The Perry County commissioners awarded nearly $419,000 from the CARES Act, the federal coronavirus recovery law, to first responders, nonprofits, individuals and businesses at their regular meeting on Monday, Oct. 5.
It was the third set of awards in as many weeks, with all grants totaling more than $1.3 million.
Over the past months, individuals, groups and businesses could apply for the money through the county. It hired an administrator over the summer to review the grant applications and provide the commissioners with recommendations for awarding the money.
“These were all thoroughly vetted,” Commissioner Brian Allen said ahead of the approval.
Ten applicants received the grants of varying amounts this week. Those groups and the amounts they’re receiving are:
- Citizens Fire Company #1 of Newport, $30,228
- Duncannon EMS Inc., $85,700
- Shermans Dale Ambulance Association, $43,320
- Shermans Dale Community Fire Company, $90,000
- Perry County Literacy Council, $57,710
- Capital Tax Collection Bureau, $46,659
- Paul R. Fenton, $4,000
- Perry County Council of the Arts, $33,227
- Bear Necessities, $10,121
- Tuscarora Twp., $18,000.
The total for the groups is $418,964, according to the county. The county received the CARES Act money through the state, which was given money by Congress for county-led support to community organizations, businesses, nonprofits and municipalities that were harmed by the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
The award to Fenton was an individual application, said Andy Pepper, the county’s CARES grants manager. Bear Necessities is a small business applicant with under 100 employees, he said.
On Sept. 21 and Sept. 28, the commissioners also approved slates of recovery grants to local companies, nonprofits, community groups and first responders, according to meeting minutes. The commissioners approved slightly more than $541,000 in grants on Sept. 21, of which 74 percent went to nonprofits. Eighteen percent went to local businesses, and 7 percent went to municipal entities such as townships and boroughs. Those approvals were:
- Detailed Attention Inc., $52,354
- Cross Country Coaches LLC, $27,957
- Landisburg EMS Inc., $17,530
- Blain Fire Company Inc., $27,234
- Landisburg Volunteer Fire Company, $42,410
- Howe Township, $7,702
- Landisburg Borough, $1,000
- Blain Community and Senior Citizen’s Center, $6,230
- Millerstown Senior Citizens Center Inc., $13,096
- Blain Lions Club, $4,000
- Ickesburg Fire Company, $81,076
- Landisburg Municipal Authority, $5,596
- Mannsville Lutheran Church, $8,020
- Millerstown Recreational Committee, $45,809
- Millerstown United Methodist Church, $10,000
- Loysville Community Club, $4,342
- Millerstown Volunteer Fire Department, $26,782
- Duncannon Senior Citizen’s Center, $15,848
- Hall’s Ice Cream Inc., $12,000
- Newport Public Library, $21,429
- Perry County Community Fair Association, $60,108
- Perry County Food Bank/Neighbor Helping Neighbor Food Bank Inc., $27,551
- Perry Human Services, $22,930
The commissioners approved more than $355,000 worth of CARES Act grants on Sept. 28, according to minutes. Commissioner Gary Eby abstained from the vote saying he was involved with two of the entities. He is an officer with the New Bloomfield Fire Company and the Historical Society of Perry County.
The list of approved recipients and grant amounts from Sept. 28 are:
- Carol’s Cleaning, $5,000
- New Bloomfield Fire Company Inc., $90,000
- The Perry Historians, $27,709
- Newport Revitalization & Preservation Society, $18,400
- Marysville-Rye Library Assocation, $28,369
- Watts-Buffalo Community Center, $6,433
- The New Village Square Diner, $15,000
- Perry County Conservation District, $4,000
- Farmers Daughters Café, $16,807
- Community Library of Western Perry County, $7,717
- County Seat Restaurant LLC, $5,365
- Pfoutz Valley United Methodist Church, $20,581
- Liverpool Area Recreation Association Inc., $11,382
- Central Perry Community Senior Citizens Center Inc., $13,464
- Marysville Fire Company, $4,014
- Newport Incarnation United Church of Christ, $6,500
- D&A Private Label Inc., $25,000
- Liverpool Volunteer Fire Company, $12,383
- New Bloomfield Public Library, $14,872
- Historical Society of Perry County, $22,446.
A full list of grant recipients as of Oct. 6, the total amounts and payments made can be found on the county’s website here.
Much of the economy in the U.S. and around the world shut down from March to June as a way to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, a respiratory illness that has killed more than 210,000 people in the U.S. and more than 1 million people globally in just the past 10 months.
Earlier in the year, Congress approved the CARES Act to help people who were out of work, businesses that shut down, as well as provide support to hospitals, first responders, and state and municipal governments.
County to secure offices
In ongoing security upgrades, the county’s offices are getting an electronic locking system and intercom for the commissioners’ office.
The commissioners approved a contract with M3T Corporation worth $3,953 to install the intercom system.
Allen said the system would help limit access to the offices as a precaution against the spread of Covid-19.
The contract will be covered by CARES Act money the county received. It can use its money on any items or programs that respond to the pandemic or protect the public and county staff against the disease’s spread.
The commissioners approved $1,320 of state pass through money with Cumberland County for the Pennsylvania Link to Aging and Disability program.
The money will be used for counseling services for residents through the aging department.
Macenzie R. Rohrer was appointed to dispatcher trainee at the 911/Emergency Management Center effective Oct. 6 at an hourly rate of $11.84.
This story has been changed from its print version to correct the number of people in the U.S. who have died from Covid-19, and to add additional information about CARES Act grants the county commissioners approved prior to Oct. 5.
Jim T. Ryan can be reached via email at [email protected]
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