Small businesses, nonprofits and municipalities in Wyoming County have until Aug. 14 to apply for funding through the COVID-19 County Relief Block Grant.
On Tuesday, Commissioner Rick Wilbur said Wyoming County officially received $2.4 million from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act.
“It’s sitting there waiting to be distributed,” Wilbur said.
The county has received 123 requests for applications at this point, with 57 completed so far.
Eligible applicants include small businesses with fewer than 100 employees, 501c3 and 501c19 nonprofits, municipalities with direct expenses related to COVID-19 other than loss of revenue, and tourism businesses of all sizes.
Those who received funding from the Paycheck Protection Program or the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program qualify as long as it didn’t totally cover their losses.
When it gets closer to the deadline, the commissioners will begin going through each application. Next week, they have a meeting with the state Department of Community and Economic Development to discuss funding distribution.
To request an application, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In other business, Wilbur said complaints haven’t died down with Roadside Rest in Eaton Twp., which has been closed to the public.
Commissioner Tom Henry said the Pennsylvania State Police can only arrest people if there’s “no trespassing” signs. Now, he said they’re posted all around the rest area.
The commissioners plan on eventually finding a solution so people can enjoy Roadside Rest.
Also, the Solid Waste Board met last week at the Wyoming County Recycling Center. Henry said Procter & Gamble has been sending most of its recyclables there, and Jose de los Rios from the company recently joined the board.
“Many of the recycling places around us are hurting right now,” Henry said.
The recycling center will continue with the same hours until further notice.
The commissioners also voted to eliminate a full-time position in the treasurer’s office, which was recently vacated. They created a new position that splits duties with the elections office due to a surge in mail-in ballot applications for the November election.
The Salary Board will negotiate the pay for this position since the salaries differ for these duties.
A project in Nicholson for elderly housing which was originally intended as low-income housing has been moving along, the commissioners said. They recently met with Trehab, the Housing and Development Authority and the project’s contractor about it.
“We’re really looking forward to having this elderly rental housing in Nicholson, 16 units,” said Commissioner Ernie King.
The commissioners met with officials from Tunkhannock Borough to discuss parking issues around the courthouse. There are county-owned vehicles in a nearby parking lot which Wilbur thinks they could get rid of, freeing up some space.
Also, a purchase of two vehicles and miscellaneous equipment from Overfield Twp. using Act 13 funds has been finalized, coming in under the allotted $35,450.
The commissioners said liquid fuels funds will eventually be disbursed to municipalities in the amount of $38,000, with another $9,000 from Act 89 to be included.
Additionally, they proclaimed the week of July 19-25 as Pre-trial Probation and Parole Supervision Week.
The Wyoming County Commissioners are scheduled to meet again on Aug. 4 at 9 a.m. Access information for the online/phone meeting is available on wycopa.org.