Archive for September, 2023

Update On Commissioners’ Operational Improvements

September 21st, 2023 Comments off

Potter County Commissioners Nancy Grupp, Barry Hayman and Paul Heimel have provided their September monthly update on a series of Operational Improvement Initiatives that were announced late last year.

1– Information Technology Upgrade

Goals: Improve functionality and security.

  • Assessment of current technological resources – servers, computers, software.
  • Security review – firewalls, employee education.
  • Document retention – shared drives/backups.
  • Training/employee education – ongoing.
  • Continuing review of best practices.


2 — Risk Management at Potter County Jail

Goal: In partnership with the Potter County Jail Board, retain the Pa. Counties Risk Pool (PCoRP) to conduct a comprehensive risk management review of the county jail and develop a plan to implement recommendations.

  • Engage an expert to study operations, facilities, policies and procedures and pinpoint areas that might increase the risk of litigation or other adverse outcomes at the jail.
  • Refer findings to a committee of the Jail Board to prepare recommendations for full board.
  • Continuing review of best practices.

CURRENT STATUS:  Implementation of recommendations/best practices pending.

3 — Grant Writing/Administration

Goal: To make Potter County more competitive in qualifying for federal, state and foundational grants; to coordinate pursuit of grants with county departments and agencies, local governments, community organizations, regional agencies and other stakeholders.

  • Develop a strategic plan that will incorporate specialized training, an assessment of internal resources, and the development of partnerships.
  • Pursue grants to support county government and countywide initiatives, with potential to expand to grant-writing assistance to boroughs, townships and businesses.
  • Affiliation with professional grant-writing organizations, Northcentral Pa. Regional Planning and Development Commission/Grant Assistance Division, and other resources.

CURRENT STATUS: In progress.

4 — Short- and Long-Term Financial/Operational Management Planning

Goal: Engage with the Pa. Dept. of Community and Economic Development to qualify for DCED’s Strategic Management Planning Program and implement consultants’ recommendations.

  • Create short- and long-term financial plans (budgeting, capital projects planning, overall efficiency and opportunities for improvements).
  • Review each department’s operations and needs.
  • Establish system to measure results/progress through scheduled periodic review.

CURRENT STATUS: DCED grant approved; implementation pending.

5 — Update of Human Resources Policies

Goal: Engage a PCoRP risk management specialist to review county personnel policies and a broad spectrum of related issues.

CURRENT STATUS: Review has been completed and draft findings submitted by consultant for review and implementation by county administration.

6—Strategic Economic and Community Development.

Goal: Better coordination, communication and unified long-term planning to implement high-priority strategies identified in the Potter County Comprehensive Plan 2020-2029.

  • Fill Community Development Coordinator vacancy and combine County Community Development and Planning/GIS Departments for shared administrative resources and day-to-day coordination (completed)
  • Application to Pa. Dept. of Economic and Community Development for Countywide Economic Revitalization Implementation Plan (application submitted).
  • Outreach to Potter County Redevelopment Authority, townships/boroughs, community organizations, regional agencies and other potential partners/stakeholders.
  • Engagement with Pa. Economic Development Assn., National Rural Action Caucus, Center for Rural Pennsylvania, agencies dedicated to supporting agriculture/forest management, travel and tourism, manufacturing and other economic drivers.

CURRENT STATUS: In progress.


Hazard Mitigation Plan Meeting Sept. 26

September 14th, 2023 Comments off

Potter County officials are updating the countywide Hazard Mitigation Plan. A planning team has coordinated the comprehensive effort to reduce risks and to minimize the impact of hazards ranging from floods, hurricanes, and wildfires, to tornadoes, landslides, earthquakes and  dam failures.

A public meeting to accept public comments on the draft plan’s risk assessment section will be held at 6:30 pm Tuesday, Sept. 26, at the Gunzburger Building Auditorium in Coudersport. That input will help the project team to identify and analyze potential hazards and explore actions to reduce their impact. Comments or recommendations can also be submitted to the Potter County Dept. of Emergency Services at 20 Mockingbird Lane in Coudersport. More information is available at 814-274-8900, ext. 555; or