2010-05-27 / Local & State

County Conducts Routine Business

By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

The Fulton County commissioners addressed a full schedule of issues this week ranging from renovation change orders to contractual issues.

Sid McConahy, formerly of L. Robert Kimball & Associates, presented the commissioners with a proposal to provide general consultation and support to the county EMA/911 Office. Currently with Mission Critical Partners (MCP) of State College, McConahy noted the county would likely need assistance in preparing the annual reconciliation report during the month of July and in negotiating a new 911 dispatching agreement.

The county has a dispatching contract with Cumberland County, which is set to expire at the conclusion of 2010. Neighboring Franklin and Bedford counties have expressed interest in obtaining an agreement for the services.

Possible contracted services with MCP would not exceed $30,000 and can be covered through Wireless account funding. According to McConahy, the state is “cracking down” on counties that are sitting on excessive amounts of Wireless money in hopes their accounts will read zero on June 30, 2011.

Chairperson Bonnie Mellott Keefer stated the county does not have any major projects in the work at this time. However, the county commissioners are slated to review MCP’s proposal for services with their solicitor.

In meeting with Tim Stanton, business manager, the commissioners verbally approved changes to the job description of chief probation officer. The group also discussed the disposal of an older model photocopier in the EMA office.

County projects coordinator Karen Hann joined Stanton and the commissioners to discuss the ongoing renovation project. The commissioners viewed the new generator and the progression of work at the courthouse. Items up for discussion included realigning the stormwater drain along North First Street, the weather vane, and courtroom graphics and light fixtures.

The commissioners approved a request from Wayne and Barbara MacDonald of the McConnellsburg area, who asked for the county to provide materials necessary to frame and preserve a section of original hand-painted wall decoration in the courthouse.

The county received notice from Fulton Electrical Services, Inc. of a credit in the amount of $2,275 for the maintenance staff running network cabling prior to the start of the renovation project. Additional items touched on by technology director Eldon Martin were the need for additional outlets and network jacks in the courtroom and a change order totalling $7,787 from Fulton Electrical Services.

The commissioners gave a nod of approval to a formal code of conduct presented by the business manager.

A request from the Belfast Township Board of Supervisors was approved for liquid fuel funding in the amount of $2,900.

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