2010-06-17 / Local & State

Commissioners Conduct Routine Business Meeting

Review draft of transportation improvement program
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

The Fulton County commissioners took part in a public meeting Tuesday afternoon to review a draft of the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) that outlines suggested enhancement projects for the county and surrounding region in matters related to highway, bridge, transit, air and transportation.

Anne Stich of Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission presented the commissioners with a map of the county and, along with Dave Lybarger of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, touched on the the list of future projects that to date include several improvements in northern Fulton County.

Changes at Chesnut’s Turn in the Hustontown area, according to Lybarger, include flattening out the curve to eliminate the sharpness of the turns. Lybarger added it is likely a temporary signal light would be erected to accommodate traffic flow during the project

Lybarger went on to discuss the possible need for sight distance improvements at the intersection of Clear Ridge and Waterfall roads and also noted Waterfall Road will be resurfaced.

Alignment and widening improvements will be made in the future on Gem Curve and sight distance will be addressed at the intersection of Timber Ridge Road.

Lybarger also reviewed the replacement of concrete on Route 30; the Big Cove Tannery bridge; Boy Scout Bridge (begins July 16); and Harrisonville bridge.

Public comment on the TIP will be taken through July 6. Stich concluded that on July 14 the representatives comprising the Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission will be approving the TIP, which coincidentally represents the first four years of PennDOT’s 12-year plan. Following approval, the plan will be, in turn, sent to the state for additional review.

In other business Tuesday, the commissioners signed off on an annual service agreement with Smith’s Detection in the amount of $3,179. The agreement on the security scanner located in the courthouse begins retroactive to May 11, 2010, and will expire May 10 of next year.

During a sit-down with technology director Eldon Martin, the commissioners approved a proposal submitted by CenturyLink to create and label a single telephone line access station inside the Neighborhood Services Center. The company is slated to receive $778 in exchange for its services.

Martin also provided an update on the implementation of a new telephone system and presented the commissioners with a request for a line card for the new system in the amount of $829.

The commissioners opened proposals for professional engineering services needed in conjunction with the Community Development Block Grant program. Those firms submitting proposals included Dennis E. Black Engineering Inc., D.W. Lasota Engineer, Keller Engineers Inc. and the EADS Group. The proposals were tabled for additional review.

A change order received a nod of approval and will provide an additional five roadway signs for Union Township through the Shared Municipal Services Road Sign Replacement Project. Cost is $172.25.

Project developer Karen Hann informed the commissioners two contractors appeared for a mandatory pre-bid conference related to interior and HVAC renovations at the Fulton County Food Basket. In addition, change orders totalling $4,625 were presented and signed by the commissioners for the repair of roof and footer drains and for additional parking lot paving and excavation to widen the entrance to the Food Basket. A third change order in the amount of $275 was signed to remove and dispose of a cinder pile and tree.

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