JIM THORPE — With the General Election just days away, Carbon County commissioners approved the award of funding for an election security grant.
The $5,473 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of State will go toward election expenses used to conform with the SUREVote specifications and security devices to protect election infrastructure, monitoring and election tools to identify threats to the infrastructure.
Commissioner Chris Lukasevich said Thursday the county Elections Director Lisa Dart hasn’t identified where the funds will be applied yet.
Dart will be working with the county’s Information Technology personnel to further enhance and strengthen election security systems, Lukasevich said.
The grant covers expenses between March 16, 2022 and Sept. 23, 2023.
The commissioners again discussed events honoring men and women who have served in the military, and the county stepping up as the first in the nation to take part in Operation Green Light.
County buildings will be lit with green lights to raise awareness to veterans’ issues, as well as to let them know they are appreciated and supported.
Likewise, county residents are encouraged to change one light bulb to green in their home or outside their homes.
Commissioner Chairman Wayne Nothstein said he bought a green light, but thinks it might be a holiday light – and will have to try to find another one to participate. Lukasevich noted that area Girl Scout troops were painting light bulbs green to take part in the initiative.
Operation Green Light not only raises awareness to veterans, but aims to link those who served with the benefits to which they are entitled, Nothstein said.
The county will be having its annual veterans service on Monday at 10 a.m. in Josiah White Park in Jim Thorpe.
In other business, the commissioners:
- Tabled a grant award of $250,000 to fund salaries in Adult Probation until Nov. 17. The commissioners previously said they did not have enough information on the positions. The grant is from the state Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.
- Approved an amendment to the Statewide Inter-connectivity Grant in the amount of $67,998 for maintenance and support of services for the county’s 911 center. The grant is from the state Emergency Management Agency.