2010-03-11 / Local & State

County Addresses Full Schedule Tuesday

By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

The Fulton County commissioners addressed a full schedule on Tuesday, meeting with a variety of local officials and county employees.

Stephanie Bard and Joyce Lynch of the Fulton County Employment and Training Office shared information on the summer youth employment program and inquired if the county would have any employment opportunities for their employees, who fall between the ages of 16 and 21. Furthermore, students up to 24 years of age may also participate with the addition of federal stimulus aid.

During the summer of 2009, a total of 34 individuals participated in the summer youth employment program. Two of the individuals worked in conjunction with the county maintenance department. Bard further noted that some students were successful in locating full-time employment and as a result did not complete the program.

In hopes of the program offering additional worksites, Bard and Lynch were given several suggestions, including contacting the Bureau of Forestry, the McConnellsburg Volunteer Fire Co. and the three county senior centers.

Seleen Shives, director of the Fulton County Conservation District, and county recycling coordinator Greg Reineke presented the commissioners with an application for reimbursement to be sent to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The form is due at the end of April and could cover 50 percent of Reineke’s time with the recycling program.

Shives and Reineke also touched on tree sales, the Envirothon, electronics recycling and bulky waste days.

Fulton County Chief Deputy Coroner Berley Souders appeared before the commissioners regarding the proper procedure for filling the future vacancy of county coroner. Souders reminded the group current Coroner Darryl Heckman is slated to retire on April 1 but his term of office does not expire until the conclusion of 2011.

County code dictates the chief deputy would assume the position, and a nod of approval be given in the matter by the governor. The commissioners agreed to draft a letter to be sent to the governor’s office notifying them of the upcoming vacancy and Souders’ proposed appointment.

In matters related to the appointment, the commissioners discussed if a swearing-in ceremony would be necessary and the subsequent appointment of a new chief deputy. The topic of who will serve as solicitor for the coroner’s office was also brought up.

Steve Thomas of the mapping and planning office again discussed the ongoing countywide stormwater management project, which will be available for public review at the conclusion of May for a 30-day period. Thomas reported his office is still in the process of soliciting donations from the local municipalities to help fund the project. With a goal of reaching $10,000, Thomas noted Bethel, Brush Creek, Wells townships and the McConnellsburg Borough have committed to providing funds, thereby bringing available funding totals to $7,398.

Members of the Safety Committee convened to learn that melting ice is causing a water problem in the county 911 center in the basement of the Neighborhood Service Center building. Vince Joyce from 911/EMA stated in light of the issue, mold and other issues should be checked periodically during the construction project. Business manager Tim Stanton followed up on Joyce’s comments by noting the issue can be remedied for next winter by reinsulating the attic of the building and installing flashing.

Others in attendance during the Safety Committee meeting were Sheriff Keith Stains, projects coordinator Karen Hann, Christine McQuade of Services for Children and county insurance representative Bobby Snyder.

On a motion by Commissioner David Hoover II, the commissioners authorized a revision to the 2008 Community Development Block Grant contract allowing the Fulton County Food Basket to receive an additional $5,000 for its parking lot project.

Keystone Electric was granted a 20-day extension to complete electrical work associated with phase one of the the county’s building renovation project.

The commissioners will be posting a vacant domestic relations enforcement officer position internally this week for consideration by existing staff.

The commissioners will be participating in the Society of County Human Resource Professionals (SCHRP) of Pennsylvania at an annual rate of $375 per person. SCHRP is an affiliate of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP).

According to the commissioners, SCHRP membership benefits include free educational sessions by guest labor attorney issues, discounted legal services, 20 minutes of free legal advice monthly and participation in an annual conference in State College.

The firm of Zelenkofske Axelrod will be asked to provide a proposal to offer training to the county auditors on the funding portion of the DCED audit report.

Erin Geiser, Michelle Seburn and Carol Singel discussed the Fulton County Relay for Life set for May 21 and 22 at the Fulton County Fairgrounds. The trio were granted permission by the commissioners to hang pink and purple bows on the courthouse pillars in preparation for the event. The women announced they hope to meet with Mc- Connellsburg Borough Council in April to be granted approval to place additional bows on borough parking meters.

The commissioners announced 18 Fulton County employees participating in the CCAP-sponsored Biggest Loser Program have lost a total of 149 pounds or the equivalent of 3.91 percent of their body weight. The loss brings Fulton County to the forefront in the weight-loss program, which has a total of 11 participating counties across the commonwealth. In the event Fulton County grabs a first-place finish, the prize money will be given to charity.

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