2009-09-10 / Local & State

County Signs Ag reement With FIDA

To provide FIDA with limited office support for 180 days
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

The Fulton County commissioners entered into an memorandum of agreement with the Fulton Industrial Development Association that will provide the understaffed organization with much-needed office support over the next six months.

Numerous members of the Fulton Industrial Development Association (FIDA)'s Board of Directors appeared before commissioners Bonnie Mellott Keefer and David Hoover II to discuss ways the county could help provide interim staffing assistance. The assistance is needed in light of the previous resignation of FIDA Executive Director Wendy Melius, which left the organization without any staff.

On hand to meet with the commissioners were David Washabaugh IV, Walter Barmont, John Duffey, Jack Fields, Bobby Snyder, Helen Overly, Larry Palmer, Clyde Bookheimer, Marlin Lynch, John Ott and Stanley Kerlin. On the heels of the September 8 gathering, the commissioners signed a memorandum of understanding with FIDA , which states the county will provide the organization with a limited amount support services for 180 days that include:

• Answering phone calls and responding to inquiries,

• Preparing reports and grant applications,

• Upgrading of FIDA's Web site (time permitting) and

• Other assignments as agreed upon.

The commissioners told the "News" in light of their staffing and current economic difficulties there will not be a charge

levied for their services nor will

FIDA's annual allotment from . the county be affected or reduced in coordination with services provided. County clerk Dan Swain and county projects coordinator Karen Hann will be the county employees primarily responsible for working with the FIDA, the commissioners added.

In other matters addressed Tuesday, the monthly PComp/ PCorp Safety meeting was held with Hann, EMA/911 Director Vince Joyce and Bobby Snyder of the Snyder Insurance Agency in attendance. The group reviewed the county's claims history dating back to mid-October 1995 with the largest number of incidents (13) involving falls. Other incidents include dog bites, automobile accidents, carpal tunnel and strained muscles.

The office logging the most episodes is Services for Children followed by the Maintenance Department, which was noted to be understandable by the commissioners due to the nature of their work.

The claims history was included in an action plan that will eventually be approved by the commissioners and submitted as requested to County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania.

As an update to the August safety meeting, Hoover stated McConnellsburg Volunteer Fire Co. officials voted and agreed upon allowing their facility to serve as the polling place for the McConnellsburg Borough for the November 2009 election. In the event the polling place is allowed to remain at the firehall and not return to the Fulton County Library on North First Street, issues such as handicapped accessibility will have to be addressed.

In addition, the group discussed the possibility of having workplace safety training sessions for county employees and additional HAZMAT training for members of the Maintenance Department.

EMA/911 Director Vince Joyce and Sidney McConahy from L. Robert Kimball & Associates appeared before the commissioners to discuss the mandatory three-year update of the county's wireline and wireless 911 plan. The plan is now due, and in accordance with an agreement signed on Tuesday, will be completed by L. Robert Kimball at a cost of $16,800. The following two years will be at a cost of $8,400 per year. All costs, it should be noted, are reimbursed entirely through Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency.

Peck's Refuse Disposal of Mc- Connellsburg will be providing the county's solid waste disposal needs at the monthly contracted rate of $110. The prior vendor utilized, the commissioners stated, charged $135 per month.

Other topics briefly discussed by commissioners Keefer and Hoover included security issues to keep staff separate from prisoners; traffic flow and parking; the need for a second conflicts attorney; the county seal; and appointments to the Conservation District and Farmland Preservation Boards of Directors.

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