-7347.

In the event of an emergency, please go to the nearest hospital for treatment and contact your employer immediately. All bills and reports should be forward to PCOMP, P.O. Box 60769, Harrisburg PA 17106; telephone 1-800-895-9039; fax 1-888-692-2368.

Sexual Harassment/Discrimination Policy In Effect

sexharassmentPotter County has in place a Sexual Harassment/Gender Discrimination/Workplace Bullying Policy adopted by the Board of Commissioners last year. The policy was developed with the assistance of specialists at the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania. Employees should familiarize themselves with its contents. It includes definitions of sexual harassment, bullying and gender discrimination; procedures for reporting violations and penalties for those who fail to comply. Anyone who would like to obtain a copy should contact Dawn Swatsworth on the Commissioners Office at 274-8290, Ext. 207; or dswatsworth@pottercountypa.net.