Bonnie Keefer To Continue Heading County Board
The general structure of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners will remain unchanged in 2009 in conjunction with action taken by commissioners Bonnie Mellott Keefer, Daniel Swain Jr. and David Hoover II during their first meeting of the new year.
In gathering Tuesday, January 6, for general office matters and reorganization issues, the commissioners were unanimous in their decision for Keefer and Swain to continue serving in the respective capacity of chair and vice chair of the board. In addition, longtime employee Richard Wible will once again serve as secretary to the board of Fulton County commissioners.
Unless otherwise advertised, the board along with the Fulton County Retirement Board, Fulton County Salary Board and the Board of Assessment and Appeals will continue to meet every Tuesday starting at 8:30 a.m. in the commissioners' office located at 116 West Market Street, McConnellsburg.
Appointments approved during the reorganization process of the meeting include: solicitor Stanley Kerlin, chief clerk Richard Wible, Tax Claim Bureau Director Monica Seville, chief assessor Michelle Sowers, Sealer of Weights & Measuresthe PA Department of Ag, Director of Veterans' Affairs Ed Stenger, Public Defender Tamela Bard, engineer-Keller Engineer and EMA/911 Director Vince Joyce.
Furthermore, Human Services Administrator Jean Snyder was appointed by the commissioners to serve on the Drug & Alcohol Advisory Board, while technology director Eldon Martin will serve on the Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission. Seleen Shives of the Conservation District will serve as a county representative on the Southern Alleghenies Conservancy Board.
The commissioners divided their participation on a series of county and out-of-county boards into the following:
Southern Alleghenies (SA) Planning & Development Commission, commissioners Swain and Hoover
Drug & Alcohol Advisory Board, Commissioner Hoover
Fulton Behavioral Health Focus Board, Commissioner Keefer
RC&D Council, Commissioner Hoover alternate member
Center for Community Services, Commissioner Hoover
EMA Local Planning Committee, Commissioner Keefer
Area Agency on Aging Board, all three commissioners
Tri-County Solid Waste Board, all three commissioners
Economic Development Corp., all three commissioners
Center for Families Advisory Board, Commissioner Hoover
Fulton County Human Services Council, Commissioner Keefer
Fulton County Partnership Board, all three commissioners
SA Rural Transportation Committee, Commissioner Hoover
SA Finance Committee, Commissioner Swain
SA Community Economic Strategy Committee, Commissioner Swain
SA Personnel Committee, Commissioner Hoover
Criminal Justice Advisory Board/Intermediate Punishment Board, all three commissioners
Mental Health/Mental Retardation, Commissioner Hoover
Pandemic Planning, Commissioner Keefer
County Records Improvement Committee, all three commissioners
Retirement Board, all three commissioners
STOP Grant Committee, Commissioner Keefer
Election Board, all three commissioners
Assessment Appeals Board, all three commissioners
Salary Board, all three commissioners
VOCA Grant Board, Commissioner Keefer
Tuscarora Managed Care, commissioners Keefer and Swain
Services for Children Advisory Board, Commissioner Keefer
The commissioners held multiple meetings with departments heads as the Salary Board to discuss salary increases for employees within their departments. Deputy coroners under coroner Darryl Heckman are slated to receive a 3.5 percent salary increase effective January 5. Other department heads who were scheduled to discuss the approved increase with the commissioners were District Attorney Travis Kendall, prothonotary Patty Fix and sheriff Keith Stains.
The commissioners met with Kevin Strait of the maintenance department regarding his possible assistance with interior renovations in county offices. Business manger Tim Stanton will coordinate with Strait on what areas need modified. The most pressing area needing attention at this time, according to the commissioners, is the relocation of the probation office employees.
A reimbursement request in the amount of $4,487.99 will be submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. The overall amount includes a federal share of 80 percent, and an additional 20 percent in state/local share. The reimbursement will be earmarked for expenditures associated with the preliminary engineering costs from Keller Engineers for the JLG turning lane project.
This week the commissioners signed a cooperative agreement for the 2009 gypsy moth suppression program in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Through the residential spray program, 1,364 acres will be sprayed in the county this spring.
Several requests for payments were signed and approved as submitted as part of the Fulton County Library renovation project. Monies in the amount of $75,120.22 will be paid to Eagle Construction Co.; Rodney B. Smith Plumbing, Heating and Cooling; and R&S Electric.
Following a meeting with Edward Silvetti, executive director of the Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission, the board authorized the following individuals to serve as "at-large" members of the commission's board: Jay Cessna, Bedford; Sharon Clapper, Meyersdale; James Lakso, Huntingdon; Dennis J. Munko, Johnstown; Arthur Wilkin Jr., Altoona; and Heather Meck, Loretto.
The commissioners signed an agreement with Zelenkofske Axelrod LLC for the completion of a compliance audit of the Medical Assistance Transportation Program for the years ending June 30, 2006, 2007 and 2008. The firm will compete the audit at a cost of $2,350. The program is run by the Fulton County Partnership.
Edward Stenger, Veterans Affairs director, discussed various aspects of his job title and description with the commissioners.