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Centre County government agrees to internship program with LHU

BELLEFONTE — Centre County will be working hand-in-hand with Lock Haven University for the next two years.

On Tuesday, the Centre County Board of Commissioners unanimously passed an agreement with LHU to provide an educational experience to the university’s students in the baccalaureate program in social work. The agreement, which runs from Jan. 1, 2020 through Dec. 31, 2022, was pushed to next week’s consent agenda.

Centre County administrator Margaret Gray said that students from LHU will have an opportunity to work alongside county employees as interns and the like.

“We’ve had memorandums of understanding before about accepting students from Lock Haven University for internships,” Gray said. “It’s basically for liability reasons … we just have a formal memorandum of understanding. We’ve done it for other departments, but this one is for (the county office of) aging.”

Gray said that in the past, LHU students interned for the county’s office of Children and Youth Services.

“This is the same agreement we had between CYS and Lock Haven,” she said.

She said that the county is happy to provide the internship opportunity for the students, even though the students are from outside the county.

“I don’t know that it’s unusual, but Penn State doesn’t have a social work program and Lock Haven does. Their requirements to become a social worker are different and they need these types of internships,” Gray said.

In other business, the commissioners moved several items to next week’s consent agenda:

— An intergovernmental agreement by and between the Board of Commissioners, the Centre County Sheriff’s Office and Court of Common Pleas for Centre County for services provided by the security officer of the Willowbank Building. Expenditures under the agreement will be submitted for reimbursement through Federal Financial Participation. The agreement is for the period of Jan. 1, 2020 through Sept. 30, 2020.

— Certify appropriations for the 2020 Program of the Year of the Agricultural Land Preservation Program. Appropriations include: $80,000 standard county allocation program; $9,548 in 2019 Clean and Green interest; $50,250 commitment from Ferguson Township under MPP; and $5,000 commitment from Potter Township under MPP. A total of $144,798.

— Owner county agreement with the Central Counties Youth Center, a juvenile detention center jointly owned by Centre, Clinton, Clearfield, Huntingdon and Mifflin Counties. The total cost of the agreement is $136,800 for the period of Jan. 1, 2020 through Dec. 31, 2020.

— A contract renewal with Delafield, McGee and Jones, P.C. for the appointment of Daniel McGee as solicitor for the Centre County Prothonotary and Clerk of Courts. The contract rate is $125 per hour, not to exceed $7,500 during the period of Jan. 1, 2020 through Dec. 31, 2020.

— Agreed to pay an invoice from Eby Paving and Construction for paving of the High and Penn Street parking lots in the amount of $63,973. The project was bid for $61,020 and the invoice reflects an increase of $2,953 for additional paving material required to ensure proper drainage of the lots, according to deputy administrator Bob Jacobs.

— Agreed to a Memorandum of Understanding with S-C Joint Venture to extend the term of the lease agreement for Magisterial District Office 49-3-05 located at 121 S. Pugh St. The monthly rent will remain $5,960 for the period of Jan. 1, 2020 through Jan. 31, 2020.

The commissioners reminded residents that Centre County Government offices will be closed on Monday, Jan. 20 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The commissioners will meet again at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21 at the Willowbank Building.

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