Centre County preps for Sandusky sentencing|
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
By Terry Whetstone Staff Writer
BELLEFONTE - Maxine Ishler court administrator, was present at yesterday's Centre County Commissioners meeting to get two contracts approved, but commissioners also asked about the upcoming Jerry Sandusky sentencing.
The commissioners asked if there was anything she needed from the commissioners before the sentencing, which is scheduled for Tuesday.
Ishler said she believes everything is set. She said 210 members of the media have signed up for the hearing and the media credentialing will be handled Monday night.
There are 85 seats available for the public and they will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The closed circuit television will be set up on Friday and Monday.
Commissioner chairman Steve Dershem said East High Street should reopen this week following the Hotel Do De fire last month. The sentencing for Sandusky is expected to begin at 9 a.m. in courtroom No. 1.
Some of the victims may be on hand to testify or may have supplied information to the judge to be used at the hearing.
The contracts Ishler presented included one with Tyco Integrated Security LLC to provide a camera and maintenance for security in the Bellefonte Magisterial District Judges Office. The cost is $486.81 with the chance a portion of that could be reimbursed.
The other contract is with Stenograph for maintenance support on the court reporters equipment. The contract total is $345 from Oct. 2, 2012 through Sept. 30, 2013.
The commissioners learned about the Fifth Annual Affordable Housing Summit scheduled for Oct. 25 at Foxdale Village in State College.
Susanna Paul said the summit would be held from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. and this year the theme is "It's about (your) neighborhood."
There will be a number of speakers to talk about neighborhoods, the future of them, critical needs and more.
Paul said the State College School District has shown the greatest need for affordable housing, but other parts of the county also show a need for it, just not as great as State College.
Paul was asked about the residents who live in the trailer parks and are being asked to move. She said the mobile homes that can be moved would be taken to another trailer park while those that cannot be moved the occupants will be forced to find alternative housing.
She said those needing housing is becoming a bigger problem throughout the whole county. Paul said they get calls at their office and the people are pointed in the right direction.
The coalition will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m. Registration is $20 form coalition members and $25 for non-members and checks should be made payable to CCAHC with Housing Summit in the memo field. Completed registration forms should be in by Oct. 8 along with the check.
For more information call 441-6280 or go online at www.ccaffordablehousingcoalition.org or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The commissioners also approved a contract with Comcast to provide a direct line to Omnicell for Centre Crest Nursing home. The line goes directly to the pharmacy and the cost is $1,700.
The commissioners paid the bills for the week with the total being $1,332,541.54. Commissioner Chris Exarchos said of that $662,000 is for health insurance.
Commissioner Michael Pipe said there are 105,713 registered voters in Centre County, up 1,302 from last week. Of those there are 44,520 Democrats and 40,910 Republicans.
It was also noted again that Mental Health/Intellectual Disabilities and early intervention and drug and alcohol department is being relocated. It is moving on Oct. 8 to 3500 East College Avenue, Suite 1200 in State College. The site is the former Corning Building. The phone number will remain the same at 355-6782 and the after hours crisis number will remain 1-800-643-5432.