Archive for October 11th, 2020

Local Family Support Program Starting Oct. 20

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Parents in Potter County have an opportunity to learn proven strategies to help children ages 10-14 navigate adolescence and lay the groundwork for a fulfilling life. Strengthening Families, a free seven-week support program, kicks off on Tuesday, Oct. 20, at the Potter County Human Services building in Roulette. Meetings will be held each Tuesday at 5:30 pm and will include a free family meal and child care. Through games, activities and discussions, both parents and children will be educated on measures that make families stronger and equip young people with stronger decision-making skills. For adults, the focus is on developmental changes for teens, tools for helping youths avoid risks that could include drug and alcohol use, setting age-appropriate limits, helping teens understand rules and consequences, problem-solving, and effective ways to show love and support. For children, the emphasis will be on decision-making, goal-setting, resisting peer pressure, coping with stress, and expressing empathy and appreciation to parents and caregivers. Attendees will receive a $10 has card each week. To learn more or register, call 814-642-9541.

Commissioners Focus On Job Creation, Blight Removal

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Potter County Commissioners Nancy Grupp, Barry Hayman and Paul Heimel are moving forward on two measures designed to create jobs and eliminate blight. Work has begun on a revised countywide ordinance to create tax incentives for construction or expansion of commercial properties. They could qualify for a temporary reduction of county real estate taxes. A 1977 state law, the Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance (LERTA) Act, authorizes the tax incentive program to support job creation. The ordinance would apply only to the county portion of real estate taxes. However, school districts, boroughs and townships could also implement a LERTA. The commissioners are reviewing ordinances from across Pennsylvania and conferring with County Solicitor Tom Shaffer and Chief Assessor Jake Ostrom.

At the same time, the commissioners are researching a separate ordinance through which the county could establish a “blight removal fund.” Revenue would be derived from a small fee on each property transaction filed with the county recorder of deeds. Townships and boroughs could apply for the funds to help them address properties that have fallen into disrepair.

Public input is welcome as the board investigates each of the measures. Comments can be sent by email to