Although they did not submit the cheapest proposal, ParenteBeard LLC was chosen Thursday from among five accounting firms vying to be Lycoming County's auditor.
The firm, which maintains an office in Williamsport, offered to perform the service for $216,000 over four years. The proposal also includes a charge of $115 an hour for any services provided beyond the audit.
SB and Co. LLC, of Baltimore, offered to perform the service for $174,000, but the county chose ParenteBeard because the firm was better qualified to audit governmental entities, said Beth Johnston, director of county Fiscal Services.
In other business, the commissioners approved a subrecipient contract with West Branch Drug and Alcohol Abuse Commission for a $50,000 treatment court enhancement grant.
The county received the grant last week on behalf of the commission, according to Mya Toon, county grants administrator. The money will be passed through to the commission and will be used to provide services to the treatment court, Toon said.
The monitoring contract outlines the rule governing the use of the funds.
The commissioners approved the purchase of a Dodge Ram four-wheel drive pickup truck to be used at the county landfill. The truck cost $33,000 and will be bought from Hondru Dodge Inc., of Elizabethtown.
The commissioners also approved an application to Coca-Cola for a Keep America Beautiful grant.
The grant provides large recycling bins for plastic bottles and may include curbside recycling totes, according to Jason Yorks, county resource recovery manager.
Yorks said the totes are old and need to be replaced.