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December 10, 2016
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Library competes for more county funding

McGoey, Hauser and Edsall Consulting Engineers’ architectural renderings for the new addition to the Pike County Courthouse were introduced at the Pike Commissioners September 4 meeting.
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As their colleagues in Wayne County did when solicited in July, the Pike Commissioners listened but made no response to the Hawley funding request.

Wayne-Pike Adult Literacy

in money trouble

Representatives of the Wayne-Pike Adult Literacy Program (WPALP) reported another inter-county funding crisis. Executive director Jacci West and board president Annette Petry said the program’s survival in 2014 is “questionable if we do not receive significant funding from outside sources.”

Petry said that the state no longer funds smaller programs like WPALP. The counties have no large corporate donors and foundations, and other sponsors outside the area have been unresponsive to requests to help. Numerous in-house fundraisers have brought in $23,000 in 2012-13, but the remainder of the $70,000 budget pays three part-time employees.

One of them is tutor coordinator Madeline Coppola, who, finding no appropriate existing curriculum, recently created a 66-page workbook and a nine-page teacher guide for a program she created for women at the Pike County Correctional Facility.

Separately, 44 adults currently work with WPALP volunteer tutors. Last year volunteers tutored 125 adults, and 28 volunteers donated 2,100 hours.

“We don’t want to give up,” West said.

Courthouse addition

The commissioners last week introduced renderings for the county’s long-awaited 30,000-square-foot addition to the Pike County Courthouse. The project, which will include renovations to the existing landmark building, is now before the Milford Borough Architectural Review Board (ARB), where it has been received “with accolades,” Commissioner Matt Osterberg reported.

Osterberg, who was borough president during a long and controversial ARB approval process for various failed designs for the new PCLP building in Milford, said he was “very pleased [the design] was received so well.”

It should have been, he said. “We knew it met the ordinance and guidelines. The library didn’t meet either,” he said.