2009-07-02 / Local & State

County Clerk To Retire Sept. 1

Dick Wible to retire after over three decades of service
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

Logging well over three decades of service to Fulton County and its citizens, the county's chief clerk announced his resignation Tuesday morning in a letter to the commissioners.

Richard Wible's resignation for the purpose of retirement is slated to begin effective September 1. Wible of McConnellsburg, has been on a brief hiatus from his duties with the county since mid- March but made a quick appearance before commissioners Bonnie Mellott Keefer, Daniel Swain Jr. and David Hoover II during the afternoon hours to wish the county well.

Wible has spent 34 years with the county in the capacity of county clerk, wearing an array of hats and tending to a variety of issues ranging from elections and voter registration to recycling efforts and acting as a go-between for county residents, state and local officials. His years spent with the county combined with the multitude of issues dealt with on a daily and weekly basis made Wible a variable wealth of knowledge within the realms of county government.

Prior to being appointed to work for the county commissioners, Wible, a native of New Grenada, spent approximately one year as an aide with the Fulton County Extension Office, working with area children.

In accepting Wible's retirement with much regret, the commissioners publicly announced Tuesday, "Dick has served numerous boards of commissions in the past 3 1/2 decades and has served them well. His broad reservoir of knowledge and sense of county history have always been an asset to the commissioners, and his sense of humor has often brightened the days of those who worked with him."

"We wish him the best in his retirement and thank him for his dedicated service to the county," they added.

As the position of county clerk is an appointed position, the commissioners will not be required to advertise the opening in-house or publicly. Other such appointed positions within the county include chief assessor, solicitor and veterans affairs coordinator.

In other matters addressed on June 30, the commissioners authorized attorney Lynn Y. MacBride to serve as Guardian Ad Litem for the children and youth agency. The agreement is a purchase of service conract authorizing her to serve as attorney for children who appear in juvenile court dependency proceedings.

The commissioners met with area property owner and landlord Paul Sigel, who had issue with not receiving a tax bill. The commissioners said they would check to see if Sigel's address has been processed properly at the county level and also explained the procedures surrounding sending notices for unpaid taxes.

The commissioners were on hand Tuesday morning for the groundbreaking of the two-story patient services and administrative building for the Fulton County Medical Center.

Commissioner Keefer signed off on an application for reimbursement of state funding in conjunction with the subdivision/ zoning project in the works with McConnellsburg Borough and Licking Creek, Brush Creek, Taylor and Union townships. Steve Thomas of the county planning office reported the subdivision ordinance portion of the project will see a total of $10,000 coming into Fulton County, while the zoning portion funding tallies $12,500.

The project will take between six months and one year until completed and requires a 50/50 match in money. Thomas added he was slated to attend the Mc- Connellsburg Borough Council's meeting on July 1 to recruit additional input and attendance at future project meetings. Pat Frazier is currently representing the Borough Council on these matters.

The commissioners further stated Commissioner Hoover, Thomas and an engineer from Crabtree, Rohrbaugh and Associates will also be on hand at Wednesday's borough meeting to reveal land development plans in conjunction with their county construction and renovation project.

Through a newly adopted resolution, the commissioners approved PA Invest, Tower Bank, Farmers and Merchants Trust Company of Chambersburg and Community State Bank of Orbisonia to serve as depositories for county funds.

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