Harrison County commissioners sign transportation contract
CADIZ — Program-eligible Harrison County residents will be provided public transportation opportunities for medical appointments and employment through the Harrison County Department of Job and Family Services.
Deb Knight, assistant director of the department, met with the Harrison County commissioners to sign a contract during Wednesday’s meeting. The pact allows the county DJFS to purchase transportation through the Harrison County Public Transit for eligible residents.
Commissioner Paul Coffland said those eligible residents will receive free transportation through the DJFS for medical appointments and other services.
According to the contract, eligible programs included are:
• Non-emergency transportation: Recipients will be those county residents who are Medicaid eligible whose Medicaid eligibility has been determined and whose transportation cannot be provided or arranged through other Medicaid transportation or community resources;
• Pregnancy-related services: Recipients are Medicaid eligible pregnant women who are able to receive enhanced medical services such as education, nutrition counseling, nutrition intervention and care coordination from the date of identification of pregnancy through 60 days after the end of the pregnancy;
• Healthchek program participants: Federally mandated comprehensive preventative health care program for Medicaid eligible individuals, from birth to 21 years of age;
• Prevention, retention and contingency plan: A program that allows for transportation services for recipients who are in need of transportation services to complete work requirements or are in need of transportation services to hold employment;
• Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program employment and training: Program requires mandatory nonexempt work registrants in receipt of food assistance to participate in employment and training. Transportation services are needed to transport these individuals from home to worksites and return to home throughout the county; and
• Adult protective services: Transportation services may be required for any adult, over the age of 60, or any other individual involved with the DJFS and/or Adult Protective Services/Social/Children Services Unit.
The contract states that the DJFS will pay a rate of $3.16 per mile. The contract became effective Monday and will continue through Feb. 28. Commissioners Dale Norris, Don Bethel and Coffland unanimously approved it.
In other matters, Engineer Doug Bachman made his recommendation for a contractor to perform work for the guardrail and installation project. The project includes the replacement and installation of more than 12,500 feet of guardrail located on three of the county’s roadways.
At the Feb. 17 meeting, the county received four bids for the project ranging from $312,824 to $352,657.
Bachman recommended commissioners accept the project’s low bid from Cuyahoga Fence LLC of Mayfield Heights for $312,824.
Commissioners approved the engineer’s recommendation and awarded the bid to Cuyahoga Fence.