A special meeting was held Monday night by Corry City Council to address a few issues that required urgent attention.
Council unanimously approved to support a Memorandum of Understanding between the city of Corry and the Jefferson Educational Society. The Jefferson Alliance for Community Progress, the leadership in action arm of the society, is applying for the Erie County Gaming and Revenue Authority’s multi-municipal grant, and requires the city's support.
This is the second collaboration between the Jefferson Educational Society and the city.
JES is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit institution that offers seminars and lectures to promote civic enlightenment through research and discussion.
Under the agreement, the Community Leadership Academy will be responsible for holding two Jefferson dinners in town with the costs of the dinners as well as the speaker to paid by the Jefferson Educational Society.
Corry City Council must encourage local officials to attend and recommend people to be included in the Erie County Community Leadership Academy beginning in June. Council must also recommend one person from the Corry area for a partial scholarship to the Erie County Leadership program.
Councilman Alex Gernovich said the leadership program encourages people ages 25 to 45 to take more of an active role in government.
The grant period is June 9, 2016, through June 9, 2017.
"The Jefferson society holds seminars and they have renowned speakers," Gernovich said. "It's a local think tank and they cover some really interesting topics."
The second item approved was a request by the Corry Redevelopment Authority for Council to write a letter of support to begin development of the former Sciota Village mobile home park.
The redevelopment authority is applying for a grant through the Appalachian Regional Commission to expand the Corry Industrial Park and requires letters of support from local businesses as well as from Corry City Council.
An email from Tim Giblin, assistant economic development manager of the Corry Redevelopment Authority, said funding pays for the development of Sciota Village and the current roadway within the park will be reconstructed to connect Sciota Street with the Industrial Park.
Giblin requested the letter of recommendation to be submitted to him by Wednesday.
Rick Novotny, executive director of the Corry Redevelopment Authority, said the Appalachian Regional Commission began during the Kennedy administration and focuses on people of the Appalachian area.
He added the Commission provides various infrastructure programs and economic development programs.