Disclaimer: The ideas expressed below are the personal thoughts and opinions of Nate Covington and do not necessarily reflect the position of Barrett Township or the Board of Auditors.
Update 5/20/20 @ 10:30:
I did some more research on the 2020 Census and it seems the driver in our area is likely part of the "Update Leave" part of the census, where they send drivers to areas without postal service. However, the strange part is our area ALSO received those postcards. Not sure why this happened, it should only be one or the other during this phase of the census. FYI, the actual "Door knocking" part of the census begins on August 11, 2020.
Update 5/19/20 @ 8:40am - Message from neighbor:
Nate: This Census dude actually is a big question mark. I filed a police report on him. He dropped off somebody else's census on my porch. I drove around the neighborhood until I found the house it belonged to, and delivered it. He came back THE NEXT DAY and was attempting to come up my driveway to drop off another packet. I chased him off, but then grew suspicious. He has been wandering around the area for several days now. Since you obtained a picture of his car, I'm turning it over to the police to investigate.
Why are Census workers driving around, against "social distancing" orders, not wearing masks, in a "red county"?
I was surprised, let's say, when this 2020 Census worker pulled into my driveway on Saturday May 16, around 4pm.
Further, we had already completed the census online, on April 2nd! He had no reason to even pull in.
"I want the governor to see firsthand what type of businesses he is turning his back on without consideration. Big box stores are continuing to gain revenue while small businesses, which can offer the similar services, are shuttered and so close to never opening their doors again. I have a flooring company that can’t sell tile, but Home Depot and Lowes can? Our small businesses and their employees need a government that works smart and they continue to have my support."
Brown Submits ‘How We Can Do Business Safely’ Documents to Wolf Administration from Local Businesses
Working in coordination with local businesses and township officials, I sent Gov. Tom Wolf, Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine and Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin a letter which includes documents and “real world” examples from many business owners in the district illustrating how they plan to open safely to protect their customers and employees.
Via The Boro
HARRISBURG (MAY 17 2020) - According to data released by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, more than 22 thousand laid-off Pocono area workers applied for unemployment benefits last week, looking to join the nearly 110,000 jobless receiving unemployment benefits in the Pocono Counties of Carbon, Monroe, Pike, and Wayne. The Poconos counties represent over 3% of all unemployed in Pennsylvania.
Monroe County school districts are poised to receive more than $5 million in coronavirus relief funds.
Pending official approval of Pennsylvania’s application by the U.S. Department of Education, East Stroudsburg will get $1,739,127; Pleasant Valley, $634,498; Pocono Mountain, $1,983,113; and Stroudsburg, $901,123.
Convicted cop killer Eric Frein has been scheduled for execution, the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections announced Monday.
According to a release from the department, Secretary John Wetzel signed a Notice of Execution setting June 22, 2020 as the date of execution for Frein.
CRESCO, PA (May 6, 2020) – As a result of declining enrollment and other serious challenges, the Diocese of Scranton announced today that Monsignor McHugh School will close, effective at the end of the current academic year on June 30, 2020.
Students, families, administrators, educators and pastors from the Monroe County school community have all been notified of the closure.
MONROE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS:
Sharon S. Laverdure,Chairman John R. Moyer, Vice-Chairman John D. Christy, Commissioner
SOLICITOR: John B. Dunn
Public Notice MONROE COUNTY HAS BEEN AWARDED FEDERAL FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)/FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY UNDER THE EMERGENCY FOOD AND SHELTER NATIONAL BOARD PROGRAM. Monroe County will receive $95,543 for Phase 37 (FY 2019 annual funding) and $136,217 CARES (FY 2020 COVID-19 supplemental funds) jurisdictional allocations to be administered concurrently was announced on Friday, May 1, 2020. The allocation made by a National Board, chaired by the US Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency, consists of a representative from American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA; The Jewish Federations of North America; The Salvation Army; and United Way Worldwide. The Monroe County jurisdiction will create a Local Board and develop a plan to supplement organizations providing food, shelter, and supportive service, including, but not limited to: food services, lodging in a mass shelter or hotel vouchers, one-month rent or mortgage assistance, utility assistance, supplies or small equipment for mass feeding or sheltering not to exceed $300 per item.
Direct all questions, comments, or inquiries to: Monroe County Fiscal Affairs Office Monroe County Administrative Center Monroe County Board of Commissioners One Quaker Plaza Room 204 Stroudsburg, PA 18360 __ 570-517-3190
Greg Christine, Chief Clerk/Administrator
Administrative Center, One Quaker Plaza, Room 201 Stroudsburg, PA 18360 570-517-3102 Fax 570-517-3851
via Jane Bartholomew: