2009-03-26 / Local & State

County Conducts Routine Business

Approved for funding to install geothermal loop
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

Fulton County Commissioner Daniel Swain Jr. kicked off Tuesday's meeting of the Board of Commissioners with good news of money that could be on its way to aid in the proposed county's renovation project.

Swain shared that during a recent meeting of the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority held on March 23, the authority voted in agreement to approve a proposal from the Fulton County commissioners to utilize a Growing Greener II allotment in the amount of $565,000 to install a geothermal loop.

The loop, the commissioners have reported throughout the last year, would be only one aspect of a renovation project that would in part see the majority of county personnel relocated to the county courthouse side of Second Street. Buildings to receive benefits from the geothermal loop, the commissioners said, are the courthouse, sheriff's office/jail and the Neighborhood Service Center that currently houses the commissioners' office.

In other financial news released by the county on March 24, the commissioners agreed that proposed handicapped accessibility upgrades at Fulton County Food Basket should be submitted as a possible project in the event funding becomes available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. It is possible that approximately $80,320 may be available locally through the Act.

In addition to the $65,870 proposed for the Food Basket, the commissioners are also asking for administrative funding in the amount of $14,450.

Chairperson Bonnie Mellott Keefer was granted authorization to sign a notice to proceed with TMS Excavating LLC of McConnellsburg for the second round of McConnellsburg Borough's concrete curb cut-out project.

Keefer also signed applications for payment concerning ongoing renovations at the Fulton County Library as well as a local government acknowledgement for aerial gypsy moth spraying of residential properties in spring 2009 by Helicopter Applicators of Gettysburg.

The commissioners appointed local residents Glenn Ward, Bob McDonald, Betty Malot, Ray Anderson, Franklin Smith, Pauline Lynch and Jane Koehler to the Area Agency on Aging's Citizen Advisory Council. Fellow countian Reed Feight will serve as an alternate member. Their terms of office are set to expire February 28, 2010.

The commissioners were presented with an overview of the savings to county residents through the National Association of Counties (NACo) prescription drug discount card program. Since its inception here in July 2007, the program has generated savings in the amount of $36,174.54 through 2,279 filled prescriptions. In addition, last year alone participating county residents saved almost $25,000.

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