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Comment Period Closes On Low-Level Training Flights

December 30th, 2021 Comments off

US Air Force photo by Sr. Airman Greg L. Davis

Commissioners Nancy Grupp, Barry Hayman and Paul Heimel last week joined local lawmakers, organizations and many individuals in submitting formal comments concerning the Maryland Air National Guard’s planned low-level military aircraft training flights over a wide swath of northcentral Pennsylvania, including most of Potter County. Specifically, the commissioners asked the ANG to hold a public meeting in Potter County to share more details on the plan and to answer questions. They also requested that the agency conduct a full Environmental Impact Study. The request is in response to input the commissioners have received from organizations and citizens who are concerned about the impact of the plan on tourism, the environment and the local way of life. Maryland ANG seeks authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration to train A-10 “Warthog” pilots for up to 170 days a year, no longer than four hours per day, in low air space (100 feet from the ground and up) across parts of six counties (see map below)

The Maryland ANG environmental assessment, which determined that the flights pose “no significant impact” on local citizens or the environment, is available at public libraries in Coudersport and Galeton; or online at https://www.175wg.ang.af.mil/Duke-MOA-Low, (click on Duke MOA Low icon).

Military aircraft have trained in the region for many years, but at a higher altitude. Pa. Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources, which manages state forests and parks, has been studying the potential impacts for more than a year. DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn said the flights could “drastically change the character of this region,” with the sound negatively affecting tourism, wildlife and outdoor recreation. DCNR has called on the Maryland ANG to maintain its current flight protocols and operations, or to consider alternative locations. The agency is also calling for an Environmental Impact Study to be conducted, rather than the less detailed “environmental assessment.”

 

County Seeks Volunteers For PCHS Advisory Boards

December 25th, 2021 Comments off

Potter County Human Services (PCHS) offers opportunities for public input on its many programs through dedicated advisory boards. Clients and their family members or caregivers, as well as community representatives, are encouraged to participate. All board meetings are open to the public. PCHS operates programs for victims of alcoholism and other drug abuse, older citizens, the mentally ill, children who are at risk, the intellectually disabled and those who are homeless or otherwise disadvantaged. Volunteer advisory board members are appointed by the Potter County Board of Commissioners. Anyone interested in being considered for appointment to any of the boards should contact the Commissioners Office at 274-8290, extension 207.

One group of volunteers holds quarterly meetings to provide input on operations of PCHS. Directors of the county agency depend on the Potter County Human Services Advisory Board in determining program priorities and other issues.

An Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Advisory Board serves in a consulting role to PCHS in the delivery of prevention and treatment programs. The field has been changing dramatically in recent times with a growing methamphetamine epidemic, the abuse of prescription drugs, and heroin addiction. At the same time, misinformation that diminishes the potential negative effects of marijuana use has rapidly spread as part of policy debates over issues such as legalization and medical applications. Alcohol abuse and tobacco addiction also take a toll among county residents. Next year’s AOTD meetings will be held by conference call at noon on the second Friday of each month. To participate, call PCHS at 814-544-7315 for dial-in instructions.

An Area Agency on Aging Advisory Board offers input to administrators of programs and services for older county residents, ranging from senior centers and home-delivered meals to in-home care and assistance with Medicare. Board meetings are held by conference call and scheduled for 10 am on Jan. 11, March 8, May 10, July 12, Sept. 13 and Nov. 8. To participate, call PCHS at 814-544-7315 for dial-in instructions.

County Renews ‘Reverse-911’ Contract For 2022

December 19th, 2021 Comments off

Potter County has signed up for another year of service from a notification system that provides the public with important alerts and time-sensitive messages on tornadoes, floods, or other emergencies. At last week’s business meeting, Commissioners Nancy Grupp, Barry Hayman and Paul Heimel renewed a contract with OnSolve, the company that provides the “CodeRED Reverse-911 System.” Cost for another year of service is $4,360.

CodeRED sends early warnings using phone calls, email, social media sites and text messaging. Residents of Potter County are encouraged to visit pottercountypa.net and click on the CodeRED logo to enroll their contact information. There is no fee. Additional information is also available at 274-8900, extension 501.