County looks to add more housing

BY STACI WILSON

In a further attempt to alleviate the area’s affordable housing crunch, the Susquehanna County Redevelopment Authority is seeking funds to construct six modular, elderly rental units in New Milford Borough, near the new Creekside apartment building on Church St.

The commissioners authorized the filing of the proposal for over $1.1 million at the Wednesday, May 22 meeting.

The Redevelopment Authority is seeking the funds through the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement (PHARE) program.

The PHARE program provides financial assistance to counties and communities impacted by the Marcellus Shale industry to address housing needs.

Bobbi Jo Turner, of the Redevelopment Authority, reported that in the first round of funding, the county received $411,000 that is being used for the rehabilitation of low-income rental units.

Turner said 18 landlords are on the waiting list for the project; the landlord must agree to a 10-year commitment to provide the low-income housing to be eligible for the rehabilitation program.

The commissioners adopted a resolution abolishing the elected office of jury commissioner in Susquehanna County at the end of the current term (Dec. 31, 2013).

Prothonotary and Clerk of Courts records will be scanned and microfilmed by Infocon with over two million images to be completed in three phases by the company. Total cost of the project is nearly $400,000 and will be paid for using the county’s Impact Fee allocation.

Lori Raub, Hallstead, was hired as the Assistant Director of Elections/Assistant Voter Registrar, effective May 13.

Isaac Hobbs resigned his position as a Corrections Officer and was hired to the Caseworker II position in the Children and Youth department.

The county also entered into its annual operating agreement, effective July 1, with the Dept. of Public Welfare, Office of Developmental Programs, identifying the Lackawanna-Susquehanna Behavioral Health Behavioral as the administrator of programs in the county.

The commissioners also approved the list of treatment providers for the Lackawanna-Susquehanna Office of Drug and Alcohol programs for fiscal year 2013-14.

The county also entered into a lease agreement with Trehab for 16 vehicles for the purpose of the Shared Ride and Medical Assistance Transportation programs.

Trehab is responsible for all maintenance, repairs, inspections and insurance for the vehicles.