SUNBURY - Prothonotary Justin Dunkelberger reported $260,000 in court costs owed to Northumberland County since 1971 has been collected during the past month while authorities continue to crack down on delinquents.

Dunkelberger updated the media on the collection process following Tuesday's commissioners' meeting in which Vinny Clausi praised the joint effort spearheaded by Dunkelberger, chief adult probation officer Jim Cortelyou, Sheriff Robert Wolfe and President Judge William H. Wiest and their respective staffs.

Probation officers and deputy sheriffs have conducted four "blitzes" in the past several weeks in an effort to recover as much money as possible of the $22.8 million in court costs owed to the county since 1965.

Dunkelberger said the $260,000 in restitution to victims includes $9,313 in cash from delinquents during home visits. Another 78 promissory notes involving payments totaling more than $300,000 also have been obtained.

He said 70 active cost warrants have been lifted thus far as a result of the "blitzes."

Structural study

During the meeting, Clausi and fellow Commissioners Richard Shoch and Stephen Bridy agreed to have CES Engineering LLC conduct a thorough structural engineering study of the county courthouse and provide recommendations on any improvements that should be made. The cost of the study will not exceed $6,000.

The study is in response to cracks that were discovered on the second and fourth floors of the 149-year-old courthouse June 9, forcing the evacuation of the building. The courthouse reopened the next day after an inspection revealed the damage was cosmetic rather than structural.

Other business

The board entered into an agreement on behalf of the Department of Public Safety with American Towers LLC for the leasing of the Trevorton/Zerbe Township communications tower site for ongoing radio project.

Commissioners also passed a resolution approving a $53,518 emergency management performance grant agreement between the county's emergency management agency and state emergency management agency to support the approved personnel costs within the EMA department.

The commissioners acknowledged that the coroner's office purchased a 2014 Ford Expedition in the amount of $31,650 from Sunbury Motors through the Co-Stars program.

They also reported the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency has approved the county's 911 system renewal plan for implementation.

The commissioners' third annual golf tournament will be held Friday, Aug. 29, at Knoebels Three Ponds Golf Course in Elysburg to benefit Homes for Our Troops and the City of Shamokin Playground Equipment Project.