2009-10-15 / Local & State

County Looks Into Office Move Expenses

Possible location of tower or monopole discussed
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

The Fulton County commissioners again turned their sights to the county office renovation project this week to help determine estimated costs in moving and furnishing the future, combined office space of the Emergency Management Agency and 911 offices.

Vince Joyce, director of EMA/911, presented the commissioners with a series of costs pertinent to the relocation of lines, voice recorders, satellite dishes and various equipment associated with his office. The county’s renovation plans would move Joyce’s current office space from the basement of the Neighborhood Services Building to the newer Services for Children facility.

Joyce also shared with the commissioners possible purchases for chairs and tables to furnish the new office space, bringing the total cost of moving and furnishings to an estimated $28,000.

Joyce also went into detail about the need to replace the radio antenna outside the Neighborhood Services Building with either a new tower or a previously purchased monopole. The concrete pad where the monopole was once to be placed years ago is not currently in use.

Depending on the strength of signal from that particular location, the pad could be utilized in conjunction with this project. Whichever device is used, Joyce added, must be sturdy enough to support various dishes.

Touching on the H1N1 virus, Joyce stated he will be performing site surveys on Monday to secure locations for mass vaccinations. Sites currently being considered include the Mc- Connellsburg Firehall and Warfordsburg and Hustontown senior centers. The vaccinations could be offered locally as early as mid-November over a threeyear period.

Joyce finally reported on licensing of WebEx, which if obtained locally through the Task Force could provide for online access to county town meetings.

During a meeting with county projects coordinator Karen Hann, Commissioner Dave Hoover authorized Chair Bonnie Keefer to sign off on a series of documents, including a $2,089.05 change order for the second round of the cooperative road sign replacement project that will allow Union Township to purchase 103 signs; change orders for the Fulton County Library renovation; application for payment to Rodney B. Smith, Eagle Construction Co., and R&S Electric LLC for the library project; and a quarterly financial report for the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund library grant.

Business manager Tim Stanton reported due to the newly adopted commonwealth budget, the county will not experi- ence any cash flow problems in 2009.

In addition, Stanton presented the commissioners with a draft of the audit prepared by Zelenkofske Axelrod, which indicated no findings. A representative from the auditing firm is slated to be in county on Friday to provide the business manager with additional input on possible accounting improvements to implement in 2010.

Prior to kicking off a mandatory safety meeting, the commissioners publicly shared an announcement from the office of Fulton County Court of Common Pleas Judge Douglas W. Herman regarding the judicial appointment of a new county commissioner. Herman, as stated in the letter read by Commissioner Keefer, chose Harrisonville Craig Cutchall as a replacement for former county commissioner Daniel Swain Jr. Fellow commissioner applicant David Cutchall was on-hand earlier in the day for a portion of the commissioners’ weekly meeting.

Moving into their safety meeting, the commissioners learned from Bobby Snyder of Robert Snyder Insurance Agency that three incidents were reported since their last meeting. One minor incident involved a vehicle belonging to Services for Children being struck while parked outside a pharmacy. A county employee was inside the vehicle when it was struck. The driver of the responsible vehicle was reportedly confronted after emerging from the pharmacy but then left the scene.

Snyder further reported an incident was also reported by a maintenance employee, who suffered a back issue but did not seek medical treatment or miss work due to the injury. The final incident was a two-vehicle collision in the Flickerville area in Brush Creek Township. No county vehicles or employees were involved in this accident and should thereby eliminate county responsibility as the roadway travelled was a state route.

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