HONESDALE—The Wayne County Drug & Alcohol (D&A) Commission submitted their annual fiscal report for approval at the Wayne County Board of Commissioners meeting last Thursday, showing an operational expenditure total of $988,273.

The report shows D&A expenditures from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018.

Commissioner Wendell Kay noted, “As I recall, when Brian [Smith] and I started about ten/eleven years ago, I remember this as being one of the lower departments in terms of daily expenditures.

“I think there's probably no greater testament than our budgetary world that we are facing challenges that we have never had to deal with before in the substance abuse area.”

According to the report, the largest portions of D&A's expenditures went to care and case management ($253,383) and prevention services ($230,445).

Other sizable expenditures included $186,891 in administrative costs and $169,680 for outpatient services.

The remaining listed expenditures were for D&A's systems of care, STR/Cures, intervention, and inpatient non-hospital treatment, all together equalling $147,874

There were no expenditures listed for partial hospitalizations this past fiscal year.

CDBG Contract

The commissioners also signed a contract, Thursday, for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBGs) projects awarded last year.

All money awarded as part of the 2017 CDBG funding totaled $404,640, to be used over five years for the completion of all approved projects, their associated environmental reviews and end of project reports.

The total includes project funds ($331,806) and an 18 percent administrative fee ($72,834).

Approved projects include street improvements to Buchanan Road in Scott Township ($128,710), Burns Road in Clinton Township ($60,395) and Moore Road in Salem Township ($69,113), installation of a chair lift at the municipal center in Berlin Township ($3,100), and work on the 5th Street Pedestrian Bridge in Honesdale Borough ($70,488).

The Berlin, Clinton and Scott Township projects are all county projects.

Wayne County applied on behalf of Honesadale Borough and Salem Township for their projects.

Other Business

At their meeting last week, the Wayne County Commissioners also approved the verification of expenditures for the Juvenile Probation Services Grant ($77,936.56) and execution of the grant agreement ($77,781 awarded in total).

Separately, the commissioners ratified a letter of commitment to the Wayne Economic Development Corporation (WEDCO) for an application to the Economic Development Administration (EDA) Grant.

If awarded, the EDA Grant would supply $330,000 over a three-year period for “activities to support business incubation and acceleration, entrepreneur education and support, and assisted development,” explained Wayne County Chief Clerk Vicky Botjer.

The grant is expected to further assist development at the Stourbridge Project business incubator.

In a separate matter, the county Salary Board approved a step increase for D&A worker, Kenneth Ramirez, due attaining an advanced degree.

Ramirez' new salary was approved at $40,033.50.