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Wayne ‘elevates’ Stourbridge Project

HONESDALE, PA — Efforts to make full use of the former Stourbridge School building, now known as the Stourbridge Project, were advanced on August 2, when the Wayne County Commissioners approved Grimm Construction’s $338,485 low bid to install an elevator serving all three floors.

Use of the third floor will allow the creation of spaces to house a Wayne Economic Development Corp. business incubator.

The project, in the works since 2017, will be funded by a combination of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Monroe County Local Share gaming funds and county money.

In April of last year, the commissioners approved a Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) contract to provide $380,383 of fiscal year 2016 Monroe County “local share” gaming money for renovation efforts at the county’s Park Street Complex, to provide the elevator and other work for the business incubator project.

Last December the commissioners re-allocated $41,000 from two federally rejected CDBG projects to one of only two remaining eligible projects, the elevator project.

This would be the county’s second elevator construction project in the past four years. In 2014, following two rounds of project bidding, a security elevator in the old courthouse was installed in a $359,000 project.

The commissioners also discussed their plans for staffing a county booth at the then upcoming Wayne County Fair. Plans included the highlighting of the “Wayne Tomorrow” program and their continuing efforts to collect petition support to save the historic Hankins Pond Dam. Commissioners’ Chair Brian Smith said the panel was optimistic about a positive response to their letter to Gov. Tom Wolf seeking to prevent planned demolition scheduled for the fall.

To that end, they agreed to leave the county’s online petition page, which had been scheduled to close on August 1, open through the fair week.

In other business, the commissioners received word from the state welfare department that Wayne’s $6,095,465 welfare budget has won final approval, named Dana Freethy as deputy tax collector for Paupack Township, and held an executive session for personnel matters and an 11:30 a.m. retirement board session for a second-quarter financial review.

The commissioners business meetings are held weekly on Thursday at 10:30 a.m.


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