County Acknowledges Child Abuse Prevention Month
County Human Services Director Jean Snyder and Elen Ott, executive director of the Fulton County Center for Families, reviewed their plans with the Fulton County commissioners this week to host a conference on April 12, during which a top state official is scheduled to serve as guest speaker.
According to Snyder, approximately 110 individuals have preregistered to attend next Monday’s special event at the American Legion. Keynote speaker will be Richard Gold, deputy secretary of the state Department of Public Welfare, Office of Children, Youth & Families, who recently visited with local officials, reviewed their casework and shared his thoughts on local topics.
Next week’s conference will help kick off the annual Week of the Young Child that runs April 11 to April 17 as well as to publicly recognize the entire month of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. Snyder added the conference will also serve as a reminder of local children Kylie York and Bella Appel, who both recently died amid allegations of abuse.
In hearing Snyder’s comments, the commissioners unanimously agreed to sign off on proclamations commemorating the Week of the Young Child and Child Abuse Prevention Month.
Ott took the opportunity to share with the commissioners an initiative being pursued by the Center for Families to have county children decorate pinwheels that will be shared as part of Pinwheels for Prevention. Ott noted the pinwheel is the new symbol for child abuse and neglect prevention nationwide.
Nearly 900,000 pinwheels have been displayed across the nation since April 2008. Four hundred have been completed in county to date.
Ott and her staff were also given permission to place blue ribbons on the courthouse pillars later in the week to commemorate the ongoing activities.
A bid-opening ceremony was held by the commissioners regarding proposed improvements to both stormwater management and handicapped parking at the Fulton County Food Basket. Present for the opening were the commissioners; Fred Holcomb, David H. Martin Excavating; Philip Horne of Fayetteville Contractors; Maynard Bard from TMX Excavating; Jerre Parson, Dennis E. Black Engineering; and county project developer Karen Hann.
Base bids recorded include David H. Martin Excavating, $38,930; P&W Excavating, $33,335; Hess Excavating, $35,400; TMS Excavating, $36,750; and Fayetteville Contractors, $33,774. The bids were tabled for further review for the project engineer and developer.
A contract in the amount of $325 was penned with Tele-Plus, which will provide data cabling in the Fulton Theatre. The theatre will be used between May 3 and July 31 by the county as a temporary courtroom setting while renovations progress in the courthouse.
A six-month extension was granted for the initial phase of the engineering agreement with Keller Engineers. The firm is providing engineering services in connection with the turning lane project along Route 16 in front of JLG Industries. In addition, a notice to proceed was approved for the second part of the engineering agreement.