HONESDALE—The Wayne County Board of Commissioners received a letter from the state Department of Human Services at their March 8 meeting which tentatively approved the state fiscal year 2018-19 county needs based budget for Children and Youth Social Services Program.

This program supplies funding to county operations in Children and Youth Services (CYS) and the Juvenile Probation Department.

Risen approximately 3.77 percent over last year's budget, the tentative total came to $6,095,465.

“This is the first time we've been over six million, I think,” stated Commissioner Wendell Kay at the meeting.

Of particular note within the approval, funds allocated to intake and referral increased by more than $200,000.

According to the cost center analysis, Wayne County's adjusted estimated actuals for fiscal year 2016-17 for this line item were $887,085.

The county's needs based tentative approval for 2018-19 came in at $1,090,844.

Commissioner Kay stated, “The increase in reports via the new laws generally called the Sandusky laws – 23 to 25 different legislative actions approved by the governor in the last few years – which have increased the volume of calls to our Children and Youth Services because of the new definitions of abuse and the new requirements of people to report.”

Despite the increase to reporting, Kay stated it “... has not apparently resulted in a significant increase in the number of cases filed.”

The same letter also approved the 2017-18 supplemental allowance at $6,862.

In other CYS business, on March 15, the commissioners approved the first quarter certification statement for fiscal year 2017-18.

The total approved was $1,155,333 for the period of time from July 1, 2017 to September 30, 2017.

The local share of that amount is 21 percent, said County Chief Clerk Vicky Botjer.

Board Appointments

On March 8, the commissioners reappointed Anthony Sabia to a five-year term serving on the South Wayne Water and Sewer Authority.

The commissioners also appointed Laura Rusnak to fill the unexpired term on the same authority through January 1, 2022.

The seat was vacated due to the resignation of Lawrence Lieberher.

On March 15, the commissioners nominated Craig Rickard and Mary Beth Wood to serve as Wayne County's representatives on the Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance (NEPA).

Nominations were submitted to the NEPA Board of Directors for voting and approval.