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Commissioners act on CDBG funds, personnel, other business

Lycoming County commissioners approved a Community Development Block Grant agreement with Montoursville and took action on other business during their meeting Tuesday.

The CDBG agreement provides for $78,733 in 2018 funding for the borough’s curb cuts and handicap ramps reconstruction project.

In related action, commissioners approved a grant application with the state Department of Community Development for CDBG coronavirus funding.

Agencies targeted for the funding are STEP Inc. for its supportive housing program, American Rescue Workers, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, and North Central Sight Services for transportation services.

Commissioners approved agreements with Diakon Family Life Services and Crossroads Counseling Inc for outpatient mental health assessment and treatment services.

Also approved by commissioners was an agreement with UPMC Susquehanna Home Care and Hospice for the Nurse Family Partnership Program. Ninety-five percent of the program’s $80,000 cost will be state dollars with the remaining funding provided by the county.

Commissioners approved a Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency grant application of $260,343 for the victim/witness program to cover salaries and other expenses.

They also approved a renewal agreement with Geisinger Clinic for the Child Advocacy Center of the Central Susquehanna Valley to provide forensic child abuse interviews at $100 per interview.

It was noted that the cost amounted to $4,700 for the interviews last year.

Commissioners approved a contract with Susquehanna Valley CASA – Voices for Children. The $30,000 agreement covers child advocacy services to dependent children.

In personnel matters, commissioners approved the following hirings:

• Brittini Aungst, clerk, district attorney’s office, $13.95 per hour.

• Jeff O’Connor, truck driver, Resource Management Services, $16.59 per hour.

• Alexa E. McDevitt, Taylor A. Emerick, Olivia Katzmaier and Trenton E. Peasley, correctional officers, prison, $17.23 per hour.

In other other matters, commissioners approved:

• An amendment with Oasis Management Services to extend the agreement till Dec. 31, 2021 for commissary services at the prison and Pre-Release Center.

• An agreement with Pennsylvania Emergency Agency for a $5,876 Radiation Emergency Response Fund Grant.

• Agreements with John P. Pietrovito to serve as solicitor for Children and Youth Services and Patricia A. Shipman to provide substitute guardian ad litem services. An ad litem is appointed by the court to act as an independent investigator and make recommendations in the best interests of a child or person with a disability.

• Establishment of a monthly payment system for the county’s employee retirement fund.

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