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Following Election, Clarion Commissioners Consider Three Hotel Tax Grants

Thursday, May 23, 2019 @ 12:05 AM

Posted by Ron Wilshire

Commissioners 2018CLARION, Pa. (EYT) – Clarion County Commissioners held a brief scheduled work session on Wednesday morning following Tuesday’s primary election that saw all three commissioners—–Ed Heasley, Ted Tharan, and Wayne Brosius—win their races, guaranteeing spots on the November ballot.

Commissioners were not on the election board this year because they are candidates.

All three commissioners said they spent a considerable amount of time on Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning taking down their campaign signs.

Results are considered unofficial until certified later this week. A large number of write-ins were included on Democratic ballots because Heasley was the only official candidate. Braxton White earlier announced he would mount a write-in campaign for the other Democratic commissioner nomination. It is believed he may have obtained enough votes to be included in November, but write-ins must be reviewed by the Election Board and a winner certified.  At least two of the Republican candidates requested Democratic voters to write in their name.

Commissioners announced Clarion County Recycling Days are June 8 and September 21.

During the work session, commissioners reviewed possible agenda items for next Tuesday’s regular meeting but took no action.

Three grant requests from the Hotel Tax Committee will likely appear on the agenda.  Tharan reported that the Hotel Tax Committee makes recommendations, and it is up to the commissioners to approve the requests.  The requests included:

  • An application from Wolf’s Corners Fair Committee for $2,295.00 for marketing. $1,147.50 would be awarded at the time of approval and $1,147.50 would be awarded after completion.
  • An application from St. Joseph’s 4thof July Committee for $2,000.00 for marketing. $1,000.00 would be awarded at the time of approval, and $1,000.00 would be awarded after completion.
  • An application from the Cook Forest Vacation Bureau for $7,500.00 to erect a tower to provide Wi-Fi connectivity to tourism businesses. $3,750.00 would be awarded at the time of approval, and $3,750.00 would be awarded after completion.

Commissioners will also consider multiple contracts on behalf of Development Disabilities, Early Intervention, and Children Youth Services next Tuesday. The meeting will be held at 10:00 a.m. in the first-floor conference room in the Administrative Building at 330 Main Street, Clarion.

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