WAYNE COUNTY—At their meeting Thursday, the Wayne County Board of Commissioners approved submission of three senior center grants totaling over $200,000 to improve facilities at the Honesdale, Hawley and Hamlin Senior Centers.

The Board authorized Human Services Administrator Andrea Whyte to apply for approximately $36,000 to renovate the carpet, painting and roof at the Hamlin Senior Center, approximately $55,000 for a stairwell in the Hawley Senior Center, and approximately $150,000 to reconfigure the basement and add service space for seniors, and to update heating systems in the Honesdale Senior Center.

Money applied for is supplied through senior funding programs in the Pennsylvania Department of Aging.

Each center can apply for up to $150,000 for improvement projects.

In a separate funding matter, the Commissioners approved submission of an intent to apply and receive $54,851.58 to supplement election equipment updates required by the Help America Vote Act (HAVA).

This funding is part of $14 million disbursed across the Commonwealth to supplement equipment upgrades required to be in place by the 2020 spring election.

Based on estimates from the county's last election equipment overhaul ten years ago, Commissioner Wendell Kay noted the costs to update all necessary systems would likely exceed $300,000.

Kay further noted 16 other counties in Pennsylvania are pushing back to delay the implementation or to “allow counties with optic scan counters, such as we have, to continue to use our current equipment.”

Regardless of whether or not an implementation delay or waiver is established, Commissioner Chairman Brian Smith stated of the funding and the Board's choice to submit the intent to apply and receive, “...we are assured that if we do not sign, and do not apply for the grant funding, then we do not get them. So, we can get them and not spend them or send them back, but we do have to sign to get them.”

Solid waste committee

As part of the regular, ten-year comprehensive plan updates for the Wayne County Solid Waste Plan, the Commissioners appointed local representatives to a Solid Waste Advisory Committee.

Appointees include:

• Committee Chairperson Randy Heller, Wayne County's Recycling/Solid Waste Coordinator;

• Gary Sprague of Koberlein Environmental, representing private solid waste;

• Jim Shook from the Chamber of the Norther Poconos, representing a citizen organization;

• John Conte of Wayne Memorial Hospital, representing industry;

• Jocelyn Kramer of SEEDS, representing a citizen organization;

• Brian Fulp of the Himalayan Institute, representing other community voices; and

• Dan Card of Waste Management, representing private recycling.

The Commissioners also approved the appointment of advisory committee municipal representatives Paul Curtis (Canaan Township), Joe Kmetz (Palmyra Township), Alan Jones (Preston Township), Randy Beam (South Canaan Township), Theresa Stratton (Waymart Borough) and Judith Poltanis (Honesdale Borough).

Promotions/New hires

The Commissioners approved the promotions of Matthew Fiorletta and Stephen Montauredes from part-time to full-time corrections officers, effective December 2. Their compensation was approved at a rate of $15.75 per hour.

Tosha Peterson and Daniel Hanrahan were hired, pending final clearances, as level 1 Caseworkers in the Office of Behavioral and Developmental Programs and Early Intervention (BDP/EI). Effective December 3, their salaries were each approved at $30,147.

Tina Urban was hired as a Clerk Typist, level 2, in Children and Youth Services, effective December 3. Urban's salary was approved at $23,146.50.