2008-10-02 / Local & State

County Conducts Routine Business

Anticipated gypsy moth spraying to decrease in 2009
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

The Fulton County commissioners were updated Tuesday on the progress of the proposed residential spraying program to combat gypsy moths during 2009.

Gypsy moth coordinator Earle Yearsley reported bills were mailed out earlier this week to local applicants qualifying to participate in next year's spray program. Participants, according to Yearsley, have until November 7 to make their payment for the aerial spraying that is routinely done during the month of May.

Yearsley added that participation numbers have decreased from fig- ures posted during the 2008 spray. The 2009 program is tentatively slated to have a total of 61 spray blocks tallying 514 acres. In comparison, the 2008 figures show 4,582 acres, which equated to 145 spray blocks. The drop in participation rate can likely be attributed to "major reductions" in the county's gypsy moth population and tree damage.

In other related matters with the commissioners on September 30, county projects coordinator Karen Hann conducted a public bid opening for a sprinkler system in conjunction with renovations at the Fulton County Library. Those on hand for the opening of two bids were Jerre Parsons of Dennis E. Black Engineering Inc. and Harry Smith from King's Fire Protection Inc.

Bids recorded by the commissioners include a bid totalling $111,900 from Eagle Construction Co. Inc. and a $144,932 bid from King's. Both bids were tabled for further review by project engineer Parsons.

In addition, the commissioners signed a change order in the amount of $2,500 to utilize roofing material at the library.

Solicitor Stanley Kerlin along with technology director Eldon Martin met with the commissioners to review the possible future sale of the county's personal property via an online auction. Auctions have been conducted in recent years through sealed bids.

Kerlin also discussed an upcoming county meeting on Wednesday, October 8, with the Planning Commission regarding placing the entire county under a Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance (LERTA) program. Following the meeting, a public meeting will be held in the commissioners office to receive public input on the matter.

The commissioners signed an contract with Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates for architectural/ engineering services in coordination with the county office building project. A definitive answer on the cost of the firm's services could not be determined as of this date as their services are based on percentages of certain duties.

Magisterial District Judge Carol Jean Johnson discussed the resignation of an employee effective Friday. In following Johnson's suggestion of restructuring existing office staff, it was decided there would not be any need for another employee.

Last week the commissioners adopted a resolution thereby naming the Fulton Industrial Development Association (FIDA) as the organization to receive Local Economic Development Assistance funding. Monies in the amount of $18,414 have been earmarked and will be distributed through FIDA for the 2008-09 fiscal year, according to reports from the commissioners' office.

During an on-site meeting with Susan Cubbage, director of the Fulton County Food Basket, the commissioners inspected county-owned property located just west of the McConnellsburg Senior Center, which houses the local food pantry in the bottom floor of its facility.

Chairman Keefer was granted authorization to sign the Welfare- To-Work resolution, which authorizes Fulton County Partnership Executive Director Julie Dovey to execute public transportation grant agreements with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

A plan for Medical Assistance Transportation Program services was signed increasing mileage reimbursement from 20 cents per mile to 25 cents per mile.

Business manager Tim Stanton reported Fulton County residents have saved a total of $24,217 over a 13-month time span by participating in the National Association of Counties (NACo) prescription drug discount card program. During the month of August 2008, 80 individuals used the program, resulting in price savings of $2,139.90.

A contract with Global Data Consultants was signed authorizing the company to provide network support services from January 1, 2009, through December 31, 2009. In exchange for their services, the firm is slated to receive $16,750.

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