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Cameron County - Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine

Update 9-2-21:

Does Your Business Need A Spotted Lanternfly Permit?

Cameron County has now been included in the PA Department of Agriculture's expansion of their spotted lanternfly quarantine.  While the whole county is included in the quarantine, there may only be certain municipalities where they are actually found.  Because of this, it is very important that additional sightings are reported to them or Penn State. Business and agencies that move products or conveyances within or from the quarantine areas are required to complete the spotted lanternfly permit training, which is free through Penn State Extension.  If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to them.   

Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine Update

PA Department of Agriculture Compliance and Enforcement Specialist
Shane Philipps
2301 North Cameron St., Harrisburg PA 17110

Penn State Extension Office-Local
20 E 5th St., Emporium PA  15834
Regional Office-Rob Dickinson
17129 Rt.6, Smethport PA  16749

County History

Wonderful article entitled Cameron County Impacts the World published on PAGO website and Lumber Heritage newsletter

Cameron County Impacts the World

Thanks Mike Wennin for your historical knowledge and love of the County!

Public Notice

2021-2022 Cameron County Human Services Plan Public Meeting

A public hearing regarding the 2021-2022 Cameron County Human Services Plan will be held on July 15, 2021 at 10:00 AM in the conference room of the Cameron County Courthouse, 20 East 5th St., Emporium PA during the regularly scheduled Commissioner Meeting.
The meeting may also be attended by telephone at 814-486-2120, passcode 121860. Please be prompt and announce yourself when connected.

Public Notice

Cameron County Recreation Board slots available

The Cameron County Commissioners, along with Rowan Crisp, Cameron County Recreation Director, are excited to invite you to become a member on the Cameron County Recreation Advisory Board.

Serving on the Cameron County Recreation Advisory Board will provide you with the opportunity to provide new direction and opportunities to the youth in Cameron County. 

The main purpose of the Cameron County Recreation Advisory Board is to provide positive, constructive advice about the direction Cameron County Recreation should flow. 

The board will meet an average of six times per year. There may also be some follow-up questions and discussions by email. The initial set up of the new board will require more frequent meetings to get organized and discuss thoughts regarding this fresh new start with both new members and our new director.

Please submit your letter of intent by June 21st at 4PM to:

Cameron County Commissioners Office

20 East 5th Street

Emporium, PA 15834

You can also email your letter of intent to

Thank you for considering to serve our community and make Cameron County a better place.


Emergency Notice-Change of Polling Place


Due to unforeseen circumstances we are unable to use the assigned polling places for the upcoming Primary Election on May 18, 2021 for the precincts of East Shippen Township and Portage Township


The polling place for East Shippen Township and Portage Township will be at the:

Cameron County Ambulance Service Building located at 299 E 2nd St., Emporium PA

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact:

Brenda Munz, Director of Elections 814-486-9322 or Misty Lupro, Registrar 814-486-9321

or e-mail:

Did you pay your Per Capita/Occupational (Personal) Taxes Yet?

The Cameron County Commissioners have received many questions regarding the Per Capita/Occupational Tax bills as well as the collection notices many have received with the imposed $75.00 late fee.

Please be aware, NO resident of Cameron County is exempt from paying this tax unless they are exonerated by the Cameron County Assessment Office.

The requirement for exoneration is one of the following; Income, Full-time Student or Full-time Military Status.  The Per Capita/Occupational Tax is due to your local tax collector by December 31st.  If this tax is not paid to your local tax collector by December 31st, the bill becomes delinquent and the names of the delinquent taxpayers are sent to a collection agency.

If a family member passes away, it is important to contact your local tax collector so that they are removed from the taxing list.  If your income or status changes, it is your responsiblity to contact your local tax collector so that those changes can be reviewed.

For more information on Per Capita/Occupational (Personal) Tax, please see our FAQ page at:

Public Notice-Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Cameron County was granted funds in the amount of $292,480.54 for Emergency Rental Assistance.  We have partnered with Northern Tier Community Action Corporation for administration and disbursement of the funds.  Please contact Randall Metcalf 814-486-1161 for further information concerning local applications.

For more information on the Funding Program for landlords or tenants, use the following link:
Compass ERAP Rental Assistance

Public Notice for Business Owners



Business Owners Survey Completion Requested

PA House of Representatives, lead by Representative Martin Causer, want business owners to take the below survey regarding COVID-19 Economic Recovery.

Public Notice

As of Tuesday, February 15, 2021, the Cameron County Courthouse main door is no longer locked but is only open for essential business.
One office still requiring appointments for entry is the Prothonotary/Recorder/Register office. 

