Centre County Commissioners approve printing of 2019 primary ballots
By CHRIS MORELLI
BELLEFONTE — Even though Election Day is more than two months away, Centre County continues to prepare.
First, the new voting machines have been delivered, unpacked and assembled. Training on those machines continues as well.
At the Centre County Commissioners’ meeting on Tuesday, the county took another step.
The commissioners unanimously approved an agreement with William Penn Printing to print the ballots for the 2019 primary and general elections. The cost will be 26 cents per ballot.
“That’s the same (rate) it has been,” said Joyce McKinley, Director of Elections and Voter Registration.
William Penn Printing works directly with Election Systems and Software, the same company that supplied the voting machines.
“If there was an issue, I’m not dealing with two different vendors. It’s all one company, basically,” McKinley said.
In the past, there have been between 35,000 and 50,000 ballots printed. McKinley said that price does not include shipping.
McKinley said that training has been going extremely well.
“Wonderful,” she said. “Successful so far, but we’re still learning.”
In other business, the commissioners approved:
– A contract addendum with the Centre County Youth Service Bureau to increase the original contract amount from $107,898 to $139, 898. The addendum will increase admin from $9,000 to $9,750 and direct services (mortgage and rental assistance) from $98,898 to $130,148. This contract is state-funded for the period of July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019.
– An addendum to the Program Management Agreement for the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) as presented by The PA Department of Agriculture. The letter clarifies a federal regulatory requirement relating to participation of the county in TEFAP.
– A change to order No. 4 with electrical contractor Allied Mechanical and Electrical for the Equipment Storage Building Project at the Centre County Public Safety Training Center. The change order provides the increase of $442.92 to relocate the air compressor disconnect, increasing the contract total from $68,300.20 to $68,743.12.
– Submission of the Act 293 Actuarial Valuation Report: Pension Plan with Defined Benefits to the Auditor General.
The commissioners also pushed two items to next week’s consent agenda:
– An agreement with Zito Media Communications, LLC to install the required electronic equipment and established leased fiber connectivity as described under the provisions of the 2017 SCM ESInet Fiber Project included in the interconnectivity grant. The initial cost of the service is $275,000 which will be paid under the 2017 SCM Fiber Project. Thereafter, the county is responsible for a monthly recurring cost of $500 for ongoing connection service. The 2019 monthly fee will be paid with funds allotted from the 2018 Southern Alleghenies Cooperative grant initiative.
In years 2020 through Management Agency (PEMA) for funding to cover the monthly maintenance fee. The contract total is estimated at $305,000 for the period of March 19, 2019 through Aug. 31, 2024.
– Contract renewal with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for the Rattlesnake II site in Rush Township. The contract is an automatic renewal for the period of Jan. 11, 2020 through Jan. 10, 2040 on the same terms and conditions set forth in the agreement approved Jan. 11, 2000. It grants the county use of the Commonwealth’s tower and site shelter for tower equipment at no cost to the county.