Commissioners disburse room tax funds

WELLSBORO – Tioga County commissioners disbursed funding Tuesday from the county room tax to non-profit organizations involved with tourism promotion.

Funds will be disbursed as follows: $5,000 for the Wellsboro Chamber of Commerce for the annual state Laurel Festival, $4,000 for the Green Monster Pine Creek Running Challenge, $3,650 for the Country Western Jamboree at Dean Center, $3,000 for the Tioga County Early Days Association, $3,000 for the American Association of Community Theaters Festival Circuit through Hamilton-Gibson Productions, $3,000 for the Mansfield Fabulous 1890s weekend, $2,735 for the Endless Mountain Music Festival’s Winter Jazz Event and $2,095 for their annual Summer Music Festival, $2,000 for the Liberty Blockhouse Festival, $2,000 each for the Mansfield and Wellsboro Grower’s Markets, $1,400 for the 23rd Upper Pine Creek Trout Tournament, $1,000 for Mill Cove Earth Day, $1,000 for the Mansfield 4th of July celebration and $820 for the Blossburg Community Festival.

“Most of this funding goes toward advertising to bring more people into the county to attend these great events,” said Commissioner Mark Hamilton, adding that the room tax helps to “keep the tourism industry alive in Tioga County.”

In other business, the commissioners approved a three-year agreement with Forward Thinking Systems LLC for 10 GPS units to be installed in Department of Human Services vehicles at a cost of $13,520 funded with natural gas impact fee money.

County Clerk Derek Williams said the units were “a management tool for safety, so if we don’t know where an employee is, if they don’t return to the office, or if something happens, we can know where their vehicle is, and we can track where they have been all day.

“Employees also can program a route for the day, so it saves time and fuel,” he added.

The units also are equipped with speed indicators so the agency can be more aware of how employees are driving, Williams said.

“They will save on damage from speed-related accidents and if they are speeding we can talk with them about that,” he added.

Commissioners also:

Approved a technical and cost proposal from Larson Design Group for bridge inspections between 2013 and 2017 in the amount of $737,655.

Set their next meeting for 7 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Mansfield Borough office.