2009-12-31 / Local & State

County Oversees Routine Business

By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

The Fulton County commissioners wrapped up the year 2009 with a variety of routine business this Tuesday, including a discussion with a local magisterial district judge on pertinent law-related subscriptions beneficial to the position.

Judge Wendy Mellott appeared before commissioners Bonnie Mellott Keefer and Craig Cutchall to discuss a potential subscription to WestLaw for her office as well as the offices of fellow magisterial district judges Devin Horne and Carol Jean Johnson.

Mellott pointed out the lone subscription would cost the county a total of $1,266 annually and eliminate the need for all print publications currently utilized. Current publications in print are costing the county $1,964 per year.

The commissioners moved forward with purchasing a three-year subscription for the judges effective January 1. The first year is slated to total the quoted cost of $1,266 and subsequent years can not exceed an annual increase of 5 percent.

Commissioner Keefer signed an agreement with the Private Industry Council of Centre County that will provide administrative services to the Central Mountains Regional County Terrorism Task Force.

Keefer also signed a right-ofway agreement with Allegheny Power for the installation of an underground three-phase electrical service to the new county Emergency Operations Center.

The county agreed to continue utilizing attorney Dwight Harvey during 2010 in the capacity of conflicts attorney.

Following a meeting with business manager Tim Stanton the commissioners adopted several revised and new county policies to begin effective January 1. Issues addressed through the policies include legal holidays, sick leave, bi-lingual translating, pay increases and tuition reimbursement.

Solicitor Stanley Kerlin sat down with the commissioners this week to discuss a letter of credit for a PennDOT Highway Occupancy Permit.

Karen Hann, county projects coordinator, conducted a public hearing to review proposed modifications to Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) contracts. No public comment was provided during the hearing.

A CDBG-R quarterly report for the handicapped parking and stormwater management projects at the Fulton County Food Basket was signed. The paperwork, in turn, will be submitted to the Department of Community and Economic Development for review.

An application and certification for payment was penned with TMS Excavating for payment in the amount of $14,021.50. The money is payment for work completed through the Bethel Township sewer extension project.

On December 22 the commissioners signed a letter to be sent to the Dublin Township Board of Supervisors indicating their original CDBG allotment in the amount of $195,540.73 will be reallocated. The money, according to the commissioners, is being redesignated as the township recently received additional funding totalling $500,000 through the ARRA program to offset the costs of its sewage project.

An agreement with Teamsters Local Union 992 based in Hagerstown, Md., was approved as by the commissioners. The multi-year agreement involving seven union employees with the Probation and Domestic Relations departments began retroactive to January 1, 2007, and will conclude December 31,

2010. See upcoming editions of

the “News” for additional information

. on this contract.

Jamie Taylor of the Fulton County Center for Families presented to the commissioners her organization’s annual Community Engagement Report. In addition, Taylor touched on the group’s second annual Fulton County Kid Fest that is scheduled to be held May 1, 2010.

Jumping slightly ahead of schedule, the commissioners approved the annual list of committees and boards they wish to serve on during 2010 effective January 1. Commissioner Keefer has agreed to serve on the Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission (SAPDC) Finance Committee, VOCA Grant Board, Services for Children Advisory Board and Chamber of Commerce and Tourism.

Commissioner Cutchall will be serving on the Drug & Alcohol Advisory Board and STOP Grant Committee, and Commissioner David Hoover has agreed to be on the following boards: RC&D Council (alternate), Center for Community Services, Center for Families Advisory Board, SAPDC Personnel Committee, SAPDC Rural Transportation Coordination Committee and Mental Health/Mental Retardation.

Keefer and Cutchall will jointly serve on the EMA Local Emergency Planning Committee, Pandemic Planning and Tuscarora Managed Care. Hoover and Keefer will serve on SAPDC with clerk Dan Swain being an atlarge member. Swain also is a member of the SAPDC Rural Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Committee.

Furthermore, all three commissioners are members of the following boards and committees: Area Agency on Aging, Economic Development, Fulton County Partnership, Criminal Justice Advisory Board/ Intermediate Punishment Board, County Records Improvement Committee, Retirement Board, Election Board, Assessment Appeals Board, Salary Board and South Central Counties Solid Waste Agency.

On December 18, the commissioners signed an agreement with TelePlus for the purchase and installation of security equipment for the planning and mapping, assessment and EMA/911 offices. The agreement includes $2,816 for equipment as well as $2,550 for installation.

A second agreement in the amount of $682 per year was also penned with TelePlus for security monitoring.

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