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Comms approve application for CARES Act funding

Lycoming County commissioners approved application for CARES Act funding to offset costs incurred by the county in response to the coronavirus during their meeting Tuesday.

Mya Toon, chief procurement officer, noted the county is entitled to receive $10.2 million in block grant dollars through the state Department of Community and Economic Development.

The funding can be used to assist businesses and municipalities, provide behavioral health and substance use disorder treatment services, fund non-profit assistance programs, and deploy broadband to unserved or underserved areas.

The COVID-19 County Relief Block Grant approved May 29 by Gov. Wolf provides a total of $625 million in funding to counties across the state.

Commissioners also approved a grant for $58,008 in Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding.

The grant through the Bureau of Justice provides funding for projects that include law enforcement and medical equipment, supplies, training, travel expenses, and the needs of inmates in prisons and detention centers.

Commissioners approved application for $460,000 in rental assistance with the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency CARES Rent Relief Program.

STEP, Inc. is to administer the program.

In personnel matters, the commissioners approved the following hirings:

• Josh Hewlett, correctional officer, $17.23 per hour.

• Patricia Condo, part-time tipstaff, $10.08 per hour.

• Carl J. Finnerty, deputy sheriff, $18.34 per hour.

Commissioners approved the reclassification of a maintenance I position to a maintenance III position.

Commissioners approved removal of the part-time veteran affairs assistant position.

Commissioners are expected to take action on an amendment to an ordinance allowing hunting preserves in areas of the county zoned countryside, agricultural and resource protection at their meeting Thursday.

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