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Written by Holyoke Enterprise   

The regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the Northeastern Colorado Association of Local Governments (NECALG) was held Wednesday, Jan. 19 in Sterling.

The following individuals were elected as the corporate officers for 2011:

Washington County Commissioner David Foy, chairman; Morgan County Commissioner Brian McCracken, vice-chairman; Yuma County Commissioner Trent Bushner, treasurer; Municipal Representative Jerry Kollman, secretary.

A correspondence from the Colorado Department of Transportation was distributed to the board of directors. NECALG has received purchase order extending the FTA Section 5311 grant to Dec. 31. The grant is for a total of $424,810 for administration and operation of a rural transit system. The board of directors approved the local match of $392,639.

Administrative and Operations Supervisor Darlene Thorndyke reviewed the December operations report for County Express. From January to December 2010, County Express provided 154,459 trips. This total compares to 124,861 trips provided by County Express from January to December 2009.

From January to December 2010, County Express employees drove 1,035,181 miles to provide public transportation for residents of Northeastern Colorado. This total compares 861,057 miles driven January to December 2009 by County Express to provide public transportation for the residents of Northeastern Colorado.

From January to December 2010, County Express operated 62,249 hours to provide transportation to the residents of Northeastern Colorado. This total compares to 57,479 hours from January to December 2009.

Executive Director Larry Worth distributed the Community Services Block Grant application for the fiscal year beginning March 1 through Feb. 28, 2012. The total grant application is for $129,000. A total of $90,000 will be allocated for direct services to clients.

A total of $54,000 or 60 percent of the allocation for direct services has been budgeted for dental services. A total of $22,500 or 25 percent of the total allocated for direct services will be budgeted for eye care. A total of $13,500 will be budgeted for support of area food banks and the Family Education Center ESL/GED supplies.

The board of directors approved submittal of the CSBFG application for $129,000.

A letter from Susan Kirkpatrick, former executive director for the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, expressing appreciation for the partnership with NECALG for implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) was distributed to the board of directors.

“The State of Colorado received funds in the amount of $8,684,648 to provide critical services to those affected by the severe economic recession. Despite an unprecedented amount of funding, need and responsibility, the CSBG network collectively expended 99.6 percent of the funds, which is an outstanding achievement.

“The successful administration of the CSBG ARRA Program by your agency and the entire CSBG network provided assistance to 46,693 low income participants representing 28,156 families statewide. Sixty-four percent of participants had an annual income of less than $18,310, and 35 percent of the participants had an annual income of less than $9,155.

“The Department of Local Affairs values your partnership and looks forward to our continued joint efforts to improve the lives of citizens throughout our great state of Colorado.”

The board of directors approved a contract with Lauer, Szabo and Associates for the audit of the financial statements from Jan. 1-Dec. 31. The fee of $16,000 represents an increase of $1,500 due to the additional programs from the receipt of ARRA funds.

The monthly report for the Area Agency on Aging was distributed to the board of directors. In December, the Meet and Eat sites served 3,176 meals at the congregate meal sites in the region. The Area Agency on Aging provided 3,123 home delivered meals. In December, the Single Entry Point, Options for Long Term Care Program served 668 clients.

The accounts payable was distributed to the board of directors. Payroll for December was $177,700.82. Payables for December totaled $718,894.23 for a total accounts payable of $896,595.05.

The annual meeting for NECALG will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16 at the Washington County Annex Building in Akron. For reservations contact administrative assistant, Pat Gleason, at 970-867-9409, ext. 233.