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Attention Businesses on Mid Valley Drive

We are planning on today, to attempt to hand out a copy of this notice to businesses on Mid Valley Drive.

PennDOT Issues Guidance as Adopt-A-Highway Activities Resume

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Volunteers must wear masks, practice social distancing, sanitize hands

Harrisburg PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today announced guidance for groups looking to beautify their communities as its Adopt-A-Highway (AAH) activities resume across the state, including mask wearing, social distancing and frequent hand sanitizing. These activities were suspended as part of Pennsylvania’s efforts to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

“As Pennsylvania reopening efforts continue, these vital volunteer clean-up activities will resume,” said PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian. “I am grateful to the thousands of volunteers and encourage their continued vigilance to protect their health and the health of others while helping to keep Pennsylvania beautiful.”

PennDOT’s AAH volunteer coordinators have received guidance to help ensure continued virus mitigation as the groups’ important volunteer cleanup activities continue.

In continued preventive measures against the spread of COVID-19, volunteers must adhere to all Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and PA Department of Health guidelines while carrying out AAH activities, including social distancing, wearing of masks by individuals, washing hands frequently and using hand sanitizer whenever appropriate.

As always, PennDOT will provide volunteer groups with safety vests, trash bags, work gloves, and other equipment as requested by their PennDOT AAH coordinator. For safety, the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) will be notified of all scheduled events and PennDOT will pick up bagged litter from the roadside.

While AAH cleanups will commence on state-maintained highways, areas that are non-state maintained can be cleaned and adopted through Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful. More information is available at https://www.keeppabeautiful.org/keep-it/adoption-program/

To join an existing AAH team or start your own, please visit the Adopt-A-Highway page under “Roadway Beautification” at www.PennDOT.gov.

MEDIA CONTACT: Jan Huzvar, 717-783-8800

2020 Rent Relief Information

From the Lackawanna Country Department of Human Services

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Assistance available for renters and homeowners affected by COVID-19 economic slowdown

Scranton, July 2, 2020:Lackawanna County has been approved to distribute $2.9 million for rent and mortgage relief to renters and homeowners who were affected by the economic slowdown due to COVID-19.  With the moratorium on evictions set to expire on July 10, it is strongly recommended that those affected take advantage of this funding opportunity.

This allocation is part of $175 million in the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act funding Pennsylvania received to assist those who are struggling to pay rent or make mortgage payments because of the COVID-19.

Renters who qualify for the Rent Relief Program can receive assistance up to $750 in monthly rent payments for a maximum of six months between March 1 and November 30, 2020.

Homeowners who qualify for the Pandemic Mortgage Assistance Program can receive up to $1,000 a month for a maximum period of six months.

In order to qualify for the assistance, renters and homeowners must be able to show that they experienced at least a 30% reduction in annual income or unemployed since March 1 due to COVID-19.  In addition, household income cannot exceed 100% of the Area Median Income in Lackawanna County, adjusted for household size. Median Income information, instructions, and applications and other information for CARES financial assistance for renters and homeowners are available now through a link on the Lackawanna County Website and on the red CARES banner on the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency’s website. Application submissions can begin July 6.  A dedicated email, rentandmortgagerelief@lackawannacounty.org has been established to accept completed application packets

UPDATED Recycling Information

Please see these two attachments for important UPDATED recycling information for Olyphant Borough.

Mask Requirements

The Masking Order specifically requires a face covering to be worn under the following circumstances:

  1. Outdoors, if unable to maintain six feet from other individuals (excluding household members);
  2. In any indoor location where the general public can go;
  3. Waiting for or traveling in a taxi, ride-sharing vehicle, or other public transportation (applies to both passengers and drivers);
  4. Obtaining healthcare services;
  5. While working, whether on-site or off-site; interacting in person with a member of the public; working in an areas visited by the public; working where food is prepared/packaged for sale; working in or walking through common areas or other enclosed areas where other people are present and when unable to stay six feet apart (excluding household members).

The limited exceptions to this Order are listed below. Note that no documentation is required to demonstrate that an exception applies.  

  1. Medical reasons prevent wearing a face covering;
  2. Working with a mask would create an unsafe condition;
  3. Removing the mask would require assistance from another person;
  4. Individuals are under 2 years old;
  5. Individuals communicating with hearing-impaired or disabled persons require the ability to see the mouth for communication.

Borough Building is Open for Business

The Borough Building will resume normal business hours effective Monday, June 29, 2020. Please wear a mask while conducting business and use social distancing precautions (maintaining six feet) distancing from customers. 

Census Reminder:

The U.S. Census Bureau announced today that it will send an additional reminder postcard to households that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census. The postcard is scheduled to arrive between July 22 and July 28, a few weeks before census takers are set to begin visiting most households that haven’t responded.

The COVID-19 pandemic delayed the start of census taker visits from mid-May to mid-August, giving the Census Bureau the opportunity to send one more reminder to households encouraging them to respond online, by phone or by mail. Responding now minimizes the need for census takers to visit homes to collect responses in person. About 61.7% of households across the country have already responded online, by phone or by mail since invitations began arriving in mailboxes on March 12.

Farmer's Market Vouchers

Applications for the 2020 Farmer's Market Program are available at the Borough Building.  

June 2, 2020 Meeting Continued

Borough of Olyphant

The Light Committee Meeting and Regular Session of Borough Council scheduled for June 2, 2020 are continued to June 23, 2020 beginning at 6:30 PM.

May 5, 2020 Council Meeting Minutes

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