HONESDALE —The Wayne County commissioners have approved of Area Agency on Aging Administrator Andrea Whyte submitting a capital grant application to PennDOT for equipment purchases.

In excess of $1.2 million, the grant is intended to allow for the purchase of equipment to cover the 23 percent increase in agency ridership.

Officials said $480,000 is being requested to replace nine of the department's vehicles which have fallen into disrepair, and $360,000 to expand the existing fleet with the purchase of six new vehicles. That will increase the fleet size by 20 percent, said Chief Clerk Vicky Botjer.

In addition, $365,000 is requested as part of the grant to finance the construction of a parking pad for the transportation vehicles.

The last $1,200 of the capital grant is being requested to outfit department drivers with mobile data tablets to allow them access to their scheduling system.


Other money matters

The commissioners also received an invoice from Whyte regarding funds drawn from the 2015 Emergency Solution Grant. The invoice covers between Jan. 1 to March 31, 2017. Its total is $11,193.66.

According to Botjer, this leaves a balance of $5,000 in the fund with a contract termination date of July 14, 2017.

The commissioners also received a two-year sub-grant award from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency in the amount of $90,148. This money is provided for the county Victim Witness Program and is used to reimburse workers' salaries and wages.

The commissioners also approved an expenditure report from Children and Youth Services. The report covers the second fiscal quarter which ended on Dec. 31, 2016. CYS reported expenditures totaling $1,287,548.


Appointments and approvals

The commissioners approved a request from the county Historical Society to utilize the Bethel School and Old Stone Jail for tours, exhibits and other historical events this summer.

At the moment, Bethel School is scheduled to be open from 1 to 4 p.m. June 4 and 25, August 6 and 27.

The Old Stone Jail will be open Friday, May 19, from 6 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, May 20, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will also be open on the weekends of July 22, Oct. 7 and Nov. 25 from 10 a.m to 1 p.m.

The commissioners recommended the reappointment of Mark Graziadio of the Honesdale National Bank and David Hoff of Wayne Memorial Hospital to the NEPA Alliance Board of Directors effective July 1.

Lastly, the commissioners entered into a formal inter-governmental agreement with the new director of State Correctional Institute at Waymart to continue using their canine unit to periodically sweep the county correctional facility for contraband.

These searches are provided as a service at no cost to the county.