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Virus funding subject of meeting

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County commissioners are convening a special public meeting today focusing on the county’s $11 million COVID-19 Relief Block Grant.

Commissioners confirmed earlier this month that the grant, to be allocated from the federal Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES Act, will be available to help small businesses, nonprofits and local governments with COVID-19 expenses and revenue losses.

“This meeting will not include any discussion or decisions on fund allocations to any specific organization, group or governmental unit,” Commissioners Chairman Bruce Erb said Tuesday during the commissioners’ weekly meeting.

Erb said that today’s meeting will include a presentation with recommendations for allocating portions of the funds based on eligible purposes, as established by the CARES Act and the state Department of Community and Economic Development. It also may include preliminary discussion of the application process that will be required for those interested in seeking grants.

Commissioners will convene the session using an online video/audio application they have used since April to conduct weekly meetings during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Audio access to the public meeting is available by calling 408-419-1715 or 408-915-6290 and entering the meeting identification number 2468097683#.

The public, and in particular those interested in applying for grants, should use the call-in information to participate in and listen to the meeting, Erb said.

Public comment for this meeting also can also be submitted within six days by mail to the commissioners office at 423 Allegehny St., 441A, Hollidaysburg, PA 16648 or by email at publiccomment@blairco.org.

County leaders expect representatives of Susquehanna Accounting & Consulting Solutions to participate in today’s meeting. In early July, the commissioners voted to sign a contract with the Harrisburg accounting firm to administer the grant and account for distributions and expenditures.

The county set up a bank account at First National Bank of Hollidaysburg so the grant money would remain separate from other county funds.

Mirror Staff Writer Kay Stephens is at 946-7456.

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