Centre officials declare ‘Sexual Assault’ month

By LAKESHIA KNARR

lknarr@lockhaven.com

BELLEFONTE – During a light meeting Tuesday, Centre County commissioners approved a couple resolutions as well as a handful of contracts and contract addendums.

Also, the commissioners unanimously voted to declare April 2016 as “Sexual Assault Awareness Month” in Centre County.

Dawn McKee, STOP grant coordinator at the Centre County Women’s Resource Center, was present at the meeting and thanked the commissioners for the county’s continued support for victims of domestic and sexual violence.

McKee said an event to recognize individuals and organizations working with victims or toward ending abuse, is planned for April 1. The event – which corresponds with the organization’s “Prevention and Protection are Possible” campaign -will begin at noon, she said. It is slated take place in front of the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte.

Three school districts, two businesses, the Children’s Advocacy Center and two individuals from Mount Nittany Medical Center will be honored at the event, McKee noted. In addition, District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller and Judge Katie Oliver are expected to speak, she added.

“Centre County is really unique in the collaboration between these agenices,” she said. “In other counties, that just doesn’t happen.”

In other business, the commissioners:

r Approved a resolution to facilitate the change of billing dates on the 2016 County and Minicipal Real Estate Tax Bills for Rush Township. The move enables the township to chnage billing dates from March 1 to April 15.

r Approved a resolution to acknowledge the matching partnership between the county and Potter Township for the purchase of conservation easements related to agricultural preservation in 2016.

r Approved a check run for $1,427,877.74 dated March 24.

r Approved a contract with Mount Nittany Medical Center for sexual assault examination services at $200 per exam.

r Approved a memorandum of understanding with the Centre County Agricultural Land Preservation Board and Halfmoon Township for the join purchase of agricultural conservation easements within the township.

r Approved the Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission (JCJC) Grant-in-Aid award notification for $104,043 for the Probation Office for the period of July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016.

r Approved the grant modification request with the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) for a voluntary reduction of the county’s award for the PCCD IP/RIP/DUI Court grant. The reduction brings the grant from $132,435 to $118,029.

PCCD requested that grantees not expecting to expend their entire award to voluntarily reduce their awards so funds can be transferred to other grantees with a demonstrated need for additional funds.

r Approved sponsorship of CNET coverage for the Affordable Housing Coalition event “Our Changing Community: Challenges and Opportunities to Affordable Housing.” The event will be held Thursday, April 14 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Foxdale Village.

r Heard a voter registration report from Commissioner Steve Dershem. He said there are 108,559 registered voters in Centre County, of which, 44,816 are Democrat; 230 are Green Party; 645 are Libertarian; 17,935 have no affiliation; 42,540 are Republican; and 2,393 are registered under another party. Dershem features a party covered under the “other” caterogy each week. This week, he said there is 1 Campbell Party member in the county.

r Heard from Denise Elbell, county administrator, who said an executive session was held March 22 from 11:45 a.m. to noon to discuss personnel.

The commissioners also put the following items on the consent agenda for next week’s meeting, after hearing from department heads about the individual requests.

r A contract between the county and Ronald Gilligan for real estate auction services at a cost of $50 per sale.

r A contract with Teleosoft, Inc., for software maintenance for CountySuite for county civil processes. The contract total is $11,124 for the period of April 1 to March 31, 2017.

r A contract addendum with Housing Transitions, Inc., to amend the maximum reimbursement to provide additional emergency housing assistance for drug and alcohol clients through the Mental Health/Intellectual Disabilities/Early Intervention- Drug & Alcohol department. The addendum brings the previous $2,000 contract to $8,000, with 100 percent state funding for the period March 2 to June 30, 2016.

r A contract with Community Integrations LLC for requested out-of-county medical assistance transportation. The monthly fee is $60 minimum for trips under 40 miles; $2.30 per loaded mile; $2.55 loaded mile group rate; with $.05 mile annual increase.

r A contract with Penn State University for In-Kind purchase of five 2012 Chevrolet Impala sedans a $10,340 each, for a total of $51,700. Each vehicle has about 50,000 miles, said Dave Lomison, director of Transportation.

He said the county’s business fleet currently has 65 vehicles and purchasing these five will allow the county to get rid of old or poorly running vehicles, and will in the end increase the fleet by two.

r A contract with Lycoming County to house inmates at a rate of $65 per day for hte period of Jan. 1 to Dec. 31.

r A contract with Paul J. Ford and Company to perform structural analysis of the Woodward Towers to determine if it can safely support another antenna without requiring structural changes. The contract is $1,200 for the period of April 5 to July 4.

Dale Neff, director of Emergency Communications, said the tower is the county’s newest tower – built in 2013 – and it currently hosts eight tenants.

r A rental agreement with Pitney Bowers for rental of the postage machine in the Willowbank Office Building for $38,340 for the period of April 5, 2016 to April 5, 2021.