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The Wyoming County Commissioners hope for all residents to prioritize participating in the 2020 U.S. Census.

The commissioners met with a representative from the U.S. Census Bureau and learned that partially due to low unemployment numbers in the county, there have been difficulties finding temporary workers.

At Tuesday’s meeting, Commissioner Rick Wilbur said he believes Wyoming County only has 35 percent of the contingent needed at this point.

Census takers in Wyoming County could make $19.50 per hour plus reimbursement for mileage. For more information about Census jobs, visit 2020census.gov/jobs.

Information from the Census, which comes around every 10 years, is used to count populations, allocate federal funds and apportion representation in the government.

“It’s so important for everybody to participate because it’s going to mean extra money for the county,” Wilbur said.

Also, the commissioners voted to schedule a salary board meeting for a case management and bail supervision specialist on Feb. 25.

This new position was created because of a $600,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to address the opioid epidemic and mental health issues in the county.

The federal funding will cover this position’s salary and benefits for three years.

The commissioners signed a memorandum of understanding with Energy Systems Group, allowing the company to do a feasibility analysis on natural gas rates for when the courthouse connects to UGI’s pipeline in Tunkhannock Borough.

This does not lock the county into anything yet, he said.

The commissioners approved paying Deputy Coroner Louis Marcho a salary of $250 per month out of the coroner’s opioid issues grant.

With the current doctor used for autopsies in the county semi-retiring, they also approved having CFS Forensic Services, LLC assist with autopsy services.

In a report of the commissioners’ work since their last meeting, Wilbur said a tax anticipation note was signed, showing the best cash balance going into a new year for some time.

They also met with one of the two firms responsible for handling the pension fund.

While the county has a “long way to go to get the fund where it should be,” its positive results last year were encouraging, he said.

The commissioners also met with a representative of Congressman Fred Keller’s office about the potential of naming Wyoming County a “Second Amendment Sanctuary County.” They plan to get more information before making a decision and said Keller is still undecided as well.

In hopes of increasing transparency in the county, Wilbur said the commissioners have meetings planned with department heads, which will also help the new commissioners gain a better understanding of courthouse operations.

The Wyoming County Emergency Services Group, which Wilbur said has been inactive for some time, hopes to get going again with a meeting tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the EMA building.

The commissioners gave 911 Director Jeff Porter permission to advertise for three full-time 911 dispatcher positions.

Joseph Miller, a full-time court security officer, has volunteered to undergo 19 weeks of deputy sheriff training, which will get reimbursed to the county.

Sheriff Bob Roberts said eventually, he intends to transition Miller from court security to deputy, but it comes with no pay increase.

“He’s basically changing his title and becoming a deputy, so I’m not asking for a second full-time position,” he said.

The commissioners also promoted Maverick Harding to full-time correctional officer, effective Feb. 16, and hired Connor Munley as a part-time correctional officer, effective Feb. 10.