2009-06-11 / Local & State

Shore To Step Down From Position

Commissioners
STAFF WRITER

Ardella Shore, a longtime employee of the Fulton County commissioners office, announced this week she will be resigning from her position later this month.

The resignation of Shore, a volunteer in the office that primarily oversees voter registration and related election issues, is slated to become effective June 30. Shore did note, however, that she would be available to work sporadically on an as-needed basis and would also be more than willing to train a replacement on voter registration procedures.

The commissioners personally thanked Shore for her years of dedication and volunteer service to the county.

In other personnel matters, the commissioners declined a request to fill a courthouse security guard vacancy. With one of the three guards scheduled to step down from his duties later this week, Sheriff Keith Stains stated he was not in favor of having a deputy fill in in the capacity of guard with duties in his own office, such as paper service and prisoner transports, on the rise. Stains noted the money for the position is included in his 2009 budget and inquired about the commissioners filling positions in other offices.

Commissioner Bonnie Mellott Keefer related the fact money was previously budgeted would be offset by the fact they recently bumped a female deputy from part-time to fulltime to help deal with the work load. Commissioner Daniel Swain Jr. added that the county is not desperate as of yet, but the commissioners are taking steps to ensure that there are not any increases in the millage rate.

Stains concluded a state mandate may force counties statewide to employ only deputies at their security stations in two years.

Hires approved by the county in the last week include Angela Ciccarelli and Joe Zupanchick as county case workers 2 with the Services for Children Office effective June 15.

The commissioners contracted with Robert Kimball and Associates, which will be upgrading the county's GIS server and Web tool. The firm is scheduled to receive a total of $125 per hour and cannot exceed $1,360.

A professional service contract agreement was signed with Dennis E. Black Engineering Inc. of Chambersburg. The firm will aid the county with engineering services related to Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) projects. The agreement began June 8 and will expire on June 7, 2010.

The commissioners and the Fulton County Conservation District entered into a memorandum of understanding stating the district will be responsible for the administration of the county's recycling program.

Fulton Industrial Development Association was designated as the entity that will qualify for state financial assistance per requirements of the Industrial Development Assistance Law.

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