COUNTY—The Wayne County Commissioners announced, Thursday, additional allocations from the Pocono Mountain Visitors Bureau (PMVB) Hotel Excise Tax Disbursement Program totaling $53,809.
Funded projects include:
• $12,750 awarded to the Chamber of the Northern Poconos;
• $10,000 awarded to the Downtown Hawley Partnership;
• $11,059 awarded to the Greater Honesdale Partnership;
• $10,000 awarded to the Greene-Dreher-Sterling Fair;
• $10,000 awarded to the Wayne County Fair.
Funded through Pennsylvania Act 18, monies awarded by the Hotel Excise Tax program are used to promote tourism throughout Wayne County by supplementing the costs of marketing and event promotion.
County Chief Clerk Vicky Botjer noted at the Commissioners' Thursday business meeting that this is the fund's remaining balance for the year.
According to the county website, applications for next year's disbursements are due by December 14, 2019.
On April 11, the Commissioners recommended the re-appointment of Mark Graziadio and David Hoff to be Wayne County Representatives on the Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance board of directors.
Commissioner Joseph Adams, himself a member of the alliance board, noted in nominating the pair, “Both Mark and David are very active and verbal at the meetings and very good representation of Wayne County.”
On April 4, the Commissioners approved the appointment of Rachel Posavetz to fill a vacant position for the Pike County Conservation District on the Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed Management District (LWWMD) board.
Posavetz is filling the position vacated due to the resignation of Pete Helms.
Botjer explained at the April 4 meeting, as per LWWMD bylaws, both the commissioners of Wayne and Pike counties must approve board appointments.
Also on April 4, the Commissioners nominated Kellyn Nolan to serve as a board member on the South Wayne Water and Sewer Authority from March 27, 2019 to January 1, 2024.
In a separate matter, the Commissioners approved the Children and Youth Services (CYS) Fiscal Report, covering the length of time between June 30-December 31, 2018.
The report totaled $2,833,918 in expenditures, 42 percent of which were purchase of services provided by the county.
On April 4, the Commissioners approved a grant application to the Hazardous Material Response Fund
The grant amount is determined by PEMA at a later date.
Separately on April 4, the Commissioners approved a memorandum of understanding between the county and the Behavioral Health Alliance of Rural Pennsylvania (BHARP) to operate the Systems of Care Program.
The agreement allows for a maximum reimbursement of $60,000 to the provider for operation of the program, explained Botjer.
On Thursday, April 11, the Commissioners approved 10-year anniversary step increases for van driver, Patricia Donaldson and transportation dispatcher Julianna DeMasi.
Donaldson's new hourly rate was approved at $13.81, effective April 8, and DeMasi's was approved at $15.08 per hour, effective April 22.
The Commissioners also promoted Meagan Damanti to CYS County Casework Supervisor, effective April 8. Damanti's salary was approved at $41,047.50, an hourly rate of $21.05.
On April 4, the Commissioners hired Kristina Young as a Food Service Worker-1 in the Area Agency on Aging, effective April 22 subject to final clearances. Young's compensation was approved at $10.40 per hour.