Centre Commissioners: Buy from local farmers

By JAIMEE KESTER

jkester@lockhaven.com

BELLEFONTE-The week of July 31 through August 6 has officially been declared “Local Foods Week” in Centre County.

Alicia Leitch, Centre County Buy Fresh Buy Local Assistant, presented the idea to Centre County Commissioners on behalf of the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA).

PASA wants to get people aware of the many local farmers markets in the area and highlight local farms. During Local Foods Week there will be informational PASA tables at the many area farmers markets.

The week will culminate with the 11th annual Centre County Farm Tour. The tour includes over 10 local farms, including some that are organic farms and even local wineries.

“This time of year it’s such a wonderful opportunity to get fruits and vegetables from our local farmers,” said Commissioner Steve Dershem.

For more information on PASA and Centre County Buy Fresh Buy Local visit pasafarming.org.

In other business the commissioners:

r Authorized the closing of the 2016 Tax and Revenue Anticipation Note that was issued in January 2016 with Jersey Shore State Bank due to the Fiscal Year 15-16 state budget impasse. The payoff amount is $50, 119.64.

r Approved the following contracts for the period July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016 (initially approved for the period July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017):

Contract renewal between the county and Project Starphish to provide residential services to dependent/delinquent youth. The contract total is $242, 835 with the source of funding as follows: state $194,268; county, $48, 567.

Contract renewal between the county and Northwestern Human Services of PA to provide foster/residential services to dependent/delinquent youth. The contract total is

$95,500 with the source of funding as follows: state $76,400; county $19,100.

Contract renewal between the county and Summitt School, Inc. to provide residential services to dependent/delinquent youth. The contract total is $1,000 with the source of funding as follows: state $600; county $400.

r Approved the grant application between the county and the Commonwealth of PA for a non-matching competitive grant in the amount of $1,325,466.29 from the Commonwealth Statewide 9-1-1 Interconnectivity Surcharge Account. Funds will be applied to the recent Computer Aided Dispatch Implementation for the period August 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016.

r Approved a grant adjustment submission to the Office on Violence Against Women, requesting a 12-month no cost time extension of the Safe Haven Grant awarded to the county. The total award was $748,652 and of June 30, 2016 a total of $599,222 has been expended leaving a fund balance of $149,429, hence the extension request.

r Authorized Commissioner Pipe as the new authorized signing official for the Centre County Safe Havens Grant Award.

r Approved a contract addendum between the county and JS Transport 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 $3,000 increasing the contract maximum from $9,000 to $12,000 with the source of funding as follows: state $11,438; county $562 for the period June 28, 2016 to June 30, 2016.

r Approved a contract renewal between the county and Epic Health Services to provide intellectual disability services to include specialized supports and respite. The contract total is $13,000 with the source of funding as follows: state $12,392; county $608.

r Approved a contract renewal between the county and Community Services Group to provide mental health services to include facility and community based psychiatric rehabilitation, community residential rehabilitation (CRR) and outpatient. The contract total is $483,885 with the source of funding as follows: state $461,239; county $22,646.

r Approved a contract renewal between the county and Crossroads Counseling, Inc., to provide mental health services to include facility and community based psychiatric rehabilitation, community residential rehabilitation (CRR) and outpatient services.. The contract total is $483,885 with the source of funding as follows: state $461,236; county $22,646.

r Approved a contract renewal between the County and Crossroads Counseling, Inc., to provide mental health services to include outpatient (psychiatric evaluation, clinical evaluation, medication monitoring, individual psychotherapy and telepsychiatry), and outpatient services at the Centre County Correctional Facility. The contract total is $40,000 with the source of funding as follows: state $38,128; county $1,872.

r Approved a contract renewal between the county and Kim Rimmey to provide mental health outpatient services to include consultation and SAP liaison to designated school districts within the county. The contract total is $27,500 with the source of funding as follows: state $26,213; county $1,287.

r Approved a contract renewal between the county and Bellefonte Emergency Medical Services to provide emergency and non-emergency transportation. The contract total is $3,500 with the source of funding as follows: state $3,336; county $164.

r Approved a contract renewal between the county and Centre County Youth Service Bureau to provide mental health services to include the de-clutter program and children/adolescent respite. The contract total is $38,000 with the source of funding as follows: state $36,222; county $1,778.

r Approved a contract renewal between the county and Eagle Valley Personal Care Home, Inc., to provide mental health supported living services. The contract total is $291,970 with the source of funding as follows: state $278,306; county $13,664.

r Approved a contract renewal between the county and Melissa Wasson to provide mental health outpatient services to include consultation and SAP liaison to designated school districts within the county. The contract total is $29,050 with the source of funding as follows: state $27,690; county $1,360.

r Approved a contract renewal between the county and Eagle View Personal Care Home, LLC to provide enhanced support to mental health consumers in a community residential rehabilitation setting. The contract total is $400,000 with the source of funding as follows: state $381,280; county $18,720.

r Approved a contract renewal between the county and Roxbury to provide inpatient detoxification and residential drug and alcohol treatment, including clients with a co-occurring diagnosis. The contract is estimated at $5,000 with 100 percent state (DDAP) funding.

r Approved a contract renewal between the county and Gaudenzia Erie, Inc., to provide drug and alcohol detoxification and residential treatment to adult men and women, including those with a co-occurring diagnosis. Halfway house services are provided for adult men and for women with a focus on pregnant women and women with children. The contract estimates at $5,000 with 100 percent state (DDAP) funding.

r Approved a contract renewal between the county and Firetree, Ltd to provide drug and alcohol services to include inpatient, non-hospital treatment and rehabilitation and non-hospital detoxification. The contract is estimated at $5,000 with 100 percent state (DDAP) funding.

r Commissioner Mark Higgins thanked all of the local community members who participated and donated to the MS-150 Scenic Bike Ride on July 23 and 34. The bike ride totaled 150 miles from Holidaysburg to State College and back.

The August 9 county commissioners meeting is cancelled.