Grant applications for EMA equipment and public safety equipment were the main topic of discussion during the Back Mountain Community Partnership meeting on Nov. 15.
Kate McMahon from the Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance (NEPA), a regional development agency that helps facilitate business between the municipalities, reported that organization spoke to a representative from the Department of Community & Economic Development, who confirmed the Local Share Account grant applications for EMA equipment and police equipment should be filed as two grants and not as one grant.
At its October meeting, the partnership had questioned whether the grants would be in competition with one another. DCED said the grants would not be in competition with one another, but the purchases were too different to be written as one common grant.
The partnership had requested at that meeting that NEPA set up a bank account for the maintenance funds of the jointly-owned EMA equipment.
Mark Van Etten from the Luzerne County Tax Collection Committee said the first EMA equipment trailer would be ordered following the next Lehman Township meeting. McMahon reported that once checks arrive from each municipality, the partnership could open the account. Signature cards from each municipality will be required.
The group discussed the purchase of a JAMAR Radar Data Recorder. In October, each municipal representative took the information back to their respective governing bodies for review to see if the boards were interested in jointly purchasing a radar machine.
Dallas Borough, Dallas Township and Lehman Township got approval to a specified amount. Kingston Township and Franklin Township are not interested. Jackson Township representatives were not at the meeting and had not yet relayed whether they would participate. McMahon said he would contact the township to get confirmation so the other municipalities can figure out the cost each would have to contribute.
The partnership announced its 2013 schedule and reported that Attorney Jeff Malak will advertise the schedule.