CYS budget holds steady
September 14, 2010
The Warren County Commissioners broke tradition Monday and conducted official business as their work session.
In this case, necessity overrode the tradition.
The commissioners unanimously accepted the needs-based budget plan for Children and Youth Services presented by Mary Kushner, director of Forest-Warren Department of Human Services.
According to Commissioner Chairman John Eggleston, the haste in signing the CYS budget was pushed by an earlier deadline of Sept. 15 established by the Pennsylvania Office of Children, Youth and Families.
Kushner said it was “not a typical year” for revenue and expenditures because the entity operated the first quarter of the 2009-10 fiscal year without a state budget.
In a report outlining the highlights of the most recent fiscal year, CYS officials showed an increase of the total number of children served in-home to 1,438 from 1,074 in 2008-09. However, the total number of days that kids spent placed outside of their homes dropped to 21,807 from the 31,758 reported the previous year, which translates to reduced cost to the county.
Kushner explained that CYS was not requiring any more funding from the county in the presented budget. She added that CYS is expecting increases in a couple special grants in its projections for 2010-11 and 2011-12 including increases in the independent living grant.
“We’re hoping to get a practice apartment,” Kushner said regarding life skills training for teenagers.
In other business, the commissioners opened bids for a roof replacement project at the Rouse Annex.
Commissioner John Bortz asked if the commissioners were acting on behalf of the Rouse Estate.
“This is ours because it’s the Rouse Annex. We rent it for the 911 center,” Eggleston said, adding that the agreement requires the county to perform building maintenance.
The architect for the project, Jeff Zariczny of Inscale Architects, wrote the bid specifications to include three options for the roof – the base bid would be for a shingle roof, the first alternative would be for a metal roof and the second alternative would be stone-coated steel shingles.
Bids were received from two companies. McCreary Roofing, of Erie, offered a bid of $49,650 for a shingle roof. Empire Builders, of Mayville, N.Y., offered a base bid of $70,700 with an added cost of $7,070 for the first alternative and an added $4,795 for the second alternative.
The commissioners agreed to forward the bids on to Zariczny for a recommendation.