2010-01-14 / Local & State

Commissioners Tour Local Food Basket

Coroner to retire
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

The Fulton County commissioners attended to a variety of issues this week pertaining to the Fulton County Food Basket, including a tour of the facility that is currently under renovation.

In meeting with county project coordinator Karen Hann, the commissioners moved forward with approval of several revisions to the Food Basket construction project that began shortly after the Area Agency on Aging Transportation/ Dispatch Office relocated from their former location next to the Food Basket to the Neighborhood Service Center building. The project is funded through the Community Development Block Grant.

Among the approved revisions are installation of HVAC systems in the Food Basket warehouse and offices as well as the placement of the concrete pad for the systems; installation of railing along concrete stairway to eliminate dangerous conditions in the warehouse dock area; remodeling of the existing client area where clientele sign up for program benefits and pick up food orders; a new floor surface in the kitchen area; and enlarging the kitchen entrance for wheelchair accessibility.

As a follow-up to the motion, Hann was granted authorization to begin attending the Food Basket’s monthly Board of Director’s meetings. In addition, Commissioner David Hoover II was appointed to serve as a representative on the same board of directors.

While touring the Food Basket later in the day, the commissioners presented Food Basket Director Susan Cubbage with a check in the amount of $200. The money represents donations from county employees that were collected over the holidays.

County Coroner Darryl Heckman submitted a letter announcing his intent to retire effective April 1. Heckman noted in his letter, according to county code, Chief Deputy Coroner Berley Souders should fill the vacant position.

Heather Dawson of OSI based in Hagerstown, Md., appeared before the commissioners on Tuesday with EMA/911 Director Vince Joyce to discuss possible furnishings for the county’s new Emergency Operations Center. Quotes presented by Dawson ranged from $14,688 to $18,744 for a variety of furniture ranging from tables and chairs to whiteboards. The commissioners agreed to check their budget to determine if the figures fall within allowable guidelines before approving a purchase.

Joyce also sat down with the commissioners regarding a communications study that was prepared and completed by L. Robert Kimball. The first step of the study will be to form a communications committee comprised of local officials familiar with radio frequencies, band width and other technology matters.

If followed as laid out before the commissioners, the communications study would cost an estimated $3.8 million to carry out. The commissioners agreed to tackle the study in phases and continue to look for various grants and forms of funding to offset any costs in the future.

Joyce was instructed to check for funding as well and to check on the cost of leasing emergency operations equipment. A new communications system would not have to be up and running before 2013. Furthermore, Joyce concluded ComPros has already applied for a broadband grant and has offered to allow the county use of communication towers in the event the grant is received.

Business manager Tim Stanton discussed the backup of a sewer line in the Neighborhood Services Center that reportedly occurred over the New Year’s holiday. An engineer will be contacted to evaluate the situation and make recommendations to correct the issue.

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