Room Tax Funds granted to boost tourism

Brian Stockman
Staff Writer

The Elk County Commissioners held their regular meeting on Tuesday at the Courthouse Annex in Ridgway. Chairperson Dan Freeburg was absent due to an appointment, so Commissioners Janis Kemmer and Matt Quesenberry co-chaired the meeting.
After the initial call to order and approval of minutes and agenda, two resolutions were placed before the Commissioners for their approval.
Resolution 2019-01 was an approval of the Provision of a Local Match for State Operating Financial Assistance for the ATA of North Central Pennsylvania. Elk County's "match" for the funds was $63,904 and is dispersed over the four quarters of the year. This helps to fund the Local ATA service that many citizens, especially seniors, rely on for transportation. The resolution passed unanimously. 
Resolution 2019-02, the Fair Housing Resolution, reappointed Kathy McClelland as the Local Fair Housing Officer for Elk County. The resolution passed unanimously. The Commissioners thanked McClelland for her service. 
Under new business, the Commissioners adopted Ordinance Number 2019-01 accepting PCoRP bylaws. PCoRP provides property, liability, automobile and other related insurance coverages, loss control, claims services and training to Pennsylvania counties and county related entities. PCoRP is the provider of the County's liability insurance and this renewal of the bylaws is standard with the insurance policy. 
The Commissioners approved the use of the Courthouse lawn for the handing of the Elk County Trout-a-Thon banner from April 2019 until May 31, 2019, to encourage participation with this county-wide activity. 
The Elk County Arts and Crafts Fair grant application as recommended by Elk County Room Tax Commission was approved by the Commissioners. This grants funds to the fair from the pool of Room and Hotel Tax revenue that is used to support efforts to attract tourists and visitors to Elk County.
The Children and Youth Services 2018-2019 contract with AVANCO International for Software upgrades used by CYS programs throughout Pennsylvania was approved by the Commissioners.
The Elk County Chamber of Commerce's application to use finds from the Elk County Tourism Marketing Program to print rack cards and purchase Facebook advertisements for the 2019 Trout-A-Thon was approved.
The Commissioners appointed George Terbovich to the St. Marys Area Airport Authority Board as the representative from Ridgway and thanked him for his willingness to serve. 
The Elk County Commissioners solicited bids on both replacing the roof and the coping on the Courthouse Annex that has not been updated since 1994. Seven bids were received from firms all over Western Pennsylvania and the Commissioners opened them at the meeting.

To read the full article, see Wednesday's publication of the Ridgway Record. (Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019.)