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County Commissioners To Unveil ‘Project 2025’

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A strategy to address two of the most serious challenges facing Potter County in the new decade will be unveiled at the next public meeting of the Board of Commissioners, slated for 11 am Thursday, Jan. 16, at the Gunzburger Building. “Project 2025” is a blueprint to reverse the steady descent of the county’s population, coupled with the growing outmigration of young adults. These trends have serious implications for the future vitality and quality of life in Potter County. Most recent U.S. Census Bureau figures reflect another 5-percent drop in population, from 17,462 in 2010 to 16,622 as of June 2019. At the same time, the county’s median age has gradually risen to 47 years, far above the statewide median of 41.

Commissioners Nancy Grupp, Paul Heimel and Barry Hayman have assigned two of their department heads, Planning Director Will Hunt and Community Development Director Ellen Russell, to spearhead Project 2025. Its lofty goal is to assemble stakeholders, conduct intensive research, and implement a strategy to reverse the population loss and median age growth by the end of 2025.

Some of the options are spelled out in the 2020-29 Countywide Comprehensive Plan. That document reflects input provided by hundreds of community leaders, business owners, conservation advocates, education and tourism officials, and others with an interest in the county’s future. A website will be developed to serve as a clearinghouse for Project 2025. It will include progress reports, links to helpful resources and other features.

Dog Licenses Available Online, By Mail, Or In Person

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Pet owners are reminded to renew their dog license for 2020. All dogs three months of age or older must be licensed in Pennsylvania as of Jan. 1, either on an annual basis or with a lifetime license. Annual license fees vary from $6.50 to $8.50, with fee reductions for senior citizens and those owners with disabilities. Lifetime licenses, which cost $31.50 or $51.50, are available for dogs that carry identifying microchips or tattoos. These must be purchased in-person at a county treasurer’s office. All license applications require owner contact details and information about the dog’s name, age, breed and color.

In Potter County, licenses are available through the county’s website, pottercountypa.net (click on Departments/Treasurer’s Office), or at the Treasurer’s Office in the Gunzburger Building. Applications printed from the county’s website should be filled out and mailed with payment to County Treasurer, 1 N. Main St. Suite 202, Coudersport PA 16915. There is a $2.00 fee for online orders, which are usually processed within one to two working days. Police agencies and dog law enforcement officers have access to the online system to facilitate return of lost dogs through license numbers. The site also offers a free service through which owners of lost pets can upload a picture and information.

Under Pennsylvania state law, owners who fail to license and/or immunize their dogs could face fines up to $300 per violation for each dog three months of age or older. In addition, owners of non-vaccinated pets may be fined up to $300 plus court costs.