2010-05-20 / Local & State

Commissioners

County Addresses Variety Of Business Issues
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

The Fulton County commissioners attended to a variety of business during the course of the last week, including addressing several Community Development Block Grant issues and endorsing an application for funding through PennVEST.

On Tuesday, county projects coordinator Karen Hann presented the commissioners with a draft copy of a Citizen Participation Plan that is required in conjunction with the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The county has been doing the work set forth in the plan, according to Hann, but the formal creation of the participation plan actually formalizes the process. Public hearings for the plan are required, she added.

In other project matters, Hann informed the commissioners a survey of the Mountain View area has been completed for its proposed sewer line project. Furthermore, the project qualifies for CDBG funding.

Donald N. Culler was named to the Board of Elections for Friday’s canvass of the votes. Culler will be replacing Commissioner Bonnie Mellott Keefer, who will be unable to participate in the vote tally due to a prior commitment.

Business manager Tim Stanton announced tipstaff Neva Houck has resigned from her position.

Magisterial district judges Carol Jean Johnson and Wendy Mellott were given permission to attend the annual Magisterial District Judge Convention.

The commissioners sat down with farmer Lonnie Palmer and Scott Alexander of the Fulton County Conservation District concerning the funding of nonpoint source projects through PennVEST. Palmer presented the commissioners with an application for PennVEST funding that would be utilized by Pigeon Cove Farms LLP in Bethel Township to perform stream buffering, surface water management and handle methane issues associated with manure pits. Commissioner Keefer endorsed the application for funding.

The commissioners signed off on the environmental review and authorization documents associated with the Hustontown Joint Sewer project.

The commissioners recessed at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday and were scheduled to reconvene at 7 p.m. as members of the county board of Elections.

Last Tuesday, the commissioners approved an application submitted by the Ayr Township Board of Supervisors requesting $2,400 in liquid fuel funding.

In conjunction with the ongoing renovations project, a change order was authorized allowing for the purchase and installation of additional exit signs and a grab bar for a restroom. The change order totalled $210.

Technology director Eldon Martin shared with the commissioners details regarding a recent meeting with Allegheny Power officials on Act 129 of Pennsylvania. The Act includes a provision that governments implementing certain cost-saving measures are eligible to receive direct reimbursement.

Martin went on to discuss his ongoing preparations for the May 18 spring primary, current status of election equipment and necessary machine maintenance. As a result, Martin was given permission to have ES&S to clean and repair voting machines as necessary. ES&S is slated to receive an amount not to exceed $2,560 in exchange for their services.

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