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Wyoming Among Counties Asking for Disaster Aid

 

By D.C. Koviack

 

According to the Wyoming County Commissioners, Pennsylvania’s Governor Tom Corbett has asked Washington for federal disaster aid for several counties in our area, including Wyoming County. The aid is to assist in repairing the damage from the April storms, and also to assist in debris removal. Federal aid might pay for up to 75 percent of the cost.

In other business, Maureen Manning of Nicholson was hired to be the new Conservation District Program Coordinator. Manning is a graduate of Cedar Crest College with a BS in Biodiversity and Conservation Biology. She will be the resource conservationist in charge of applicable programs. Manning will also work on Agriculture Conservation. The position is partly funded from the state’s DEP and also receives funding from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation under the farmland preservation act.

Annie Marie Shaffer of North Branch Township was also hired last week for a new Field Assessor position in the county’s Assessment Office. The position is a level seven and within three years, Shaffer must have received her certification from the state. Currently, the position is vacant. Eric Brown of the Assessment Office told the commissioners that several applications for the job were received and 10 people were interviewed. He said Shaffer was chosen because of her qualifications and because she appeared to want to make the job her career.

The audit of the Wyoming County Jail has just been completed. A full report will be given to the commissioners later this summer.

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