Archive for March, 2018

Officials From Three Counties Attend ‘Boot Camp’

March 18th, 2018 Comments off

Times have changed in township and borough governing. New state laws have added responsibilities — but also opportunities — for public officials to improve services for their constituents. Last week, elected officials and administrators had an opportunity to receive training during a two-day “boot camp” at the Gunzburger Building in Coudersport. Potter County Commissioners Doug Morley, Susan Kefover and Paul Heimel approved a proposal by Planning Director Will Hunt to provide the class. It’s part of a broader effort to develop a stronger county/municipality partnership in Potter County, and to equip local leaders with knowledge and skills required to do their jobs effectively.  Officials from Potter, Tioga and Elk counties participated. Instructors were provided by the Pa. State Assn. of Boroughs. Among topics to covered were: Meeting Procedures, Sunshine Law, Managing Public Comment, Committees and Boards, Ordinances and Resolutions, Bidding Requirements, Fire and Police Management, Personnel Management, Municipal Budgeting, Taxation Requirements, Basic Planning and Zoning, Risk Management, Public Works and Code Administration.

Potter County Plans Vietnam War Veterans Recognition

March 14th, 2018 Comments off

Potter County has been awarded an $11,250 state grant to support a Vietnam War veterans recognition weekend and outreach activities later this year. Money comes from the Veterans’ Trust Fund (VTF), which is funded by Pennsylvanians who voluntarily make a $3.00 donation when applying for or renewing their driver’s license or photo ID or renewing a motor vehicle registration. Additionally, proceeds come from the sale of the Honoring Our Veterans license plate and private donations.

Members of the Potter County Veterans Service Committee are Bill Simpson, Paul Heimel and Dawn Wooster. Their Vietnam Veterans Recognition Weekend, Sept, 13-17, will include an appreciation dinner, a memorial service for Potter County soldiers killed in the war, outreach activities to apprise veterans of benefits and services, public education events, a veterans gravestone restoration demonstration, and a visit from the Moving Wall, a traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Still Time To Apply For Property Tax/Rent Rebate

March 7th, 2018 Comments off

Applications are still being accepted the state’s 2017 Property Tax/Rent Rebate. The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians who are 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with disabilities. Annual income limits are $15,000 for renters and $35,000 for homeowners, excluding 50 percent of Social Security, Supplemental Security Income and Railroad Retirement Tier 1 benefits. Additional information is available here.