HONESDALE—The Wayne County Commissioners entered into a grant agreement with a coalition of seven other counties to receive funding and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) for the 2017 State Homeland Security Grant at their meeting last Thursday.

The agreement is active from September 1, 2017 through August 31, 2020 and totals $1,037,590 for all counties in the northeast regional task force.

Monroe County is the lead for the group with other members being Carbon, Lackawanna, Lehigh, Northampton, Pike, Susquehanna and Wayne.

“Our emergency managers have been very active in the task force itself,” stated Commissioner Wendell Kay at the meeting.

For its part of the agreement, Wayne County will receive assistance and maintenance with the emergency services text alert system, CodeRED.

This readily available alert system provides individuals with updates about emergency situations including weather warnings, public alerts and hazmat warnings.

LSA Grants

The commissioners also signed a commitment letter for a Local Share Account (LSA) grant approved earlier this year.

The $300,000 grant will go towards expansion of a broadband network from existing lines in South Canaan Township down to the business park in Hamlin.

To execute the expansion, the commissioners have been formulating a contract with South Canaan Telephone Company.

While not finalized at that meeting, the commissioners voted to approve the contracts once all had been resolved.

In a separate LSA matter, the commissioners also supplied a letter of support to the Wayne Economic Development Corporation's (WEDCO) LSA application for a lot three site development.

Other Business

The commissioners approved a tax rebate of $192.70 on the Faulls property in Damascus Township, the result of a civil tax appeal settlement.

Also at the August 31 meeting, the commissioners entered into a professional services contract with Joanne Pesota who will serve as a dietician in the Area Agency on Aging.

August 24 meeting

The week prior, the Wayne County Commissioners awarded a bid in the amount of $23,302 to E.R. Linde Construction Corporation for a paving project at the Earl Simons Senior Center.

Bids for recycling roll-off containers were set to be opened at that same meeting, but none were received.

Having requested and advertised properly, the commissioners voted to record no bids received and consult the solicitor for purchasing said items.