2008-12-11 / Local & State

County Releases Money For Homeless Assistance

Conducts routine business during last two weeks
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

The Fulton County commissioners attended to an array of business matters over the last two weeks, opting to release homeless assistance monies to help local families, establishing county holidays for 2009 and even reviewing the ongoing renovation project at the Fulton County Library.

The commissioners met with county projects coordinator Karen Hann to discuss the construction under way at the Fulton County Library and sign a series of change orders for improvements. A total of $31,834.50 in change orders was authorized and signed by Commissioner Bonnie Mellott Keefer for various additions at the library, including construction of a room for the air handling unit, trenching for underground utilities, installation of LVL beams in the upper level and installation and equipment for a new three-phase utility service.

Hann further indicated the new three-phase service was recommended to the library by the electric company based on the addition of an elevator. The change orders were issued for Eagle Construction Co. and R&S Electric LLC.

A request for payment was signed and approved for Southern Contractors, which is overseeing the construction of an addition at the Warfordsburg Senior Center. Southern Contractors, based in the Three Springs area, will receive a first payment of $48,663.90 in connection with the project.

The following county holidays were approved for the 2009 calendar year: New Year's Day, January 1; Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. birthday, January 19; Presidents Day, February 16; Easter, April 10; Memorial Day, May 25; Independence Day, July 3; Labor Day, September 7; Veterans Day, November 11; Thanksgiving, November 26 and 27; Christmas, December 24 and 25.

Last Thursday, the commissioners along with business manager Tim Stanton met with Jeffrey Davidek, a marketing manager with CS McKee Investment Managers. Davidek shared what services are available through his firm in conjunction with the county's retirement fund. Davidek agreed to provide the county with a formal proposal outlining fees and services.

Technology director Eldon Martin and EMA/911 director Vince Joyce discussed county office closings and delays occurring as a result of inclement weather. The group decided that employees should call 717- 485-6870 to determine if office operations have been delayed or cancelled.

The commissioners voted to release the remainder of stateallocated 2008-09 Homeless Assistance funding in comparison to spreading out payments through June 30, 2009. The funding, the commissioners noted, will be sent directly to the Fulton County Catholic Mission, which will be responsible for distributing the monies to eligible families needing assistance heating their homes or for rental payments for families facing eviction. In addition, the commissioners released an additional $1,993 in administrative funding to be utilized for direct services.

"In light of the current economy and with the county experiencing the highest unemployment rate in the state for October, we feel that it is urgent that these funds be available for use during the coldest winter months rather than later in the spring," stated the commissioners. "We also feel that rather than use the administrative funds for county administration of this program, it would be a far better use this year to release it for direct services."

The commissioners added the release of funding equals a total of $19,935 that will be utilized by Fulton County residents in need.

On Tuesday, November 25, Jeff Weiss and Sam Lynch from Zelenkofske-Axelrod Business Services reviewed the 2007 county audit. No action was taken during the meeting. The commissioners have, however, signed a Data Collection Form for Reporting on Audits in connection with this audit.

Veterans Affairs director Dale Miller announced his resignation effective January 1. Miller was thanked for his years of service to the county.

Donald Houser, representative of Dominion Resources, updated the commissioners on natural gas pipeline and storage facilities in Fulton County.

County projects coordinator Karen Hann presented the commissioners with photos depicting the addition at the Warfordsburg Senior Center. Hann also touched upon a proposed sewer project within the vicinity of the Fulton County Fairgrounds.

Hann and planning and mapping director Mary K. Seville reviewed the prior and current condition of the Boorman Road in Brush Creek Township. No action was taken.

Michelle Sowers was sworn in as chief tax assessor during a ceremony with the commissioners and Prothonotary Patti Fix.

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