February 12, 2018

Upper Delaware Council federal funding reinstated

NARROWSBURG – Having entered its 30th anniversary year with no income to meet ongoing expenses, the Upper Delaware Council, Inc. (UDC) weathered a nearly five-month funding drought before finding out on Feb. 8 that access to its federal appropriation is restored.

The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) had withheld the reimbursement payments that the UDC applies for monthly to fulfill its responsibilities outlined in a Cooperative Agreement with the National Park Service (NPS) while the agency reviewed all federal grants valued at $50,000 or more.

No timetable or updates were offered for completion of those nation-wide reviews.

Since federal Fiscal Year 2018 began on October 1, 2017, the UDC was forced to draw down from its modest working capital account to remain operational.

The Council acted at its Feb. 1 board meeting to set a March 30, 2018 closure date with staff layoffs if the $300,000 annual federal funding stream remained inaccessible.

2018 UDC Chairperson Aaron Robinson (Shohola Township) expressed relief and appreciation that the imminent closure was averted.

“I am elated to learn that our 2018 funding has been reinstated. Although the suspension of funding inflicted many setbacks to our operation and staff, the UDC will do its best to overcome these obstacles and move forward with our work plan for 2018,” Robinson said.  “We will now be able to use its financial resources once again toward productive purposes.”

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