The Wayne County Commissioners, Tuesday, approved an allocation of $20,000 from a state fund, for improving the Damascus Forest.


 The Wayne County Commissioners, Tuesday, approved an allocation of $20,000 from a state fund, for improving the Damascus Forest.
The county was allocated money from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources through the Growing Greener-II, Community Initiative Grant. Damascus Township created a 58 acre parcel known as Damascus Forest back in 1975, where trails are open for hiking.
County Clerk Vicki Lamberton said that the funds will be used for lecture seating, signs, handicapped accessibility and benches. The Wayne Conservation District helps to manage Damascus Forest.
Other matters:
• Approval was given to hire Christopher Bishop of Prompton, as a part time technician to assist  with the Wets Nile Virus Program. Two college students are hired annually to help with the program, which includes testing sites for the virus transferred by mosquitos. Patti Mohn coordinates the program for Wayne.
• John Gearing of The Hideout was appointed to the Southern Wayne Sewer and Water Authority to fill an unexpired term.
• The Commissioners will be attending workshops the week of March 31, at the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP) Spring Conference. Chairman Brian Smith, a dairyman, said that he has been appointed to the CCAP Agricultural Committee, where he hopes to help push for the cost of production in the dairy producers’ pricing system in the next Farm Bill.
The conference is being held March 30- April 1 in Harrisburg. See www.pacounties.org for information on CCAP.
• Due to the conference, the Tuesday, April 1st Commissioners’ meeting has been canceled. The Commissioners normally meet on Tuesday and Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at the Courthouse.