2010-01-07 / Local & State

Late County Clerk Honored In Resolution

By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

The Fulton County commissioners adopted their very first resolution of the new year this week in honoring and paying respect to former chief clerk Richard “Dick” Wible.

Adopted in respect and in memory of, the resolution states Dick started his longtime career with Fulton County in July of 1976 as an employee of the Fulton County Extension Office. He moved on to serve in the capacity of county clerk, a position he held until his retirement on September 1, 2009.

Following his retirement, he died a short 2 1/2 months later after succumbing to cancer at the age of 57.

The resolution further states no matter their political persuasion, Dick is touted as having treated every commissioner with respect. Often referred to as the “fourth commissioner,” Dick was also swift to find answers no matter what the topic. Furthermore, even though he rarely offered advice unless it was sought, his words of wisdom were always sound and thoughtful.

In honor of Dick’s “faithful and loyal services,” the resolution will be posted in prominent places, including the Fulton County Courthouse and other county buildings.

In following tradition, annual appointments made on Tuesday, January 5, by the commissioners were as follows: solicitor Stanley Kerlin, chief clerk Daniel Swain Jr., Tax Claim Bureau Director Monica Seville, chief assessor Michelle Sowers, sealer of weights and measures PA Department of Agriculture, Director of Veterans’ Affairs Ed Stenger, Public Defender Tamela Bard and engineers Keller Engineers.

The commissioners also unanimously agreed commissioners Bonnie Mellott Keefer and David Hoover will continue to respectively serve as chair and vice chair of the Board of Commissioners.

The commissioners were presented with a letter from longtime county employee Roger Strait, who announced his intention to retire effective July 31. Strait began his duties with the county almost 35 years ago as a probation officer and currently holds the title of chief probation officer.

“I have always been proud of the Fulton County Probation Department, it’s accomplishments and the quality of the service provided. I have been fortunate to have a dedicated staff and the guidance from judges whom I have respected and admired throughout the years,” said Strait in his letter of intent.

TMS Excavating LLC was granted an extension on the Bethel Township sewage project as a result of weather-related issues. The company has until January 31 to complete the project.

In connection with the restoration/landscaping, which must be completed by April 30, the company was also granted a reduction in retainage. The retainage amount was reduced from 5 percent in comparison to the 10 percent previously stated in contractual documents.

No members of the public were on hand for final approval of modifications to the 2007 and 2008 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). Projects funded through the money will be Wells Township road improvements, borough of McConnellsburg sidewalks, Needmore sewer project and administration.

Technology Director Eldon Martin reported a total of five tax collectors have expressed interest to date in securing additional information and perhaps utilizing new RBA collection software. The software would be provided by the county.

County land-use planner Steve Thomas presented the commissioners with an outline of job work needing to be completed by the county and HRG in connection with countywide stormwater management planning. Due to lack of funding, the county has begun taking on additional duties related with the project to reduce expenditures accrued by HRG.

Thomas stated he will be preparing an array of nontechnical narratives for the plan that will eventually be turned into the Department of Environmental Protection for approval. The next stormwater management meeting is set for February 8 where officials will review alternative ordinance provisions.

Jean Snyder, human services administrator, reported on a recent Tuscarora Managed Care Alliance Steering Committee meeting during which a recommendation was brought forward to award Community Behavioral Healthcare Network of Pennsylvania (CBHNP) with a performance incentive of almost one-half million dollars. The commissioners and Snyder discussed the possibility of the for-profit group receiving $455,570.87 and exactly how many of the objectives specified in their contract were met.

The commissioners are set to meet with Franklin County’s Board of Commissioners on Wednesday to further discuss the issue and put it to a final vote. It was noted CBHNP does help manage the county’s medical assistance clientele.

However, with Mountain Valley closing its doors in October, a licensed outpatient clinic does not currently exist in the county to help local clients.

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