Northumberland County meeting ends with call to police
SUNBURY – The Northumberland County commissioners meeting ended this afternoon with a call to police when Dave Kaleta ignored Chairman Vinny Clausi’s request to leave.
Kaleta, of Shamokin, who has spoken out against how the county is developing the Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area (AOAA), had rattled off a list of accusations against Clausi related to the park, gambling and other matters. Clausi said Kaleta was out of order, and asked him to leave or he would have police called.
Kaleta refused, and told Clausi to go ahead and call police. At that point, county director of security Ron Yeager, who was sitting in the back of the room, approached Kaleta and asked him to leave. Kaleta again refused, and Yeager than went to his office and called police. Yeager never tried to physically remove Kaleta.
The meeting, which started at 1 p.m., then ended, and Kaleta and Bill Knapick, who also questioned commissioners related to the AOAA, did leave the building.
As of shortly after 2 p.m., Clausi was awaiting arrival of police and said he wanted to file a disorderly conduct charge against Kaleta.
The commissioners unanimously passed a motion earlier in the meeting to turn over control of the AOAA to the newly formed authority. Kaleta had asked that the move be delayed because of the lawsuit he has against the county related to access to the park land.
Also, Commissioner Rick Shoch said he wants the FBI and HUD to investigate the county’s handling of homelessness prevention grant money because of DCED's concerns about lack of supporting documentation. (This report earlier suggested it was because of an alleged conflict involving the county grants manager, but Shoch said it's not specifically because of that, but the entire program.)
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