Loyalsock Township supervisors gave their final approval Tuesday evening for two Community Development Block Grant projects.
The $132,540 allotment represents a "double-digit decrease" from last year's funding, according to Bill Lowthert, senior program analyst with SEDA-Council of Governments, the agency which administers the grant.
Funding will be used by the township to repay itself for reconstruction work done on Fredna Avenue. That project amounts to just over $100,000, while the other $13,277 project is slated for roadway curb cuts and handicapped ramp installations. Lowthert said the latter project should be begun next year when the township has more money to devote to it.
Supervisors Marc Sortman, John Bower and Richard Wheeland voted in favor of approving the CDBC application. Supervisors Virginia Eaton and Jeff Rauff were absent. Rauff has been sidelined due to a bicycle accident he suffered April 3.
The trio of supervisors also approved the hiring of Garth Womer as a zoning officer trainee. Womer, who said he was raised and lives in the township, will work with present Zoning Officer Steve Holmes for six months until Holmes' retirement.
Womer's first day on the job will be May 30, according to Bill Burdett, township manager. Burdett said there were 45 applications for the position.
"I'm looking forward to working in the township and serving the township residents," Womer said.
Shannon Lukowsky, director of recreation and parks, said the township will host a carnival June 19 to 23 at James Short Park. Sunshine Shows, of Middleburg, will provide rides, games and concessions, Lukowsky said.
The carnival will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. each night, Lukowsky added. Proceeds from the event will be used for the township's annual "Sally Short's Holiday in the Park" winter event.
In other business, supervisors agreed in their April 24 meeting to allow township tax collector Dottie White to fill in as tax collector in DuBoistown Borough on a volunteer basis due to the death of that municipality's tax collector.