The old St. Bernard School on West Washington Street in Bradford will be used as a COVID-19 testing site when the Pennsylvania Department of Health conducts a clinic in McKean County later this month.

SMETHPORT — The McKean County commissioners on Tuesday approved the acceptance of $3 million in funding from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program for the Engineering and Computer Information Technology Building at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

This is one of the steps for this money to be released between the county and the Commonwealth.

In another vote, commissioners OKd the acceptance of $7,506 as authorized by the Department of State for grants for Election Modernization and Security programs. The funds will reimburse 60% of the total amount of additional expenses the county incurred through the purchase-lease of DOS voting systems with voter verifiable paper record.

Commissioners approved a lease agreement with Pitt-Bradford to temporarily lease a portion of the campus at 450 West Washington St., Bradford, the old St. Bernard School. The site will be used to provide COVID-19 testing and vaccine distribution and administration as part of the county’s pandemic mitigation measures.

A tax refund for overpayment of taxes paid by Delullo Trucking Corporation gained approval by the commissioners.

The commissioners, on behalf of the county as grant applicant, approved four subcontract agreements to allow McKean County YWCA and A Partnership in Housing to administer funds through the Emergency Services Grant.

These grants represent both funding for 2020 and CARES that were provided to the county to address housing and homelessness issues, said Chief Clerk Pam Burlingame.

With Commissioner Cliff Lane abstaining, commissioners OKd the appointments of Steve Bell, George Hocker, Donald Payne, Jeremy Morey and Lane to the McKean County Blighted Property Committee.

Commission Chairman Thomas Kreiner reported that Andrew Lathrop has been hired as a part-time correctional officer, effective Jan. 18.

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