The recent mitigation orders issued require businesses to prohibit non-essential visitors from entering the premises.  This order applies to governmental operation, therefore, effective immediately, access will be restricted to all County Offices.  The Courthouse will remain open for essential business BY APPOINTMENT ONLY (Main door will be locked).  Emergencies will be dealt with on a case by case basis.  Persons entering the courthouse will be asked to complete a brief questionnaire and be temperature screened prior to admittance.  Other existing mitigation measure such as social distancing and facial coverings are still required.

Unless otherwise ordered, these restrictions do not apply to court operations.  Any restrictions or changes to court operations will be communicated through the 59th Judicial District.  The latest Administrative Order is posted on the COVID-19 link under documents.  It is also posted on the Main Door of the Cameron County Courthouse.

A complete list of offices with employees, phone and e-mail addresses is available on the COVID-19 link on the home page, and also posted on the Main Door of the Cameron County Courthouse.

2020 Census Coloring Contest

Check out the winners list for the 2020 Census Coloring Contest and photos of all the entries.


The Cameron County Recycling Center offers the residents of Cameron County the ability to recycle these items:
  • #1 & #2 Plastic Bottles
  • Corrugated Cardboard-Paper Board-Newspapers (with inserts)-Magazines-Catalogs-Office Envelopes-Junk Mail
  • Shredded paper (bagged separately)
  • Bi-Metal and Aluminum Cans
  • Brown, Green and Clear Bottles
If you don't see it on the list, please do not take it to the Center! 
As the signs at the center convey, IT IS ILLEGAL TO DUMP TRASH IN SOMEONE ELSE'S DUMPSTER....DO NOT DO IT!  If illegal dumping takes place, you will be subject to further actions.

Cameron County is not mandated by the state to offer recycling, so please do not misuse the center and its employees or we will have no other option but to shut it down.  We value our dedicated employees who must sort through these items.


If you have any questions about items, please call Tara Newton, Recycling Coordinator, at 814-486-9335.

Please Recycle Responsibly and Correctly.....Keep Cameron County Beautiful!

Commissioner's Update 4/7/2020

Cameron County COVID-19 Preparedness UPDATE

The Cameron County Commissioners, in collaboration with the Office of Emergency Services, are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 virus outbreak and its potential impacts on Cameron County.  This is a very trying and disruptive time in all our daily lives.  We are receiving daily updates from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Governor’s Office and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  We have also been corresponding daily with our Governor, State & Federal Senators and Representatives and/or their staff along with other State Agencies with our concerns for Cameron County. 

 County offices remain working with limited staff (as most are working remotely) even though the offices are closed to the public. With that said, do not hesitate to reach out to any of the County Commissioners with any concerns or questions.  You may feel disconnected and just want to hear another voice. We are here for you.  The safety of our County, our employees and our constituents is our number one concern. 

We strongly encourage all residents of Cameron County to follow the CDC and Department of Health guidelines, which you can find on our web site ( The guidelines are changing daily, if not hourly, so please adhere to these suggestions!  We will get through this and will be stronger for it. 

Cameron County Commissioners

Lori J. Reed, Chair  814-486-9323
James D. Moate  814-486-9325
Ann M. Losey   814-486-9324

Public Notice

Drop Box is now available at the Cameron County Courthouse

UPDATE 6-8-20: This drop box is available at all times and will be checked daily.           Not only used for COVID-19 purposes.

Due to the Courthouse being closed to public access, we have mounted a drop box on the building.  It is located on the Chestnut Street side of the building at the base of the handicap ramp.  Please drop off any payments, correspondence, etc. for any office housed at the Courthouse.  We will check this daily at the end of the day.  Should you have specific questions for any office, please refer to the COVID-19 page here on the website for contact information.
Thank You and Stay Safe!

Public Notice for Business Owners

UPDATE:  Online forms are now available on the DCED website at
Enforcement timing will change and become effective on Monday, March 23 at 8:00AM

Questions about whether or not a business is considered "life-sustaining," or whether or not it must close, can be directed to

In extenuating circumstances, special exemptions will be granted to businesses that are supplying or servicing health care providers.
If you would like to request an exemption, please e-mail and they will respond to you shortly with a formal process for applying for the exemption

Courthouse Restrictions- Court Order

Click here to review Administrative Order of Court related to courthouse access restrictions imposed by the 59th Judicial District.

For your convenience, if you need access, please contact the Office you need to do business with prior to coming to the Courthouse.  Thank you.

Dog License Application

Click Here to print a dog license application.  Mail to Cameron County Treasurer at 20 East 5th Street, Emporium, PA  15834