2010-07-22 / Local & State

County Oversees Varied Business

By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

Issues surrounding the county’s ongoing renovation project and finances topped Tuesday’s agenda of the Fulton County commissioners.

Commissioners Bonnie Mellott Keefer, David Hoover II and Craig Cutchall sat down with Chief Probation Officer Roger Strait and project developer Karen Hann on July 20 to discuss the work being completed in the basement of the Neighborhood Services Center. The area, once finalized, will house employees from the Probation and Domestic Relations offices. At the suggestion of Strait, the commissioners agreed to look into costs associated with the proposed removal of an interior stairway.

The commissioners went on to sign a change order in the amount of $860, that will allow for a levelfive drywall finish in the courtroom. In connection with the courtroom, the commissioners reviewed the status of the purchase of pews. Additional discussion was held on the length of the pews.

Jim Fuller representing Rodney B. Smith Plumbing, Heating & Cooling appeared before the commissioners to provide an update on the status of HVAC installation.

The commissioners signed a “nonexclusive” service contract with the EADS Group, which will be providing professional engineering services in connection with Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) projects. The multi-year contract is slated to expire July 19, 2013.

As a follow-up motion, the commissioners approved a CDBG project agreement totalling $8,500 with the Hustontown Joint Sewage Authority and resolution #18 of 2010 entitled CDBG Excessive Force Policy.

The commissioners signed off on letters requesting that Penn- DOT reimburse 80 percent of the engineering costs associated with the latest work on the JLG turning lane project along Route 16. The amount requested for payment include $63,012.25 and $16,052.77.

An application for liquid fuel funding was approved in the amount of $3,500 as submitted by the Licking Creek Township Board of Supervisors.

Attorney Deborah Dresser Neiderer was designated by the commissioners to serve in the capacity of assistant guardian ad litem for the Services for Children Office. Neiderer’s duties began retroactive to July 1 and will conclude June 30, 2012.

Remaining human services development funding for 2009-10 was allocated, with the Fulton County Partnership receiving $10,000; county administration $5,000; and $4,500 to the Area Agency on Aging.

Joinder contracts were OK’d with the Franklin/Fulton Mental Health/Retardation as well as Franklin/Fulton Drug and Alcohol for a period beginning July 1, 2010, and ending June 30, 2013. Several modifications were suggested for the prior contract to reflect more current office practices.

County Victim Services Coordinator Carolyn Kerlin informed the commissioners state grant funding through the Victims of Juvenile Offenders program has been extended by a six-month time frame with the same funding levels intact. The extension will allow the program to be operated through June 30, 2011.

Bids were opened for HVAC installation and proposed renovations to the interior of the Fulton County Food Basket. Those submitting bids included Southern Contractors ($31,549) and TMS Excavating LLC ($21,838) for general contractor, and Rodney B. Smith Plumbing, Heating & Cooling ($31,500) and Southern Contractors ($33,372) for mechanical contractors. All bids were tabled for additional review by the project engineer and developer.

Technology Director Eldon Martin was authorized to replace the existing telephone system using funding in the amount of $7,384. Martin noted several agencies, including Services for Children and Domestic Relations, will be making financial contributions toward their portion of the system, and additional savings of approximately $700 have been found by switching to Century Link for various services such as long distance.

Martin also touched on radios currently used by maintenance employees and agreed to speak with ComPros about recommendations on issues such as batteries, signal strength and coverage areas.

Jeff Davidek of C.S. McKee gave an overview of the county’s retirement portfolio that depreciated by $427,517 during the quarter ending June 30. Davidek spoke of economic problems in Greece and the Gulf oil spill that had an effect on the market in May and June.

Davidek concluded even though it was not a good quarter for Fulton County’s portfolio, he still anticipated a good year overall for retirement plans.

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