Centre trail grant application gets the green light

By JAIMEE KESTER

jkester@lockhaven.com

BELLEFONTE – The Centre County commissioners announced Tuesday the necessary pledges have been made to complete the grant application for a proposed greenway trail connecting Bellefonte to Milesburg.

Last week commissioners approved a resolution for the Greenways Trails and Recreation Program Grant (GTRP) in the amount of $80,750. If awarded this grant would include 15 percent match from the community. Borough council committed $10,000 of the $14,250 necessary for the GTRP application at their meeting last week.

The borough and county commissioners went to work to secure the remaining pledges of support before the June 28 deadline.

Their goal was surpassed due to the generous support of the community, they said.

Bellefonte Borough, Centre County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Centre Foundation, Clearwater Conservancy, Centrebike, Nittany Mountain Biking Association, State College Cycling, Tussey Mountain Outfitters and residents Mike and Alice Young pledged a total of $15,300 toward the project.

In addition to their pledges the following elected officials, governmental entities and groups offered letters of support for the project: Senator Jake Corman, Rep. Mike Hanna, Rep. Scott Conklin, Rep. Rich Irvin, Rep. Kerry Benninghoff, Boggs Township, Milesburg Township, Spring Township, Bellefonte Inter-Valley Area Chamber of Commerce, Bellefonte Mountain Biking Club, Chamber of Business and Industry of Centre County, Centre County Historical Society, Centre Moves, Centre Region Bicycle Coalition and Historic Bellefonte Inc.

“We’re significantly impressed with the amount of interest we’ve received from the community,” said Mike Bloom of The Centre County Community Development Office.

Bellefonte Mayor Tom Wilson, resident Jack Schuster and Bloom have been diligently working to make this proposed trail a reality.

“This is just the very very beginning of a long process.” said Wilson. “It’s a long process and project for a relatively short trail.”

If awarded the grant would go towards a feasibility study of the multi-use trail. Right now organizers are planning for the trail to roughly follow the course of Spring Creek from the Milesburg Community Park to the Bellefonte Waterfront and Talleyrand Park. If all goes to plan, construction would begin around 2020.

There is a lot of anticipation from the community for the trail, but all involved made it clear that there is a long road ahead before a trail will be in place.

“Before we get our bikes wound up there’s a lot to go through,” said Commissioner Steven Dershem. “Stay tuned…this is a process.”

In other business, the commissioners:

r Introduced a new director of Adult Services, Faith Ryan.

r Approved a contract renewal between the county and Skills, Inc., to provide mental health family based vocational rehabilitation, psychiatric rehabilitation (site based and mobile), community employment, and psychiatric rehabilitation through the opportunity Centre Clubhouse. Intellectual disabilities services include behavioral support, supported employment, community habilitation, prevocational services and companion services. The contract total is $353,500 with the source of funding as follows: state $336,956; county $16,544, for the period July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017.

r Approved a contract renewal between the county and Cen-Clear Child Services, Inc., to provide services to include mental health outpatient, peer support, and family based counseling, therapy, and case management. The contract total is $58,500 with the source of funding as follows: state $55,762; county $2,738, for the period July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017.

r Approved a contract renewal between the county and The Advocacy Alliance to provide intellectual disability services to include incident management (field and office work) and representative payee. Mental health services include representatives payee (social rehabilitation) and the provision of Consumer/Family Satisfaction Team survey. The contract total is $17,000 with the source of funding as follows: state $16,204; county $796, for the period July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017.

r Approved a contract renewal between the county and Kathleen McKinnon to provide services to include evaluation and assessment for infants and toddlers to determine eligibility for early intervention services. The contract total is $8,000 with the source of funding as follows: state $$7,200; county $800, for the period July 1, 2016 to June 20, 2017.

r Approved a contract addendum between the county and Community Services Group to add monies to increase contract allocations to allow the service provider to continue to bill for services through the end of the fiscal year in the amount of $28,347 increasing the contract maximum from $473,885 to $502,232 for the period May 2, 2016 to June 30, 2017.

r Approved a contract addendum between the county and ARC of Centre County. The addendum will add monies to increase contract allocations to allow the service provider to continue to bill for services through the end of the fiscal year in the amount of $24,000. This will increase the contract maximum from $142,363 to $166,363.

r Approved a contract between the county and Firetree, Ltd. for fiscal year 2015-16. Services to include drug and alcohol inpatient, non-hospital treatment and rehabilitation and non-hospital detoxification. The contract total is estimated at $5,000 with 100 percent state funding for the period July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016.

r Approved a contract renewal between the county and Crossroads Counseling, Inc., to provide drug and alcohol outpatient and intensive outpatient treatment. The contract total is $115,000 with the source of funding as follows: state $69,700; federal $44,000; county $1,300, for the period July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017.

r Approved a contract renewal between the county and Keyser Consulting Group for maintenance and support for HDX 6000 PolyCom video unit. The contract total is $695 for the period July 29, 2016 to July 28, 2017.

r Approved a contract addendum between the county and Delafield, McGee & Jones, P.C. (Daniel McGee) for additional solicitor hours at a rate of $125/per hour – not to exceed $5,000 for the period June 28 to December 31, 2016.

r Approved a contract renewal between the county and The Center for Alternatives to Community Justice to provide pre-release program for eligible defendants currently incarcerated. The contract total is $64,225 with the source of funding as follows: courts $32,112.50 for the period July 1 to December 31, 2016.

r Approved a check run in the amount of $2,084,159.92 dated June 23, 2016.