The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

October 11, 2013

Ashtabula County commissioners hire consultant for dispatch study

Star Beacon

JEFFERSON — Ashtabula County Commissioners approved a resolution, Thursday, to hire a consultant for the feasibility study on a mutual public safety dispatching center for the county.

The county will contract with Frank Bernato, who will provide assistance to L.R. Kimball, the firm hired to conduct the study.

Commissioner Peggy Carlo said Bernato will serve as a contact person and facilitate meetings and such. Bernato is retired from the fire service, she said.

The contract amount is not to exceed $3,000 for up to a maximum of 150 hours plus mileage. The contract is part of the $70,000 grant the county received to conduct the feasibility study.

Carlo said she is glad the agreement is in place so L.R. Kimball can begin the study.

In other business, commissioners approved:

n A resolution awarding bids for employment and health related transportation services to Country Neighbor Program Inc. and City Taxicab and Transfer Co.;

n A resolution authorizing the filing of a grant proposal to the Area Agency on Aging 11, Inc. for funding for the Ashtabula County Transportation System (ACTS);

n A resolution accepting the grant from the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services for residential substance abuse treatment at the Ashtabula County Jail through the Ashtabula County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board Thinking for a Change Program;

n A resolution authorizing an amendment to the grant with the Ohio Department of Youth Services (ODYS) for the fiscal year 2014-2015 biennium youth services grant for juvenile court;

n A resolution approving a contract with Demshar Environmental for the demolition of residential sites located throughout Ashtabula County through the Moving Ohio Forward Program; and,

n A resolution approving an amendment to the contract with Cott Systems, Inc. for an integrated land records system through the Ashtabula County Recorder’s Office.

Commissioners also approved a number of financial transactions for the county including travel requests, payroll changes, additional appropriations for the Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Department, Victims of Crime Office, Youth Services grant and Clerk of Courts office, as well as reduced appropriations for the Governor’s Public Safety Grant, Community Correction Probation and EMA Homeland Security.