County raises teen dating violence awareness

BROOKVILLE — Tuesday, the Jefferson County Commissioners proclaimed February as Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month in Jefferson County.
The proclamation came at the request of Punxsutawney Area High School senior Lisa Tinker, who, for her senior project, raised funds to increase awareness of teen violence.

The proclamation stated that “one in three adolescent girls in the United States is a victim of physical, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner ... Youth who experience physical violence in a dating relationship are more likely to use drugs and alcohol, attempt suicide and carry patterns of abuse into future relationships ... Only 33 percent of teens who are abused tell anybody ... 81 percent of parents either believe teen dating violence is not an issue or admit they do not know that it is.”

The project also involved performing the play “The Yellow Dress,” which is based on the stories of young women who were the victims of dating violence.

The commissioners commended Tinker for her efforts.

In other business:
• The commissioners enacted the Jefferson County Street Naming and Addressing Ordinance and Policy, which was earlier advertised to require that street addresses be assigned to Marcellus Shale gas wells.
The ordinance was expanded to include “sites used for the drilling of natural gas at a depth equal to or deeper than the Marcellus Shale formation, deep mines, strip mines, quarries, radio towers, cell towers and windmills.”

“With the Marcellus Shale drilling coming our way, we wanted to have this ordinance in place,” commission Chairman Paul Corbin said. “It states that there must be a street address, so in an emergency, we will have a physical address, and we won’t have responders trying to direct each other on back roads.”
Corbin said other counties already experiencing heavy drilling activity have enacted similar ordinances.

• The commissioners adopted a resolution to appoint William Snyder to collect Timblin borough real estate taxes on behalf of the county.

• The commissioners approved a recommendation from the Hotel Tax Committee to allocate $1,250 to the Jefferson County Historical Society for smartphone technology for the society’s Web site.

• The commissioners moved to re-appoint Toni Facchine and Cody Pangallo, both of Brockway, to the Jefferson County Fair Authority for five-year terms.

Both terms will expire Dec. 31, 2015.