More progress was made on three Spruce Creek Township properties that have officially been condemned at the Huntingdon County Commissioners’ weekly meeting Tuesday morning.
As part of moving forward with demolition, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds from 2015 will be used to tear down the three blighted homes that have been declared condemned by Spruce Creek Township.
The first thing that was approved was an administrative agreement between Spruce Creek Township and the county that shows the responsibility of each party as the project moves forward.
“This is the first agreement to utilize the new requirements by the state Department of Community and Economic Development for sub-recipient requirements,” said Mark Colussy, county planning director. “This agreement also references the code of conduct policy that was approved by the commissioners in May.”
The second item that was approved by commissioners Tuesday was a request for proposals from engineering services to prepare bid specifications for the demolition process.
“By seeking qualified bidders, we will be able to secure an agreement with a firm that will not only be able to complete the bid package for this particular project, but allow us to use engineering services for future CDBG projects over the next three years, since this will be a competitive bidding process,” said Colussy.
Lou Ann Shontz, the county’s recycling coordinator, also gained approval from commissioners to submit a 901 Planning Grant for electronics recycling to the state Department of Environmental Protection for the electronics recycling collection events held in 2018 and 2019.
“In 2018, we collected 124,565 pounds of electronics, and at the first electronics recycling event held in May, we had 310 cars and collected 43,875 pounds of electronics recycling,” said Shontz. “As part of this grant, only 20% of the costs of the recycling will have to be paid, including advertising costs, and out of a $16,553 budget, we’ll get $13,396 reimbursed.”
The funds to pay for the advertising for the recycling events come from the South Central Solid Waste Agency.
Commissioner Scott Walls added he wishes there was some way to get a similar program for hazardous waste, but that’s not possible right now.
“I know a lot of people have called my office about hazardous waste,” said Shontz. “I’ve asked them all to wait for next year, and hopefully we can look into that again.”
The commissioners also approved a number of items for Huntingdon County Children and Youth Services, including the purchase of a service agreement with Families United Network of Muncy for residential and shelter services, a service agreement with the Mount Union Area School District for transportation services, a provider agreement for Avanco International Inc. for the Child Accounting Profile System, the HIPAA business associate agreement with Avanco International Inc., an upgrade to the Child Accounting Profile System and a service agreement with Community Specialists Corp. of Pittsburgh for drug, alcohol and residential services.
All contracts, except the upgrade to the Child Accounting Profile System, are renewals and will run through the 2019-20 fiscal year.