Centre County given C-Net update|
Wednesday, June 06, 2012
By Terry Whetstone Staff Writer
BELLEFONTE - At their regular meeting Tuesday morning, the Centre County commissioners heard from Cindy Hahn with C-Net who gave the county an update on the programming from 2011 and where it is headed in 2012.
Hahn said C-Net is a Public, Education and Government network, and it is a non-profit organization that produces a number of television programs of meetings from throughout Centre County, including 58 programs sponsored by the county commissioners.
Hahn said the programs from a five-year period are evaluated and that is how dues are assessed each year.
She noted that State College Borough is number one for programming.
Commissioner Chairman Steve Dershem said he appreciated C-Net recognizing Pat Boland, who died of cancer late last year. Dershem said Boland had done a lot for the area and he is greatly missed.
Commissioner Michael Pipe said he is impressed with the work C-Net does.
When it came time to pay bills, Commissioner Chris Exarchos said $2 million of the $2,496,450.86 is going to pay for some of the upgrades to the 911 center. Dershem noted it is grant money, so it is just filtered through the county.
The commissioners said the project is moving forward and they are in talks with Penn State and Motorola.
The next step will be the design phase.
The radios for the county fire companies have arrived and will be distributed soon.
The commissioners heard from Carol Waltz from Mental Health/Intellectual Disability seeking a contract renewal with the Brockerhoff House Corp. to increase the maximum reimbursement from $27,000 to $40,500 to allow the representative payee program to serve 25 additional clients.
She was also looking for permission to have a contract renewed, again with the Brockerhoff House Corp., to assist clients with budgeting, bill paying, debt consolidation and financial education. The cost is $40,500. Both requests were approved.
Kathy Arbogast from the drug and alcohol department was on hand seeking approval to change the signatory for the Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance Drug Court Discretionary Grant Implementation, and to request a one-year extension to use the entire grant at no cost. The county approved the request.
Several Children and Youth contracts were approved, including one with Schuykill County CYS to provide foster care services to dependent/delinquent youth at a cost of $5,100; one with the YMCA of Centre County, specifically Bellefonte, to provide childcare services at a cost of $3,500; one with the Families United Network to provide foster/residential services for dependent/delinquent youth at a cost of $14,000; one with Tioga County to provide residential services to dependent/delinquent youth at a cost of $38,550 and another with Diversified Treatment Alternatives to provide residential/specialized foster care to dependent/delinquent youth at a cost of $6,050.
The commissioners appointed Emily Gette-Doyle to the Centre County Natural Gas Task Force Environmental/Infrastructure subcommittee.
The commissioners approved a contract with JJ Keller and Associates Inc. for Federal Medical Leave Act software at a cost of $1,599.