MOUNT VERNON — Knox County Commissioners approved several routine contracts Tuesday primarily to supplement social service programs, in areas ranging from child support enforcement services through juvenile court to transportation provided through children services.
The first contract, through Ohio Jobs and Family Services (JFS), will provide the county’s Child Support Enforcement Agency a total of $88,240 in child support contractor services provided by the contractor, which is the Knox County Juvenile Court. The funds, made available through the Social Security Act, are to be used “for the effective administration of the (child) support enforcement program.”
The unit cost of the contractor services provided is $176.48 per hour. The contract is in effect one year from April, with services to involve providing court documents in a timely manner, as well as conducting hearings, deliberating, researching and preparing information on child support cases.
Two more contracts approved by commissioners involve transportation agreements. One is between JFS and Knox Area Transit (KAT). JFS is to provide $85,000 in non-Emergency Transportation funding at a rate of $2.63 per mile for travels less than 3 miles, or $35.68 per hour for travels of 3 or more miles billed in 15-minute increments. The one-year contract begins July 1. A similar contract between JFS and Knox Area Transit, with KAT being the contractor at an amount of $20,000, is for providing the purchase of in-county and out-of-county transportation services for children services consumers. The amount for travel per mile is the same as for Non-Emergency Transportation funding.
In other action, commissioners:
•Approved notice for advertisement of bids for the Parrott Street Bridge Replacement project.
•Authorized the county auditor to release Permissive Auto Tax Funds to the city of Mount Vernon in the amount of $93,025. The funds are for resurfacing approved streets within the city.