Fulton County gives nod to OFA contracts

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County supervisors recently approved the proposed 2020 contracts for the county Office for Aging/Youth.

Contracts were approved in two areas — the OFA and the Fulton County Youth Bureau. The OFA/Youth contracts with many community agencies within Fulton County to provide services to seniors and youth.

OFA/Youth Director Andrea Fettinger requested and received approval from the Board of Supervisors’ Human Services Committee for the contracts at the County Office Building. The full board takes final action Tuesday.

Fettinger said there weren’t many swings in budgeting for her department for next year.

“There’s really no difference from prior years,” she said.

She said youth bureau contracts are in the “ball park” of what Fulton County usually receives in state aid.

On the OFA side, the agency has had a longstanding contract with Kingsboro Catering Inc. for congregate and home delivered meals. The contract rate was $5.80 per meal for 2019, but is proposed to rise to $6.40 per meal for 2020.

“There are some changes there as far as cost per unit,” Fettinger said. “They haven’t changed in several years. This brings this into a better place.”

Fettinger noted the OFA’s contract with Nathan Littauer Hospital’s Lifeline Program services was also increasing for people on a waiting list. The contract was proposed to increase from $4,092 in 2019 to $7,500 for 2020.

Other proposed contracts with the OFA include ones with the: Johnstown Senior Citizens Center, visiting nurses home care, Elite Services/Broadway Health Care staffing, Top Quality Home Care Agency LLC, registered dietician Shannon Davis, and the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York.

Youth bureau contracts — based on availability of state funding — totals $87,357 for 2020.

Proposed youth contracts were as follows: Catholic Charities, Youth Program and substance abuse prevention — $5,500; Citizens in Community Service, Youth Program and community restitution — $1,200 total; Gloversville citywide recreation — $1,000; Johnstown Public Library, Summer Reading Program — $7,000; Mental Health Association, youth services and sexually exploited youth — $31,500 total; Fulton County YMCA, Teen Center and Day Camp, $4,500 total; Family Counseling Center, youth services — $7,000; HFM Prevention Council, various services — $10,500; and town of Perth, Summer Youth Recreation Program administrative functions — $9,857.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.


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