Lycoming County's hazardous material program has received its largest Hazardous Material Response Fund grant of $51,337, Chief Emergency Preparedness Planner Darla Krotzer announced at Tuesday's commissioners' meeting.
The 2013-14 grant is $10,018 more than last year's grant, and was awarded by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA). The grant is used to develop reports, emergency response plans, training, equipment, and other items as necessary.
It also will fully fund a Superfund Amendments Reauthorization Act part-time support specialist for the Hazmat program, Krotzer said.
As a front-end load grant, PEMA fully funds the money up front and the county does not match any funds. Once the commissioners sign the necessary documents, PEMA will send the county a check for the full amount, Krotzer said.
The Juvenile Probation Office may get the commissioners' approval for a new service provider, the Affinity Forensic Services SafeGuards program based in Bethlehem and Reading.
The program is a unique system of foster care, designed to assist children and adolescents who were sexually abused who can't remain with or return to their legal family, said Nancy Ackley, administrative specialist, Lycoming County Juvenile Probation.
The rates run from $104 to $275 based on which tier of services is used.
Alternative Rehabilitation Communities' 2013-14 service agreement may be renewed with a 2-percent rate increase. With placement locations in Harrisburg, Carlisle, Jonestown, York, Lancaster and Chambersburg, it offers group homes, residential group homes and secure treatment.
It offers various treatment regimens in both open and secure settings for sex offenders and other youth who can't be treated in a community-based setting, Ackley said.
The rates range from $198 to $213, depending on the type of service offered.
All applicable youth are court-ordered to these programs.