Asked about 2023 priorities, Pike County Commissioner Chair Matt Osterberg emphasized expanding medical services and working on initiatives toward that goal. Another high priority item is the restoration of the Bennett Avenue property.
He noted steps already taken. On December 7, 2022 the commissioners announced their plan to establish the Pike County Medical Foundation Fund. The intent for this foundation is to have it serve as the vehicle to bring a 24-hour emergency room to the county. Two million dollars from the American Rescue Plan Act has been allocated to fund the foundation.
Along with this financial contribution, the commissioners have committed a 30-acre county owned property located at the Blooming Grove complex to any provider that is willing to open a medical facility, Osterberg said.
With the restoration of the Bennett Avenue property, it will be used for the new office space for the Pike County Transportation and Human Services Offices. It will house the County vehicle fleet as well as the future site of a new countywide recycling center. The county plans to partner with the Human Resource Center to staff the facility. This project will be presented at the Milford Borough meeting in February 2023, Osterberg said.