2009-09-17 / Local & State

Mental Health Advocacy Walk Scheduled

County approves use of McConnell Park for event
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

Fulton County commissioners Bonnie Mellott Keefer and David Hoover II penned a lease agreement Tuesday with the Fulton/Frankin Mental Health Association for use of McConnell Park in early October as part of the organization's annual advocacy walk for mental health awareness.

Fulton/Franklin MHA Director Kenny Wuertenberg discussed the details of the walk set for October 7 that will include several keynote speakers, personal stories and reflections by area residents and a book signing between 8 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. Wuertenberg said the day will begin with a light breakfast and words on how faith aides in recovery from speakers Bob Manrodt and Rev. Dewayne White, who serve as spiritual support facilitators for the Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health.

Following a late morning walk, the afternoon program organized by Wuertenberg will include a message on the power of forgiveness from Dr. David Weaver Zercher. Dr. Weaver-Zercher is an associate professor of American religious history and chair of the Biblical and Religious Studies Department at Messiah College. His talk will be followed up by a book signing at 1:45 p.m.

In other county business on September 15, the commissioners learned from business manger Tim Stanton that Zelenkofske Axlerod has completed its field work associated with the county's single audit report. In addition, Stanton touched on the issue of Liquid Fuel funding. The county funnels the money to municipalities that will see a 30 percent decrease in available funding in 2010.

The commissioners reviewed a tax assessment issue regarding the late August sale of the There's Room In The Inn Boys Ranch to a Tuscan, Ariz., company doing business as Breezewood Ranch LLC. Prior to the ranch changing hands, only a portion of the property was exempt from county, township and school taxes.

A proposal in the amount of $2,578 was accepted with Tele- Plus for the installation of an automatic door locking system for the Neighborhood Services Center main entrance. A follow-up service contract was signed with InPath Devices from Omaha, Neb., for a 3Com telephone system. The contact is renewable on an annual basis and totals $810.

Municipal waste disposal capacity agreements, as mandated through Act 101, were agreed upon for a 10-year time frame with Wayne Township Landfill, Clinton County; Veolia ES Greentree Landfill LLC, Elk County; Laurel Highlands Landfill, Cambria County; Mountainview Reclamation, Franklin County; Shade Landfill and Southern Alleghenies Landfill, Somerset County. The agreements are necessary to assure that disposal capacity is available for the waste generated within the borders of Fulton County.

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