Last hearing Thursday on grant application, budget modifications

The public will get one last chance to comment on Lycoming County’s Community Development Block Grant application and budget modifications at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Executive Plaza, Pine Street. There, the commissioners are slated to approve submitting the county’s CDBG application to the Department of Community and Economic Development for approval, and budget modifications.

Selected projects for funding are Mifflin Township Park improvements at $50,000; STEP Inc.’s Homes in Need program at $50,000; DuBoistown sanitary sewer lateral repair grant program at $106,777; and SEDA Council of Governments’ administration and planning fee of $45,390, said Kristin McLaughlin, SEDA-COG Community Development project coordinator.

Because certain projects didn’t use all funds budgeted in 2009 and 2010, the commissioners may approve such funds to be transferred to current projects, such as DuBoistown Borough’s sewer lateral program at $74,387; Porter Township’s sewer lateral program at $19,000; YWCA renovations at $150,000; and Beaver Lake Sewage Treatment Plant at $73,206.

The commissioners also may approve the 2014-15 Children and Youth and Juvenile Justice services need’s-based plan and budget request of $12,267,226, of which about 53 percent is state funded, 30 percent is federally funded and about 17 percent is locally funded, said Mark Egly, county Children and Youth Services administrator.

That’s a $102,563 increase – or a less than 1-percent increase – from this current fiscal year’s approved budget, Egly said.

Egly’s also asking the commissioners to approve a professional service agreement with J. Howard Langdon Law Offices, Muncy, as attorney John Pietrovito works as Children and Youth’s guardian ad litem. The agreement is to pay Pietrovito $3,200 a month for his services.

Additionally, Egly’s requesting approval for an agreement to pay substitute guardians $60 an hour; the need for substitutes happens infrequently, he said.

Finally, the commissioners may approve a child welfare services provider contract with Diversified Treatment Alternatives. Provided is host-home care at $22.50 a day and residential care up to $182 a day.