2010-06-24 / Local & State

Commissioners Meet With Senator’s Office

Project bids rejected
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

Fulton County commissioners David R. Hoover II and Craig C. Cutchall sat down Tuesday with the newest southcentral region office representative for Sen. Bob Casey to discuss possible funding streams and local projects that could use financial assistance.

Commissioner Hoover primarily touched on the need for financing that could aid in historical renovations such as new bricks and repointing for the exterior of the Fulton County Courthouse. Constructed in 1850, the facility on the square in McConnellsburg was repointed more than 30 years ago. However, the wrong type of mortar was reportedly utilized at the time, causing bricks to become dislodged from moisture.

Hoover concluded the exterior work is not included in the county’s current renovation project.

In addition, Commissioner Cutchall suggested funding be obtained for drug and alcohol education for the Fulton and Franklin county area.

Sen. Casey’s constituent advocate Alex Baloga agreed to look into funding pools for the county and noted his office is always available for letters of support for various projects. Baloga, who is currently employed out of the senator’s Harrisburg office, was accompanied by intern Doug Hartman.

Human Services Administrator Jean Snyder appeared before the commissioners this week with a funding allocation request for the 2010-11 Human Services Development Fund (HSDF). Snyder pointed out, regardless of a county’s size or class, by law every county must receive $50,000 from the state. The county has agreed to spend its $50,000 allocation by dividing the money between four organizations.

The Area Agency on Aging is slated to receive $17,500, while the Fulton County Partnership will get $12,000 for service coordination, transportation, Web site creation and various strategic alliance costs. In addition, the Fulton County Human Services administration was approved by the commissioners to receive $20,500 for administrative costs and service coordination.

The commissioners conducted a bid opening for the installation of HVAC and interior renovations at the Fulton County Food Basket. Bids recorded include Rodney B. Smith, Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. in the amount of $62,900 and $62,337 from Southern Contractors. Both bids were rejected for being over the project allocation budget, and the project will be rebid.

The EADS Group and Dennis E. Black Engineering Inc. were given permission by the commissioners to provide professional services through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The services will be provided over a period of three years.

In discussing the ongoing county renovation project, the commissioners, project developer Karen Hann and business manager Tim Stanton touched on the removal of a fuel oil tank, the replacement of a stormwater runoff line and and a generator.

Multiple change orders were approved for the replacement of drain lines ($4,640); using floor mounted water tanks in the courthouse bathrooms ($675); installing a new propane line for the existing generator ($588.58); replacement of the existing voltage meter base ($560); and changing the location of a transformer pad ($9,580).

The commissioners learned of the resignation of Caseworker II Helen Ibarra of the Services for Children Office.

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