Wyoming County officials want residents to sign up for notifications via CodeRED.
“We can notify anyone who wants to sign up for any type of emergency alert that may be needed,” Emergency Management Agency Director Gene Dziak told the Wyoming County commissioners on Tuesday.
Dziak said the Northeast Task Force, which includes Wyoming and nine other counties, pays for the CodeRED system. EMA started working on bringing it to Wyoming County back in March, but the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the process.
“We’re now at a point where we can get this up and going,” Dziak said. Now, they just need people to actually sign up.
A unique part of CodeRED is the ability to map areas like compressor stations and well sites, he said. If there’s an incident, nearby residents signed up for notifications via phone or email could stay informed.
The system has already seen interest from residents, as well as area fire chiefs, he said.
“This is a great system and the other counties have been using it for years,” he said.
“I don’t see any downside at all,” Commissioner Rick Wilbur said.
To enroll, visit https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/BFEA980298B9 and follow the steps. You can also text “WYCOPA” to 99411 to receive a direct link.
In other business, the commissioners met with stakeholders for the $600,000 three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to combat substance use disorder.
Commissioner Tom Henry noted that an individual doesn’t need to be in legal trouble to use services made possible by this grant.
“The money is available right now and if we don’t use it, we’ll lose it,” Henry said.
Contact the Wyoming County District Attorney’s office for more information.
They also reminded residents that the deadline for the Wyoming County Rent Relief Program is Sept. 30. Contact Director of Human Services Mike Donahue at 570-996-2209 for information.
Last week, Wilbur said the commissioners sent out application contracts to 169 eligible grantees of the COVID-19 County Relief Block Grant.
“We’re starting to get the signed paperwork back,” he said. “The checks are being written and as they come in, we’re going to start sending them out.”
They also met with ESG about converting the courthouse, jail and 911 building to natural gas.
“The lines are all there except for over to the jail, but that will be extended soon,” Wilbur said.
He added that they’re negotiating a contract between the county, the Tunkhannock Area School District, and possibly others.
Also, Baker Excavating completed work on Bridge #12 in Forkston and Dziak said the company did an “excellent job.”
The commissioners promoted correctional officers Christopher Krondroski and Ted Nafus from part-time to full-time and hired Sheyanne Gould as a part-time CO. They also accepted the resignation of CO Christopher Walters, and Wilbur acknowledged that there’s still a staffing shortage.
They plan to meet with Warden Ken Repsher to discuss addressing the aging security camera system in the jail.
Also, Rev. Lou Divis was approved to serve another three years on the Luzerne/Wyoming Counties Drug & Alcohol Program Executive Commission.
The commissioners agreed to sign a letter of support for the Endless Mountains Heritage Region at the request of Cain Chamberlin, its executive director. Chamberlin is applying for a Wyoming County Room Tax grant to update county heritage signage.
They also made a proclamation for National Adult and Family Literacy Week. Representatives of the Bradford/Wyoming County Literacy Program plan to place a banner on the courthouse lawn for the rest of September.
The courthouse lights changed to blue and gold to memorialize lives lost for National Suicide Prevention Month.
“We want everyone to know our community is here to help and support is available 24/7,” he said. “If you or someone you know is in need of support, please contact 211.”