Clinton County commissioners approve youth detention contract

LOCK HAVEN — The Central Counties Youth Center, located at 148 Paradise Rd., Bellefonte, will provide detention facility services to Clinton County’s juvenile detainees.

The Clinton County Commissioners approved a one-year agreement with the Central Counties Youth Center on Thursday morning. The one-year period is set to run from Jan. 1, 2019 to the first of January 2020, for a yearly allocation of $128,750 to be paid by the county in four installments of $32.187.50.

Commissioner Robert “Pete” Smeltz said that with the new agreement, the total the county is contributing to the youth center is decreasing from the approximately $133,000 annual cost they were previously paying.

“This has been a standard budget item for quite a while,” Smeltz said. “The cost is based solely on county usage. It is a five-county facility for youth under the age of 18 that are convicted of criminal offenses.”

“And just like at the county prison, we have per diems that keep the cost down,” added Commissioner Jeff Snyder.

The board also approved a proposal from Morefield Communications for a Datel Callsweet Migration at the cost of $655 for materials and an estimated cost of $664 for services.

“This is standard operating, the cost of doing business, as they say,” commented Smeltz.

A training agreement was approved with PA Family Support Alliance to provide onsite mandated reporter training at the county’s Piper building, 2 Piper Way, Lock Haven on May 22, at no cost to the county.

“This training will be available to the legal community,” explained county chief clerk Jann Meyers. “At no cost to the county, the attorneys that work with Children and Youth would be offered this training. The caseworkers have already been through this training.”

A mandated reporter is a person who, because of his or her profession, is legally required to report any suspicion of child abuse or neglect to the relevant authorities. These laws are in place to prevent children from being abused and to end any possible abuse or neglect at the earliest possible stage.

A revision was approved to the 2017 Emergency Shelter Grant contract with the state Department of Community and Economic Development, which will transfer $7,650 from emergency shelter operations to emergency shelter essential services and $8,800 from rapid rehousing services to rapid rehousing rental assistance.

“We are just reallocating money within the six component categories,” explained grants administrator Gabriel Caprio.

The board approved two requests for liquid fuel funding from the City of Lock Haven in the amounts of $8,000, for a lighting agreement at the Lock Haven interchange and Paul Mack Boulevard, and in the amount of $44,397 for the second year of a three-year allocation for the resurfacing of East Walnut Street.

“There was a great need for Walnut Street to be redone to serve the increased truck activity coming in and out of First Quality,” said commissioner Paul Conklin.

“That is why the commissioners have supported this,” Smeltz added.

The payment of county bills in the amount of $811,765.64 and net payroll in the amount of $310,386.72 for the period ending March 22 was also approved by the board.

Bill invoices over $10,000 included:

• Payment of $10,575 to Crossroads Counseling for therapist and MD services.

• Payment of $275,705.11 to Delaware Valley Health Insurance Trust for monthly health insurance.

• Payment of $25,647.17 to DVHIT for Jan. 2019 health reimbursement account.

• Payment of $22,480 to Election Systems and Software for the last payment of software licenses.

• Payment of $15,142.56 to Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. for contracted yearly support.

• Payment of $42,222 to PCOMP CCAP Insurance Program for workman compensation insurance premiums.

• Payment of $289,653 to STEP Inc. for a medical assistance transportation program (pass through).

Snyder noted that without that pass through figure, the real cost of the bill payments were just over $500,000 dollars.

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