2009-05-28 / Local & State

County Audit Yields No Findings

Commissioners discuss Buck Valley sewer extension
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

Fulton County's trio of auditors presented the commissioners with the final audit report Tuesday, which turned up nothing out of the ordinary in the lines of income and expenditures for 2008.

Auditors Phyllis Bard, Rebecca Kendall and Kimberly Seiders mentioned the auditing process went "pretty well" this year. In fact, the auditors added in spite of small recommendations given personally to several row offices, there were no major findings.

The auditors, it was noted, have until July 1 to complete their array of finance-related paperwork. No action was taken by the commissioners, and the audit report will be stored for recording purposes.

On the heels of their presentation, the commissioners informed the women that with the county renovation project getting started it is not yet known where they will be housed for the 2009 audit. The auditors' office has been shifted frequently in recent years as the group has held four different office locations within a four-year period.

In meeting with county project coordinator Karen Hann, the commissioners gave their nod of approval to Hann's threeyear development plan for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding based on community needs.

According to the approved plan, over the span of the last three years, CDBG projects requiring the most time and attention have been improvements at the county's three senior citizen centers, housing services and removal of architectural barriers for the handicapped. The plan outlines that over the next five years local sewer systems will be promoted as possible projects. Furthermore, there is a lack of meeting places for social activities or gatherings for area youths or handicapped residents.

Activities specifically detailed to occur during the next three years include the installation of broadband Internet services countywide; replacement of main line near Reservoir Road in conjunction with McConnellsburg Sewer Authority; upgrades to main lines and equipment for Needmore Water Supply; construction of Needmore wastewater treatment facility; handicapped parking at Food Basket; and sewer main line replacement in Knobsville.

Hann and the commissioners also reviewed possible project recommendations to be given to the Bethel Township Board of Supervisors regarding the Buck Valley south end sewer extension. The project has received a total of $112,076 in CDBG funding, and to date $29,156.27 has been spent. The project, Hann stated, had been slated to be put out to bid at the start of the year.

Technology director Eldon Martin announced up to $5,500 is available through the Administrative Office of PA Courts (AOPC) for the purchase and installation of security cameras in the courthouse. The project is being recommended to the county by the AOPC. Martin also touched on software to process election results and prioritizing work orders.

The commissioners met with Kelly Ford, Services for Children director, behind closed doors regarding a personnel issue.

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