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HEATING ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE TO NEWVILLE RESIDENTS

HEATING ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE TO NEWVILLE RESIDENTS

The Cumberland County Office of Emergency Preparedness has provided information to residents in need of heating assistance this winter. Assistance to qualifying customers is available through the Dollar Energy Fund, the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), and the Pennsylvania Customer Assistance Program (PCAP).
• Dollar Energy Fund is an emergency hardship fund designed to help residential customers restore or maintain electric service. Eligible customers may receive up to $500. Program funding is provided by FirstEnergy customers, company employees, and FirstEnergy shareholders. The distribution of funds is administered by the Dollar Energy Fund. For information call 888-282-6816 or visit http://www.dollarenergy.org.
• LIHEAP is a federally funded grant program administered by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through its network of local county assistance offices. Eligible customers may receive up to $1,000 to help with heating bills. LIHEAP funds may be used to pay an electric bill even if electricity is not the main source of heat. For information about LIHEAP call 866-857-7095 or visit http://www.compass.state.pa.us.
• The Pennsylvania Customer Assistance Program (PCAP) helps residential customers maintain electric service and eliminate their past-due balance by offering a reduced bill that is based on a percentage of income and debt forgiveness. Debt forgiveness credits are applied directly to participants’ electric service accounts in recognition of payments that are made in-full. PCAP participants also are automatically enrolled in the Equal Payment Plan (EPP) – a budget plan that provides the ability to make consistent monthly payments. Enrollment in the EPP is a requirement for PCAP and customers must have a gross household income at or below 150 percent of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines. For enrollment information call 888-282-6816.
Low-income customers also can reduce their electric bills by making their homes more energy efficient by participating in the WARM Program, which is administered by the Dollar Energy Fund. Available to homeowners and renters with landlord approval, WARM Program participants:
• Receive an in-home energy evaluation
• Work with a trained energy educator to create an energy-savings plan
• Have the opportunity to receive energy-saving light bulbs; caulking and weather-stripping installed in their home; electric water heater inspections; and refrigerator/freezer testing and possible replacement.
The specific improvements that a customer is eligible to receive will be determined during the home energy evaluation. While no payment is required for these installations or services, there are household income requirements and electricity use requirements. For more information, customers can call Dollar Energy Fund at 888-282-6816, or apply online at http://www.energysavepa.com.


CUMBERLAND COUNTY HAZARD MITIGATION PLAN UPDATE

CUMBERLAND COUNTY HAZARD MITIGATION PLAN UPDATE

The Cumberland County Planning Commission is in the process of developing a new 2019 Hazard Mitigation Plan for Cumberland County. This process involves the participation of all municipalities throughout the county, The Cumberland County Planning Commission values your input. To that end, the Planning Commission has created a citizen survey form to provide public input for the development of the new plan. Please take a few moments to complete the survey form. Your response is important and your participation will be helpful as the plan update proceeds.

You may access the survey form, and find more information regarding the 2019 Hazard Mitigation Plan Update at:  https://www.ccpa.net/926/Hazard-Mitigation-Plan


GOVERNOR WOLFE ANNOUNCES EMERGENCY RELIEF FOR CUMBERLAND COUNTY FARMERS

GOVERNOR WOLFE ANNOUNCES EMERGENCY RELIEF FOR CUMBERLAND COUNTY FARMERS

Farms in 14 PA Counties

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today notified farmland owners in Columbia, Lebanon, and York counties that they are eligible to receive disaster relief funding from the United States Department of Agriculture. Also eligible are the adjacent counties of Adams, Berk, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Luzerne, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Schuylkill, and Sullivan.

“This funding will provide relief to Pennsylvania farmers who dealt with a year of unexpected difficulties due to severe weather,” said Governor Wolf. “I encourage those in eligible areas to apply, so that they can receive the assistance they need to help recoup losses ahead of the next growing season.” 

The funding will help with losses caused by disasters that occurred during the 2018 crop year, such as excessive rain and flash flooding. It is the result of a Secretarial disaster declaration and can include emergency loans from the federal Farm Service Agency (FSA).

Eligible farmers can apply for loans for up to eight months after a Secretarial disaster declaration, and should contact their local FSA office for assistance. More information on USDA’s disaster assistance program, including county lists and maps, can be found at http://disaster.fsa.usda.gov.
 

MEDIA CONTACTS:    J.J. Abbott, Governor’s Office – 717.783.1116
Shannon Powers, Ag – 717.783.2628


LEAF COLLECTION MACHINE REFURBISHED FOR FALL

LEAF COLLECTION MACHINE REFURBISHED FOR FALL

Jefferson Gurganious, Jr. of the Newville Public Works Department has refurbished the borough’s leaf collection machine. The leaf collection machine is now ready for fall clean-up. The engine was serviced and repaired. Several parts on the machine were replaced thanks to fabrication provided by Tom Drost of Jireh Welding. A new collection hose was purchased and installed and the machine was sanded and re-painted to a safety yellow color. The work was completed at a cost of less than $2,000. The leaf collection machine is a 1996 model Giant Leaf Vac purchased by the borough from U.S. Municipal Supply in Huntington at a cost of $27,000 with a PA DEP Recycling Grant. The machine looks like new thanks to the work of Mr. Gurganious and the Department of Public Works.


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