2010-04-29 / Local & State

Fulton County Awarded “Biggest Loser” Trophy

County to petition court about recording election results in Valley-Hi
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

Fulton County employees participating in the Biggest Loser program sponsored by County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP) receive a trophy and $800 in prize money from Julia Jackson, CCAP employee benefits program manager, on Tuesday for taking top honors in the state for the multi-week weightloss program. Fulton County employees participating in the Biggest Loser program sponsored by County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP) receive a trophy and $800 in prize money from Julia Jackson, CCAP employee benefits program manager, on Tuesday for taking top honors in the state for the multi-week weightloss program. Fulton County employees who participated in the Biggest Loser weight loss program sponsored by the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania won top honors Tuesday afternoon when they received both a monetary prize and a travelling trophy.

Over a multi-week period a total of 18 employees took part in the program and shed a combined 201 pounds. The weight loss represented a total of 5.27 percent of their overall body weight. Among the participants locally was county technology director Eldon Martin, who dropped the most weight of all Fulton County contestants with a loss of 30.8 pounds.

Julia Jackson, CCAP employee benefits program manager, presented Martin and other local participants

in the program with a total of $800 in prize money. The money will be donated to a total of four recipients selected by contest members. Those scheduled to receive a $200 check are cancer victims Liberty Crouse and Justin Hudson as well as Skip Ramsey and Linda Kelly, who recently lost their belongings in a fire.

A total of 11 counties across the commonwealth opted to participate in the weight-loss program sponsored by CCAP.

Martin followed up on the presentation on April 27 by going over numerous technology-related issues, including the availability of a speaker phone in Fulton Theatre for use on court days; a security camera system that is available on a 60-day trial basis; and election day in the Valley-Hi Borough.

The commissioners told the “News” they will be petitioning the court in the very near future to have the Valley-Hi Borough lumped in with Brush Creek Township for election and vote casting purposes.

According to Chief Clerk Dan Swain, between four and five registered voters in Valley-Hi cast their vote in person during both the primary and general elections in 2009. In the year 2008, eight individuals voted in person during the general election and seven ballots were cast at the polls during the primary election.

Swain also noted that countywide a total of nine inspector of election and judge positions were open heading into the May 18 election. Of those numbers, three of the election day-related positions existed in the Valley-Hi Borough and have not been filled even though letters were sent to borough residents. The remaining vacant positions in county were filled, Swain added.

The commissioners indicated their decision to petition the court for the change was based on several issues such as the low number of persons voting in person at Valley Hi and equipment costs that are estimated at $5,000 each for ballot scanning machine and mandatory equipment to serve individuals with disabilities.

In order to petition the Fulton County Court of Common Pleas, a total of five notices must be publicly posted in both Brush Creek Township and the Valley-Hi Borough to alert residents to the proposed change. Any public objections to the election revision can be filed with the clerk of court during the following 10 days, after which the court would deny or permit the county’s request.

In other matters, county projects developer Karen Hann shared with the commissioners a representative from Dennis E. Black Engineering will be performing a final inspection of the Bethel Township sewer extension project on April 30.

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