- Waymart Borough Council member Jane Varcoe was honored for her 40 years of service to the county and the borough.
The Wayne County Commissioners presented Varcoe with a framed letter of congratulations commending her for her service. She was presented with the President's Award "for serving at least 40 years" on borough from the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs (PSAB). She was also named Council Person of the Year, which is earned by votes from the peers on council. She was recognized at the annual conference held in May in Hershey, Penn.
"It's an honor to be able to recognize you for all your service," said Commissioner Brian Smith. Commissioner Jonathan Fritz said that he is "thankful to be able to take pause and recognize those who contribute to our community."
Commissioner Wendell Kay said he had an added insight into the duties of a borough council member, being that he served for one term himself. "It amazes me that you have been able to be that committed to your community," he said.
Varcoe said that she has seen "a lot of changes" during her time on council. "I'm a third generation living in Waymart, and the first woman who ran for council," she said. "I was told I'd never be elected." Forty years later, she says her "goal is to serve 50 years."
Tire recycling program
Mary VanPatten, Recycling Coordinator for the Wayne County Recycling Center, had positive news for residents with tires.
"We would like to start an ongoing tire recycling program," she said. The program, which is open to residents of Wayne County, would "hopefully start September 9th."
The program would take tires that are old and discarded and provide a place for them to be economically recycled.
Once the program starts, the prices will be $3 for a tire up to 24 1/2 inches, $5 for a tire still on a rim, and $10 for a tractor tire. The commissioners approved the contract between the center and MMM Waste Removal.
The Wayne County Recycling Center is open on Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Saturdays from 1 a.m. to 1 p.m.
CDBG funds to be reallocated
Executive Director of the Wayne County Redevelopment Authority Jackie Young said that $10,546 of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds will need to be reallocated.
Page 2 of 2 - The funds were originally earmarked for Berlin Township to purchase necessary equipment. "They have around $13,000 left" from the 2012 CDBG allocation because the "renovation came in under budget."
She said that "there is a total of $10,546 left to reallocate."
• The Wayne County Hazard Mitigation Plan contract with Cocciardi & Associates was accepted. The contract is not to exceed $48,780.
• The grant from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD), spanning from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014 was accepted. The award was in the amount of $5,394.
• Maureen Allen of Berlin Township was hired for a part-time position with Wayne County Transportation. This is effective Sept. 16.
• Carol Giles was reinstated as a Community Health Nurse at the Area Agency on Aging, effective Sept. 3.