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Centre officials continue to field questions
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
By Terry Whetstone Staff Writer
BELLEFONTE - At yesterday's meeting, the Centre County Commissioners again heard from concerned residents about their recent decision to make Centre Crest Nursing home a nonprofit facility.
Roy Sletson said he would like to see the transition moved forward in a positive way. He noted some points he would like to see the commissioners address, but he said he understands the commissioners don't want to micro-manage the facility, thus they are seating a board of directors.
Sletson is urging the commissioners to have an advisory committee to oversee the paperwork that needs to be completed for the transfer of the facility as well.
Brenda Black noted that she gave the commissioners a petition last week asking that Centre Crest remain county-owned. "This is a very unpopular move," Black said. "There will be political repercussions."
Black said she can't understand why commissioner Chris Exarchos would want the nursing home to have a five-star rating.
"What Centre County residents stay at a five-star hotel?" she asked. "I don't want to stay in a five-star hotel with gold-plated piping." She asked Exarchos whom he plans to serve at the home.
She continued speaking until Chairman Steve Dershem said she was out of time. Guests are given five minutes to speak.
The commissioners approved a contract with the Centre Crest Union and that gives employees a retroactive 1-percent pay raise in January and one in July, totaling a 2-percent raise this year.
The commissioners also renewed a contract with Centre Crest and Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology to provide two nurse aide training and certification testing programs beginning in September at a cost of $16,658.
The commissioners also heard that two businesses have shown interest in locating in the county's Keystone Opportunity Zone. The businesses are from New York and Delaware, and could potentially bring jobs to the county.
In other business, the commissioners:
• renewed a contract with Sterling Solutions Inc. to provide technical support for the Veterans Information Management System software. The contract total is $700.
• approved a maintenance contract with Allied Window Inc. for fabrication and installation of new exterior storm windows for the courthouse annex building on the third flood and the attic. The cost would be $19,149 for the 37 windows.
• approved a contract with Brian Lutz Painting to paint the windows and dormers of the courthouse annex for $6,800.
• approved an addendum to a lease agreement with State College Joint Venture - Industrial Realty to extend the current lease for the magisterial district judge II office at a cost of $5,177 per month. This is the former office of Judge Jonathan Grine.
• heard the Leslie Jay Dietrich farm has been approved by the Land Preservation Board, making it the 41st farm in Centre County to be preserved. The farm has 57.04 acres. There are still 65 farms on the waiting list. The money is all state funds.
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