2009-09-24 / Local & State

County Gets EMS Update

Mobile hospital trailers to be stored in county
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

A local representative on the Southern Alleghenies EMS Council aired some exciting news to Fulton County commissioners Bonnie Mellott Keefer and David Hoover II relative to the pending arrival of several mobile hospital trailers.

Randy Zeger, who is the commissioners' appointed representative on the Council, reported Tuesday two mobile trailers that had previously been kept in Somerset County will be moved to McConnellsburg during the next two weeks. The trailers will be stored in the firehall, and the decision to relocate was based on convenience or closeness to the Pennsylvania Turnpike as well as Harrisburg.

The trailers, according to Zeger, can be utilized for a variety of situations such as out-ofstate hurricanes, in-state disasters, pandemics and even in the event of an incident or disaster at Fulton County Medical Center. Staff hailing from the Mc- Connellsburg and Hustontown volunteer fire companies, who are also members of the STRIKE Team, have been previously trained to operate the trailers.

"We're lucky to have those trailers sitting in county," said Zeger.

The commissioners along with Chief Clerk Dan Swain and Mary K. Seville of the planning and mapping office conducted a public hearing to take comment on the proposed Solid Waste Management Plan. Todd Township supervisors Mack Clevenger and Stanley Mellott were on hand and noted in general they were in favor of the plan. The supervisors were further informed townships will not be required to undertake any enforcement of the plan.

Commissioner Keefer was given authorization to sign the Pennsylvania Transportation Infrastructure bank loan application. The $215,000 received through the application represents the county's share of the JLG turning lane project along Route 16.

The commissioners signed a notice of intent to award bids in connection with the first phase of the building renovation project. Architects from Crabtree, Rohrbaugh will be contacting the low bidders to ensure that all supportive documents and paperwork are in place. Low bidders include: Rockwell Construction, $139,000; Stouffer Mechanical, $489,968; Rodney B. Smith, $28,465; and Keystone Electric, $152,500.

Approval was granted for the purchase of a computer in the amount of $449.99 for the sheriff's video surveillance monitoring system station.

Following a discussion with Human Services Director Jean Snyder, it was decided that Snyder will continue in the capacity of Services for Children director indefinitely.

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