PV grad receives Emergency Responders Scholarship

CHRIS MORELLI/THE EXPRESS Penns Valley Area High School graduate Sierra Orndorf was the recipient of a $2,500 Centre County Emergency Responders Scholarship at the Centre County commissioners’ meeting on Tuesday. From left are Centre County commissioners Mark Higgins and Michael Pipe, Orndorf and Centre County commissioner Steve Dershem.

BELLEFONTE — Three down, three to go.

The Centre County commissioners handed out the third of six Centre County Emergency Responders Scholarships at Tuesday’s meeting. The latest recipient is Sierra Orndorf, a Penns Valley Area High School graduate, who is headed to the Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology for its medical assistant program.

Orndorf will receive $2,500 toward her studies at CPI. Currently, she volunteers with the Miles Township Fire Department.

“It’s my passion, it’s something that I love,” Orndorf said. “Helping people is something I can do every day, not only as a volunteer, but being able to help people as a medical assistant. It’s a great career to get into.”

Chair Michael Pipe said that young volunteers like Orndorf are critical to the success of Centre County.

“We really appreciate your service, the fact that you are willing to give back to the community,” Pipe said. “The fact that you’re now in a position to dedicate some of your time, talents and energy to improving the community is tremendous. We thank you for your willingness to give back.”

According to commissioner Mark Higgins, there are three scholarships remaining. If no one applies, those scholarships will be directed elsewhere, he said.

“The deadline is the end of the month. After that, we turn them into scholarships for our EMT classes and our classes at Centre Life Link,” Higgins noted.

The official deadline to apply for one of the three remaining scholarships is June 30.

In other business, the commissioners tabled a contract award for the Crisis Assessment Services until the Tuesday, July 9 meeting.

They also pushed several items to next week’s consent agenda:

∫ Resolution 5 of 2019, in support of the Stepping Up Initiative, a national initiative to reduce the number of people with mental illness in correctional facilities.

∫ Agreement with McClure Company for replacement of the cooling system in the sheriff’s office in the amount of $3,989.

∫ Change order No. 02 with Glenn O. Hawbaker for the Centre Crest parking and stormwater improvement projects. The change order provides an increase of $876.29 to undercut and refill a soft area in the parking lot. The change increases the contract total from $373,924.58 to $374,800.87, which is still below the original estimated cost.

∫ Contract renewal with Breon’s, Inc. to provide generator maintenance for all 911 tower sites and the Willowbank Tower. The contract total is $11,514.64 for the period of June 9, 2019 through June 8, 2020.

∫ Contract renewal with Gemco-Renmark Sales, LLC doing business as Gen-Mark to provide service and support for the uninterruptible power system (UPS) in the data center. The contract total is $3,598 for the period of May 8, 2019 through May 7, 2020.

∫ Contract renewal with Hull’s Janitorial and Carpet Cleaning Service to provide janitorial services once per week. The contract rate is $35 per visit, a total of $1,820 for the period of July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020.

∫ Lease renewal with Eli Stolzfus for the lease of the Penns Valley Senior Resource Center in Madisonburg. The lease agreement is for $1,118 per month for a total of $40,248, which is state funded for the period of June 1, 2019 through May 31, 2022.

∫ Contract addendum with Crossroads Counseling, Inc. to provide additional funds in the amount of $107,176 for drug and alcohol outpatient services. This increases the contract total from $180,200 to $287,376, which is funded as follows: State ($173,920) and county ($2,616) for the period of July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019.

The commissioners also reminded the community about Thursday night’s conversation about mental health in Centre County. It begins at 6:30 p.m. at the courthouse annex in Bellefonte.

Additionally, they noted that county offices will be closed on Thursday, July 4 in observance of the Fourth of July holiday.

The commissioners will meet again at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 2 at the Willowbank Building.