2009-03-05 / Local & State


County Holds CDBG Public Hearing

The Fulton County commissioners sat down with several county employees Tuesday morning for a public hearing to discuss the possible use of Community Development Block Grant funding during 2009.

Projects currently proposed to receive money through the program, according to CDBG and county projects coordinator Karen Hann, include ongoing renovations at the Wells Tannery Community Building as well as handicapped accessibility and HVAC upgrades to the Fulton County Food Basket office. The Hustontown Sewage Authority is also hoping to receive money to complete upgrades for handicapped accessibility, and Belfast Township is vying for funding for a wastewater treatment facility and collection system in the village of Needmore.

In conjunction with the proposed projects, Wells Tannery and Food Basket officials are requesting $20,000 and $50,000, respectively, in funding. If approved, the Hustontown Sewage Authority will get $30,200 in funds and Belfast Township will receive an allotment totalling $88,171.

No public comment was given during the hearing, and no action was taken by the commissioners to approve the funding requests tallying $228,371.

In other issues addressed by the commissioners on March 3, a revision was proposed and adopted unanimously for the county's Inclement Weather Policy. Commissioner Daniel Swain Jr. noted the revision includes a clarification on closures and employee liberal leave.

Chair Bonnie Mellott Keefer was granted authorization to sign a proposal submitted by the Proac Corp. for additional testing and mold removal to be completed by the firm at the Services for Children office. The company will receive up to $8,608 in conjunction with performing the services. Commissioner Swain stated prior testing shows mold was found in walls located on the northside of the building. It is likely that health issues, such as headaches, and complaints previously logged by employees within that office are directly linked to the presence of mold.

Keefer also signed a proclamation proclaiming the week of March 1 through March 7 as Weather Emergency Preparedness Week in Fulton County.

Eldon Martin, technology director, updated the commissioners on an array of issues, including the court employees call system, computer for victim/ witness coordinator and a copier for the Sheriff's Office.

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