2008-10-09 / Local & State

Board Hears Goals Of Drug, Alcohol Program

Given Growing Greener II funding update
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

The Fulton County commissioners received multiple updates Tuesday, including a report on the current status and future goals of the Franklin/Fulton Drug & Alcohol Program.

Program administrator Jodi Wadel informed the commissioners goals to be completed by June 30, 2009, include the establishment of a halfway house and bettering, or in some cases developing, relationships with area law-enforcement officials to combat ongoing underage drinking and creating an intervention/ diversion program for that underage drinking.

Wadel, who was accompanied by Fulton County Human Services Administrator Jean Snyder, further indicated that her personal goals as program administrator also extend to obtaining grants and contracting services as well as implementing a training system that supports qualified and committed counselors.

Meanwhile, Wadel's prevention staff are slated to expand upon the services offered to youths falling between the ages of 12 and 20 in hopes of decreasing the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Wadel added the staff hopes to develop a train-the-trainers program that would be available to school personnel, faith-based organizations and human services workers. Alternative activities could also be devised and eventually offered by community groups and faith-based organizations, Wadel concluded.

In other business attended to on Tuesday, October 7, the commissioners heard from Scott Alexander of the Conservation District pertaining to the spending of $1 million Growing Greener II funds in the county. To date, approximately 15 percent of the Growing Greener II allocation has been spent, Commissioner Dan Swain said.

Among the funds expended include monies allotted to the Mc- Connellsburg Lions Club Park expansion project. Only 10 percent of the overall allotment of $154,000 has not been spent and is pending final inspection by the state within the next month.

Alexander stated the proposed ditch improvement project along Decorum Road in Burnt Cabins is currently listed under the county's allotment in the amount of $18,000, however, forms still need to be submitted to Growing Greener II. Other projects still requiring form submittal to the state include the new county office building for $563,200 and $107,000 for habitat improvement plans along Plum Run at Sinoquipe Scout Reservation.

Sheriff Keith Stains told the commissioners he sat down with McConnellsburg Borough Council pertaining to the county's proposal to purchase the borough police cruiser upon the disbandment of the borough police force on December 31 at 11:59 p.m. Stains stated the borough appeared to be interested in working with the county, which would in turn replace a car with 200,000 miles by using the borough's police cruiser. The cruiser currently has 70,000 miles logged.

Retroactive to October 6, the employment status of part-time employee Mindy Mellott will be changed to full time to compensate for the resignation of another fulltime employee at the office of Magisterial District Judge Carol Jean Johnson.

The commissioners met with

David Washabaugh IV and Clyde Bookheimer, members of the Fulton Industrial Development Association (FIDA) Executive Committee, met with commissioners relevant to the recent resignation of part-time executive director Wendy Melius. Melius, according to the commissioners, is helping the FIDA from home and it is unlikely the vacancy will be filled immediately.

The commissioners penned a contract with county conflicts attorney Dwight Harvey, who is slated to work up to 250 hours per year.

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