2008-10-16 / Local & State

County Reviews Driver's Policy


The Fulton County commissioners took time Tuesday to reflect upon and make suggestions for possible alterations to their existing driver's policy that was enacted in mid-December 2007.

Business manager Tim Stanton presented the commissioners with a copy of the existing policy that mandates county employees convicted of driving under the influence cannot operate a county-owned vehicle. Furthermore, the document states drivers with any convictions reported shall be placed on driving restriction.

Stanton asked for additional clarification to enable him to determine who does and does not have permission to drive county vehicles.

Stanton indicated he has the capability to reference employee DUI and moving violations annually through PennDOT if written consent for a search if given. If an employee having access to county vehicles does not consent to the background search, their driving privileges are revoked by the county.

The commissioners agreed each incident should be reviewed on a case-by-case basis annually, and a points system could be followed based on the severity of infractions.

Also on hand for the PComp safety discussion conversation were Bobby Snyder of Snyder Insurance Agency and Christine McQuade of Services for Children.

Paul Johnston and Kenny Wuertenberg of the Fulton County Parks and Recreation Commission along with program director Chanin Mountz met with the commissioners regarding a request for funding from the county's 2009 general budget. The Commission, which has organized bike rides, hikes, children's camps and various adult courses this year, made a formal request of $5,000.

The commission currently receives funding from an annual fundraiser as well as through membership fees paid by Ayr, Todd, Licking Creek, Dublin, Thompson townships and the McConnellsburg Borough. In exchange, residents in those membership municipality receive a discounted registration fee on programs.

Commissioner David Hoover applauded the commission's efforts and noted he could see the commission really taking off and growing into something more. Hoover referenced a program referred to as "Around the Mountain" in the Tussey Mountain School District where kids are picked up in villages and transported via bus to various programs.

Wuertenberg added the commission's courses are designed to eliminate duplication of existing programs or courses currently offered locally. Hope exists that the programming will eventually turn the commission from a part-time organization to full time.

The commissioners authorized Chairperson Bonnie Mellott Keefer to sign a notice of award to Eagle Construction for the purchase and installation of a sprinkler system in conjunction with the Fulton County Library's renovation project. The company's bid totalled $111,900.

On motion by Commissioner Hoover, the county's life insurance coverage with Aetna was increased to pay $25,000 for natural death and $50,000 for accidental death. The coverage is extended to full-time, non-union employees, and the change is effective November 1.

Vince Joyce, Jerry Land and Eldon Martin were available to discuss the county's continuity of operations plan. Certain sections of the plan were reviewed, but the final plan must be adopted by a resolution declared by the commissioners.

Justin Bell of Zelenkofske & Axelrod met in executive session pertaining to the completion of the 2007 single audit.

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