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Lycoming County set to receive Community Development Block Grant funds

A total of $290,198 in Community Development Block Grant dollars through CARES ACT funding will be available for programs and projects in Lycoming County this year.

On Tuesday, Lycoming County commissioners held their final public hearing regarding the money.

Kristin McLaughlin, senior program analyst, SEDA-Council of Governments, which administers funding, told commissioners the total allocation includes $166,152 to be dispersed through county government and the remaining dollars through Montoursville and Jersey Shore boroughs.

Funding for county programs are as follows: STEP Inc.’s Supportive Housing Program, $55,000; American Rescue Workers for rental, mortgage and utility assistance for residents, $55,000; Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, $19,776; North Central Sight Services, assistance to visually impaired, $19,776; and administrative costs, $16,600.

Jersey Shore and Montoursville each receive $61,683 for residents in those communities in need of services through STEP Inc. Supportive Housing and American Rescue Workers.

Montoursville is to receive additional dollars for a glass partition project for its municipal building.

No public comment was given during the meeting.

Commissioners are to vote on the CDBG funding for projects at their next meeting Aug. 25.

As part of reorganizing county government toward saving costs and operating more efficiently, commissioners approved several personnel changes.

The reorganization process included the elimination earlier this year of three full-time employees in the Prothonotary Department.

Commissioners explained that under the reorganization process, some employees will take on additional duties while also being compensated for those duties.

“We know we need to improve efficiency,” Commissioner Rick Mirabito said.

Commissioner Tony Mussare said county row officers were asked to come up with ways to streamline their particular departments.

“We left it in the hands of department heads,” he said.

The Prothonotary Office reorganization alone is expected to save the county $178,091 in the first year.

In other action, commissioners approved a $44,200 agreement with Paul Albert Architect LLC for design and engineering work for a property at 2107 Lycoming Creek Road. The building is to be the new site for the offices of District Judge William Solomon.

Commissioners approved a $44,128 agreement with Melillo Consulting for computer hardware and installation services and with Enterprise Fleet Management to sell the county’s surplus fleet of vehicles.

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