BELLEFONTE — As residents of Centre County continue to get the COVID-19 vaccine, Centre County government is doing its part to help.
At Tuesday’s Centre County commissioners’ meeting, residents were reminded that rides to COVID-19 vaccination appointments are available, free of charge.
“Similarly to how you would call and ask for a ride to a medical appointment … it’s the same process,” said Centre County administrator Margaret Gray.
The county will be providing door-to-door service. The Centre County Office of Transportation has a total of 15 handicap-accessible vans for use.
“We’re excited for the opportunity to help out those who may not have a funding source for transportation,” said director David Lomison. “Centre County Government and the Board of Commissioners have agreed to provide trips for vaccinations at no cost.”
According to Lomison, those in need of transportation should simply call (814) 355-6807 to set up a ride.
“Call up to 2 p.m. the day prior and we can schedule you in a trip and take you to the facility where you’re registered for the shot. We serve all of Centre County, from one end to the other — North, South, East and West. We’re excited to provide this service. Hopefully, people will take advantage of it,” Lomison said.
Chair Michael Pipe said that the free transportation is vital as Centre County continues to get its residents vaccinated.
“We have a very robust and agile transportation office,” Pipe said, “and although we’ve seen a decrease in trips that have occurred due to the pandemic, this is really a way to make sure the revenue we’re getting from the state is put to good use and we’re getting some trips for folks.”
Pipe said that, as usual, rides will be safe.
“This is a great way for people to get a friendly ride that’s COVID-19 safe with masking and social distancing, but enables us to help in getting folks to shots,” Pipe said.
Rides are available Monday through Friday, between 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
In other business Tuesday, the commissioners approved:
— Submission of a project modification request to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) for the COVID-19 Response Grant. This will modify the grant allocations to better support the County’s COVID response. The total award is $154,346, which is Federally funded for the period of Feb. 20, 2020 through Jan. 31, 2022.
— Submission of the Court Interpreter Services Grant Application for Language Access Reimbursable Costs to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the amount of $43,108.73.
— A contract with Governmentjobs.com, Inc. (dba NEOGOV) to provide the Human Resources Management Suite. This service will allow for customized performance evaluations, online job applications, increase the hiring committees access to applications and further enhance recruitment efforts. The contract total is $77,348 for the period of March 15, 2021 through March 14, 2024. The contract was moved to next week’s consent agenda.
— A contract renewal with Egnyte, Inc. to provide secure cloud file sharing and storage. The contract total is $23,760 for the period of March 28, 2021 through March 27, 2022.
— A memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the final Plan — subdivision of lands for Philip and Kathleen Bosak (Re-Subdivision of Lot 2) located in Centre Hall Borough; CCPCDO File No. 127.20. The proposal represents a final plan submission showing the subdivision of four (4) residential lots, with corresponding infrastructure, consisting of approximately 20.97 acres. This subdivision is located along the northern boundary of East Church Street (state Route 192) approximately 975 feet east of its intersection with state Route 144.
There is no commissioners’ meeting next week. Meetings will resume at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 30. The meeting will be held via Zoom and televised live on C-NET.
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