K-Cups no longer serving the BDD’s needs

LISBON — The Columbiana County Board of Developmental Disabilities is taking bids from people interested in purchasing a machine which makes K-Cups.

Superintendent Bill Devon said the board bought the machine in August 2017 with the idea of helping to employ clients by training them to pack and ship the K-Cups. A third party was leasing the machine to manufacture the K-Cups, which are what hold the various types of coffee when it is being brewed in a K-Cup coffee maker.

In the beginning, Devon said things went well with the K-Cups being made as fundraisers, but since March the machine has gone unutilized. He also told the board they have learned the Department of Agriculture will not allow them to use the machine to make K-Cups in the same facility where scented candles are being created for the Beaver Creek Candle Co.

The board voted Wednesday that since the machine is now no longer needed for public use, they will take sealed bids on the item, which is valued at more than $2,500, the threshold for where they must take bids. Devon said he reserves the right to refuse any and all bids, noting that the machine is actually worth about 10 times more than that.

Additionally, the board voted to dispose of a 2008 Ford F-150 pickup in as is condition. Devon said the truck is in bad shape.

The board also voted that due to the reorganization of the CCBDD programs, they no longer need to have the currently unfilled positions of habilitation specialist II, workshop specialist II and a custodian/vehicle operator. Devon said now that the CCBDD no longer operates the workshops, providing direct care for people, these positions are no longer needed.

In other matters:

— The board approved an updated part-time custodial position, reduced from a full eight-hour day to a five-hour day.

— The board approved a four-year contract with Krista Cox as business manager at the top of the step scale; a four-year contract with Pam Elkins as MUI support specialist at the top of the step scale; and a two-year contract with Carrie Lawton, provider compliance relations specialist at $60,000 per year, which is above the top of the step scale. Additionally, the board approved Lawton to participate in the Leadership Columbiana County program.

— The board approved continuing the contract with Person Centered Services to provide school transportation for the upcoming year at Robert Bycroft and approved the bus routes for the start of school on Monday.


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