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Centre commissioners adopt first resolutions of 2022

BELLEFONTE — The Centre County commissioners’ first meeting of 2022 was completed in lightning fast time.

The meeting, which lasted a little over 13 minutes, was one of the fastest in recent memory. The first order of business for the commissioners was adopting Resolution No. 1 of 2022, which authorizes administrator and chief clerk Margaret Gray the authority to execute financial documents not to exceed $15,000 on behalf of the county. The resolution was passed unanimously. The amount increased from $10,000 in 2021 to $15,000 in 2022.

“It is the same as last year with the exception of changing the financial transaction to $15,000 from $10,000. That is a different amount,” Gray explained.

Chair Michael Pipe said that the amount could change again, if necessary.

“We also have the provision where, if there’s an emergency expenditure that needs to be made, we can use contingency operating funds. Then at the next meeting, that would be something that the administrator would report on having expended those. That just allows us, especially with the situation we’re in with the pandemic … if we would need any expenditures,” Pipe said.

In other business Tuesday, the commissioners:

— Approved a contract renewal with Central PA Community Action to serve as an application assistance HUB for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program. The contract rate is $50 per 30 minutes of service for the period of Jan. 1, 2022 through Dec. 31, 2022. The item was moved to next week’s consent agenda.

— Approved a contract addendum with Housing Transitions to increase the funding allocation in the amount of $111,829.96, extend the contract through June 30, 2022, and update the scope of work to include re-allocation of funds from homeless prevention to rapid re-housing services, increase funding for rapid re-housing services and the addition of service costs for case management to support literally and chronically homeless individuals/families who become housed through the Emergency Housing Voucher. The amended contract total is $453,378.96, which is Federally funded through the Emergency Solutions Grant-CV1 for the period of July 8, 2020 through June 30, 2022. The item was moved to next week’s consent agenda.

— Approved a contract with Centre Safe to provide case management services to individuals/households receiving the Emergency Housing Voucher through the Centre County Housing Authority. The contract total is $24,380.04, which is Federally funded through the Emergency Solutions Grant-CV1 for the period of July 8, 2020 through June 30, 2022. The item was moved to next week’s consent agenda.

— Approved a contract renewal with RBA Professional Data Systems to provide licensing and support for third party IBM Informix Database and 4JS client software to support the County’s GUI applications. The contract total is $34,816.40 for the period of Jan. 1, 2022 through Dec. 31, 2022. The item was also moved to next week’s consent agenda.

— Approved a Hazard Mitigation Program Grant Application to the Federal and Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agencies to update the Centre County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan. The grant total is $105,000 for the period of May 1, 2022 through May 1, 2025.

— Approved Resolution No. 2 of 2022, designating Raymond J. Stolinas Jr., Director of Planning and Community Development as the authorized agent to execute documents regarding the Hazard Mitigation Program Grant under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act.

It was announced that Centre County government offices will be closed on Monday, Jan. 17, 2022 to observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

The commissioners will meet again at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 11. The meeting is open to the public and masks are required. The meeting will also be televised live by C-NET.

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